Jane Powell
Singer, dancer, actress
Jane Powell
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.
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Live music in October at Blues BBQ includes Corey Hunley with Jeff Maiden, Grass Monkey, J.D. Sutphin
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
http://bluesbbqco.com/ Every Monday Karaoke 10p Every Tuesday- Kelly Scott’s One Man Rock Show 9-12 Every Wednesday- Elmer Coles Funktet and Jane Powell Alternate. Elmer on 3,17,31. Jane on 10 and 24. 4- Eric Larsen 9-12 5- Sirsy 10-1:30 6- Tim Martin Duo 10-1:30 11- Dan McBroom 9-12 12- Grass Monkey 10-1:30 13- TBA 18- Jd Sutphin 9-12 19- TBA 20- Robotic Jive 10-1:30 25- Mark Stegall 9-12 26- Last Mile 10-1:30 27- Corey Hunley and Jeff Maiden 10-1:30
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Your daily Letter to the Columnist — June 4, 2012
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
From JaneLPowell.com Jazz, blues, soul singer Jane L. Powell has returned home to Roanoke Dan: Jane Powell set the night on fire at 202 Market St. last night (Friday June 1) and the club has asked Jane to perform again next Friday June 8. For all of us old Roanokers, 202 Market St. is the site of the old Book, Strings and Things bookstore on the Roanoke City Market which later turned into a sort of cigar bar. Now it is a restaurant with a couple different club areas and the side lounge where Jane performed. For 21 years, Jane has been performing for Norwegian Cruise Lines but is now back home in Roanoke permanently to be with her mother. Jane still packs a powerhouse punch of jazz, blues, soul and humor and it was so good to see her back home again. Last night the crowd started assembling at 9:30 PM and Jane started at 10:00 PM and performed well beyond midnight. She’ll be back this Friday and it is well worth getting out to see her. Dan, I don’t know if you remembe ...
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Music video — Jane Powell with the Alan Watson Trio performing “St. Thomas” at 202 Market SpeakEasy last Friday
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
janelpowell.com Dr. Steve Rosenoff might finally have figured out how to make his 202 Market work as both danceteria and live music venue. If you walk east on Kirk Avenue as it alleys toward Williamson Road, you’ll see a pretty cool looking patio. That’s the entrance to 202′s SpeakEasy. I went in on Friday night to hear Jane Powell, still a remarkable vocalist, performing with Alan Watson Trio. The rest of the trio was the always-killing bassist Bernard Hairston (a cousin to Powell) and groove-slinging drummer James “J.J.” Johnson. Rosenoff was out on the patio as I walked up, so we chatted for a few minutes. I asked him if the disco music bled into SpeakEasy, and he told me it did not. Now I’m pretty deaf, but he must be deafer, because there was some bleeding in. But it was nothing, I mean nothing, compared to the way it used to irk when national acts played on the main stage. I’m still sorry, Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials! One could follow dynamics without being distract ...
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TCM Classic Film Fest: Stanley Donen on Hepburn, censors and more
LATimes - almost 5 years
When director/producer Stanley Donen took home an honorary Oscar in 1998, “in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation,” he turned on the charm at the Academy Awards, hoofing it up and singing “Cheek to Cheek.” A former Broadway chorus dancer, he made his mark on Hollywood co-directing and choreographing musical classics with Gene Kelly — 1949’s “On the Town,” 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” and 1955’s “It’s Always Fair Weather.” Beginning with 1951’s “Royal Wedding” — best known as the film in which Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling — Donen also had great success as a solo director. He went on to helm 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” with Jane Powell and Howard Keel; in 1957 he came out with both “Funny Face” with Astaire and Audrey Hepburn and “The Pajama Game,” starring Doris Day. In 1958 came the romantic comedy “Indiscreet,” with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, and later the 1963 romantic thriller “Charade” (with Hepburn and Gran ...
