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Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy was an American film and stage actress. Trained as a dancer, Loy devoted herself to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films, she was typecast in exotic roles as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man. Born in Helena, Loy was raised in rural Radersburg during her early childhood, before relocating to Los Angeles with her mother in her early adolescence. There, she began studying dance, trained extensively throughout her high school education, she was discovered by production designer Natacha Rambova, who helped facilitate film auditions for her, she began obtaining small roles in the late 1920s portraying vamps. Her role in The Thin Man helped elevate her reputation as a versatile actress, she reprised the role of Nora Charles five more times. Loy's career began to slow in the 1940s, she appeared in only a few films in the 1950s, including a lead role in the comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, as well as supporting parts in The Ambassador's Daughter and the drama Lonelyhearts.

She appeared in only eight films between 1981, after which she retired from acting. Although Loy was never nominated for an Academy Award, in March 1991 she received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of her life's work both onscreen and off, including serving as assistant to the director of military and naval welfare for the Red Cross during World War II, a member-at-large of the U. S. Commission to UNESCO. Loy died in December 1993 in New York City, aged 88. Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905, in Helena, the daughter of Adelle Mae and rancher David Franklin Williams, her parents had married in Helena in 1904, one year before Loy was born. She had David Frederick Williams. Loy's paternal grandfather, David Thomas Williams, was Welsh, immigrated from Liverpool, England to the United States in 1856, arriving in Philadelphia. Unable to read or write in English, he settled in the Montana Territory where he began a career as a rancher. Loy's maternal grandparents were Swedish immigrants.

During her childhood, her father worked as a banker, real estate developer, farmland appraiser in Helena, was the youngest man elected to serve in the Montana state legislature. Her mother had studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, at one time considered a career as a concert performer, but instead devoted her time to raising Loy and her brother. Loy's mother was a lifelong Democrat, she was raised in the Methodist faith. Loy spent her early life in Radersburg, Montana, a rural mining community 50 miles southeast of Helena. During the winter of 1912, Loy's mother nearly died from pneumonia, her father sent his wife and daughter to La Jolla, California. Loy's mother saw great potential in Southern California, during one of her husband's visits, she encouraged him to purchase real estate there. Among the properties he bought was land that he would sell, at a considerable profit, to filmmaker Charlie Chaplin for his film studio there. Although her mother tried to persuade her husband to move to California permanently, he preferred ranch life and the three returned to Montana.

Soon afterward, Loy's mother needed a hysterectomy and insisted Los Angeles was a safer place to have it done, so she and Loy's brother David moved to Ocean Park, where Loy began to take dancing lessons. After the family returned to Montana, Loy continued her dancing lessons, at the age of 12, Myrna Williams made her stage debut performing a dance she had choreographed based on "The Blue Bird" from the Rose Dream operetta at Helena's Marlow Theater; when Loy was 12, her father died during the 1918 flu pandemic in November of that year. Loy's mother permanently relocated the family to California, where they settled in Culver City, outside Los Angeles. Loy attended the exclusive Westlake School for Girls while continuing to study dance in downtown Los Angeles; when her teachers objected to her extracurricular participation in theatrical arts, her mother enrolled her in Venice High School, at 15, she began appearing in local stage productions. In 1921, Loy posed for Venice High School sculpture teacher Harry Fielding Winebrenner as "Inspiration".

Completed in 1922, the sculpture group was installed in front of the campus outdoor pool in May 1923 where it stood for decades. Loy's slender figure with her uplifted face and one arm extending skyward presented a "vision of purity, youthful vigor, aspiration", singled out in a Los Angeles Times story that included a photo of the "Inspiration" figure along with the model's name—the first time her name appeared in a newspaper. A few months Loy's "Inspiration" figure was temporarily removed from the sculpture group and transported aboard the battleship Nevada for a Memorial Day pageant in which "Miss Myrna Williams" participated. Fountain of Education can be seen in the opening scenes of the 1978 film Grease. After decades of exposure to the elements and vandalism, the original concrete statue was removed from display in 2002, replaced in 2010 by a bronze duplicate paid for through an alumni-led fundraising campaign. Loy left school at the age of 18 to begin to help with the family's finances.

She obtained work at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, where she performed in what were called prologues, elaborate musical sequences that were related to and served as preliminary entertainment before

Halloween (franchise)

Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of eleven films, as well as novels, comic books, a video game. The films focuses on serial killer Michael Myers, committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his sister, Judith Myers. Fifteen years he escapes to stalk and kill the people of the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Michael's killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all of the films take place; the original Halloween, released in 1978, was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, directed by Carpenter. The film is known to have inspired a long line of slasher films. Eight sequels have since followed. Michael Myers is the antagonist in all of the films except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the story of which has no direct connection to any other film in the series. In 2007, writer-director Rob Zombie made a remake of the 1978 film. A sequel to the 2007 remake was released two years later. A direct sequel to the original film that ignores all sequels was released in 2018.

