Happy Birthday William Powell! | July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984
I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman… He was and is a dear friend. - Myrna Loy
Happy Birthday William Horatio Powell | July 29th, 1892 – March 5th, 1984
His careful attention to the neceties of grooming; his perfectly tailored suits, spotless cuffs, and collars; his orotund voice curled around well-turned phrases; the deferential way he bowed his head slightly when being introduced — all would have helped him gain entry at any elite, leather-chair-and-brandy-snifter men’s club.
“I’m not a ladies’ man. I haven’t the physical characteristics for one thing. Not handsome. Someone like Valentino should have played this part. Not Bill Powell.
Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven’t a personality such as Jack Gilbert`s, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting”
Powell is to dialogue as Fred Astaire is to dance. His delivery is so droll and insinuating, so knowing and innocent at the same time, that it hardly matters what he’s saying.
Happy 122nd Birthday, William Powell
(JULY 29, 1892 - MARCH 5, 1984)“I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and above all, a true gentleman.” - Myrna Loy
William Powell was given a standing ovation from cast and crew on his first day back to work on the film Another Thin Man after battling rectal cancer. Powell looking remarkably fit and tanned, seemed embarrassed by the attention. He held up his hands and the familiar grin began to play at the corners of his mouth as he tried to think of something funny to stay. The applause stopped and Bill found he couldn’t speak. Myrna Loy rushed over to him and gave him a kiss and a big hug.
William Powell in My Man Godfrey (1936)
William Powell and Myrna Loy in After the Thin Man, 1936
if a man who lived through a difficult divorce, the death of his fiancee, the death of his second wife and best friend, the death of his one and only son, and his own cancer, and he still kept strong, and in the end found his happy ending is not the biggest source of inspiration you can find, then I don’t know.
Myrna Loy and William Powell in After the Thin Man (1936)
Hey, remember that time in Road to Singapore (1931) when William Powell gave First Aid to a piglet?