Jane Powell, Golden Age star in ‘Royal Wedding,’ dead at 92


Jane Powell, one of many final stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, has died at the age of 92.

Susan Granger, a good friend of Powell’s household confirmed to Deadline that she died peacefully on Thursday at her residence in Wilton, Connecticut.

Powell was born Suzanne Lorraine Burce in 1929 in Portland, Oregon. She was married 5 occasions and has three youngsters and two granddduaghters. Her final husband, actor and publicist, Dickie Moore, died in 2015.

She earned star credit score in the Nineteen Forties with roles in varied Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. Powell has a protracted resume and has appeared in roles starting from musicals, dramas to romantic comedies. In 1960, she obtained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

One of her most well-known roles consists of 1951’s “Royal Wedding,” the place she sang and danced with Fred Astaire.

Jane Powell and Fred Astaire in 1951’s “Royal Wedding.”
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Her subsequent iconic function got here as Milly Pontipee in 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Her different performances in the Nineteen Fifties embody “Athena,” “Deep In My Heart” and “Hit the Deck.”

Jane Powell circa 1955.
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After a string of movie roles, she took her abilities to tv the place she starred in her personal present, “The Jane Powell Show.” However, the unsold 1961 pilot by no means made it to air.

Jane Powell in 1953’s “Three Sailors and A Girl.”
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In the Seventies and early ’80s, Powell scored visitor appearances on in style zeitgeist sequence similar to “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.” She later recurred on the present “Growing Pains” because the mom of star Alan Thicke’s character Mike Seaver.

Jane Powell and Gene Nelson in 1953’s “Three Sailors and A Girl.”
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One of her final performances was a 2002 episode of “Law & Order: SVU.” She portrayed a lady affected by elder abuse in a nursing residence.

Powell stored performing nicely into the 2000s.

Her career additionally took her to the stage the place she starred in the 1973 Broadway manufacturing of “Irene.” In 2000, she moved to off-Broadway and starred in Bill C. Davis’ dramedy “Avow.”

Powell additionally dabbled into music and beginning in 2007, she carried out with the orchestral band, Pink Martini. She appeared with them in venues similar to New York City’s Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl.