Jane Powell Biography (1929-)

Original name, Suzanne Lorraine Burce; born April 1, 1929 (some sources cite1928), in Portland, OR; daughter of Paul (a malt shop owner) and Eileen Burce; married Geary Anthony Steffen, Jr., November 5, 1949 (divorced August 6, 1953); married Patrick Nerney, November 8, 1954 (divorced, 1963); married JamesFitzgerald, June 27, 1965 (marriage ended); married David Parlour, October 21, 1978 (divorced, 1981); married Dick Moore (a public relations executive and former child actor), May 21, 1988; children: (first marriage) Geary, Suzanne; (second marriage) Lindsay. Addresses: Agent: Michael Hartig AgencyLtd., 156 Fifth Ave., Suite 820, New York, NY 10010.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer
Birth Details
April 1, 1929
Portland, Oregon, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Herself, Song of the Open Road, United Artists, 1944
  • Cheryl Williams, Delightfully Dangerous, United Artists, 1945
  • Christine Evans, Holiday in Mexico, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1946
  • Judy Foster, A Date with Judy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • Polly Bradford, Luxury Liner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • Tess Morgan, Three Daring Daughters (also known as The Birds and the Bees), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • Nancy Barklay, Nancy Goes to Rio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Patti Robinson, Two Weeks with Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Elizabeth Rogers, Rich, Young, and Pretty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951
  • Ellen Bowen, Royal Wedding (also known as Wedding Bells), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951
  • Cindy Kimbell, Small Town Girl, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Penny Weston, Three Sailors and a Girl, Warner Bros., 1953
  • Athena Mulvain (title role), Athena, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • Herself, Deep in My Heart, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • Milly Pontipee, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • Susan Smith, Hit the Deck, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955
  • (Uncredited) 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration, 1955
  • Dodie, The Girl Most Likely, Universal, 1957
  • Fayaway, The Enchanted Island, Warner Bros., 1958
  • Penny Windsor, The Female Animal, Universal, 1958
  • (Archival footage) That's Entertainment!, 1974
  • Voice of Celeste, Tubby the Tuba, 1976
  • Singer at rally, Marie (also known as Marie: A True Story),Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • (Archival footage) That's Dancing!, 1985
  • Picture This, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Turn of Fate, NBC, 1957-58
  • Rebecca Beacham, Loving, ABC, 1985-86
  • Irma Seaver-Overmier, Growing Pains, 1988-91
  • Host of the series The Musicals.
  • Miniseries
  • Kit Andre, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, CBS, 2000
  • Movies
  • Kitty Douglass, Mayday at 40,000 Feet!, CBS, 1976
  • Delia Ferguson, The Sandy Bottom Orchestra, Showtime, 2000
  • Specials
  • Clementine, Ruggles of Red Gap, NBC, 1957
  • Standard Oil Anniversary Show, NBC, 1957
  • Give My Regards to Broadway, NBC, 1959
  • Esther Smith, Meet Me in St. Louis, CBS, 1959
  • The Victor Borge Show, NBC, 1960
  • The Victor Borge Special, NBC, 1960
  • Hooray for Love, CBS, 1960
  • Julie Balfour, Feathertop, ABC, 1961
  • Host, The Jane Powell Show, NBC, 1961
  • The Danny Thomas Special, NBC, 1967
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • The 11th Annual Circus of the Stars (also known as Circus of the Stars #11), 1986
  • Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, ABC, 1987
  • An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner, CBS, 1989
  • Burt Reynolds' Conversations With ... , The Nashville Network,1991
  • Host, Nelson and Jeanette (also known as Nelson and Jeanette, America's Singing Sweethearts), PBS, 1992
  • Real Memories: Jane Powell, Turner Classic Movies, 1995
  • The Making of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," 1997
  • Episodic
  • Herself, Toast of the Town, 1954
  • Alcoa/Goodyear Theatre, NBC, between 1957-1958
  • The Andy Williams Show, 1964
  • "The Jitterbug," The Judy Garland Show, 1964
  • Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978
  • The Love Boat, ABC, 1981
  • Reverend Mother Claire, "Old Habits Die Hard," Murder, She Wrote,CBS, 1987
  • Appeared as Lisa, As the World Turns; also appeared in episodes ofThe Dick Powell Show, NBC; and The June Allyson Show, CBS.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Wheeler and Murdoch, 1970
  • Elaine Anderson, "The Andersons: Dear Elaine," The Letters (pilot;also known as The Andersons Episode), ABC, 1973
  • Stage Appearances
  • Irene O'Dare, Irene, Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • I Do! I Do!, Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, 1980
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Ancestral Voices, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 2000
  • Rose, Avow, Century Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Ida, 70, Girls, 70, York Theatre Company, New York City, 2000
  • Nothing like a Dame 2000, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City,2000
  • Appeared in the solo show The Girl Next Door and How She Grew; also appeared as the queen, Cinderella, New York City Opera; in AfterPlay, off-Broadway production; and in Chapter Two, Marriage-Go-Round, and Same Time, Next Year.
  • Major Tours
  • Appeared in touring productions of Carousel!, My Fair Lady,Oklahoma!, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, and SouthPacific.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Herself (archival footage), The 1950's: Music, Memories, and Milestones, 1988
  • Also appeared in Fight Back with Fitness, an exercise video for arthritis sufferers.
  • Albums
  • (Contributor) Change Partners, 1994
  • Singles include "Ride on a Rainbow" and "I Have You to Thank," both released by Verve.
  • WRITINGS
  • Books
  • The Girl Next Door ... and How She Grew (autobiography), Morrow (New York City), 1988

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Back Stage, August 4, 2000, p. 31.

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