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Jane Powell dies: ‘Royal Wedding’ star dies at 2

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Jane Powell, who starred as an angel in many MGM musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, including “Royal Wedding” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brides”, died of natural causes. He was 92 years old.

Blonde, blue-eyed Powell usually played mildly naughty serial characters in his musical comedy, but when he sang his songs he broke the light-hearted atmosphere of the film: an amazingly strong color would come out of the small (5 ft-1) thesp. (Interestingly, he never learned music.)

Its producer and mentor was Joe Pasternak of MGM, who had previously developed Diana Darbin’s talent at Universal.

Auditioning for Louis B. Meyer and David & Seljnik, he quickly signed a seven-year contract with MGM in 1943. Her first film, Out of the Loan, was the 1944 song “Open Street Song,” in which the actress played the role of a fugitive children’s film star. He adopted his character’s name, Jane Powell, as his own.

In “Holiday in Mexico” he starred with Walter Pigeon Plus pianist-conductor Jose Iturby and bandleader Javier Cugat; Her character in “Three Brave Daughters” is threatened by the relationship between her mother (Janet MacDonald) and Iturby (again like herself); And in “A Date with Judy” (Powell was Santa Barbara’s teenage Judy), he became involved with father Wallace Beary, whom he mistakenly believed had a relationship with Kugat’s singer, who played Cargen Miranda.

These juvenile-centric musical instruments, with their similar plots, began to sound similar after a while, but in 1951 Powell performed with Fred Astair in Stanley Donen’s “Royal Wedding”, in which Astair famously danced on the side wall and the ceiling of a room. Powell (first June Allison and then Judy Garland were slotted for this part) and Astair played a sibling who moved to London in 1947 during Princess Elizabeth’s wedding; Powell’s aristocratic love interest was played by Peter Lawford (the story echoes the real life of Fred and his sister Adele).

The New York Times says, “Mr. Astair and Miss Powell have their most beautiful name in a ragtag-and-barrel-house affair, ‘How can you believe me?’ The kind of music Powell has been composing since the mid-1940s, although “Rich, Young and Pretty” was set in Paris (played by his long-lost mother, Daniel Darix).

She returned to work for Donen in the 1954 high-profile tuner “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. In this exciting episode, Powell starred opposite Howard Kill (and an essentially large cast) in a slightly more mature character than his predecessor. The Times said, “Mr. Keel, whose baritone is as big and impressive as his frame; Miss Powell, who sings and performs in the pioneering manner born; Nice to hear. “

Also in 1954, perhaps in his role as a cookie (but still captivating), Powell played a member of a family of weightlifting vegetarians who was involved in a somewhat star-cross romance with a straightless politician (Edmund Pardom) in “Athena”.

Powell played a small role in Donnen’s “Deep in My Heart” in 1954, starring Jose Ferrer and Meryl O’Brien.

In 1955 he starred in “Hit the Deck” with Debbie Reynolds and Ann Miller, a musical derivative of “Anchors Away” and “On the Town”.

The recording of Powell’s “True Love” peaked at number 15 on the Billboard charts in 1956, and the actress sang “I Never Want to Love You” at the Academy Awards that year.

Powell was growing older as a teenager for which he was aptly adapted-the New York Observer said he “made enough soda-fountain musical instruments at MGM to give himself a milkshake hangover for the rest of his life” বand mostly found frustration in his late 1950s. The role of the film.

The 1958 Hollywood-set melodrama “The Female Animal” saw Powell’s drunken daughter compete with her drunken movie star’s mother, starring Heidi Lamar (in a return role), for a young extra love, but the film was not a success. She misbehaved as the daughter of a man-eating chief in “Enchanted Island”, although “The Girl Most Probably”, a musicalized remake of Ginger Rogers’ “Tom, Dick and Harry”, although Powell’s character was somewhat hostile.

However, the actress had already moved to TV for several years, during which time she appeared on various shows such as “Producers’ Showcase”, “Goodyear Theater” and “Alcoa Theater” and “The Red Skeleton”. She appeared in the 1959 small screen version of “Meet Me in St. Louis” as Judy Garland.

And he spent his summers in “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, “Most Happy Fella”, “The Boy Friend”, “Brigade”, “The Sound of Music”, “Oklahoma!” “” Carousel, “” Meet Me in St. Louis “and” Peter Pan. ” In 1964, Powell visited the musical review “Just 20 Plus Me!”, Where Powell and 20 handsome colleagues were present.

In 1974, she appeared on her only Broadway, replacing Debbie Reynolds in the title role of “Irene”.

He and Howard Kyle “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “I Do!” I do! “And” South Pacific Ocean. “

On TV, Powell made stops at “Fantasy Island”, “Love Boat” and “Murder, He Wrote”, and played the repetitive role in the sitcom “Growing Pain” as Alan Thikk’s mother.

He introduced the soap “Loving” in the 180’s and “As the World Turns” in the early 1’s. The actress also starred in television commercials for Policent, and Powell appeared on a pair of telepics in 2000: Showtime’s “The Sandy Bottom Orchestra” and CBS’s “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.”

He was still present on stage.

After touring “Same Time Next Year,” “Marriage-Go-Round,” and “Chapter Two” in the early 190’s, Powell appeared in Meer’s comedy “After-Play” with Annie Meer in the late ‘Me0s.

In 2000, he appeared on the off-Broadway comedy “Avo”. Charles Isherwood of Variety said, “Powell looks bright and glamorous (I suspect he’s reviving an old stage tradition tih and wearing his own outfit), and batting many of his punch lines on footlights with pixie-ish leather.”

In 2003, he appeared in “Bounce”, but Stephen Soundheim’s music was not successful and did not reach Broadway.

Powell last appeared on screen in a 2002 episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, but he was still a guest at the concert, starring Pink Martini at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2010.

Actress Turner also served as a guest host on Classic Movies, subbbing for Robert Osborne when he was on medical leave for a week in July 2011.

Born in Suzanne Lauren Barse, Portland, Oret, she began dancing early and appeared on the children’s radio show “Stars of Tomorrow” at the age of five. The family moved to Oakland, California, hoping to discover a dance teacher’s studio there, but nothing came of it and they returned home.

During World War II, she was selected as the Oregon Victory Girl, boosting sales of war bonds.

During the 1943 family vacation in Hollywood, she won the Janet Gainer radio talent contest “Hollywood Showcase: Stars over Hollywood” and was subsequently contracted to MGM.

Powell was a member of the board of trustees of the American Actress Fund.

Her autobiography, The Girl Next Door and How She Grew, was published in 1988, and she wrote a foreword to Ken Bloom’s 2010 book, “Hollywood Musicals: The 101 Greatest Song-and-Dance Movie of All Time.”

Powell was married five times, with three children from the first two marriages.

Her first marriage was to former figure skater Gearhart “Geary” Anthony Stephen. At their wedding in November 1949, Elizabeth Taylor served as one of his brides.

Powell married her fifth husband, former child star Dickie Moore, in 1988. .

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