Here are 10 things you should know about actress Theresa Harris, born 112 (some sources say 109) years ago today. Harris could sing, dance and act and was obviously beautiful, but was extremely restricted in the roles she was allowed to play. The loss was ours every bit as much as hers.
Given how little he’s remembered today, it’s remarkable to consider how often George Brent, born 114 years ago today, worked with some of the most iconic actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Here are 10 things you should know about George Brent…
The divine Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams 112 years today in Helena, Montana. She ranks very highly indeed in our personal pantheon of Hollywood stars, so her birthday is always, in our view, cause for celebration. Happy birthday, Ms. Loy, wherever you may be.
Here are 10 things you should know about Myrna Loy…
The delightful William Powell was born 125 years ago today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Of all the stars who shone during Hollywood’s Golden Age, it is Powell we would choose to model ourselves after. He came off as suave, sophisticated, elegant, witty, warm and decent. Happy birthday, Mr. Powell, wherever you may be!
Here are 10 things you should know about William Powell…
Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams 111 years today in Helena, Montana. She ranks very highly indeed in our personal pantheon of Hollywood stars, so her birthday is always, in our view, cause for celebration. Here are some ML Did-You-Knows:
- Loy was of Welsh, Scottish and Swedish descent.
- Though Gary Cooper also grew up in and around Helena, he and Loy never met until they had both moved to Hollywood.
- Her father was a rancher and a politician—the youngest person ever elected the Montana State legislature. He died of influenza when Loy was just 13, after which her family moved to Los Angeles.
- She began acting in school plays at 15; some of those productions were staged in Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
- Loy attended Venice High School, where the speech and drama awards are now called “Myrnas.” There’s a statue outside the school that bears her likeness. It’s titled “Inspiration.”
- Loy, who spoke out early and often against Hitler and the Nazi regime, saw her films blacklisted in Germany.
- She was John Dillinger‘s favorite movie star. He had just seen her in Manhattan Melodrama (1934) when he was gunned down by police as he left the theatre.
- Frequent costar and close friend William Powell‘s nickname for Loy was “Minnie.”
- Her father got her first name from the name of a train station he passed through, and it was pulp writer Paul Cain who suggested she changed her name from Williams to Loy.
- Loy moved to Manhattan in 1960 and remained there for the rest of her life. As she wrote of the Big Apple in her autobigraphy, “If you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault. Something’s always happening. But in Hollywood, if you’re no longer reigning, you simply don’t matter.”
Happy birthday, Myrna Loy, wherever you may be!