Sunday, August 2, 2015
A few days (and seven years) after the birth of William Powell, Myrna Loy realized if she wanted to star with him in fourteen films, she'd have to be born too. So she was, on Aug. 2, 1905.
Her big break was her first role with Powell, in The Thin Man. She'd soon become a sought-after actress, starring alongside Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Clifton Webb, and--why not?--Shirley Temple.
She hit the airwaves for a few adaptations of movies she'd starred in, produced by Lux Radio Theatre. On Suspense she starred in "The Library Book," which probably sounded a lot more intriguing in 1945 than it would today, and she was part of an intrepid group of artists appearing on the 1947 special Hollywood Fights Back. This program voiced protest against the Un-American Activities Committee.
Thanks for the memories, Myrna!
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Happy Birthday to Myrna Loy today!
Born today in 1905, the film actress was known for her many film roles including opposite William Powell in "The Thin Man" and with Cary Grant in "Mr Blandings."
During the Golden Age of Radio, Myrna Loy also appeared in such radio shows as "Good News", "Lux Radio Theater", "Screen Guild Theater", and "Suspense!"
Monday, July 29, 2013
The Bogey to the Bacall of Myrna Loy, William Powell was born today, 1892.
William Powell and Myrna Loy paired up for no less than fourteen movies, including TheThin Man, The Great Ziegfeld, and Manhattan Melodrama.
It's enough to keep a man busy, but WP still had time to play roles in nearly a dozen episodes of Lux Radio Theatre, one of them an adaptation of The Thin Man. He also lent his acting chops to The Cavalcade of America and The Kraft Music Hall. And if you think Loy's partner never appeared on Suspense, think again. He starred alongside John Dehner and Joseph Kearns in a 1953 adaptation of "The Man Who Cried Wolf." Other Suspense appearances teamed him with Anne Morrison, Paula Winslowe, and Jack Kruschen.
We salute the birthday of the late William Powell.