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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Myrna Adele Williams

Description: Actress, USA

Known For: Known for her role in – “Thin Man” movies

Location: MT, United States of America

Date Born: 2nd August 1905
Location Born: Ratsburg, United States of America

Date Died: 14th December 1993
Location Died: New York City, New York, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Cancer, Breast- Complications during surgery

Memorial: Burial: Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Lewis and Clark County,Montana, USA. Plot: East half lot #4 valley view
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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Myrna Loy

An American motion picture actress. Her most famous role was as Nora Charles, wife of detective Nick Charles (William Powell), in The Thin Man series. In 1938 she was voted the “Queen of Hollywood” in a contest which also voted Clark Gable the “King”.

Trained as a dancer, Loy devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved greatly following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934).

Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (née Johnson) and rancher David Franklin Williams, in nearby Radersburg. Her paternal grandparents were natives of Wales, and her maternal grandparents were Swedish and Scottish.

Her first name came from a train station whose name her father liked. Her father was also a banker and real estate developer and the youngest man ever elected to the Montana state legislature. Her mother studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.

During the winter of 1912, Loy’s mother nearly died from pneumonia, and her father sent his wife and daughter to La Jolla, California. Loy’s mother saw great potential in Southern California, and during one of his visits she encouraged her husband to purchase real estate there. Among the properties he bought was land he later sold at a considerable profit to Charlie Chaplin so the filmmaker could construct his studio there.

Although Loy’s mother tried to persuade her husband to move to California permanently, he preferred ranch life and the three eventually returned to Montana. Soon afterward, Loy’s mother needed a hysterectomy and insisted Los Angeles was a safer place to have it done, so she, Loy, and Loy’s brother David moved to Ocean Park, where Loy began to take dancing lessons.

They continued after she returned to Montana, and at the age of 12, Myrna Williams made her stage debut performing a dance she choreographed based on The Blue Bird from the Rose Dream Operetta[8] at Helena’s Marlow Theater.

Loy’s father died on November 7, 1918, of Spanish influenza, and Loy’s mother was finally able to realize her dream to permanently relocate her family to California, where they settled in Culver City. Loy attended the exclusive Westlake School for Girls in Holmby Hills and continued to study dance in Downtown Los Angeles. When her teachers objected to her participating in theatrical arts, her mother enrolled her in Venice High School, and at 15, she began appearing in local stage productions.

In 1921, Loy posed for Harry Winebrenner’s statue titled “Spiritual,” which remained in front of Venice High School throughout the 20th century and can be seen in the opening scenes of the 1978 film Grease. The statue was vandalized several times, and at one point was removed from display. However it has been rebuilt using bronze, and is on display again, surrounded by some thorny rosebushes to protect it.

Loy left school at the age of 18 to help with the family’s finances. She obtained work at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, where she performed in elaborate musical sequences that were related to and served as prologues for the feature film. During this period she saw Eleonora Duse in the play Thy Will Be Done, and the simple acting techniques she employed made such an impact on Loy she tried to emulate them throughout her career.

Portrait photographer Henry Waxman had taken several pictures of Loy, and they were noticed by Rudolph Valentino when the actor went to Waxman’s studio for a sitting. He was looking for a leading lady for Cobra, the first independent project he and his wife Natacha Rambova were producing. She tested for the role, which went to Gertrude Olmstead instead, but soon after she was hired as an extra for Pretty Ladies, in which she and fellow newcomer Joan Crawford were among a bevy of chorus girls dangling from an elaborate chandelier.

Rambova recommended Loy for a small but showy role opposite Nita Naldi in What Price Beauty? Although the film remained unreleased for three years, stills of Loy in her exotic makeup and costume appeared in a fan magazine and led to a contract with Warner Bros., where her surname was changed to Loy.

Loy’s silent film roles were mainly those of vamps or femme fatales, and she frequently portrayed characters of Asian or Eurasian background in films such as Across the Pacific, A Girl in Every Port, The Crimson City, The Black Watch, and The Desert Song, which she later recalled “…kind of solidified my exotic non-American image.”

It took years for her to overcome this stereotype, and as late as 1932 she was cast as a villainous Eurasian half-breed in Thirteen Women. She also played a sadistic Chinese princess in The Mask of Fu Manchu, opposite Boris Karloff. Prior to that, she appeared in small roles in The Jazz Singer and a number of early lavish Technicolor musicals, including The Show of Shows, The Bride of the Regiment, and Under A Texas Moon. As a result, she became associated with musical roles, and when they began to lose favor with the public, her career went into a slump.

