Eleanor Powell
Dancer, actress
Eleanor Powell
Eleanor Torrey Powell was an American film actress and dancer of the 1930s and 1940s, known for her exuberant solo tap dancing.
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Tales of Glenn Ford in new biography - Redlands Daily Facts
Google News - over 5 years
... but these are honestly described by his son. Film fans will not be disappointed in this book and the stories by his only child, Peter Ford, and the revelations about his dad - as well as his mom, who was the great dancer, Eleanor Powell!
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MGM Musicals Come To BFI Southbank - 4RFV
Google News - over 5 years
This golden era of Hollywood song and dance will begin with fare from the dazzling 1930s including Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in Dancing Lady (1933), a time when Eleanor Powell began tapping her way to fascinating rhythms in Broadway Melody of 1938
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Driver cited after hitting bridge with home - Mount Airy News
Google News - over 5 years
Driver Joshua Craig Crumpler told Mount Airy News Photographer Eleanor Powell that the bridge height was not marked and the house he was hauling was a little taller than normal. Mount Airy Officer CK Edwards said cited Crumpler with a carrying a load
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Universal Studios presenta el ciclo de “Ginger y Fred” - Pysn Pueblo y Sociedad Noticias
Google News - over 5 years
En 1940, Fred y Ginger se separan, y mientras que ella ganó el Oscar a la Mejor Actriz por Kitty Foyle (1941), Fred está trabajando con Eleanor Powell, considerado el mejor bailarín del grifo era, la MGM. En 1974, Fred parte en la película de desastres
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Glenn Ford remembered as great actor, flawed dad - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Ford, left, with his parents Eleanor Powell and Glenn Ford in 1952. "Gilda" screens at 7:30 pm Tuesday at the Historic Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island, as part of the theater's 75th anniversary celebration. Peter Ford will be present for a Q
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Musical '42nd Street' steps into Naples on July 1 - The News-Press
Google News - over 5 years
To help them get in the mood, Fornara asked the cast to watch Busby Berkeley productions such as "Gold Diggers of 1933" and samples of tap dancing legend Eleanor Powell. Rachel Aryn, who grew up with the Naples Players, has the lead role
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Son to Discuss His Glenn Ford Book At Village Books - Palisadian-Post
Google News - over 5 years
Before Glenn Ford married dancer Eleanor Powell (Peter's mother and the first of his four marriages), he rented a Spanish-style home in Pacific Palisades at 519 Ocampo, from July 1, 1941 to September 30, 1942, before he went into the Marine Corps
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East Coweta: Class of 2011 Valedictorian Abigail Shell's speech - Newnan Times-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Each of us holds a piece of the future in our hands, entrusted to us by our Father, and we must remember these words from Eleanor Powell: “What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” Our roads will not be easy, but then again,
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Foreclosure Rescue Stings - Don't Become A Foreclosure Victim Unnecessarily - Stock Markets Review
Google News - over 5 years
... rather steer clear from these people if you can. They don't operate with your interest at heart. They are in it for themselves. Caroline Eleanor Powell is the author of several articles helping homeowners with foreclosure avoidance advice and tips
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Still here after the end of the world, and still tapping | WHIDBEY RECIPES - PNW Local News
Google News - almost 6 years
Tonight, because it's National Tap Dance Day, I'm putting on my tap shoes, pouring a glass of bubbly, putting “Broadway Melody” in the VCR and dancing with two of the best, Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell, celebrating the fact that I'm still here and
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Rip Taylor Interview, Part 2 - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
TAYLOR: I got to know Ella Fitzgerald very well, a lot of stars, Louis Armstrong and then Eleanor Powell. The best tap dancer in the world compared with Fred Astaire, ask him. Before Ginger and while Ginger and better than Ginger and better than Annie
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Bill Katz: Steps in Time - Power Line (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
The Astaire women were Eleanor Powell, the first MGM musical star, whose appeal saved the studio in the 1930s; Ginger Rogers, actually an actress who danced, and who became the partner most associated with Astaire, although she was the weakest dancer
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Recordarán connotado artista en Premios Fred & Adele Astaire Awards - SDP Noticias
Google News - almost 6 years
Con Eleanor Powell hizo "La nueva melodía de Broadway" (1940), con Paulette Goddard "Al fin solos" (1940), con Rita Hayworth "Desde aquel beso" (1941) y "You will never lovelier" (1942), con Joan Leslie "The sky"s the limit" (1943) y con Lucille Bremer
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Movies on TV, Today & Tonight - Regina Leader-Post
Google News - almost 6 years
(39) >>> "Born to Dance" Eleanor Powell. A temperamental star's replacement dances her way to fame. (2 hrs.) (101)"Undisputed III: Redemption" Scott Adkins. A champion fighter gets transferred to a Ukrainian prison. (1 hr., 40 mins
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Evocan a Glenn Ford - El Financiero
Google News - almost 6 years
