Eleanor Powell Overview:

Legendary actress, Eleanor Powell, was born Eleanor Torrey Powell on Nov 21, 1912 in Springfield, MA. Powell died at the age of 69 on Feb 11, 1982 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA.


Dark-haired American musical star with a happy face. Eleanor Powell was the only female dancer, according to Fred Astaire, who "put 'em down like a man." Billed at the time as "the world's greatest tap dancer," her fast and gutsy dancing looked relaxed and effortless, and she had a run of eight years at MGM. Religion later took over her life, and she became an ordained minister of the Unity Church. Married to Glenn Ford from 1943 to 1959. Died from cancer.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Eleanor Powell's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #40 on Dec 23, 1937. Powell was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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By Vanessa Buttino on Sep 3, 2013 From Stardust

Want the Life: and sailors in Born To Dance (1936) When I was younger, I wanted to be . You know what I used to do? I would tap my feet along with hers whenever I'd watch one of her films. It certainly helped matters that I was a trained dancer! ... Read full article

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By KC on Nov 21, 2011 From Classic Movies

I thought I'd celebrate 's birthday with a couple of great performances after her big studio heyday. Here's Powell in a performance from All-Star Revue in 1952. At forty-years-old, eight years after her last movie appearance, she is still light on her feet and precise in her movement... Read full article

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I know it's Friday and not Pawsome Pet Wednesday, but I had to post this wonderful photo of and her friend. I like it so much I made it my new banner pic on my blog. What do you guys think?... Read full article

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Eleanor Powell Quotes:

Ted Baker: Hello.
Nora Paige: Hello, what's the thing about?
Ted Baker: Well, boy meets girl.
Nora Paige: Oh, I see. Well, boy loses girl.
Ted Baker: Boy gets girl back.
Nora Paige: Not so fast, sailor.
Ted Baker: You're not very patriotic.
Nora Paige: I am, but I'm not uniform-crazy.

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Her effortless machine gun-like tapping style was the result of having taken lessons early in her career and wearing sandbags that were tied to her feet.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 650-652. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

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