Myrna Loy returns


A star is reborn at Venice High



'Inspiration' at Venice High

Before she changed her name and rose to fame as an actress in the 1930s and ’40s, Myrna Williams was a shy dance student at Venice High School who posed for the art teacher’s lawn sculpture. (Christina House / For The Times / April 10, 2010)


A group of alumni and students unveil a bronze, and vandalism-resistant, re-creation of the famed lawn sculpture of alumna Myrna Loy before she rose to fame as a leading actress of the ’30s and ’40s.



By Tony Barboza
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2010


Venice High School welcomed back some Old Hollywood royalty Saturday as hundreds gathered for the unveiling of a new statue of alumna and movie star Myrna Loy.


The bronze work is a re-creation of the beloved concrete sculpture of Loy that graced the front lawn of Venice High for more than seven decades but suffered years of corrosion and vandalism.


Students and alumni crowded around the veiled statue at noon Saturday as a contingent of the marching band and cheerleaders kicked off the celebration. Among the speakers was actor and Venice High graduate Beau Bridges, who as a boy appeared with Loy in the 1949 film “The Red Pony.”


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2 Responses to “Myrna Loy returns”

  1. I just watched the 1927 silent film When a Man Loves, starring John Barrymore and his soon-to-be-wife Dolores Costello. Myrna Loy makes an uncredited appearance as a prostitute in chains.

  2. Cailin says:

    It’s too bad they couldn’t recreate the ENTIRE sculpture in bronze… the body and mind parts too. Just because those students didn’t become “famous” doesn’t make their part of the sculpture any less important.

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