Jane Powell

Actor, Singer, Commercial spokeswoman
With a light-up-a-room smile, mesmerizing hazel eyes, and a trademark perky demeanor, Jane Powell incarnated the last gasp of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's era of feel-good musicals and the wholesome performers who inhabited ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1929 in Portland, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reel Memories: Jane Powell 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Eleventh Annual Circus of the Stars 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

MARIE: A True Story 1985 (Movie)

Rally Singer (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Letters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Girl Most Likely 1958 (Movie)

Dodie (Actor)

The Female Animal 1958 (Movie)

Penny Windsor (Actor)

Turn of Fate 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruggles of Red Gap 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Hit the Deck 1955 (Movie)

Susan Smith (Actor)

Athena 1954 (Movie)

Athena (Actor)

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 1954 (Movie)

Milly--A Bride (Actor)

Small Town Girl 1953 (Movie)

Cindy Kimbell (Actor)

A Date with Judy (Movie)

Judy Foster (Actor)

Delightfully Dangerous (Movie)

Cheryl Williams (Actor)

Holiday in Mexico (Movie)

Christine Evans (Actor)

Loving (TV Show)

Actor

Luxury Liner (Movie)

Polly Bradford (Actor)

Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Show)

Actor

Nancy Goes to Rio (Movie)

Nancy Barklay (Actor)

Rich, Young and Pretty (Movie)

Elizabeth Rogers (Actor)

Royal Wedding (Movie)

Ellen Bowen (Actor)

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

Clementine (Performance)

Song of the Open Road (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Letters (Movie)

Elaine Anderson (Actor)

The Sandy Bottom Orchestra (TV Show)

Actor

Three Daring Daughters (Movie)

Tess Morgan (Actor)

Two Weeks With Love (Movie)

Patti Robinson (Actor)
Music (1)

Girl Most Likely 1958 (Movie)

("I Don't Know What I Want" "We Gotta Keep Up With the Joneses" "Travelogue" "Balboa" "Crazy Horse" "All the Colors of the Rainbow") (Song Performer)

Biography

With a light-up-a-room smile, mesmerizing hazel eyes, and a trademark perky demeanor, Jane Powell incarnated the last gasp of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's era of feel-good musicals and the wholesome performers who inhabited these Technicolor extravaganzas. Powell emerged from a troubled childhood to find a spot in MGM's stable of child stars, doing a string of plucky love-struck teen roles in B-musicals of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Wielding a powerful soprano voice, she would secure a place in the pantheon of classic musicals in the lead of the 1954 film adaptation of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Though her movie glory days lasted only a decade, she transitioned into television and eventually took her penchant for classic musicals on regional theatrical tours. Grossly insecure, she would cycle through a series of marriages and struggle with severe depression, belying her longtime public image. Yet she would remain active in stage and television productions late into her life. For a generation, however, Powell would forever embody the archetype of the all-American girl-next-door, remaining a symbol of the proverbial shinier, simpler good ole' days.

Relationships

Paul Burce

Father

Eileen Burce

Mother

James Fitzgerald

Husband
Married June 27, 1965 Divorced in 1975

Dickie Moore Actor

Husband
Met 1981 when he was researching his book on child stars Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Married May 21, 1988

Lindsay Nerney

Daughter
Born Feb. 1, 1956; father, Pat Nerney Married Richard Cavelli Oct. 20, 1990

Pat Nerney

Husband
Married Nov. 8, 1954 Divorced in 1963

David Parlour

Husband
Married Oct. 21, 1978 Divorced in 1981

Geary Steffen

Husband
Married Nov. 5, 1949 Divorced Aug. 6, 1953

Suzanne Steffen

Daughter
Born Nov. 21, 1952; father, Geary Steffen

Geary Steffen

Son
Born July 21, 1951; father, Geary Steffen

Milestones

2007

Featured in the documentary "Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane"

2002

Guest starred on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

2000

Returned to the NYC stage as co-star of the play "Avow"

2000

Landed featured role in the Showtime movie "The Sandy Bottom Orchestra"

2000

Appeared in a limited-run revival staging of the Kander & Ebb musical "70, Girls, 70"

1999

Returned to feature films playing a ditsy art patron in the independent "Picture This"

1996

Again replaced an ailing Eileen Fulton as Lisa on "As the World Turns"

1996

Returned to New York stage in Anne Meara's play "After-Play"

1991

Hosted PBS series "The Musicals," introducing classic Hollywood musicals

1990

Briefly appeared on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" as Lisa, replacing an ailing Eileen Fulton

1985

Made a brief appearance in the feature "Marie: A True Story"; billed as a "rally singer"

1973

Broadway debut in revival of "Irene"; took lead role after Debbie Reynolds left the cast

1959

Kept busy during the late 50s and early 60s on TV, including a remake of the Vincente Minnelli musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), playing Judy Garland's role of Esther Smith

1958

Last starring role in a feature film, "Enchanted Island"

1955

Last film at MGM, "Hit the Deck"

1954

Cast as Milly in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

1951

Co-starred with Fred Astaire in the romantic comedy "Royal Wedding"

1948

Played title role opposite Elizabeth Taylor in "A Date with Judy"

1946

Signed with MGM; first film there, "Holiday in Mexico"

1943

Made film debut (as herself) in "Song of the Open Road"

Produced and appeared in exercise video for arthritis patients

Served as a TV spokesperson for Dry Dock Savings Bank in the 1970s

Popular songs include "Wonderful, Wonderful Day" and "When You're In Love".

Hosted own program on KOIN-Radio in Portland, OR

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