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Myrna Loy

Born: Aug 2, 1905

Death: Dec 14, 1993

Birthplace: Helena

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Myrna Loy

Date of Birth : Aug 2, 1905
Date of Death : Dec 14, 1993
Birth Place : Helena

Myrna Loy was an American film, television and stage actress. Trained as a dancer, Loy devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved greatly following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man. Although Loy was never nominated for a competitive Academy Award, in March 1991 she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award with the inscription "In recognition of her extraordinary qualities both on screen and off, with appreciation for a lifetime's worth of indelible performances." In 2014, Maureen O'Hara joined Loy in being the only actresses to ever receive an Academy Award for acting without having been nominated previously. During World War II, Loy served as assistant to the director of military and naval welfare for the Red Cross. She was later appointed a member-at large of the U.S. Commission to UNESCO. Her acting career by no means ended in the 1940s. She continued to actively pursue stage and television appearances in addition to films in subsequent decades.


  • Actor
  • Dancer

Also known as

  • Queen of the Movies
  • Caterina Williams
  • Queen of Hollywood
  • Myrna Williams
  • Minnie
  • The Perfect Wife
  • Myrna Adele Williams


  • David Franklin Williams
  • Adele Mae Williams


  • Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
  • John Hertz Jr.
  • Gene Markey
  • Howland H. Sargeant

Awards Won

  • Kennedy Center Honors
  • Academy Honorary Award
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