Myrna Loy and William Powell, Double Wedding
William Powell was born on this day in 1892 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Hollywood is all the better for it.
“Even my best friends never fail to tell me that the smartest thing I ever did was to marry Myrna Loy on the screen.” ~ William Powell
While William Powell and Myrna Loy had tremendous success in Hollywood apart from one another, they are remembered most as a team. A fact that I’m certain wouldn’t bother either of them in the least.
My favorite William Powell movie that doesn’t co-star Myrna Loy is The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) with Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery. It also happens to be one of my favorite Joan Crawford movies. It’s outstanding from the first line to the last. You can find The Last of Mrs. Cheyney on dvd (Amazon link) or watch on Prime Video.
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Starring Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, and William Powell
Another William Powell quote about Myrna Loy that I love: “When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angels, and microphones. We weren’t acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony. Many times I’ve played with an actress who seemed to be separated from me by a plate-glass window; there was no contact at all. But Myrna, unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines. She has the give and take of acting that brings out the best.” ~ William Powell
Myrna Loy and William Powell, After The Thin Man