En octubre de 1943 contrajo matrimonio con la bailarina Eleanor Powell. Terminada la guerra, Glenn Ford volvió al cine, en 1946, con una película que marcó un hito en su carrera cinematográfica: "Gilda", junto a Rita Hayworth, con quien el actor
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Relatives spend afternoon grilling out for Easter holiday celebration - Mount Airy News
Google News - almost 6 years
Deborah Hunter, center, slices her Hawaiian Sunset Cake, and serves the hostess, Angela Edwards, right, and Cody Thompson. Enjoying the celebration are, from left, Sheila Parker and Pricilla and Clarence Butcher
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Hollywood history 'taps' WMass roots - MassLive.com
Google News - almost 6 years
His mother, Eleanor Powell, was 8 years old and a third-grader at Liberty Street School here when she enrolled in a dance studio on Worthington Street. By 1923, at the age of 11, she was performing a buck-and-wing dance on stage at the Ambassador
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Wielki, niedoceniony Glenn Ford - Onet.pl
Google News - almost 6 years
Matką Petera była pierwsza żona Forda, słynna tancerka Eleanor Powell, którą syn nazywa dziś „świętą”. Małżeństwo trwało szesnaście burzliwych lat. Peter zaczął pisać książkę na rok przed śmiercią ojca. – Pracowaliśmy nad nią razem – mówi
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They Seem to Find The Happiness They Seek
NYTimes - over 7 years
WHEN people fall in love, they opt for an experience that others have had before. Very often that's what they have in mind: they would like to share some of what happened to Romeo and Juliet, or Lizzy and Darcy or maybe just their parents. One of those archetypes of romance was born 75 years ago, with the release of ''The Gay Divorcee,'' starring
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DANCE REVIEW | JAZZ TAP ENSEMBLE; Tracing Tap's Origins And Toasting Its Titans
NYTimes - over 8 years
There are many technicians in the tap world these days. But the real artists -- you know, the technicians with something to say -- aren't as easy to come by. Jason Samuels Smith is one such dancer, and it is a treat to find him, along with the glamorous Chloe Arnold, moonlighting with the Jazz Tap Ensemble. The company opened a weeklong run at the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eleanor Powell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 69
    Eleanor Powell died February 11, 1982, of cancer, aged 69, and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood in the Cathedral Mausoleum, Foyer Niche 432, Tier 3.
    More Details Hide Details Powell was reintroduced to audiences in the popular That's Entertainment! documentary in 1974, and its sequels That's Entertainment Part II (1976) and That's Entertainment! III (1994) and the related film That's Dancing! (1985) which spotlight her dancing from films such as Broadway Melody of 1940, Lady Be Good, and Born to Dance. She is one of only a few performers to be the subject of spotlight segments (as opposed to being included in a montage with other performers) in all four films. That's Entertainment! III is notable for including behind-the-scenes footage of her "Fascinatin' Rhythm" routine from Lady Be Good. Powell's films continue to be broadcast on television regularly by Turner Classic Movies, with most released in the VHS video format in 1980s and 1990s. North American DVD release of her work has been slower in coming. Aside from clips from her films being included in the aforementioned That's Entertainment! trilogy, plus clips that were featured in other releases such as the 2002 special edition DVD release of Singin' in the Rain, it wasn't until the 2003 DVD release of Broadway Melody of 1940 that a complete Powell film was released in the format. In February 2007, Warner Home Video announced plans to release a boxed DVD set of Eleanor Powell's musical films by year end. This did not occur; instead, on April 8, 2008 Warner released a third boxed set in the Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory series, with nine films, four of which star Powell: Broadway Melody of 1936, Born to Dance, Broadway Melody of 1938, and Lady Be Good.
  • 1981
    Age 68
    She made her final public appearance in 1981 at a televised American Film Institute tribute to Fred Astaire, where she received a standing ovation.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1959
    Age 46
    Powell divorced Ford in 1959, and that year, encouraged by Peter, launched a highly publicized nightclub career, including appearances at Lou Walters' Latin Quarter in Boston.
    More Details Hide Details She maintained her good figure and looks well into middle age. Her live performances continued well into the 1960s. During the early 1960s she made several guest appearances on variety TV programs, including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Hollywood Palace.
  • 1955
    Age 42
    In 1955, Powell made her last-ever film appearance when she appeared in Have Faith in Our Children, a three-minute short film produced for the Variety Club of Northern California in which Powell asked viewers to donate to the charity.
    More Details Hide Details The short, which other than its title had no relation to the TV series, marked the only time Powell appeared on screen with Glenn Ford.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1952
    Age 39
    After Duchess of Idaho, Powell returned to private life. In May 1952, she emerged as a guest star on an episode of All Star Revue with Danny Thomas and June Havoc.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, she was ordained a minister of the Unity Church and later hosted an Emmy Award-winning Sunday morning TV program for youth entitled The Faith of Our Children (1953–1955). Her son, Peter Ford, was a regular on this show and would later find his own success as a rock and roll singer and as an actor.
