May 03, 2019
For my money, there's nothing more entertaining than a classic MGM musical. The sets, the choreography, the costumes, the songs, and of course, the talent performers that can put on a show like nobody's business. Today's featured celebrity is one of the best - it's the sensational Jane Powell!
Powell is a phenomenal singer, dancer and actress that starred in my favorite musical
. Let's see what she's doing these days!
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See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Josephine Baker: Singer/dancer, etc. - the toast of Paris in the 1920s
Lotte Lenya: Played Rosa Klebb in the James Bond movie "From Russia with Love"
David Morse: He played Dr. Morrison on the TV series "St. Elsewhere", he's appeared in "The Green Mile", "Proof of Life" and other movies
Learn More About Jane Powell, see Then & Now pictures, and find out What She's Been Up To on Celebrity Nooz
BIRTH DATE: April 1, 1929 in Portland, Oregon, USA
BIRTH NAME: Suzanne Lorraine Burce
CLAIM TO FAME: Jane Powell is an American singer, dancer and actress who rose to fame in the mid-1940s with roles in hit Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals, like A Date with Judy (1948), Royal Wedding (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Hit the Deck (1955).
FAMILY LIFE: Powell has been married five times, and has three children from her first two marriages. Geary Steffin (Married November 1949 - Divorced August 1954; 2 children), Patrick Nerney (Married November 1954 - Divorced May 1964; 1 child), James D. Fitzgerald (Married June 1965 - Divorced 1976), David Stellar Parlour (Married October 1978 - Divorced 1981), and Dickie Moore (Married May 1988 until his death September 2015).
INFO: Is a coloratura soprano who started her career singing on the radio before age 13.
Achieved local fame as a singer, touring the state as the Oregon Victory Girl selling victory bonds.
Her role model and favorite actress is the lyrical soprano/actress, Jeanette MacDonald.
Powell's vocal, dancing, and acting talents were utilized for lead and supporting roles in several high-profile musicals for MGM.
Had never met former child actor and future husband Dickie Moore until 1981 when he was researching his book on child stars, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
Her autobiography, The Girl Next Door ... And How She Grew, was published in 1988.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6818 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
TRIVIA: Is left-handed.
Was bridesmaid for Elizabeth Taylor for her first marriage. Taylor was bridesmaid for Powell's first marriage.
Sang at the Inaugural Ball for President Harry S. Truman on January 20, 1949.
Jane replaced June Allyson and Judy Garland for the role in Royal Wedding (1951), after June became pregnant and Judy became sick.
Has performed before five U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England.
Powell refered to the second film she appeared in, Delightfully Dangerous, as the "worst movie I've ever made."
WHERE IS SHE NOW: Powell currently lives in Wilton, Connecticut, where she is occasionally active in local theatre, and she's a member of the Board of Trustees for the Actors' Fund of America.
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)...Bess Sherman
- Vulnerable (2002) ... Bess Sherman
2000 The Sandy Bottom Orchestra (TV Movie)...Delia Ferguson
2000 Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (TV Movie)...Kit Andre
1999 Picture This
1988-1990 Growing Pains (TV Series)...Irma Seaver Overmier
- Divorce Story (1990) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
- Weekend at Mike's (1990) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
- Teach Me (1989) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
- Mike and Julie's Wedding (1989) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
- The Looooove Boat: Part 2 (1989) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
- The Looooove Boat: Part 1 (1989) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
- Anniversary from Hell (1989) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1988) ... Irma Seaver Overmier
1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)...Rev. Mother Claire
- Old Habits Die Hard (1987) ... Rev. Mother Claire
1985 Marie...Singer at Rally
1983 Loving (TV Series)...Rebecca Beecham (1985-1986)
1981-1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Grace Bostwick / Aunt Loretta
- April in Boston/Saving Grace/Breaks of Life (1982) ... Grace Bostwick
- Maid for Each Other/Lost and Found/Then There Were Two (1981) ... Aunt Loretta
1978-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)...Eunice Picard / Margaret Chase Wilkerson / Joan Wade
- The Challenge/A Genie Named Joe (1982) ... Eunice Picard
- Loving Strangers/Something Borrowed, Something Blue... (1981) ... Margaret Chase Wilkerson
- Bet a Million/Mr. Irresistible (1978) ... Joan Wade
1976 Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Movie)...Kitty Douglass
1975 Tubby the Tuba...Celeste (voice)
1973 The Letters (TV Movie)...Elaine Anderson (The Andersons Episode)
1972 Wheeler and Murdoch (TV Movie)...Dorcie
1962-1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)...Penelope Farnsworth / Fairy Godmother / Natasha / ...
