x, 372 pages. Copper lettering on the spine and front cover. Cover is lightly bumped on the front edge. Dust jacket is protected in Brodart, has minor fading land chipping along the edges. A very good copy of this biography, illustrated with a few b/w photographs. This is a heavy book and will require additional shipping charges (at cost). Size: 6.5 x 9.5. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: Myrna Loy's ravishingly witty portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man movies of the 30s and 40s elevated her to near-icon status as the wife every man wanted and every woman wanted to be: she created one of the most loved and timelessly entertaining characters in film history and became, herself, one of the most popular Hollywood actresses of her time. A poll of twenty million fans crowned her Queen of the Movies. Now, with candor and warmth, this most private of stars takes us from the Montana of her girlhood to her beginnings in the Hollywood of the 20s, and beyond. We follow her from silents to sound as her career is catapulted, in 1934, into high orbit by the first of six Thin Man movies she made with William Powell ... she perceptively profiles Rudolph Valentino, who discovered her, and the other legends with whom she worked, played, and formed lasting friendships. With the onset of WW II she develops the activist in herself while working for the Red Cross and carrying on a long-distance mutual infatuation with FDR. Over the years she would support the UN, fight Joseph McCarthy, and serve on civil rights commissions. She participates in presidential campaigns and works with Truman, Dean Acheson, and Eleanor Roosevelt -- and shares with us her astute perceptions of them all. We see her career enter a new phase, as she moves to more mature roles with unusual grace and success; and she gamely tries television and theater at a time of life when most performers would be content to rest on their laurels. Interspersed with Loy's lively and revealing narrative are the words of friends from her childhood and youth as well as reminiscences by colleagues such as William Powell ("The smartest thing I ever did was to marry Myrna Loy on the screen"), Cary Grant, and many others. What emerges from this book -- a personal account as direct as it is entertaining -- is the portrait of a talented, spirited, indomitable woman: in other words, the real Myrna Loy.
From Publishers Weekly:
Kotsilibas-Davis (The Barrymores, etc.) and others contribute here to the story of a remarkable woman, but it's told mainly in her own words. Of pioneer ancestry, all-American Myrna Williams was born in 1905 on a Montana farm. As a young dancer, she was cast in "native" vamp roles in films and named Loy to suit the image. It was in the Thin Man series of the 1930s that the actress's quicksilver wit made her the ideal Nora to the late William Powell's Nick Charles. Loy continued to shine in memorable films with Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Gable et al., all of whom she recalls fondly here, as she does her women friends. There are spirited defenses, for instance, of Jean Harlow and Joan Crawford with critical views of the latter's daughter Christina, author of Mommie Dearest. Loy became a political activist during World War II and has kept working for human rights, primarily on UNICEF and UNESCO committees. The reader discovers a great deal in this story of a person who seems to have learned early on what Matthew Arnold too observed: "Life is . . . a being and a becoming." Photos not seen by PW.
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Título: MYRNA LOY BEING AND BECOMING
Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf
Año de publicación: 1987
Encuadernación: Green and White Hardcover
Condición del libro: Very Good
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Nº de ref. de la librería G0394555937I3N01
Descripción Knopf, 1987. Estado de conservación: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP3806900
Descripción Knopf, 1987. Estado de conservación: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP13299279
Descripción Knopf, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Acceptable. Minor shelf wear. Item is intact, but may show shelf wear. Pages may include notes and highlighting. May or may not include supplemental or companion material. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0001187832
Descripción Knopf. Estado de conservación: Acceptable. Ex-library. Heavy wear. Spine tilt. Cover has faded. Binding is loose. Light interior markings. Nº de ref. de la librería BOOK-0442-01028
Descripción Knopf. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. 0394555937 Like New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería SKU99.008714
Descripción Estado de conservación: Good. Book Condition: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería 97803945559354.0
Descripción Alfred a Knopf, 1987. Hardback. Estado de conservación: Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. First Edition. STATED FIRST EDITION! Hardback EX-LIBRARY book with dust jacket. ABSOLUTELY NO LIBRARY MARKS/TAGS on the bright and complete DUST JACKET! The book is sturdy, complete and clean with library stamps/card pocket & discarded stamp. Ex-Library. Nº de ref. de la librería 29214-x-NEW
Descripción Knopf. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 0394555937 Contains deckle edge binding. In nice condition, clean interior, nice tight binding, and highly usable. Nº de ref. de la librería SKU1006532
Descripción Knopf 1987-10-12, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: good. 1st. 0394555937. Nº de ref. de la librería 492778