Myrna Loy by Emily W. Leider
The Only Good Girl in Hollywood

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From the beginning, Myrna Loy’s screen image conjured mystery, a sense of something withheld. "Who is she?" was a question posed in the first fan magazine article published about her in 1925. This first ever biography of the wry and sophisticated actress best known for her role as Nora Charles, wife to dapper detective William Powell in The Thin Man, offers an unprecedented picture of her life and an extraordinary movie career that spanned six decades. Opening with Loy’s rough-and-tumble upbringing in Montana, the book takes us to Los Angeles in the 1920s, where Loy’s striking looks caught the eye of Valentino, through the silent and early sound era to her films of the thirties, when Loy became a top box office draw, and to her robust post–World War II career. Throughout, Emily W. Leider illuminates the actress’s friendships with luminaries such as Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Joan Crawford and her collaborations with the likes of John Barrymore, David O. Selznick, Sam Goldwyn, and William Wyler, among many others. This highly engaging biography offers a fascinating slice of studio era history and gives us the first full picture of a very private woman who has often been overlooked despite her tremendous star power.
 

About Emily W. Leider

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Biographer, poet, and memoirist Emily W. Leider is the author of Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino, Becoming Mae West, and Rapid Eye Movement and Other Poems, among other books.
 
Published October 3, 2011 by University of California Press. 424 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Though Loy was once one of Hollywood’s leading female stars, Leider (Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino, 2003, etc.) maintains that she was underappreciated, partly because of the subtlety of her craft.

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In this well-researched and comprehensive biography, Leider (Dark Lover) shows Loy as an accomplished actress (The Perfect Wife;

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Although she plays the libeled lady of the title, it's not really a Loy film—it's got three other stars in William Powell, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy, and an ensemble cast with no weak links.

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City Book Review

In 1937, the public voted Clark Gable and Myrna Loy as King and Queen of Hollywood.

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Portland Book Review

Despite any disappointment, Loy managed to maintain her dignity and we come to know the real Myrna Loy as a fiercely loyal friend, patriot, and humanitarian.

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Opening with Loy's rough-and-tumble upbringing in Montana, the book takes us to Los Angeles in the 1920s, where Loy's striking looks caught the eye of Valentino, through the silent and early sound era to her films of the thirties, when Loy became a top box office draw, and to her robust post-Worl...

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