- Charity Begins at Home, But Nowadays, Who Can Afford a Home? (1970) ... Penelope Farnsworth
- Love Is a Funny Thing (1968) ... Fairy Godmother
- Fairy Tales for Old Children (1968) ... Natasha / Mrs. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater / Sleeping Beauty
- Don't Sit Under the Tombstone with Anybody Else But Me (1963) ... Sagebrush Sal
- Rupert the Stupert (1962) ... Princess Jane
1968 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)...Singer
- Episode #21.24 (1968) ... Singer
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)...Alice Wood
- View from the Eiffel Tower (1962) ... Alice Wood
1961 The Jane Powell Show (TV Movie)...K.C. McCay Edwards
1961 Feathertop (TV Movie)...Julie Balfour
1960 Hooray for Love (TV Movie)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)...Lois Walters
- The Girl (1959) ... Lois Walters
1959 Meet Me in St. Louis (TV Movie)...Esther Smith
1958 Enchanted Island...Fayaway
1957-1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)...Susan Martin / Kathy Dorn / Julie Kingstone / ...
- Decoy Duck (1958) ... Susan Martin
- Cupid Wore a Badge (1957) ... Kathy Dorn
- Encounter on a Second Class Coach (1957) ... Julie Kingstone / Hilde Frenz
1957-1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)...'Marian' / Laura Cabot / Joan Lindsay / ...
- The Lady Takes the Stand (1958) ... 'Marian'
- Fix a Frame for Mourning (1958) ... Laura Cabot
- Music in the Night (1958) ... Joan Lindsay
- Hurricane (1957) ... Harriet Kennedy
1958 The Girl Most Likely...Dodie
1958 The Female Animal...Penny Windsor
1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)...Clementine
- Ruggles of Red Gap (1957) ... Clementine
1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)...Lisa Miller Hughes Eldridge Shea Colman McColl Mitchell Grimaldi (1990s) (temporary substitute for Eileen Fulton)
1955 Hit the Deck...Susan Smith
1954 Deep in My Heart...Performer in 'Maytime'
1954 Athena...Athena Mulvain
1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers...Milly Pontipee
1953 Three Sailors and a Girl...Penny Weston
1953 Small Town Girl...Cindy Kimbell
1951 Rich, Young and Pretty...Elizabeth Rogers
1951 Royal Wedding...Ellen Bowen
1950 Two Weeks with Love...Patti Robinson
1950 Nancy Goes to Rio...Nancy Barklay
1948 Luxury Liner...Polly Bradford
1948 A Date with Judy...Judy Foster
1948 Three Daring Daughters...Tess Morgan
1946 Holiday in Mexico...Christine Evans
1945 Delightfully Dangerous...Sherry Williams
1944 Song of the Open Road...Jane Powell
To see Then & Now pictures of Jane Powell, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Josephine Baker - DEAD (Stroke)
Born: 06/03/1906 Died: 04/12/1975
Lotte Lenya - DEAD
Born: 10/18/1898 Died: 11/27/1981
David Morse - ALIVE
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Dinko Dermendzhiev, 77, Bulgarian footballer (Botev Plovdiv, national team), complications from a stroke.
Sir Arvi Parbo, 93, Estonian-born Australian businessman.
B. Subhashan Reddy, 76, Indian judge, Chief Justice of Madras High Court (2001-2004) and Kerala High Court (2004-2005).
Anémone, 68, French actress (Santa Claus Is a Stinker, The Grand Highway), César winner (1988), lung cancer.
Beth Carvalho, 72, Brazilian samba singer (Estação Primeira de Mangueira).
Luciano Comaschi, 87, Italian football player (Brescia, Napoli) and manager.
Russ Gibb, 87, American music promoter (MC5, Ted Nugent, Iggy Pop), heart failure.
Boon Gould, 64, English musician (Level 42).
Luis Maldonado Venegas, 62, Mexican politician, Deputy (2015-2018).
Johann Adam Oest [de], 72, German actor.
S. P. Y. Reddy, 68, Indian politician, MP (since 2004), lung infection.
Eldon Bargewell, 71, American soldier, commander of Delta Force, lawnmower accident.
Stevie Chalmers, 83, Scottish footballer (Celtic, national team).
Razvan Ciobanu [ro], 43, Romanian fashion designer, traffic collision.
Tom Ellis, 86, American journalist and television news anchor (WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV, New England Cable News), cancer.
Grigori F. Krivosheev, 89, Russian military historian.
Betty Lockwood, Baroness Lockwood, 95, British political activist and life peer, Member of the House of Lords (1978-2017).
Gino Marchetti, 93, American Hall of Fame football player (Baltimore Colts), pneumonia.
Les Murray, 80, Australian poet.
José Rodrigues Neto, 69, Brazilian footballer (Flamengo, Ferro Carril Oeste, national team), thrombosis.
Eddie Riwanto [id], 63, Indonesian actor and director.
John Singleton, 51, American film director and television producer (Boyz n the Hood, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Snowfall), stroke.
Josef Šural, 28, Czech footballer (Slovan Liberec, Sparta Prague, national team), traffic collision.
Ellen Tauscher, 67, American politician, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2009-2012), member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1997-2009), complications from pneumonia.
