EMILY LEIDER will discuss
Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood
Thursday, October 27 at 7 PM
Reveals the shy, warm, and modest figure behind the image of the cool, chic urbanite...Leider's books are smart and witty trips through the lives of her subjects, and this work is no exception. — Library Journal
Don't miss a great evening with Emily Leider, author of the excellent biographies Dark Lover and Becoming Mae West. She has written a well-researched and comprehensive biography of Myrna Loy as accomplished actress and humanitarian - the 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."
Leider offers an unprecedented picture of Loy's life and extraordinary movie career that spanned six decades. Opening with Loy's rough-and-tumble upbringing in Montana, Leider then 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, Leider illuminates the actress's friendships with luminaries such as Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Joan Crawford, and her collaborations with John Barrymore, David O. Selznick, Sam Goldwyn, and William Wyler, among many others.