In 1934, Loy appeared in Manhattan Melodrama with Clark Gable and William Powell. When gangster John Dillinger was shot to death after leaving a screening of the film at the Biograph Theater in Chicago, the film received widespread publicity, with some newspapers reporting that Loy had been Dillinger’s favorite actress.

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After appearing with Ramón Novarro in The Barbarian, Loy was cast as Nora Charles in the 1934 film The Thin Man. Director W. S. Van Dyke chose Loy after he detected a wit and sense of humor that her previous films had not revealed. At a Hollywood party, he pushed her into a swimming pool to test her reaction, and felt that her aplomb in handling the situation was exactly what he envisioned for Nora.

Louis B. Mayer at first refused to allow Loy to play the part because he felt she was a dramatic actress, but Van Dyke insisted. Mayer finally relented on the condition filming be completed within three weeks, as Loy was committed to start filming Stamboul Quest.

The Thin Man became one of the year’s biggest hits, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. Loy received excellent reviews and was acclaimed for her comedic skills. She and her costar William Powell proved to be a popular screen couple and appeared in 14 films together, one of the most prolific pairings in Hollywood history. Loy later referred to The Thin Man as the film “that finally made me… after more than 80 films”.

Her successes in Manhattan Melodrama and The Thin Man marked a turning point in her career and she was cast in more important pictures. Such films as Wife vs. Secretary (1936) with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow and Petticoat Fever (1936) with Robert Montgomery gave her opportunity to develop comedic skills.

She made four films in close succession with William Powell: Libeled Lady (1936), which also starred Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy, The Great Ziegfeld (1936), in which she played Billie Burke opposite Powell’s Florenz Ziegfeld, the second “Thin Man” film, After the Thin Man with Powell and James Stewart, and the romantic comedy Double Wedding (1937).

She also made three more films with Clark Gable. Parnell was a historical drama and one of the most poorly received film of either Loy’s or Gable’s careers, but their other pairings in Test Pilot and Too Hot to Handle (both 1938) were successes.

During this period, Loy was one of Hollywood’s busiest and highest paid actresses, and in 1937 and 1938 she was listed in the annual “Quigley Poll of the Top Ten Money Making Stars”, which was compiled from the votes of movie exhibitors throughout the U.S. for the stars that had generated the most revenue in their theaters over the previous year.

By this time Loy was highly regarded for her performances in romantic comedies and she was anxious to demonstrate her dramatic ability, and was cast in the lead female role in The Rains Came (1939) opposite Tyrone Power. She filmed Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) with Melvyn Douglas and appeared in I Love You Again (1940), Love Crazy (1941) and Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), all with William Powell.

With the outbreak of World War II, she all but abandoned her acting career to focus on the war effort and worked closely with the Red Cross. She was so fiercely outspoken against Adolf Hitler that her name appeared on his blacklist. She helped run a Naval Auxiliary Canteen and toured frequently to raise funds.

She returned to films with The Thin Man Goes Home (1945). In 1946 she played the wife of returning serviceman Fredric March in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). In later years, she considered this her proudest acting achievement. Throughout her career, she championed the rights of black actors and characters to be depicted with dignity on film.

Loy was paired with Cary Grant in David O. Selznick’s comedy film The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947). The film co-starred a teenage Shirley Temple. Following its success she appeared again with Grant in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), and with Clifton Webb in Cheaper by the Dozen (1950).

After 1950, Loy’s film career continued sporadically. In 1960, she appeared in Midnight Lace and From the Terrace, but was not in another film until 1969 in The April Fools. In 1965 Loy won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.

In 1978 she appeared in the film The End as the mother of the main character played by Burt Reynolds. Her last motion picture performance was 1980 in Sidney Lumet’s Just Tell Me What You Want. She also returned to the stage, making her Broadway debut in a short-lived 1973 revival of Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women.

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In 1981 she appeared in the television drama Summer Solstice which was Henry Fonda’s last performance. Her last acting role was a guest spot on the sitcom Love, Sidney, in 1982.

Loy was married and divorced four times:

1936–1942 Arthur Hornblow, Jr., producer
1942–1944 John Hertz, Jr. of the Hertz Rent A Car family
1946–1950 Gene Markey, producer and screenwriter
1951–1960 Howland H. Sargeant, UNESCO delegate

In later life, she assumed an influential role as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing. In 1948 she became a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the first Hollywood celebrity to do so.

