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Jane Powell

Jane Powell was singing and dancing at an early age. She sang on the radio and performed in theaters before her screen debut in 1944. Through the 1940s and 1950s, she had a successful career in movie musicals. However, in 1957, her career in films ended, as she had outgrown her innocent girl-next-door image. She has made brief returns to acting in front of the camera -- on television, in commercials, and in a workout video. She has had a variety of roles on stage since the end of her movie career, including the musicals "South Pacific," "The Sound of Music," "Oklahoma!," "My Fair Lady," "Carousel," and a one-woman show "The Girl Next Door and How She Grew," from which she took the title of her 1988 autobiography. As of 2010, Powell lives with her fifth husband, former child star Dickie Moore, in New York City and Connecticut, and is still active in television and theater. Despite the same last name she is not related to actors William Powell, Dick Powell, or Eleanor Powell.

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Apr 1, 1929 In Portland, Oregon, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Song of the Open Road 1944-06-21
Latest Project:
Movie Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter 2011-04-09
Known For
Poster of Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter
Poster of Meet Me in St. Louis
Poster of Alcoa Theatre
Poster of Holiday in Mexico
Movie Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter Herself 2011-04-09
Movie Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Herself 2003-01-01
Movie Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder Kit Andre 2000-02-27
Movie The Sandy Bottom Orchestra Delia Ferguson 2000-08-27
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Sobbin' Women: The Making of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' Herself 1997-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie That's Dancing! 1985-01-01
Series Growing Pains Unknown 1985-09-24
Series Murder, She Wrote Rev. Mother Claire 1984-09-30
Series The Love Boat Grace Bostwick 1977-09-24
Movie Mayday at 40,000 Feet! Kitty Douglass 1976-11-12
Movie Tubby the Tuba Celeste 1975-04-30
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Movie The Letters Elaine Anderson 1973-03-03
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie Meet Me in St. Louis Esther Smith 1959-04-26
Movie The Female Animal Penny Windsor 1958-01-22
Movie Enchanted Island Fayaway 1958-11-08
Movie The Girl Most Likely Dodie 1958-02-05
Series Alcoa Theatre 1957-10-07
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Hit the Deck Susan Smith 1955-02-24
Movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Bride Milly Pontipee 1954-07-22
Movie Athena Athena Mulvain 1954-11-04
Movie Deep in My Heart Jane Powell 1954-12-09
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Three Sailors and a Girl Penny Weston 1953-11-23
Movie Small Town Girl Cindy Kimbell 1953-04-10
Movie Royal Wedding Ellen Bowen 1951-03-08
Movie Rich, Young and Pretty Elizabeth Rogers 1951-07-09
Series What's My Line? Herself - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Nancy Goes to Rio Nancy Barklay 1950-03-10
Movie Two Weeks with Love Patti Robinson 1950-11-10
Movie Three Daring Daughters Tess Morgan 1948-02-12
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie A Date with Judy Judy Foster 1948-07-29
Movie Luxury Liner Polly Bradford 1948-11-09
Movie Holiday in Mexico Christine Evans 1946-08-15
Movie Delightfully Dangerous Sherry Williams 1945-03-31
Movie Song of the Open Road Jane Powell 1944-06-21