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Jane Powell Overview:

Legendary actress, Jane Powell, was born Suzanne Lorraine Burce on Apr 1, 1929 in Portland, OR. Powell appeared in over 45 film and TV roles. Her best known films include Royal Wedding (with Fred Astaire), A Date with Judy (with Elizabeth Taylor), Two Weeks with Love (with Ricardo Montalban), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (with Howard Keel). As of December 2016, Jane Powell was 87 years old.


Jane Powell was a sweet-faced American singing star with bubbly blonde hair -- the refreshing teenager who gazed at the hero from afar but eventually got him in MGM musicals of the forties and fifties. Her film career suffered with the demise of the original screen musical, but she continued working in TV and the theater. She married her fifth husband, former child star, Dickie Moore, in 1988.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).


Jane Powell authored an autobiography called The Girl Next Door and How She Grew in 1988.



She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Powell was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Jane Powell Quotes:

Adam: Smells good enough to eat.
Milly: Tastes good too, so they tell me.
Adam: Got any ketchup handy?
Milly: My stew can stand on its own feet.

Milly: Good morning my brothers. If you're looking for your outside clothes they're hanging up drying on the line. I came in before and got them. I couldn't get your inside clothes so I'll take them now.
Benjamin Pontipee: Our underwear?
Milly: You're winter underwear that you're sleeping in. You might as well hand it over because you're not gonna get your clothes or food or nothing til you get all cleaned up and shaved.
Benjamin Pontipee: Where's Adam? We wanna talk to Adam.
Milly: He's out plowing, he had his breakfast over a half an hour ago. I got hot muffins waiting, crisp bacon, steak, fryer potatoes, fresh ground coffee. Now do I get that winter underwear or do I have to come in there and take it off of you?
Benjamin Pontipee: Don't listen to her. She wouldn't dare.
Milly: Oh wouldn't I?

Melvin R. Foster: What ever happened to Oogie?
Judy Foster: Oh I just gave him up forever for a little while.

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Roddy McDowall, a friend from the beginning of Jane's Hollywood career and the remainder of his life, was an usher at her first wedding.

Her husband Patrick Nerney bought her a pair of diamond earrings and due to her fear of needles, she figured the only way she would have of wearing them was to have her ears pierced under anaesthetic. Upon discovering she was pregnant with her last daughter Lindsay, she explained to the doctor that he could only handle her case if he would pierce her ears while she was on the delivery table. He agreed, and she left the delivery room with a baby daughter and two pierced ears.

The character she played in the movie Song of the Open Road (1944) was named Jane Powell. MGM gave her the name of the character she played for her own stage moniker.

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