The Loy - Powell partnership was one of the most prolific in film history, resulting in fourteen films. These included six ‘Thin Man’ films, and eight other films ranging from drama to comedy, all of which demonstrated their versatility and onscreen chemistry.
Rest in Peace, Myrna Loy | August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993
In his eulogy Roddy McDowall recalled Myrna as ‘one of the least vain people I have ever met,a woman full of waltzing gentility, a flirtatious American-Edwardian who carried off a wry mix of romance and reserve. There was no tone like her baccarat crystal laugh. Her love provides one of the golden threads in the tapestry of my life’
‘The reason she never won a competitive Oscar or nomination is because she was never bad. She didn’t do the bad work that makes good work look better’- Robert Osbourne
’I don’t know why anybody thinks it’s important to keep their youth. What’s much more important is learning not to depend on youth and beauty. The true secret of survival is to be curious about life, to be interested in lots of things’ - MYRNA LOY
“I don´t know any other actress who has the wit that Myrna Loy has. The kind of wit that amuses me – underplayed, suggested, very, very subtle. The whole look of her is witty and wise, but beneath all this there´s a kind of humanity and tenderness. She has something about her that touches your heart.”
Many times I’ve played with an actress who seemed to be separated from me by a plate glass window; there was no contact at all. But Myrna, unlike some actresses that think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines. She has the give and take of acting that brings out the best.
“The Thin Man would never have been the success it was without her. When the bed rolled beneath her in the hangover scene and she looked up at me with the ice bag on her head and said “You pushed me,” she became every man´s dream of what a wife should be: beautiful and glamorous with a sense of humor, provocative and feminine without being saccharine or sharp, a perfect gal who never lost her temper, jumped at conclusions, or nagged a guy. Men-Must-Marry-Myrna Clubs were formed. Hearty Nigel Bruce broke down and wrote his first fan letter. Jimmy Stewart said, “I shall only marry Myrna Loy,” while women wept.”