The films collectively grossed over $620 million at the box office worldwide. The film series is ranked first at the United States box office—in adjusted 2018 dollars—when compared to other American horror series. Both the original film and the 2018 sequel have received critical acclaim, while the other films have received mixed or negative reviews from both fans and critics; the original Halloween, co-written and directed by John Carpenter, tells the story of Michael Myers as he stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night. The film begins with six-year-old Michael killing his older sister Judith on Halloween night 1963 in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, he is subsequently hospitalized at Warren County's Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Fifteen years Michael escapes from Smith's Grove and returns to his hometown while being pursued by his psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis. Michael stalks her friends as they babysit. Murdering Laurie's friends, Michael attacks Laurie herself, but she manages to fend him off long enough for Loomis to save her.

Loomis shoots Michael off a balcony, but when Loomis goes to check Michael's body, he finds it missing. Halloween II picks up. Michael follows Laurie to killing everyone who gets between him and Laurie; the story reveals that Laurie is Michael's sister: she was given up for adoption as an infant. After Michael chases Laurie throughout the hospital and narrowly escaping him in the parking lot, Michael corners Loomis and Laurie in an operating room, where Loomis causes an explosion as Laurie escapes. Michael, engulfed in flames, stumbles out of the room before falling dead. Michael Myers does not appear in Halloween III: Season of the Witch; this installment follows the story of Dr. Challis as he tries to solve the mysterious murder of a patient in his hospital. He, along with the patient's daughter Ellie, travels to the small town of California; the pair discover that Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company run by Conal Cochran, is attempting to use the mystic powers of the Stonehenge rocks to resurrect the ancient aspects of the Celtic festival, which Cochran connects to witchcraft.

Cochran is using his Silver Shamrock Halloween masks to achieve his goal, which will be achieved when all the children wearing his masks watch the Silver Shamrock commercial airing Halloween night. Challis contacts the television stations and convinces all but one of the station managers to remove the commercial; the film ends with Challis screaming for the final station to turn off the commercial. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, as the title suggests, features the return of Michael Myers to the film series, it is revealed that Michael has been in a comatose state for ten years since the explosion in Halloween II. While being transferred back to Smith's Grove, Michael awakens upon hearing that Laurie Strode, who died in a car accident, has a daughter, Jamie Lloyd. Michael makes his way to Haddonfield in search of his niece Jamie. Dr. Loomis goes to Haddonfield after learning; the police track Michael down and shoot him several times before he falls down a mine shaft. Picking up directly where the previous film ends, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers has Michael surviving the gunshots, the fall down the mine.

One year and showing signs of a metaphysical connection to Jamie, Michael tracks Jamie to a local child mental health clinic. Using Jamie as bait, Loomis manages to capture Michael; the film ends with Michael being taken into police custody, only to be broken out of jail by a mysterious stranger, all dressed in black. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers picks up the story six years after the events of The Revenge of Michael Myers; the mysterious stranger who broke Michael out of jail kidnaps Jamie Lloyd in an effort to obtain her child. Jamie escapes with Michael in pursuit. Michael continues searching for her baby, it is revealed that Michael is driven by the Curse of Thorn, which forces a person to kill their entire family in order to save all of civilization. The mysterious stranger is revealed to be Dr. Loo

Casa Colorada, New Mexico

Casa Colorada is a census-designated place in Valencia County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 272 at the 2010 census, it is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. Casa Colorada is located at 34°34′48″N 106°44′48″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 56 people, 20 households, 16 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 164.6 people per square mile. There were 21 housing units at an average density of 61.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 60.71% White, 1.79% Native American, 25.00% from other races, 12.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 73.21% of the population. There were 20 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 20.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.25. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 115.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $16,750, the median income for a family was $40,208. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $21,250 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $7,059. There were 45.5% of families and 41.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including 55.0% of under eighteens and none of those over 64. Although Casa Colorado may have been a seventeenth-century landmark, it did not begin its existence as a community until early in the nineteenth century. On May 19, 1760, after coming to Sevilleta, Bishop Tamarón passed the ruins of “the house they called Colorada,” and from that point on they began to see pens of ewes and small houses.

Casa Colorada is mentioned in the Kendall Journal. Whereas it may have been in ruins in 1760, by 1841 it was a small community; the area is a well known Land Grant. The modern settlement for the town of Casa Colorada was born of a petition for a community grant in 1823; the grant may not have been confirmed at that time but the town continued in existence. Testimony in the adjudication of the grant before the Surveyor General confirmed that the town was built in 1822 or 1823 in the place known by the name Casa Colorado, it was included in lists of New Mexico towns in 1833 and 1840. Wislizenus only referred to the nearby sand hills and the location of “Casas Coloradas,” six miles south of Tomé, when he camped there on 22 July 1846. In the same year Abert commented on some large ponds north of town which were filled with water birds, his party had reached the Río Grande near there after descending from Abó Pass. In 1855, W. W. H. Davis observed that at Casa Colorada his party “struck a young desert, an excellent pocket edition of the great African Zahara, over which we journeyed for about four miles.”

Through the area north of “La Hoya” the sand made travel difficult and the land barren with the exception of “occasional small patches in some of the valleys close to the river”. In the 1920s the local Post Office was given the name “Turn” because there was a turn in the road at Casa Colorado and that name has since appeared on many maps but the original name is still in general use