Jane Powell

Singer + Dancer + Actress
Born Apr 1, 1929

Jane Powell is an American singer, dancer and actress. After rising to fame as a singer in her home state of Oregon, Powell was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer while still in her teens. Once there, the studio utilized her vocal, dancing and acting talents, casting her in such musicals as Royal Wedding, with Fred Astaire, A Date with Judy, with friend Elizabeth Taylor, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, with Howard Keel.… Read More

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  • Music Video — Jane Powell With The Alan Watson Trio Performing “St. Thomas” At 202 Market Speak Easy Last Friday - Jun 03, 2012
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Powell.


1929 Birth She was born Suzanne Lorraine Burce, the only child born to Paul E. Burce (a Wonder Bread employee) and Eileen Baker Burce (a housewife), on April 1, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. … Read More


1945 16 Years Old In 1945, Powell sang "Because" at the wedding of Esther Williams and Ben Gage. … Read More
1948 19 Years Old She made Luxury Liner, a 1948 romantic musical comedy film, and Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) with Ann Sothern. … Read More


1949 20 Years Old Her first marriage was to former figure skater Gearhardt "Geary" Anthony Steffen. He was a former skating partner to Sonja Henie, turned insurance broker. They married on November 5, 1949, and divorced on August 6, 1953. … Read More
1950 21 Years Old Friend and fellow actress Elizabeth Taylor served as one of her bridesmaids, with Powell returning the favor during Taylor's 1950 wedding to Conrad "Nicky" Hilton.
1954 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1954, Powell starred in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, opposite Howard Keel, which gave her the opportunity to play a more mature character than in previous films. … Read More
1956 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, Powell recorded a song, "True Love", that rose to 15 on the Billboard charts and 107 on the pop charts for that year, according to the Joel Whitburn compilation. … Read More


1963 34 Years Old The couple divorced in 1963. … Read More
1964 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Powell also toured in 1964 in a musical review entitled Just 20 Plus Me! … Read More


1970 41 Years Old She has appeared on numerous TV talk shows and co-hosted The Mike Douglas Show in 1970. … Read More


1985 56 Years Old 1 More Event
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 still active in local theatre.
1988 59 Years Old Powell's fifth marriage, to former child star Dickie Moore, was her longest. Powell and Moore were married from 1988 until his death in 2015. … Read More


1991 - 2000 2 More Events
2002 73 Years Old Powell's last major TV appearance was a guest star in "Vulnerable" on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002. … Read More
2003 74 Years Old In 2003, she made a return to the stage as Mama Mizner in the Stephen Sondheim musical Bounce. … Read More
2007 78 Years Old For one evening, she returned to her hometown, Portland, narrating Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with Pink Martini on December 31, 2007.
2008 79 Years Old She also appeared on March 9, 2008, with Martini at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City; she sang a duet of "Aba Daba Honeymoon" with lead singer China Forbes.
2009 80 Years Old In March 2009, she appeared and sang "Love is Where You Find It" in a show in which Michael Feinstein celebrated movie musicals and MGM musicals in particular.
2010 81 Years Old She performed again with Pink Martini at the Hollywood Bowl on September 10, 2010. … Read More
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