Loy had two mastectomies in 1975 and 1979 for breast cancer.

Her autobiography, Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming, was published in 1987. The following year, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center in 1988.

Although Loy was never nominated for an Academy Award for any single performance, after an extensive letter writing campaign and years of lobbying by screenwriter and then-Writers Guild of America, west board member Michael Russnow, who enlisted the support of Loy’s former screen colleagues and friends such as Roddy McDowall, Sidney Sheldon, Harold Russell and many others, she received a 1991 Academy Honorary Award “for her career achievement”. She accepted via camera from her New York home, simply stating, “You’ve made me very happy. Thank you very much.” It was her last public appearance in any medium

Loy died on December 14, 1993 during surgery in New York City at the age of 88. She was cremated in New York and the ashes interred at Forestvale Cemetery, in Helena, Montana.

For her contribution to the film industry, Myrna Loy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6685 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Death: Myrna Loy died on December 14, 1993, in New York City at age 88. She was cremated in New York. The ashes were interred at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena, Montana.

For her contribution to the film industry, Myrna Loy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6685 Hollywood Boulevard.

A building at Sony Pictures Studios, formerly MGM Studios, in Culver City is named in her honor. A cast of her handprint and her signature are in the sidewalk in front of Theater 80, on St. Mark’s Place in New York City.

In 1991, the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts opened in downtown Helena, not far from Loy’s hometown. Located in the historic Lewis and Clark County Jail, it sponsors live performances and alternative films for underserved audiences.

Loy was married and divorced four times:
1936–1942 Arthur Hornblow, Jr., producer
1942–1944 John Hertz, Jr. of the Hertz Rent A Car family
1946–1950 Gene Markey, producer and screenwriter
1951–1960 Howland H. Sargeant, UNESCO delegate

Loy had no children of her own, though she was very close to her first husband Arthur Hornblow’s children. After leaving Sargeant, she moved to 23 East 74th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

There were rumors that Myrna Loy had affairs with:
Spencer Tracy during the filming of Whipsaw in 1935 and Libeled Lady in 1936.

Leslie Howard during the filming of The Animal Kingdom in 1932.
Gambler Titanic Thompson claimed he had an affair with her

Even before Loy became a staunch Democrat, one of her biggest fans was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Myrna Loy filmography

All of Loy’s films released prior to The Desert Song (1929) were silent except where noted. All of Loy’s films were produced in the United States except for That Dangerous Age (1949) which was produced in Great Britain.

Year Title Role Director Other Players Filmed in 1925–1930

1925 What Price Beauty? Vamp Tom Buckingham Nita Naldi, Natacha Rambova
The Wanderer Girl at Baccanal
(uncredited) Raoul Walsh Greta Nissen, Wallace Beery
Pretty Ladies Ziegfeld Girl
Monta Bell ZaSu Pitts, Tom Moore, Ann Pennington Technicolor

