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Myrna Loy"Life, is not a having and getting, but a being and becoming." - Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905, in Helena, Montana. Her father died when she was thirteen years old and Myrna's family moved to California. Myrna began her career working as an extra in films like Ben-Hur and The Jazz Singer. In 1930 she was offered a contract with MGM. Myrna costarred with William Powell in more than a dozen movies including The Thin Man and Libeled Lady. They became one of Hollywood's most popular screen teams. Myrna married producer Arthur Hornblow Jr in 1936. That same year she was voted "Queen Of Hollywood" in a nationwide poll. Her success continued with starring roles Wife Vs. Secretary, The Best Years Of Our Lives, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

Myrna LoyShe divorced Arthur in 1942 and married John Hertz Jr. Their marriage lasted just two years. Myrna married screenwriter Gene Marky in January 1946. They divorced in 1950. She married her fourth husband, Howland H. Sergeant, in 1951 but this marriage also ended in divorce. Myrna continued to appear in movies and on television. She also starred on Broadway in the play The Women. During the 1980s Myrna was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy. She published her autobiography Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming in 1987. In 1991 Myrna was given an honorary Academy Award for her career achievement. Myrna died on December 14, 1993 from complications during surgery. She is buried at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena, Montana.
Filmography:

The Thin Man (1934)