  • 1950
    Age 37
    In 1950, Powell returned to MGM one last time in Duchess of Idaho, starring Esther Williams.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing as herself in a nightclub scene, a hesitant Powell is invited to dance by bandleader Dick Layne (Van Johnson). She begins with a staid, almost balletic performance until she is chided by Layne for being lazy. She then strips off her skirt, revealing her famous legs, and perform as "boogie-woogie"-style specialty number very similar to the one she performed in Thousands Cheer seven years earlier. Williams, in her autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid, writes of being touched, watching Powell rehearsing until her feet bled, in order to make her brief appearance as perfect as possible.
  • 1946
    Age 33
    Overseas audiences did get to see one additional Powell dance performance in 1946, however: the compilation The Great Morgan included a number that had been cut from Honolulu.
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  • 1945
    Age 32
    She danced in a giant pinball machine in Sensations of 1945 (1944) for United Artists, but the film was a critical and commercial disappointment.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance was overshadowed by what was to be the final film appearance of W. C. Fields. She then retired to concentrate on raising her son, Peter Ford, who was born that year. She appeared in a couple of documentary-style short subjects about celebrities in the late 1940s.
  • 1943
    Age 30
    She parted ways with MGM in 1943 after her next film, Thousands Cheer, in which she appeared only for a few minutes to perform a specialty number (as part of an all-star cast), and the same year married actor Glenn Ford.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 29
    She was signed to play opposite Dan Dailey in For Me and My Gal in 1942, but the two actors were removed from the picture during rehearsals and replaced by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland.
    More Details Hide Details Later, production of a new Broadway Melody film that would have paired Powell with Kelly was also cancelled.
  • 1940
    Age 27
    Following Broadway Melody of 1940 Powell was sidelined for many months following a gall stone operation and things changed somewhat for the worse, at least as far as Powell's movie career was concerned.
    More Details Hide Details Lady Be Good (1941) gave Powell top billing and a classic dance routine to "Fascinatin' Rhythm". The same happened with Red Skelton in Ship Ahoy (1942) and I Dood It (1943), although in Ship Ahoy her character nonetheless played a central role in the story, and Powell's dance skills were put to practical use when she manages to tap out a Morse code message to a secret agent in the middle of a dance routine. In this routine from Ship Ahoy, she dances to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Rich on drums and the two perform a great musical partnership with the number "Tallulah".
    Broadway Melody of 1940, in which Powell starred opposite Fred Astaire, featured an acclaimed musical score by Cole Porter.
    More Details Hide Details Together, Astaire and Powell danced to Porter's "Begin the Beguine", which is considered by many to be one of the greatest tap sequences in film history. According to accounts of the making of this film, including a documentary included on the DVD release, Astaire was somewhat intimidated by Powell, who was considered the only female dancer ever capable of out-dancing Astaire. In his autobiography Steps in Time, Astaire remarked, "She 'put 'em down like a man', no ricky-ticky-sissy stuff with Ellie. She really knocked out a tap dance in a class by herself."
  • 1938
    Age 25
    Powell would go on to star opposite many of the decade's top leading men, including James Stewart, Robert Taylor, Fred Astaire, George Murphy, Nelson Eddy, and Robert Young. Among the films she made during the height of her career in the mid-to-late 1930s were Born to Dance (1936), Rosalie (1937), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Honolulu (1939), and Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940).
    More Details Hide Details All of these movies featured her amazing solo tapping, although her increasingly huge production numbers began to draw criticism. Her characters also sang, but Powell's singing voice was usually (but not always) dubbed. (This would also happen to one of Powell's successors, Cyd Charisse).
  • 1936
    Age 23
    III, MGM was headed for bankruptcy in the late 1930s, but the films of Eleanor Powell, particularly Broadway Melody of 1936, were so popular they made the company profitable again.
    More Details Hide Details Miller also credits Powell for inspiring her own dancing career, which would lead her to become an MGM musical star a decade later.
  • 1935
    Age 22
    She was well received in her first starring role in 1935 At Home Abroad (in which she was supported by Jack Benny and Frances Langford), and delighted 1930s audiences with her endless energy and enthusiasm, not to mention her stunning dancing.
    More Details Hide Details According to dancer Ann Miller, quoted in the "making-of" documentary That's Entertainment!
    In 1935, the leggy, fresh-faced Powell made the move to Hollywood and did a speciality number in her first major film, George White's 1935 Scandals which she later described as a disaster because she was accidentally made up to look like an Egyptian.
    More Details Hide Details The experience left her unimpressed with Hollywood and when she was courted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she initially refused their offers of a contract. Reportedly, Powell attempted to dissuade the studio by making what she felt were unreasonable salary demands, but MGM agreed to them and she finally accepted. The studio groomed her for stardom, making minimal changes in her makeup and conduct.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on November 21, 1912.
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