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Royal Wedding... Toe-tap your way through this bubbly Fred Astaire double feature! The dancing... more info $9.99was $24.98 Buy Now

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3 Sailors And... In this entertaining 1950s musical, a trio of sailors and a young singer join a... more info $11.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Luxury Liner... Perky Jane Powell (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) plays the golden-voiced teen... more info $12.99was $19.99 Buy Now

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


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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