Jane Powell

Jane Powell

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.

Although one of the best singers of her time, Powell never learned to play an instrument or read music.

Appeared on stage with Howard Keel after her movie career was over. They performed together in I Do, I Do! and South Pacific among others.

At the age of 12, Jane Powell was selected "Oregon Victory Girl".

Attended Agnes Peters Dancing School as a child in Portland, Oregon.

Beside actress Elizabeth Taylor, other bridesmaids at her wedding to Geary Anthony Steffen Jr. included Roddy McDowall's sister Virginia McDowall, Ed Sullivan's daughter Betty Sullivan and Powell's good friend Margie Dillon.

Best known as 'Milly' in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Christened the ship Peter Skene Ogden on November 14, 1942. It was torpedoed and sank in WWII on February 22, 1944).

Dated dancer Stanley Catron after meeting on the set of Song of the Open Road (1944).

First husband Geary Steffin gained fame as a professional figure skater partnering with Sonja Henie. They appeared in ice carnivals as well as motion pictures during the 1940s. He died on July 14, 2004 in Santa Monica, California.

Grew up watching Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy movies.

Had never met former child actor and future husband Dickie Moore until 1981 when he was researching his book on child stars, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.".

Has performed before five U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England.

Her father worked for Wonder Bread for almost 2 decades, before the family moved to Oakland.

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.

Her role model and favorite actress is the lyrical soprano/actress, Jeanette MacDonald.

In 2005, she served as mistress of ceremonies at the memorial service for the deceased author Evan Hunter also known as Ed McBain, and famous as the screenwriter for The Birds (1963) .

Is a coloratura soprano who started her career singing on the radio before age 13.

Is portrayed by Marnette Patterson in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) (TV).

Jane Powell was an only child, born to Paul E. Burce (a Wonder Bread employee) and Eileen Baker Burce (a housewife).