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Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood (Paperback)

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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, andRapid Eye Movement and Other Poems, among other books.
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 inThe 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 postWorld 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.

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ISBN 9780520274501
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Format Paperback
Pages 411
Publisher Date 2012-07-09 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Copyright Year 2011
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.55 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Only Good Girl in Hollywood
Audience General/trade
Authors Leider, Emily W.
Country of Origin United States

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