The Venice Historical Society will present a tribute to actress and Venice High School alum Myrna Loy at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), 685 Venice Blvd., Venice.

Filmmaker Elaina Archer will speak about the life and film career of Loy at the event, which will also screen one of the actress’ classic films, “The Thin Man.”

The 1934 film skyrocketed Loy to fame as she starred along William Powell in one of the first stylish murder mysteries of the era. Their engaging and witty banter and undeniable chemistry led to a series of films where they co-starred together, including multiple sequels to “The Thin Man.”

“The Thin Man” was highly praised in its time for the script, the production values, and mostly for the timeless performances of Loy and Powell.

Loy is believed to have been the inspiration for a statue that graced the front entrance of Venice High School, where the actress was once a student, for several decades until it was removed due to vandalism and decay. A replica of the Myrna Loy statue was placed in front of the school in 2010.

Admission to the historical society tribute event is free for historical society members, or $5 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

Free parking is available east of the building or on the street.

Information, (310) 967-5170, or www.venicehistoricalsociety.org.

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