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Also Known As: Suzanne Burce Died:
Born: April 1, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portland, Oregon, USA Profession: actor, singer, commercial spokeswoman

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With a light-up-a-room smile, mesmerizing hazel eyes, and a trademark perky demeanor, Jane Powell incarnated the last gasp of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's era of feel-good musicals and the wholesome performers who inhabited these Technicolor extravaganzas. Powell emerged from a troubled childhood to find a spot in MGM's stable of child stars, doing a string of plucky love-struck teen roles in B-musicals of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Wielding a powerful soprano voice, she would secure a place in the pantheon of classic musicals in the lead of the 1954 film adaptation of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Though her movie glory days lasted only a decade, she transitioned into television and eventually took her penchant for classic musicals on regional theatrical tours. Grossly insecure, she would cycle through a series of marriages and struggle with severe depression, belying her longtime public image. Yet she would remain active in stage and television productions late into her life. For a generation, however, Powell would forever embody the archetype of the all-American girl-next-door, remaining a symbol of the proverbial shinier, simpler good ole' days.

With a light-up-a-room smile, mesmerizing hazel eyes, and a trademark perky demeanor, Jane Powell incarnated the last gasp of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's era of feel-good musicals and the wholesome performers who inhabited these Technicolor extravaganzas. Powell emerged from a troubled childhood to find a spot in MGM's stable of child stars, doing a string of plucky love-struck teen roles in B-musicals of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Wielding a powerful soprano voice, she would secure a place in the pantheon of classic musicals in the lead of the 1954 film adaptation of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Though her movie glory days lasted only a decade, she transitioned into television and eventually took her penchant for classic musicals on regional theatrical tours. Grossly insecure, she would cycle through a series of marriages and struggle with severe depression, belying her longtime public image. Yet she would remain active in stage and television productions late into her life. For a generation, however, Powell would forever embody the archetype of the all-American girl-next-door, remaining a symbol of the proverbial shinier, simpler good ole' days.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sandy Bottom Orchestra, The (2000) Delia Ferguson
3.
 Marie: A True Story (1985) Rally Singer
4.
 Mayday At 40,000 Feet! (1976) Kitty Douglass
5.
 Letters, The (1973) Elaine Anderson ("The Andersons: Dear Elaine")
6.
 Enchanted Island (1958) Fayaway
7.
 The Girl Most Likely (1958) Dodie
8.
 The Female Animal (1958) Penny Windsor
9.
 Hit the Deck (1955) Susan Smith
10.
 Deep in My Heart (1954) [performer in] "Maytime"
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Hosted own program on KOIN-Radio in Portland, OR
1944:
Made film debut (as herself) in "Song of the Open Road"
1946:
Signed with MGM; first film there, "Holiday in Mexico"
1948:
Played title role opposite Elizabeth Taylor in "A Date with Judy"
1951:
Co-starred with Fred Astaire in the romantic comedy "Royal Wedding"
1954:
Cast as Milly in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
1955:
Last film at MGM, "Hit the Deck"
1958:
Last starring role in a feature film, "Enchanted Island"
1959:
Kept busy during the late 50s and early 60s on TV, including a remake of the Vincente Minnelli musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), playing Judy Garland's role of Esther Smith
1973:
Broadway debut in revival of "Irene"; took lead role after Debbie Reynolds left the cast
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Served as a TV spokesperson for Dry Dock Savings Bank in the 1970s
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Produced and appeared in exercise video for arthritis patients
1985:
Made a brief appearance in the feature "Marie: A True Story"; billed as a "rally singer"
1990:
Briefly appeared on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" as Lisa, replacing an ailing Eileen Fulton
1991:
Hosted PBS series "The Musicals," introducing classic Hollywood musicals
1996:
Returned to New York stage in Anne Meara's play "After-Play"
1996:
Again replaced an ailing Eileen Fulton as Lisa on "As the World Turns"
1999:
Returned to feature films playing a ditsy art patron in the independent "Picture This"
2000:
Appeared in a limited-run revival staging of the Kander & Ebb musical "70, Girls, 70"
2000:
Returned to the NYC stage as co-star of the play "Avow"
2000:
Landed featured role in the Showtime movie "The Sandy Bottom Orchestra"
2002:
Guest starred on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
2007:
Featured in the documentary "Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane"
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husband:
Geary Steffen. Ice skater. Married 1949, divorced 1954.
husband:
Pat Nerney. Automobile dealer. Married 1954, divorced 1963.
husband:
James Fitzgerald. Public relations executive. Married June 27, 1965; divorced.
husband:
David Parlour. Producer, writer. Married 1978; divorced.
husband:
Dick Moore. Public relations executive; former child actor. Married 1988.
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father:
Paul Burce.
mother:
Eileen Burce.
son:
Geary Steffen Jr. Born 1951.
daughter:
Suzanne Ileen Steffen. Born 1952.
daughter:
Lindsay Averill Nerney. Born 1955; married Richard Cavelli October 20, 1990.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Girl Next Door ... and How She Grew" William Morrow

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