From Steamy Siren to Sophisticated Spouse – Happy Birthday Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy 08/02/1905 - 12/14/1993

Myrna Loy 08/02/1905 – 12/14/1993

Today is the birthday of one of Hollywood’s finest of ladies – Myrna Loy. Myrna started off her acting career in silent films playing “exotic” roles – typically femme fatales of oriental descent.

Isn’t this pearl tassel back necklace fabulous?

Myrna Loy in a floral velvet gown with a tasseled pearl necklace.

Myrna Loy in a floral velvet gown with a tasseled pearl necklace.

Her big break came in 1934 when she was cast as the female lead in The Thin Man. She played Nora Charles , the resourceful and dutiful wife opposite William Powell.  The chemistry in the their onscreen marriage, combined with Myrna’s good looks,  earned Myrna the knickname “the perfect wife.”  Men must Marry Myrna Loy clubs formed all over the country after the film’s release.  The studio released six Thin Man movies in all from 1934 – 1947.

Myrna Loy in a bias cut striped silk ciffon gown by Dolly Tree for the Thin Man. 1934

Myrna Loy in a bias cut striped silk chiffon gown by Dolly Tree for The Thin Man. 1934

Myrna often worked with successful 1920s and 30s costume designer Dolly Tree. Tree was the queen of glamorous detail – as featured in the elegant evening wear  worn in The Thin Man series. Including one of my favorites :

I think this coat is TDF!

 

Myrna Loy in a ruffled blouse under a silk coat with black trim by Dolly Tree in The Thin Man. 1934

Myrna Loy in a ruffled blouse under a silk coat with black trim by Dolly Tree in The Thin Man. 1934

 

William Powell, Jean Harlow,, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy in Dolly Tree creations for a promo shot for Libeled Lady. 1936

William Powell, Jean Harlow,, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy in Dolly Tree creations for a promo shot for Libeled Lady. 1936

Myrna Loy was able to successfully change her image from one extreme to another – something that is almost impossible to do in Hollywood. She is still remembered today as one stylish lady and a true class act.  Mark you calendar for September 30th when Turner Classic Movies  airs Best Years of Our Lives (1946) starring Myrna Loy and Frederic March.  Shown at  1:30 am (or for those of you who aren’t night owls – set your DVR!)

Have a glamorous day :-)

alison

 

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2 thoughts on “From Steamy Siren to Sophisticated Spouse – Happy Birthday Myrna Loy

  1. Yes, she definitely had amazing eyes. She was a striking woman. And I always loved gowns from the 1930s, with their sleek, body conscious silhouettes, sensuous, feminine, with an understated sexiness. A look that was perfect for the beautiful Ms Loy!

  2. Just about anytime I think of Myrna, the first thing that springs to mind is her piercingly gorgeous eyes. Of course, the next thoughts are of the dazzling fashions she so often wore onscreen (and off), and of her highly talented acting. Those eyes though, they’re almost hypnotic… :)

    ♥ Jessica

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