August 2, 1905 - December 14, 1993
"So long kids. See you in the funny papers."
She was born Myrna Williams, in 1905. She studied acting and dancing, and
when her father died in 1918, her mother moved the family just outside of
Legend has it that she was chorine at Graumans Chinese Theatre, and
Valentino and his wife Natacha Rambova discovered her, and gave her a part in What
Price Beauty. I wonder what price. After that, she was given many roles
as Hindu, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesians, and a friend suggested she change
her surname to Loy, to sound more authentic.
When she teamed up with William Powell to do The Thin Man movies, it made her
a star. God, did they drink, or what? All her life, she never received an Oscar,
but you know the academy. When they smell death, they come a runnin! In 1991 she
was awarded a special Oscar for lifetime achievement.
She lived in Manhattan, in an apartment building overlooking the East River.
Her address was 425
East 63rd Street.
Here is the building
A big thanks to Findadeath.com friends Stacy Weinstein and Mark Ferrara for those pics, and of Lenox Hill Hospital
below. Cheers, you guys.
Her second to last film appearance was in 1978, in The End,
directed by Burt Reynolds.
I am extremely (and as usual) embarrassed by how little information about
Myrnas death and funeral that I have. If anyone can share any information,
please send it in. In the meantime, as a consolation prize, here is Myrnas
famous recipe for Quick
Chicken Pimento Soup.
Let me know if you make it.
Findadeath.com friend NuclearClover sends us
this in September of 2001: Hi there ! I got curious and decided to make it after seeing the recipe on your site, and it's not bad at all.
Wow, more nerve than me! Thanks
for the info!
On November first of 1993, she checked in to the Lenox Hill
she died 43 days later, during surgery.
It was Tuesday, December 14th,
1993 at 6:21 p.m. She was 88 years old.
Myrna was taken to the Frank
E. Campbell Funeral Home, and eventually she was
cremated and sent back to her native Helena Montana, for burial.
Thank you to
Kevin Fitzpatrick for that photograph.
Trivia: Myrna was John Dillingers favorite actress. When he was in
Chicago, he popped into the Biograph
Theater to watch Manhattan Melodrama, with a woman dressed in
We all know what happened when the film finished dont we? Thanks to
Findadeath.com friend Josh Perry for that picture.
More: Having grown up in Helena, Montana, one of her childhood friends was
actor Gary Cooper.
Even More: Irving Thalberg tried to get Myrna to play the lead bad
girl/trapeze artist, in the film Freaks. Too bad. As much as I
love that film, I cannot stand that broad who got the part.
Findadeath.com friend Beca dug up this info for
us: Loy served as assistant to the director of military and naval welfare for the Red Cross in World War II. 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.