Sporting Life Chorus Girl with Lord Wainwright
Maurice Tourneur Bert Lytell, Marian Nixon
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Slave Girl
Fred Niblo Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy Technicolor
1926 The Caveman Maid Lewis Milestone Matt Moore
The Love Toy Bit Part (uncredited) Erle C. Kenton Lowell Sherman
Why Girls Go Back Home Sally Short James Flood Patsy Ruth Miller, Clive Brook
The Gilded Highway Inez Quartz J. Stuart Blackton Dorothy Devore
Exquisite Sinner Living statue Phil Rosen
Josef von Sternberg Conrad Nagel, Renée Adorée
So This is Paris Maid Ernst Lubitsch Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller
Don Juan
(soundtrack—music and sound effects) Mai, Lady in Waiting Alan Crosland John Barrymore, Mary Astor
Across the Pacific Roma Roy Del Ruth Monte Blue
The Third Degree Bit Part
(uncredited) Michael Curtiz Dolores Costello
1927 Finger Prints Vamp Lloyd Bacon Louise Fazenda, Helene Costello
When a Man Loves
His Lady (UK title)
(soundtrack—music and sound effects) Convict behind Manon
(uncredited) Alan Crosland John Barrymore, Dolores Costello
Bitter Apples Belinda White Harry O. Hoyt Monte Blue
The Climbers Countess Veya Paul L. Stein Irene Rich
Simple Sis Edith Van Herman C. Raymaker Louise Fazenda, Clyde Cook
The Heart of Maryland Mulatta Lloyd Bacon Dolores Costello
A Sailor’s Sweetheart Claudette Ralston Lloyd Bacon Louise Fazenda, Clyde Cook
The Jazz Singer (Part Talkie) Chorus girl – Alan Crosland Al Jolson, May McAvoy
The Girl from Chicago Mary Carlton Ray Enright Conrad Nagel
If I Were Single Joan Whitley Roy Del Ruth May McAvoy, Conrad Nagel
Ham and Eggs at the Front Fifi Roy Del Ruth Tom Wilson, Louise Fazenda
1928 Beware of Married Men Juanita Sheldon Archie Mayo Irene Rich, Clyde Cook
A Girl in Every Port Girl in China (uncredited) Howard Hawks Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks
Turn Back the Hours Tiza Torreon Howard Bretherton Walter Pidgeon
The Crimson City Isobel/State Street Sadie Archie Mayo Conrad Nagel
Pay as You Enter – (soundtrack—music and sound effects) Yvonne De Russo Lloyd Bacon Louise Fazenda, Clyde Cook
State Street Sadie
The Girl from State Street (UK)
(Part Talkie) Isobel Archie Mayo Conrad Nagel
The Midnight Taxi Gertie Fairfax John G. Adolfi Antonio Moreno, Helene Costello
Noah’s Ark
(Part Talkie) Dancer/Slave Girl Michael Curtiz Dolores Costello, George O’Brien, Noah Beery
1929 Fancy Baggage
(Part Talkie) Myrna John G. Adolfi Audrey Ferris
Hardboiled Rose
(Part Talkie) Rose Duhamel F. Harmon Weight William Collier, Jr.
The Desert Song Azuri Roy Del Ruth John Boles, Carlotta King Technicolor
(sequences)
The Black Watch
King of the Khyber Rifles (UK) Yasmani John Ford Victor McLaglen
The Squall Nubi Alexander Korda Alice Joyce, Loretta Young
The Great Divide Manuella Reginald Barker Dorothy Mackaill, Ian Keith
Evidence Native Girl John G. Adolfi Pauline Frederick
The Show of Shows Herself
(“What Became of the Floradora Boys”
and “Chinese Fantasy” numbers) John G. Aldolphi All-Star Cast Technicolor
1930 Cameo Kirby Lea Irving Cummings J. Harold Murray, Norma Terris
Isle of Escape Moira Howard Bretherton Monte Blue
Under a Texas Moon Lolita Romero Michael Curtiz Frank Fay Technicolor
Cock o’ the Walk Narita Walter Lang
Roy William Neill Joseph Schildkraut
Bride of the Regiment
Lady of the Rose (UK) Sophie John Francis Dillon Vivienne Segal Technicolor
The Last of the Duanes Lola Bland Alfred L. Werker George O’Brien
The Jazz Cinderella
Love Is Like That (UK) Mildred Vane Scott Pembroke Jason Robards, Sr.
The Bad Man Bit Part Clarence G. Badger Walter Huston
Renegades Eleanore Victor Fleming Warner Baxter, Noah Beery, Bela Lugosi
The Truth About Youth Kara – the Firefly William A. Seiter Loretta Young, David Manners
Rogue of the Rio Grande Carmita Spencer Gordon Bennet José Bohr
The Devil to Pay! Mary Crayle George Fitzmaurice Ronald Colman, Loretta Young
[edit] 1931–1940
1931 The Naughty Flirt Linda Gregory Edward F. Cline Alice White
Body and Soul Alice Lester Alfred Santell Charles Farrell, Elissa Landi, Humphrey Bogart
A Connecticut Yankee
The Yankee at King Arthur’s Court (UK) Morgan le Fay David Butler Will Rogers
Hush Money Flo Curtis Sidney Lanfield Joan Bennett
Rebound Evie Lawrence Edward H. Griffith Ina Claire