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Actress-dancer Jane Powell recalls Hollywood’s Golden Era
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-131501" href="/Jane+Powell+1">Jane Powell</a>, who will be in Palm Beach on Thursday to host a fundraising lunch, worked with Fred Astaire in 'Royal Wedding' in 1951. <a class="fplink fp-131501" href="/Jane+Powell+1">Jane Powell</a> was a girl soprano in Portland, Ore., when she was discovered on a radio show. Hollywood beckoned shortly thereafter in 1944, when Powell was only 15. Her brilliant coloratura attracted the attention of MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer, who had a weakness for opera, and she spent more than 10 years at the studio, starring in such classics as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Royal Wedding. Powell worked opposite legends such as Fred Astaire, as well as the occasional picture with a non-legend such as Wallace Beery, reputedly one of the most obnoxious people in the movie industry. Powell, who lives in New York City with her husband, former child star Dick Moore, will be here Thursday to host a luncheon at Club Colette in Palm B ...
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UMass Lowell Announces Dream of Perfect Games: A Celebration of Sport - GoRiverHawks.com
Google News - over 5 years
James T. Smith (The Smitty) Award: Henry C. Powell &#39;55 and Mary Jane Powell “While the games themselves provide participants and spectators with lasting memories, sport provides so many meaningful stories that should be celebrated,” Skinner added
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Flaggermusnatt Under Skåri - Porten.no
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Powell frå FN-sambandet opna med å fortelja om FN sitt Flaggermusår som me no er midt inne i. Mange bønder byter ut sprøytemiddel med flaggermus. Flaggermusa tek skadeinsekta. 1 million flaggermus kan setja til livs 10 tonn insekt på ei natt
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Mary Tyler Moore to Honor Bernadette Peters in Westport - Hartford Courant (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... which is marking its 80th birthday, and who will be performing are: Lucie Arnaz, Joey Grey, Sheldon Harnick, Tom Jones, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Laurence Luckinbill, James Naughton, Christopher Plummer, Jane Powell, Stephen Schwartz and Joanne Woodward
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Mary Tyler Moore at Playhouse Gala Sept. 19 - Westport Now
Google News - over 5 years
The Playhouse said those planning to attend the Playhouse gala, schedule permitting, include Lucie Arnaz, Joel Grey, Sheldon Harnick, Tom Jones, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Laurence Luckinbill, James Naughton, Christopher Plummer, Jane Powell,
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Marcos históricos do western: 1950-1951 - Tribuna do Norte - Natal
Google News - over 5 years
Começou em Hollywood como figurante em 1945 em &quot;Sonhando com os Olhos Abertos&quot;, comédia de Danny Kaye, e, no ano seguinte, também apareceria ao lado de Jane Powell em &quot;Romance no México&quot;. Em 1948, participou em &quot;Tarzan e as Sereias&quot;, este com Johnny
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Film screenings in the Hartford area, Aug. 11-17, 2011 - Hartford Courant
Google News - over 5 years
R. Royal Wedding — Fred Astaire, Jane Powell and Peter Lawford star in this 1951 musical about a brother and sister dance act booked to play in London at the same time as a Royal Wedding. Monday at 1 pm at Rave Enfield, inside the mall
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10 Best Movies With Greek Subtitles - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
The film&#39;s all-star cast includes Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, and Russ Tamblyn. “A Man Escaped.” “A Man Escaped” is a 1956 French war drama with Greek subtitles. It tells of a French Resistance activist who plans an elaborate escape from a
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They grow up - BusinessWorld Online
Google News - over 5 years
Note the child stars who remained diminutive: Jane Powell, June Allyson, Taylor, Garland, Rooney, as well as local moppets like Niño Muhlach, Berting Labra, Aiza Seguerra, Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos and Roderick Paulate. I suspect that the extreme heat
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Robert E. Rosterman, 1931-2011 - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
A retired booking agent for two major film studios, Mr. Rosterman could also dial up a stories about famous actors like Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Bette Davis and Jane Powell. &quot;Bob was a walking encyclopedia of movie trivia,&quot; said David Denwood,
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Robert Osborne On Leave From TCM - Mediapost.com
Google News - over 5 years
A rotating cadre of substitute hosts, including actors Robert Wagner (this week), Jane Powell (next week) and Tippi Hedren (week of July 25) will be introducing many movies in the coming weeks
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DVD Review: The Royal Wedding - William & Catherine - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Following the major disappointment that The Royal Wedding - William &amp; Catherine was not a long-overdue direct-to-video sequel to the 1951 Fred Astaire/Jane Powell vehicle Royal Wedding, I sat there and marveled over how much media frenzy can be built
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Powell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 80
    She performed again with Pink Martini at the Hollywood Bowl on September 10, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Jane filled in as "guest host" on Turner Classic Movies for Robert Osborne while he was on medical leave July 17–23, 2011. Powell has been married five times, and has three children from her first two marriages.
