The lovely and adorable Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American film, television and stage actress. She was trained as a dancer but devoted herself fully to an acting career after getting a taste of it in a few minor roles in silent films. Her breakout role was as Nora Charles in the 1934 film, The Thin Man, one of my all time favorites and which became one of the year’s biggest hits. Loy later referred to The Thin Man as the film “that finally made me… after more than 80 films”.

The Thin Man: William Powell, Asta and Myrna Loy

The Thin Man: William Powell, Asta and Myrna Loy

The movie showcased her wit, sense of humor, and comedic skills that her films heretofore had not revealed. She and her costar William Powell became one of Hollywood’s most popular screen couples and appeared in 14 films together, one of the most prolific pairings in Hollywood history.

The Thin Man publicity still

“The Thin Man” publicity still

Myrna wore some of the loveliest dresses in her films. With her slender dancer’s body and fetching heart-shaped face, it must have made her a costume designer’s delight!

Striped dress from "The Thin Man"

Striped dress from “The Thin Man”

Myrna Loy 03This dress cleverly takes two layers of striped chiffon and overlaps them to create the plaid-like pattern. Maybe you can’t see it here in the still, but when she moves in this dress in the movie, you can see the two layers.

Myrna Loy 01Yummy one-shoulder dress. Work it girl!

Myrna Loy backless dress 2The plunging back on this dress reveals her beautiful back.

Myrna Loy backless dress 1

Same dress where she gives us a “come hither” look. Even the arm holes plunge.

The Thin Man 04

This ensemble looks like an alternative to a suit, with the sheer overlay with what looks like appliqué and a colored slip underneath. I wish I could see this outfit in color.

Myrna Loy 07A gorgeous dress of pleated lamé for this publicity still.

Myrna Loy 08She looks cute as a button in this polka dot gown.

wm-powell-myrna-loyI love that black and white world, where they drank cocktails all day and never got hungover, and everyone smoked with an elegant nonchalance anywhere they felt like lighting up and no one worried about second hand smoke.