Myrna Loy: the Only Good Girl in Hollywood
Emily W Leider

Myrna Loy: the Only Good Girl in Hollywood

University Of California Press, 2011. First edition as new in dust jacket. First edition/ printing. Hardcover. xi+ 411 pp. with bibliography, index. Illustrated with photographs. Scarce biography of Hollwood Golden Age superstar actress Myrna Loy. Born in Helena, Montana in 1903 but spent most of her early life in rough-and-tumble Radersburg, a mining town some 50 miles away. Her film career began when Rudolph Valentino saw her photograph and tested her for the laed in one of his films; she didn't land the role but began getting work as an extra. Her early silent film roles were mostly as a vamp or femme fatale, often portraying Asian or other exotic women. Her big break came when she won the role of Nora Charles, wife of dashing sleuth Nick Charles (William Powell), in "The Thin Man" (1934). She would reprise the role a number of times and in the 1930s and 40s became one of the most liked and bankable studio stars. During World War II, she suspended her acting career to work in the war effort, touring frequently, running canteens, etc. She depised Hitler so so fiercely and outspokenly that she was put on the Fueher's blacklist and her films were banned in Germany. As New Hardcover 9780520253209 (Item ID: E22709)


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