  • 2009
    Age 79
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 78
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 77
    For one evening, she returned to her hometown, Portland, narrating Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with Pink Martini on December 31, 2007.
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  • 2003
    Age 73
    In 2003, she made a return to the stage as Mama Mizner in the Stephen Sondheim musical Bounce.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Powell's great reviews in the part, Bounce was not critically successful and did not move to Broadway.
  • 2002
    Age 72
    Powell's last major TV appearance was a guest star in "Vulnerable" on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Powell lives in Manhattan and (since 1985), in Wilton, Connecticut, with her fifth husband, former child actor Dick Moore (until 2015). They met when Moore interviewed Powell for a book on child actors. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Actors' Fund of America.
  • 2000
    Age 70
    In 2000, she appeared in two TV movies in supporting roles in The Sandy Bottom Orchestra and Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.
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  • 1991
    Age 61
    She was a temporary replacement on As the World Turns for Eileen Fulton as Lisa Grimaldi in 1991, 1993, and 1994.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They met while Moore was researching his own autobiography, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, But Don't Have Sex or Take the Car. Her autobiography, The Girl Next Door And How She Grew, was published in 1988. For her 80th birthday, Robert Osborne, a film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, and her husband organized a party at a New York hotel for forty-five of Powell's friends and family members.
  • 1985
    Age 55
    In 1985, she started a nine-month run in the daytime soap Loving, playing a tough mother and businesswoman.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, she also had a regular guest spot on the TV comedy series Growing Pains (playing Alan Thicke's mother).
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 40
    She has appeared on numerous TV talk shows and co-hosted The Mike Douglas Show in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s, she appeared in three TV movies, Wheeler and Murdoch, The Letters and Mayday at 40,000 Feet! In the 1980s, she guest-starred on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Murder She Wrote.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 34
    Powell was a regular guest on a TV variety shows in Australia when she visited there to perform her nightclub act. She also had a one-off TV special there in 1964.
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    Powell also toured in 1964 in a musical review entitled Just 20 Plus Me!
    More Details Hide Details It was done to a recorded track and featured Powell with 20 handsome "chorus boys". Asked after the performance if the production was going to be made available on a commercial recording, she said simply, "No." In the early 1980s, she toured in the comedies Same Time, Next Year, The Marriage-Go-Round, and Chapter Two. In 1996 and 1997, she appeared in the off-broadway production After-Play. She also performed the role of the Queen in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at New York City Opera. In 2000, she appeared in the off-Broadway production Avow, for which she received great reviews for a role which showed off her excellent comedic timing. During the 1950s and 1960s, Powell appeared regularly on television. These credits included guest spots on nearly all the major variety shows of the period, such as The Perry Como Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Kraft Music Hall, The Frank Sinatra Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Red Skelton Show, The Eddie Fisher Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Jonathan Winters Show, This is Tom Jones, The Garry Moore Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Judy Garland Show.
  • 1963
    Age 33
    The couple divorced in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details A Republican, she sang the National Anthem at the 1956 Republican National Convention.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 26
    Also in 1956, Powell performed the song "I'll Never Stop Loving You" at the 28th Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Reflecting on her work in musical films, Powell said: People are always fascinated by the so-called golden age of musicals, but it wasn’t all that great. Everything was glazed. Those movies didn’t reflect reality. I was at MGM for 11 years and nobody ever let me play anything but teenagers. I was 25 years old with kids of my own and it was getting ridiculous. Publicity was froth. Everything you said was monitored. With me, they didn’t have to worry. I never had anything to say, anyway. It was hard work, I had no friends, no social interaction with people my age and the isolation was tough. But I had to support my family, so I did what I was told and had no other choice. Her roles include the touring productions of Unsinkable Molly Brown, Most Happy Fella, The Boy Friend, Brigadoon, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! My Fair Lady, Carousel, Meet Me in St. Louis, Peter Pan, The Girl Next Door and How She Grew, and Irene, in which she made her Broadway debut, following Debbie Reynolds in the title role. Howard Keel and she also appeared on stage together in a revival of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, I Do! I Do! and South Pacific.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was her only single to make the charts.
