Jane Powell, energetic star of ‘Royal Wedding’ musical movie, dies at 92
Jane Powell, who starred in a number of MGM classics as a beautiful and charming performer. Including Royal Wedding and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the 1940s and 1950s. She died of natural causes. She certainly was 92 years old.
Powell, who was blonde and blue-eyed and played roles with a silky, playful spirit in her musical comedies. But she would break the pleasant atmosphere of her movies if she were to sing: the little actress would unleash a surprisingly strong coloratura.
Joe Pasternak of MGM was her producer and mentor, and had previously fostered Deanna Durbin’s skills at Universal.
He immediately landed a seven-year contract with MGM after auditioning for Louis B Mayer and David O. Selznick in 1943. Song of the wide road, a 1944 musical, was his first feature film. In which she played a runaway children’s movie sensation. Jane Powell, the identity of her role, became personal.
Jane Powell: Career
After a while, identically themed teen musicals began to look the same. Though Powell did co-star with Stanley Donen’s Royal Wedding with Fred Astaire. The musical in which Astaire became famous for dancing, only on the walls and ceilings of the room. Additionally, Powell and Astaire performed as brothers in London at Princess Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947; The aristocratic central character in Powell’s interpretation of love was Peter Lawford.
Mr. Astaire and Ms. Powell are involved in a tattered romance called “How can you trust me after saying I love you while knowing I’ve been a liar all my life?” according to the New York Times. The two hit each other, and the spectators, in this jolt.
Powell, for his part, returning to the musicals he had been doing since the mid-1940s. It was in Paris, the rich, youthful and beautiful game.
In a 1951 publicity image for Royal Wedding, Fred Astaire and Jane Powell were on the posters.
In 1954, he returns to Donen’s lofty adaptation for the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which received an Oscar nomination for best picture. Powell appeared with Howard Keel in this animated performance, in a slightly more grown-up character than he would have done in the past.
Jane Powell: a versatile star
“Mr. Keel, whose baritone is as commanding and commanding as his body; Miss Powell, who sings and acts in true leading style; and her powerful and enthusiastic family, and that, including the younger dancers she kidnapped, are nice to watch and listen to,” said the New York Times. Powell also remained popular on television thanks to his Polident commercials, appearing on two telematics shows in 2000:
Powell’s last film appearance was in a 2002 episode of Law and Order: Special Unit for Victims. She though she continued to tour concerts and played with Pink Martini in September 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Powell was married 5 times, and his first two marriages resulted in three children.
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