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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 06:55 PM
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The great Myrna Loy on being called (in a sarcastic way) a 'do-gooder'
Besides being a great screen actress during the golden age of Hollywood (she is best remembered as Nora Charles in THE THIN MAN films opposite frequent co-star William Powell), Myrna Loy was a liberal activist who supported civil rights, raged against the abuses of HUAC, opposed the Vietnam war and supported liberal candidates like FDR, Adlai Stevenson and George McGovern. Here is what she said when she was derided as a "do-gooder" that term thrown around by conservatives to minimalize what liberals did:

"That do-gooder expression was created by people who simply don't want a change in the status quo, people who are convinced that the world is made up of haves and have mores. They don't care if slums can be replaced by decent housing or if the lot of deprived kids can be improved. The expression 'do-gooder' doesn't disturb those who care deeply about improvement. All it does is to make those who use the expression down-grade themselves."

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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 06:57 PM
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1. She was good buds with Eleanor Roosevelt.
Like Katharine Hepburn, sometimes you wonder what the hell they were doing in Hollywood.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 06:57 PM
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2. kicking -- for myrna.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 06:58 PM
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3. Wonderful quote ...
... thanks for sharing it.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 06:59 PM
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4. Very cool.
Thank you for the inspiring & informative posting.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 07:00 PM
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5. What a Wonderful Woman. I've read much about her and wish....
..I could have met her.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 08:32 PM
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8. That's why I've had her mentioned in my signature line. God forbid DU give her an avatar.
She's just a girl.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 07:43 PM
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6. she was a gem on screen
and now i read off screen too. i never switch the channel when "the thin man" is on
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illinoisprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 07:46 PM
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7. I love Myrna Loy.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 08:41 PM
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9. THANK YOU
for posting this, I've always like Myrna Loy and now I have an even better reason to love her. :-)
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Blue Poppy Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 08:42 PM
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10. I had no idea...
I went to college in Helena, MT (considered her hometown) and they have a performing arts theater named after her there. But I don't recall any of this info!
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John Q. Citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 09:45 PM
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18. Montana has had a lot of good lefties. It was one major base of the wobblies.
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libnnc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 08:51 PM
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11. I have a huge crush on her
Her blue eyes could melt steel.

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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 08:53 PM
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12. I just watched "The Best Years Of Our Lives" again last week.
What a great lady and great actor.
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 09:33 PM
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16. "Best Years" was nominated for many Oscars and won many but Myrna,
who should have been nominated, never was. In 1991 Hollywood finally awarded her an Honorary Oscar.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:06 AM
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25. Playing well-adjusted wives NEVER gets nominated.
Look at all the crap Hepburn gets for her oscar for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. I used to agree with that, but then I read "The Graduate" and realized that as much as I love it, Bancroft's interpretation isn't quite right. Recent viewings of GWCTD on TCM have made me appreciate Hepburn' non-Hepburny performance there. It's actually very good.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:35 PM
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28. I love that movie...
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 09:21 PM
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13. K&R big #5!!1 Pics ------------- HERE!!1 (Sorry, Catwoman)
Edited on Sun Jul-15-07 09:31 PM by UTUSN
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 09:37 PM
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17. she takes my breath away
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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 09:26 PM
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14. Wow! I never knew that about her!
I've always loved her on-screen - now I'm going to have to find a biography...
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 09:31 PM
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15. I recommend her wonderful autobiography, "Being and Becoming Myrna Loy"
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goodgd_yall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:27 AM
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22. Thanks for the recommendation n/t
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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:54 PM
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29. Thanks!
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:07 AM
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19. Awesome lady. She pegged them. nt
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Cameron27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:17 AM
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20. One of my all time favorite actresses,
and a woman with true compassion in real life. Thanks for posting the quote, I never saw it before.
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:08 AM
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23. She's one of my all-time faves too
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goodgd_yall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:27 AM
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21. Didn't realize Myrna Loy was a good ol' liberal
She was right, of course.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:04 AM
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24. THAT's another reason she, Hepburn, Bacall, Julia Child need to be offered as avatars. nt
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:44 AM
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26. Great quote from a fabulous actress.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:32 PM
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27. She and I share a birthday! :) nt
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:39 PM
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30. I loved her. she was beautiful and brainy and funny as hell. the
movies hold up.
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