Bruce Bickford, 72, American animator (Baby Snakes, The Dub Room Special, The Amazing Mr. Bickford).
Caroline Bittencourt, 37, Brazilian model, drowned.
Sylvia Bretschneider, 58, German politician, member of the Landtag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (since 1994), cancer.
Svante Grundberg, 75, Swedish actor and comedian (Sällskapsresan, Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen?).
Daniel Horlaville, 73, French footballer (Paris, Rouen, national team).
Frans Albert Joku [id], 66, Indonesian activist.
Damon Keith, 96, American judge, member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (since 1977), complications from leukemia and cardiovascular disease.
Paul Bouman [de], 100, American church musician and composer.
Jo Sullivan Loesser, 91, American actress (The Most Happy Fella), heart failure.
Richard Lugar, 87, American politician, U.S. Senator (1977-2013), mayor of Indianapolis (1968-1976), complications from CIDP.
Karol Modzelewski, 81, Polish historian, writer, politician and academic.
Genrikh Novozhilov [ru], 93, Russian aircraft designer.
Maurício Peixoto, 98, Brazilian engineer and mathematician.
Alejandro Planchart, 83, Venezuelan-born American musicologist.
Tales Soares [es], 26, Brazilian model.
Menachem Mendel Taub, 96, Israeli Hasidic rebbe and Holocaust survivor.
Bart Chilton, 58, American civil servant, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2007-2014), pancreatic cancer.
Wayson Choy, 80, Canadian writer (The Jade Peony, All That Matters).
Roger Emrich, 62, American sports broadcaster (KRLD, TSN) and announcer (Dallas Cowboys), heart attack.
Aleksey Lebed, 64, Russian military officer and politician, Head of the Republic of Khakassia (1997-2009), internal bleeding.
Jack de Mello, 102, American composer.
María de los Ángeles Moreno, 74, Mexican politician, Secretary of Fisheries (1988-1991).
Negasso Gidada, 75, Ethiopian politician, President (1995-2001).
Vasanthi Stanley, 56, Indian politician, MP (2008-2014).
Gene Stephens, 86, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox).
Mahfuz Ullah, 69, Bangladeshi journalist and environmentalist, heart and lung failure.
Joe T. Wood, 96, American politician, member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1966-1989).
Abdul-Latif Arabiyat, 86, Jordanian politician, Speaker of the House of Representatives (1990-1993).
Jimmy Banks, 54, American soccer player (Milwaukee Wave, national team) and coach (Milwaukee School of Engineering), pancreatic cancer.
Elina Bystritskaya, 91, Russian actress (Unfinished Story, And Quiet Flows the Don, All Remains to People), People's Artist of the USSR (1978).
Zé do Carmo, 85, Brazilian ceramist, heart attack.
Povl Falk-Jensen, 98, Danish resistance member during World War II.
Nasser Farbod, 96-97, Iranian political activist and military officer, Chief of Staff (1979).
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, 76, American actor (Prince of Darkness, Darkman, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh).
Valeriy Filippov [ru], 80, Russian artist and film production designer (The Brothers Karamazov, The Land of Sannikov, The Cold Summer of 1953).
Eric Kent, 99, Australian politician, member of the Victorian Legislative Council (1970-1976, 1979-1985).
Phil McCormack, 58, American singer (Molly Hatchet).
Petar Omcikus, 92, Serbian painter.
Ken Rothman, 83, American politician, Lt. Governor of Missouri (1981-1985), member (1963-1981) and Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives (1977-1981).
Mae Schmidle, 91, American politician, member of the Connecticut House of Representatives (1981-1991).
Ellen Schwiers, 88, German actress (When the Bells Sound Clearly, The Inheritance of Bjorndal, God's Thunder).
Reijo Taipale, 79, Finnish singer, dementia.
C. K. Tedam, 93, Ghanaian teacher and politician.
Vidya Sagar Chaudhary, 85, Indian politician.
Michiro Endo, 68, Japanese musician (The Stalin), pancreatic cancer.
Robbert de Greef, 27, Dutch road racing cyclist, complications of a heart attack and brain haemorrhage.
John Havlicek, 79, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), complications from Parkinson's disease.
Frank Henson, 83, British stuntman (Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Robin Hood).
Kurohimeyama Hideo, 70, Japanese sumo wrestler, pneumonia.
Larry "Flash" Jenkins, 63, American actor (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fletch, The White Shadow), heart attack.
Dirceu Krüger, 74, Brazilian footballer (Coritiba), cardiac arrest.
Manuel Lujan Jr., 90, American politician, Secretary of the Interior (1989-1993), member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1969-1989).
Faty Papy, 28, Burundian footballer (MVV Maastricht, Bidvest Wits, national team).
Feargal Quinn, 82, Irish businessman and politician, founder of Superquinn, Senator (1993-2016).
Sir Nigel Seely, 95, English aristocrat.
Michael Wolf, 64, German photographer.