“Forgotten Hollywood”- MGM Lovely is Gone…

Posted on September 16, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Jane Powell was part of the Studio Era as an actress, singer and dancer, who rose to fame in the 1940s with parts in various MGM musicals. Noted for her operatic soprano voice and a girl-next-door image, she was one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Later in life, Powell was married to former child star, Dickie Moore.

“`At five, Powell had appeared on the Portland children’s radio program Stars of Tomorrow. She began singing live on the local Portland radio station, KOIN, and traveled the state for two years, singing and selling Victory Bonds.

“`As a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she signed a film contract with MGM. Powell’s talents were on display in a number of musicals.  She made her cinematic debut in Song of the Open Road.  Powell also co-starred in  A Date with Judy, Royal Wedding, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Hit the Deck. Powell traveled to theaters around the country doing a vaudeville act, appeared on radio programs, and even performed at the inaugural ball for President Harry S. Truman on January 20, 1949. She and Roddy McDowall became friends while shooting a film, and remained close until the end of his life.

“`In the 1960s, Powell began acting in national touring theatrical productions. She also guest-starred on television shows, such as  The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Murder She Wrote, and she had recurring roles on Growing Pains, and on the soap operas, Loving and As the World Turns. Powell filled in as a guest host on TCM for Robert Osborne when on a medical leave from July 17th–23rd, 2011.

“`Jane Powell was ninety-two.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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