Transatlantic Kay Graham William K. Howard Edmund Lowe, Lois Moran
Skyline Paula Lambert Sam Taylor Thomas Meighan, Maureen O’Sullivan
Consolation Marriage Elaine Brandon Paul Sloane Irene Dunne, Pat O’Brien
Arrowsmith Mrs. Joyce Lanyon John Ford Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes
1932 Emma Countess Isabelle “Izzy” Smith Marlin Clarence Brown Marie Dressler
Vanity Fair Becky Sharp Chester M. Franklin Conway Tearle
The Wet Parade Eileen Pinchon Victor Fleming Walter Huston
The Woman in Room 13 Sari Loder Henry King Elissa Landi, Ralph Bellamy
New Morals for Old Myra Charles Brabin Robert Young
Love Me Tonight Countess Valentine Rouben Mamoulian Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
Thirteen Women Ursula Georgi George Archainbaud Irene Dunne, Peg Entwistle
The Mask of Fu Manchu Fah Lo See Charles Brabin Boris Karloff
The Animal Kingdom
The Woman in His House (UK) Cecilia “Cee” Henry Collier Edward H. Griffith Ann Harding, Leslie Howard
1933 Topaze Coco Harry D’Arrast John Barrymore
The Barbarian
A Night in Cairo (UK) Diana “Di” Standing Sam Wood Ramon Novarro
The Prizefighter and the Lady Belle W.S. Van Dyke Max Baer
When Ladies Meet Mary Howard Harry Beaumont Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery
Penthouse
Crooks in Clover (UK) Gertie Waxted W. S. Van Dyke Warner Baxter
Night Flight Wife of Brazilian pilot Clarence Brown John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable
Scarlet River Herself
(uncredited) Otto Brower Tom Keene
1934 Men in White Laura Hudson Richard Bolslowski Clark Gable
Manhattan Melodrama Eleanor Packer W.S. Van Dyke Clark Gable, William Powell
The Thin Man Nora Charles W.S. Van Dyke William Powell
Stamboul Quest Annemarie, aka Fräulein Doktor
and Helena Bohlen Sam Wood George Brent
Evelyn Prentice Evelyn Prentice William K. Howard William Powell, Rosalind Russell
Broadway Bill
Strictly Confidential (UK) Alice Higgins Frank Capra Warner Baxter, May Robson
1935 Wings in the Dark Sheila Mason James Flood Cary Grant
Whipsaw Vivian Palmer Sam Wood Spencer Tracy
1936 Wife vs. Secretary Linda Clarence Brown Clark Gable, Jean Harlow
Petticoat Fever Irene Campton George Fitzmaurice Robert Montgomery
The Great Ziegfeld Billie Burke Robert Z. Leonard William Powell, Luise Rainer
To Mary – with Love Mary Wallace John Cromwell Warner Baxter
Libeled Lady Connie Allenbury Jack Conway Jean Harlow, William Powell, Spencer Tracy
After the Thin Man Nora Charles W.S. Van Dyke William Powell, James Stewart
1937 Parnell Mrs. Katie O’Shea John Stahl Clark Gable
Double Wedding Margit “Baby” Agnew Richard Thorpe William Powell
1938 Man-Proof Mimi Swift Richard Thorpe Franchot Tone, Rosalind Russell, Walter Pidgeon
Test Pilot Ann Barton Victor Fleming Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy
Too Hot to Handle Alma Harding Jack Conway Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon
Another Romance of Celluloid Herself
(uncredited)
1939 Lucky Night Cora Jordan Overton Norman Taurog Robert Taylor
The Rains Came Lady Edwina Esketh Clarence Brown Tyrone Power, George Brent Sepia
Another Thin Man Nora Charles W.S. Van Dyke William Powell
Verdensberømtheder i København Herself
1940 I Love You Again Katherine “Kay” Wilson W.S. Van Dyke William Powell
Third Finger, Left Hand Margot Sherwood Merrick Robert Z. Leonard Melvyn Douglas
Northward, Ho! Herself
[edit] 1941–1950
1941 Love Crazy Susan Ireland Jack Conway William Powell, Jack Carson
Shadow of the Thin Man Nora Charles W.S. Van Dyke William Powell, Donna Reed
1943 Show Business at War Herself Louis De Rochemont
1945 The Thin Man Goes Home Nora Charles Richard Thorpe William Powell
1946 So Goes My Love
A Genius in the Family (UK) Jane Frank Ryan Don Ameche
The Best Years of Our Lives Milly Stephenson William Wyler Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Virginia Mayo, Teresa Wright
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Bachelor Knight (UK) Margaret Irving Reiss Cary Grant, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee
Song of the Thin Man Nora Charles Edward Buzzell William Powell, Dean Stockwell
The Senator Was Indiscreet
Mr. Ashton Was Indiscreet (UK) Mrs Ashton
(uncredited cameo appearance) George S. Kaufman William Powell, Ella Raines
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Muriel Blandings H.C. Potter Cary Grant, Melvyn Douglas
