Friday, May 29, 2009

My, My Myrna


I wonder how often the MGM publicity machine used the title of today's post when it came to promoting Myrna Loy (aka "The Queen of Hollywood")? William Powell's nickname for her was Minnie.

Fridays tend to be the least-active days in the classic movie bloggosphere, but since I'm "hard at work" on a couple of Husband and Wife Detectives entries, I thought that this delightful photograph of Nora Charles herself would serve as divine inspiration to me. Ahh...it certainly will. The Marvelous Myrna deserves, and will receive, a full write up in these pages soon enough. But for now, her lovely visage will suffice.

8 comments:

  1. A great choice C.K. One ofthe best ways to spend a rainy afternoon is with Myrna Loy and Powell solving a crime.

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  2. I love Myrna. Her work with Powell was fantastic. They were such a fantastic time. I also loved seeing her with Cary Grant.

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  3. Oh Myrna Adele, how I love thee. She seemed like an ace person and remains my favorite actress.

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  4. How I adore that woman! She's way up among my other female goddess icons Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis.

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  5. I've stumbled across some blogs that profess disdain for Myrna Loy, and I thought that I'd be the other side of that spectrum. The men seem to love her, but for whatever reason a lot of women just can't stand her. I have no idea why...

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  6. I've stumbled across some blogs that profess disdain for Myrna Loy, and I thought that I'd be the other side of that spectrum. The men seem to love her, but for whatever reason a lot of women just can't stand her. I have no idea why...Can't figure that one out either, and you would think that women would warm to her more than men would. While Myrna was a lovely woman, much of her beauty was in her face, that nose and smile; she had a decent figure, but nothing spectacular, and her legs were average at best (ironic, since she started in films as a dancer). Loy's beauty was more internal, in the way she handled herself, her intelligence and wit. She's right up there with Carole Lombard in my hierarchy of favorite actresses, both wonderful comedic actresses whose approaches were wholly different. Both had sex appeal, though Lombard's was of a more conventional nature than Loy's.

    My mother, who's in her late 80s, told me that in the late 1930s she was an avid Lombard fan, but could take or leave Loy (she didn't dislike her, she simply didn't care one way or another). Perhaps Myrna's "perfect wife" image (one she admitted she hardly lived up to) intimidated some women, whereas Carole seemed her own woman, "liberated" long before that word became associated with feminism (even when she was married to Gable). But both Lombard and Loy were ahead of their time, and one wishes they could have teamed up for some sort of female buddy comedy.

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  7. Great comments, VP! I consider it a feather in my cap that you're even reading my scribblings.

    It's always interesting to hear what people who lived through those days thought of these actors. I wish I'd asked my grandparents more questions...

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  8. You know I'm a fan!

    Today I caught "Test Pilot". I've been looking to see it for years.

    She and Gable had good chemistry; so did she and Spencer Tracy. No one could toss off a wisecrack like Myrna Loy. Lombard was, possibly, more beautiful, but she didn't have the same panache or quiet glee Myrna Loy could show.

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