Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Restoring Myrna Loy

Nearly a year ago I posted about a project to restore a statue of Myrna Loy to Venice High School in Los Angeles.

The statue was sculpted in 1923, when Loy was an unknown teenager, and had been
vandalized and generally deteriorated over the decades.

A kind reader who has been looking into the restoration project provided me with additional information. The statue is at a studio in Cambria being recreated in sturdier bronze and should be done by the end of the year. It will be reinstalled with security features including a higher pedestal and a surveillance camera.

The project is costing over $200,000. Peter Schwab, Class of '61, has donated over $75,000 of this amount. Alumni are still fundraising to complete the project.

If any classic film fans would like to contribute, checks can be made to VHSAA Myrna Loy and addressed to:

Venice High School Myrna Loy Mermaid Statue Fund
c/o Venice High School
13000 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066

I know there are many Myrna Loy fans among my readers and thought this information might be of particular interest for those who missed this story the first time around.


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