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Loy, Myrna

Summary Article: Loy, Myrna (1905 Helena, MT-1993 New York City) from Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930, An
Myrna Loy, who starred as Nora Charles in the successful Thin Man series, began her career in silent films in 1925. After her father's death during the influenza epidemic of 1918, her mother moved the family to Los Angeles. There she attended school and graduated from Venice High School. While attending the high school in 1921 she modeled for the “Spiritual” statue that still stands with two others at the entry of the main building. After appearing in local productions and dancing in the chorus at Grauman's Chinese Theatre while still in high school, Loy entered films soon after she graduated. She appeared as an extra in several films before she was cast as a chorus girl in the landmark film The Jazz Singer (1927). She continued honing her craft in every role from ingenue to exotic vamp. By the mid-1930s she was one of MGM's biggest stars and apopu-lar female box office attraction. Her first breakout hit was...    Continue Reading
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