Evening at the Barn: Myrna Loy Tribute
Gorgeous. Radiant. Witty. Whipsmart. Sexy. Myrna Loy was all these things and more. One of the most beloved actresses of classic Hollywood, she was also one of the top box office draws of the 1930s. Whether starring with William Powell, Clark Gable, or Cary Grant, Loy drew audience and the camera's attention with her grace, charm, and elegant manner.
Hollywood Heritage will host respected author Emily Leider at an Evening @ the Barn, Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM, as she talks about her new Myrna Loy biography, "The Only Good Girl in Hollywood", coming out in October through University of California Press. Leider, author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Mae West and Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino, will screen rare photographs, followed by a selection of feature film preview trailers starring Loy.
Born Myrna Williams in Helena, Montana on August 2, 1905, she moved with her mother and brother to Southern California in 1918, settling in Ocean Park. In 1921, she posed for sculptor Harry Winebremer's statue "Spiritual," located in front of Venice High School.
Loy began appearing in silent films in the mid-1920s. Because of her sultry, exotic look, she often portrayed Asian or Eurasian characters in films, often as villains, vamps, or femme fatales.
Loy's appearance in the 1934 film "The Thin Man" changed all that. Sharing witty repartee and sexy chemistry with William Powell, Loy displayed a sparkling sense of humor as well as an elegant style. She also displayed a pleasing chemistry with Clark Gable in five MGM films. Loy became a woman men yearned for.
During World War II, her career as an activist blossomed. Loy would devote herself to the Red Cross during the War, and later served as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, as well as the United States National Commission for UNESCO.
After the War, her career waned, though she received excellent notices opposite Cary Grant in "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" and "Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House", as well as possibly the best reviews of her career as Fredric March's loving wife in "The Best Years of Our Lives".
Loy's sly charm and style still seem fresh and energetic today. Come learn more about this excellent actress and personality at this very special December Evening @ the Barn.
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