skip navigation
Diana Lewis

Diana Lewis

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (1)

Also Known As: Diana Lewis Powell, Mousie Powell, Maebelle Lewis Died: January 18, 1997
Born: September 18, 1919 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, philanthropist

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Diana Lewis's acting career began when she was a mere 15 years old. In her early acting career, Lewis appeared in such films as "It's a Gift" (1934), "Enter Madame" (1935) with Elissa Landi and "Gold Diggers in Paris" (1938) with Rudy Vallee. She also appeared in the Jeanette MacDonald adaptation "Bitter Sweet" (1940), the musical comedy "Forty Little Mothers" (1940) with Eddie Cantor and the comedy "Go West" (1940) with Groucho Marx. Her passion for acting continued to her roles in projects like "Johnny Eager" (1941), the Red Skelton comedy "Whistling in Dixie" (1942) and "Cry Havoc" (1944). She also appeared in "Fleshpot on 42nd Street" (1972) and the Sylvester Stallone sports drama "Rocky" (1976). She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996). Lewis was most recently credited in "Made" (MTV, 2002-2014). She also had a part in the TV miniseries "Favorite Son" (1988-89). Lewis was married to William Powell. Lewis passed away in January 1997 at the age of 78.

Diana Lewis's acting career began when she was a mere 15 years old. In her early acting career, Lewis appeared in such films as "It's a Gift" (1934), "Enter Madame" (1935) with Elissa Landi and "Gold Diggers in Paris" (1938) with Rudy Vallee. She also appeared in the Jeanette MacDonald adaptation "Bitter Sweet" (1940), the musical comedy "Forty Little Mothers" (1940) with Eddie Cantor and the comedy "Go West" (1940) with Groucho Marx. Her passion for acting continued to her roles in projects like "Johnny Eager" (1941), the Red Skelton comedy "Whistling in Dixie" (1942) and "Cry Havoc" (1944). She also appeared in "Fleshpot on 42nd Street" (1972) and the Sylvester Stallone sports drama "Rocky" (1976). She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996). Lewis was most recently credited in "Made" (MTV, 2002-2014). She also had a part in the TV miniseries "Favorite Son" (1988-89). Lewis was married to William Powell. Lewis passed away in January 1997 at the age of 78.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cry 'Havoc' (1944) Nydia [Joyce]
2.
 Whistling in Dixie (1942) Ellamae Downs
3.
 Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) Gertrude
4.
 Johnny Eager (1942) Judy Sanford
5.
 Seven Sweethearts (1942) Mrs. Nugent
6.
 The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941) Fay Lennox
7.
 Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) Daphne Fowler
8.
 Go West (1940) Eve Wilson
9.
 Forty Little Mothers (1940) Marcia
10.
 Bitter Sweet (1940) Jane
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
As teenager she won contracts at Paramount and MGM
1940:
Semi-retired after marriage to Powell
1976:
Appeared in "Rocky"
:
Hostess for a desert community's film colony
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Fairfax High School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

House in Palm Springs, CA became the first designated historical site. Donor and community worker for several organizations including the Desert Hospital Auxiliary, Children's Discovery Museum, the Living Desert Museum and College of the Desert Foundation.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
William Powell. Actor. Starred in "Thin Man" films; met in 1939, eloped in Las Vegas in 1940; died in 1984 at the age of 92.

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Maxine Lewis. Survived her.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute