Saturday, January 26, 2013
Saturday Scream Queen: Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy is one of those actresses I've always felt would have been great in horror films, yet whose career barely touched on the genre. But, since this is my blog and my profile series, and since I wish she had been in more thrillers and chillers, I going to give her a moment in the spotlight,.am featuring her here.
Loy actually started her career on a path that seemed like it could lead to a career in horror films when they exploded in popularity in the 1930s. She began her film career during the waning days of silent movies, frequently playing exotic femme fatales. Unlike many of her fellow silent movie actresses, she made a successful transition to talkies where she continued for a time to play villainesses... until she transitioned into big-budget comedy and romantic dramas with what became her signature role of the hard-drinking, sharp-witted Nora Charles in the "Thin Man" series. It wasn't until very late in her acting career that she returned to the horror and thriller genres.
Loy's career spanned nearly 60 years and 129 movies. Among her noteworthy thrillers and horror films are "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932), "Midnight Lace" (1960), "Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate" (1971) "The Elevator" (1974) and "Ants" (1977).
Myrna Loy passed away in 1993 at the age of 88.