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1[[quoteright:350:]]께->''"They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies."''께Myrna Loy, born as Myrna Adele Williams (August 2nd 1905 -- December 14th 1993) was one of the greatest film actresses of UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra and UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood. Over her 50-year career, she started out playing sexual temptresses, then moved on to wisecracking ScrewballComedy heroines, then played nurturing wives and mothers.께Loy was born in Helena, Montana, the daughter of ranchers. As a child, she took dancing lessons. When her father died in the influenza pandemic of 1918 her mother took the family to Southern California. By 1925 Loy started getting parts in silent films. Her exotic good looks got her cast sometimes as TheVamp, and sometimes in {{Yellowface}}. She had a small part in part-talkie ''Film/TheJazzSinger''.께A career slump in the early '30s was turned around when Loy got the female lead in ''Film/ManhattanMelodrama''. This film is remembered for two reasons. First, it was the film that John Dillinger went to see right before he was murdered by the FBI outside a Chicago theater (Loy was displeased by [[OvershadowedByControversy the macabre publicity later associated]] with the film). Second, it was the first film she ever made with co-star Creator/WilliamPowell. Powell and Loy would become one of the most famous ThoseTwoActors pairs of all time, starring together in ''fourteen'' films in the 1930s and 1940s.께Another Powell-and-Loy film released that same year became the movie that both of them are best remembered for. ''Film/TheThinMan'', with Powell and Loy as a wisecracking married couple who have to solve a murder, was thought by the studio to be a low-budget BMovie. It became a colossal hit, getting a nomination for Best Picture, and establishing both Powell and Loy as stars of the first magnitude. Five more sequels in the Thin Man franchise would follow, to [[{{Sequelitis}} diminishing returns in later installments]].께''Film/TheGreatZiegfeld'', in which Loy starred as Billie Burke opposite Powell as Florenz Ziegfeld, won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture of 1936. More hit films followed until Loy mostly left acting behind to work in support of the American war effort in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'' (1946), one of the first films Loy made after the war, became the second film she appeared in to win Best Picture. She managed to find sporadic work as she aged, mostly in television; her last film role was in 1980.께Her memoir was entitled ''Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming''. She was never even nominated for an Academy Award -- not even for ''The Best Years of Our Lives'', which got nominations for almost everyone else involved -- but she did receive an honorary Oscar two years before her death in 1993.----!!Filmography:* ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' (1927)* ''Literature/{{Arrowsmith}}'' (1931)* ''Film/TheAnimalKingdom'' (1932)* ''Film/LoveMeTonight'' (1932)* ''Film/TheMaskOfFuManchu'' (1932)* ''Film/ThirteenWomen'' (1932)* ''Film/{{Topaze}}'' (1933)* ''Film/WhenLadiesMeet'' (1933)* ''Film/ManhattanMelodrama'' (1934)* ''Theatre/MenInWhite'' (1934)* ''Film/TheThinMan'' (1934)** ''Film/AfterTheThinMan'' (1936)** ''Film/AnotherThinMan'' (1939)** ''Film/ShadowOfTheThinMan'' (1941)** ''The Thin Man Goes Home'' (1945)** ''Song of the Thin Man'' (1947)* ''Film/TheGreatZiegfeld'' (1936)* ''Film/LibeledLady'' (1936)* ''Film/WifeVsSecretary'' (1936)* ''Film/DoubleWedding'' (1937)* ''Film/TestPilot'' (1938)* ''Film/ILoveYouAgain'' (1940)* ''Film/ThirdFingerLeftHand'' (1940)* ''Film/LoveCrazy'' (1941)* ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'' (1946)* ''Film/TheBachelorAndTheBobbySoxer'' (1947)* ''Film/TheSenatorWasIndiscreet'' (1947)(cameo)* ''Literature/MrBlandingsBuildsHisDreamHouse'' (1948)* ''Literature/CheaperByTheDozen'' (1950)* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', episode "[[Recap/ColumboS02E01 Etude in Black]]" (1972)* ''[[Film/{{Airport}} Airport '75]]'' (1975)----!!Tropes that apply to her career:* {{Housewife}}: Many of her characters.* IronyAsSheIsCast: She was often typecast as mothers and housewives, while in real life, in her own words:-->''"Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."''* {{Yellowface}}: Apparently looked "exotic" enough to be pushed into this role before she became famous. It later became OldShame for her.----


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