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|Nickname:||/ Queen of Hollywood / The Perfect Wife / Queen of the Movies / Minnie|
|Known for:||The Best Years of Our Lives, The Thin Man, The Great Ziegfeld|
|Birth name:||Myrna Adele Williams|
|Birthday:||2 August 1905, Radersburg, Montana, USA|
|Height:||5' 6" (1.68 m)|
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TriviaFor five years (1949-54) she served as a film advisor for UNESCO. She made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of "The Women". One of a handful of great movie stars never nominated for an acting Oscar, she received an honorary Academy Award in 1991. She became a founder member of the American Place Theatre, a non-profit theatre set up to help new writers develop. In 1937, Myrna had a narrow escape when her horse bolted during the filming of The Rains Came (1939) with Tyrone Power; she was nearly killed. Men-Must-Marry-Myrna Clubs were formed due to her portrayal as The Perfect Wife (The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)). Myrna enrolled at Venice High School -- a school which later named its annual speech and drama awards 'Myrnas'. When her father was travelling by train in early 1905, he went through a small station called 'Myrna' - he eventually named her after that station. In 1936 Myrna was named Queen of the Movies and Clark Gable King in a national poll, winning a crown of tin and purple velvet. in her autobiography, she says that she did not get on with Gable in her earlier films with him. However, in her later films he developed a respect for Loy and they became good friends. Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center in 1988. In 1923, she was photographed by Henry Waxman, who showed the pictures to Rudolph Valentino. Impressed with Myrna, Valentino arranged for a screen test for his upcoming film, Cobra (1925). She failed it. Her father, at age 21, the youngest man ever elected to the Montana State Legislature, owned a small cattle ranch. Received a Honorary Academy Award in the same year as Sophia Loren. Myrna Williams made her stage debut at age twelve at Helena's old Marlow Theater in a dance she choreographed, based on "The Blue Bird" from the Rose Dream Operatta. Underwent two mastectomies after being diagnosed with breast cancer twice. Attended Venice High School in Los Angeles, where a statue of her stands (on the front lawn). The same school was featured in the original Grease (1978), American History X (1998) and in The Chemical Brothers' and Britney Spears' music videos ("Elektrobank" and "Baby one more time", respectively). Myrna was Co-Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Committee against discrimination in housing - exposing segregation in federal funded projects. Outspoken against Adolf Hitler in the War, Myrna appeared on his blacklist. Her mother, Della Williams, was a talented pianist who encouraged Myrna's interest in the arts. Measurements: 35 1/2-26 1/2-33 1/2 (from MGM's designer Adrian), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Appeared in staged prologues at Grauman's Egyptian theater in Los Angeles, before getting her first role in films. The prologues, staged by Fanchon and Marco, were live shows put on before the feature had begun. Myrna appeared in prologues for _Ten Commandments, The (1923)_ and The Thief of Bagdad (1924), among others. Was supposedly the favorite star of famed outlaw John Dillinger. He came out of hiding to see Manhattan Melodrama (1934), in which she starred, and was gunned down by police upon leaving the theater. Subject of the song "Myrna Loy" by The Minus 5. In Italy, she was dubbed at the beginning of the (talking) career either by Tina Lattanzi or Rosina Galli. Later in her career, Lidia Simoneschi was her official Italian voice. She was once dubbed by the talented Giovanna Scotto in So Goes My Love (1946). Appeared in the first feature film with synchronized sound (Don Juan) and first feature film with audible dialog (The Jazz Singer). In 1960 she campaigned for John F. Kennedy. Later she did battle with Californian Governor Ronald Reagan over open-housing legislation and for years afterward was a vigorous member of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing.