Jane Powell facts for kids
Studio headshot, 1948
Suzanne Lorraine Burce
April 1, 1929
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
Geary Steffen(2 children)
(m. 1949; div. 1953)
Patrick Nerney(1 child)
(m. 1954; div. 1963)
(m. 1965; div. 1975)
(m. 1978; div. 1981)
(m. 1988; died 2015)
Jane Powell (born Suzanne Lorraine Burce; April 1, 1929) is an American singer, dancer and actress who rose to fame in the mid-1940s with roles in various musicals as a contract player for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer pictures.
Powell was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where she achieved local fame as a singer, touring the state as the Oregon Victory Girl selling victory bonds. As a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Powell's vocal, dancing, and acting talents were utilized for lead and supporting roles in musicals such as A Date with Judy (1948) with friend Elizabeth Taylor, Royal Wedding (1951) with Fred Astaire, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) with Howard Keel and Hit the Deck (1955).
By the late 1950s, her film career slowed, leading her to transition to theatre with performances in various touring shows as well as two Broadway productions. In 1985, she relocated with her fifth husband, former child star Dickie Moore (died 2015), to New York City and Wilton, Connecticut, where Powell is occasionally active in local theatre.
|1944||Song of the Open Road||Herself|
|1945||Delightfully Dangerous||Sherry Williams|
|1946||Holiday in Mexico||Christine Evans|
|1948||Three Daring Daughters||Tess Morgan|
|A Date with Judy||Judy Foster|
|Luxury Liner||Polly Bradford|
|1950||Nancy Goes to Rio||Nancy Barklay|
|Two Weeks with Love||Patti Robinson|
|1951||Royal Wedding||Ellen Bowen|
|Rich, Young and Pretty||Elizabeth Rogers|
|1953||Small Town Girl||Cindy Kimbell|
|Three Sailors and a Girl||Penny Weston|
|1954||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Milly Pontipee|
|Deep in My Heart||Ottilie van Zandt in Maytime|
|1955||Hit the Deck||Susan Smith|
|1958||The Girl Most Likely||Dodie|
|The Female Animal||Penny Windsor|
|Enchanted Island||Fayaway||Also known as Typee|
|1975||Tubby the Tuba||Celeste||Voice|
|2003||Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There||Herself|
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