  • 1954
    Age 24
    On November 8, 1954, Powell married Patrick W. Nerney, an automobile executive nine years her senior, in Ojai, California.
    More Details Hide Details Nerney had previously been married to actress Mona Freeman, with whom he had a daughter, also named Mona. Daughter Lindsey Averill Nerney (Powell states she named her for the California-based olive processor) was born from the union on February 1, 1956.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her other films include: Rich, Young and Pretty (1951), Small Town Girl (1953), Three Sailors and a Girl (1953), Athena (1954), Deep in My Heart (1954), Hit the Deck (1955), and The Girl Most Likely (1957). Known mainly for musical comedy, Powell appeared in a rare dramatic role in The Female Animal from Universal Pictures in 1958, which turned out to be the final film of co-star Hedy Lamarr.
  • 1950
    Age 20
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children, Gearhardt Anthony "G.A." (Jay) Steffen III (born July 21, 1951) and Suzanne "Sissy" Ilene Steffen (born November 21, 1952).
  • 1948
    Age 18
    She made Luxury Liner, a 1948 romantic musical comedy film, and Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) with Ann Sothern.
    More Details Hide Details Powell worked side by side with Fred Astaire and Peter Lawford in Royal Wedding (1951), when she was brought in to replace June Allyson, who had become pregnant, and then Judy Garland, who dropped out due to illness. According to film historian Robert Osborne, in a six-minute scene in the movie, Powell and Astaire match witty banter, sing, and dance in a performance that showcases the actress's energy and talent. "We can also see her comic ability, in that number http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+can+you+believe+me+when+i+say+i+love+you&FORM=VIRE6#view=detail&mid=5B425E4B810316BD36EA5B425E4B810316BD36EA," Osborne said. "She's hilarious—chewing gum, swinging her hips, and acting like a 'tough broad.' It's too bad MGM didn't capitalize more on her comedic side."
  • 1945
    Age 15
    In 1945, Powell sang "Because" at the wedding of Esther Williams and Ben Gage.
    More Details Hide Details Within her first few years at MGM, Powell made six films, appeared on radio programs, performed in theatre productions (including The Student Prince) and even sang at the inauguration ball for President Harry S. Truman on January 20, 1949. When not making films, Powell traveled to theaters around the country doing a vaudeville act, which she hated. Powell's second film was Delightfully Dangerous, which she called the "worst movie I've ever made." During her third film, Holiday in Mexico, Powell met her future friend, Roddy McDowall. Holiday in Mexico was her first Technicolor film; her first two films had been black and white. Powell's charm and spunk made her stand out in her follow-up vehicle, Three Daring Daughters, originally titled The Birds and the Bees, in which she co-starred with Jeanette MacDonald, who took the young performer under her wing. The film proved another hit, and she was given top billing in a string of Joe Pasternak-produced musicals including A Date with Judy (1948) with schoolmate Elizabeth Taylor.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Powell began dance lessons at the age of two. In an attempt to liken her appearance to Shirley Temple, Powell's mother took her to get her first perm the same year she began dance lessons. At five, she appeared on the children's radio program Stars of Tomorrow. She also took dance lessons with Agnes Peters, and there the Burce family met Scotty Weston, a talent scout and dance instructor. He convinced the family to move to Oakland, California, for Powell to take dance lessons, in hopes of her being discovered. However, Weston's lessons were held in a large, dark, damp ballroom packed full of other starlet hopefuls, and after three months of living in a hotel room and eating meals cooked on a hot plate, the family moved back to Portland. Paul Burce had quit his job of 14 years to move to Oakland, and was unable to get it back when they returned. The family moved into an apartment building owned by friends, and Paul soon became the manager after the friends left. While there, and while helping her father take the garbage out, Powell would sing. Tenants insisted that Powell should take lessons, and after saving their money, began singing lessons for her.
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