Mala Powers

Born Dec 20, 1931

Mary Ellen "Mala" Powers was an American film actress. She was born in San Francisco, California. In 1940, her family moved to Los Angeles. Her father was an executive with United Press. In the summer of her relocation, Powers attended the Max Reinhardt Junior Workshop where she enjoyed her first role in a play before a live audience.… Read More

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1931 Birth Born on December 20, 1931.
1940 8 Years Old She was born in San Francisco, California. In 1940, her family moved to Los Angeles. … Read More
1942 10 Years Old She continued with her drama lessons, and a year later she auditioned and won a part in the 1942 Dead End Kids film Tough as They Come.


1950 18 Years Old 1 More Event
At the age of 16 she began working in radio drama, before becoming a film actress in 1950.


1952 20 Years Old She began working again in 1952, including a part in City Beneath the Sea and City That Never Sleeps, although she was still taking medication. … Read More
1954 22 Years Old She was married to Monte Vanton in 1954, but they divorced in 1962; they had a son, Toren Vanton, who survived his mother. Powers remarried in 1970 to M. Hughes Miller, a book publisher. … Read More


1965 33 Years Old Powers also had a small but recurring role on Shirley Booth's Hazel series. In that capacity she became a close friend of Lynn Borden, who played Barbara Baxter in the 1965-1966 season. … Read More


2007 76 Years Old Shortly before her death from complications of leukemia June 11, 2007, aged 75, she had been on a lecture tour at universities. … Read More
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