1949 The Red Pony Alice Tiflin Lewis Milestone Robert Mitchum Technicolor
That Dangerous Age
If This Be Sin (US) Lady Cathy Brooke Gregory Ratoff Roger Livesey, Peggy Cummins, Richard Greene
1950 Cheaper by the Dozen Mrs. Lillian Gilbreth Walter Lang Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain Technicolor
[edit] 1951–1960
1952 Belles on Their Toes Mrs. Lillian Gilbreth Henry Levin Jeanne Crain, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter Technicolor
1955 General Electric Theater
(TV Episode: “It Gives Me Great Pleasure”) Kate Kennedy Patric Knowles
1956 The Ambassador’s Daughter Mrs. Cartwright Norman Krasna Olivia de Havilland, John Forsythe, Adolphe Menjou CinemaScope
Deluxe color
1957 General Electric Theater
(TV Episode: “Lady of the House”) Maggie Webster Robert Preston
General Electric Theater
(TV Episode: “Love Came Late”) Allie Evans Melvyn Douglas
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
(TV Episode: “No Second Helpingre”) ? Jill St. John
1958 Lonelyhearts Florence Shrike Vincent J. Donehue Montgomery Clift, Robert Ryan
1959 Meet Me in St. Louis
(TV Special) Mrs. Smith George Schaefer Jane Powell, Walter Pidgeon, Jeanne Crain, Patty Duke, Tab Hunter
1960 From the Terrace Martha Eaton Mark Robson Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward CinemaScope
Deluxe color
Midnight Lace Beatrice (“Aunt Bea”) Corman David Miller Doris Day, Rex Harrison
1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson
(TV Episode: “Surprise Party”) Mary Sidney Gerald Mohr, Mark Goddard
What’s My Line?
(Episode: July 31) Mystery Guest
I’ve Got a Secret
Episode: November 30 Herself
[edit] 1961–1991
1967 Family Affair
(TV Episode: “A Helping Hand”) Adele William D. Russell Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot color
1969 The Virginian
(TV Episode: “Lady of the House”) Mrs. Miles Abner Biberman Doug McClure, James Drury color
1969 The April Fools Grace Greenlaw Stuart Rosenberg Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Charles Boyer Technicolor
1970 The 42nd Annual Academy Awards Herself
(Presenter: Best Short Films, Art Direction, and Best Director) Jack Haley, Jr.
Richard Dunlap color
1971 Death Takes a Holiday
(TV movie) Selena Chapman Robert Butler Yvette Mimieux, Monte Markham Technicolor
1971 Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate
(TV movie) Evelyn Tryon Ted Post Helen Hayes, Mildred Natwick, Sylvia Sidney color
1972 Columbo
(TV Episode: “Étude in Black”) Lizzy Fielding Nicholas Colasanto Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Blythe Danner Technicolor
The Couple Takes a Wife
(TV movie) Mrs. Flanagan (Mother) Jerry Paris Bill Bixby, Paula Prentiss Technicolor
The Movie Game
(Episode: February 7 Herself Larry Blyden color
1973 Ironside
(TV Episode: “All About Andrea”) Andrea Wollcott Raymond Burr color
1974 Indict and Convict
(TV movie) Judge Christine Tayloy Boris Sagal George Grizzard, William Shatner Technicolor
Airport 1975 Mrs. Devaney Jack Smight Charlton Heston, Gloria Swanson Technicolor
1974 The Elevator
(TV movie) Amanda Kenyon Jerry Jameson James Farentino, Roddy McDowell Technicolor
ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment”
(Episode: That’s Entertainment! 50 Years of MGM) Herself color
1976 The American Film Institute Presents a Salute to William Wyler Herself William Wyler
(honoree) color
1977 It Happened at Lakewood Manor
(TV movie) Ethel Adams Robert Scheerer Suzanne Somers, Robert Foxworth color
1978 The End Maureen Lawson Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds, Sally Field Deluxe color
1980 Just Tell Me What You Want Stella Liberti Sidney Lumet Ali MacGraw, Alan King Technicolor
1981 Summer Solstice
(TV movie) Margaret Turner Ralph Rosenblum Henry Fonda color
Henry Fonda and the Making of Summer Solstice Herself Henry Fonda color
1982 Love, Sidney
(TV Episode: “Sidney and the Actress”) Vera Lonnigan Tony Randall color
Night of 100 Stars Herself Clark Jones color
1988 The Kennedy Center Honors:
A Celebration of the Performing Arts Herself
(Honoree) George Burns color
1991 The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Herself
(Honorary Award Recipient) Jeff Margolis Billy Crystal color

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