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Jane Powell
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Studio headshot, 1948
Born
Suzanne Lorraine Burce

April 1, 1929 (1929-04-01) (age 91)
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active 1944–present
1944–2002 (acting)
Spouse(s)
Geary Steffen
(m. 1949; div. 1953)
(2 children)
Patrick Nerney
(m. 1954; div. 1963)
(1 child)
James Fitzgerald
(m. 1965; div. 1975)

David Parlour
(m. 1978; div. 1981)

Dickie Moore
(m. 1988; died 2015)
Children 3

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.

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Jane Powell in an MGM publicity photo for Three Daring Daughters

Filmography

Features

Year Film Role Notes
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
Athena Athena Mulvain
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
1999 Picture This
2003 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Herself

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