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Any list of actresses from the classic, golden-era age of Hollywood who fit the term "sultry" would be a long one.
But the list of actresses who could be described as cheerful pretty much comes down to just Jane Powell, who died on September 16, at age Girl next door wonderful While other actresses played up their vampish, mysterious qualities, playing temptresses and heartbreakers, Jane Powell was somehow able to make cheerful characters relatable, not sugary, and irresistibly appealing. She starred in two of the all-time classic movie musicals and a of lesser, still entertaining films, singing like a lark and bringing all the optimism and spirit of the girl we wish lived next door.
She said she played the same character in all her movies "just different clothes and hair," and was a bit rueful that all the men who wrote fan letters to her saw her as a little sister, no suggestion of romance. She played that character in real life, as well, feeling that she always had to be positive and cooperative in her personal and professional relationships. In her memoir, The Girl Next Door and How She Grewshe talked about feeling disconnected from her career, wishing for the life of the friends she had left behind when she went to Hollywood, when she read their letters about going to dances and dating.
Tiny just over five feet and with a pure coloratura soprano voice, Powell made her movie debut at age She was already an assured Girl next door wonderful who had been performing for a decade with two radio shows on the CBS network by the time she was The network arranged for her to appear on a talent show hosted by Janet Gaynor called "Stars Over Hollywood," and the next day she met with David O. The day after that she was ed by MGM. Powell had the lead as an exhausted child star who runs away and finds a better life picking crops with other teenagers to replace adults who have been called away to support the war.
The most important impact the film had on her career was a new name. She never liked the name, complaining that there were already a lot of Powells in Hollywood, but she got a call from the studio telling her that was who she was from then on and that was it.
Her next few roles were also as a singing teenager, mid-budget films with silly plots and supporting performances by major comedy stars like W. To publicize "Song of the Open Road," she played the girlfriend of ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy for months on the radio. Her favorite performer was Jeanette MacDonald and she was thrilled to co-star and duet with her in "Three Daring Daughters.
Inshe had the title role in "A Date With Judy," based on the popular radio series. Powell played the title character, a high school senior in rehearsals for a performance at the big dance, and she introduced the standard, "Most Unusual Day. Powell and Taylor became friends and were bridesmaids at each other's weddings.
Well, at the first wedding for each. She said, "After that we had to stop or it would become a full-time career. Powell's first ificant film was "Royal Wedding" in She was the third choice; June Allyson had to drop out when she got pregnant and then Judy Garland had to drop out when she became ill.
Powell found herself for the first time with a top musical co-star, Fred Astaireand a top musical director, Stanley Donen.
The film generated extra interest by giving US audiences their first chance to see real footage from the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and featuring a co-star with a famous name, Sarah Churchill, daughter of Winston.
In other words, the plot didn't really matter. The set-up was inspired by Astaire's pre-Hollywood dance act with his sister Adele. Astaire and Powell played sibling song-and-dance performers appearing in London as the royal wedding was about to take place.
The most memorable musical s in the film are Astaire's solos, making a hat rack look as graceful as a ballerina and dancing on the walls and ceiling. Her best-remembered film is "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," again directed by Donen and with the unforgettable dance s choreographed by Michael Kidd, including the barn-raising scene always included among the all-time greats. Howard Keel played the oldest of the seven brothers, who impetuously marries Milly Powell without telling her that he expects her to do the housekeeping for six other men.
Powell was at MGM in the last years of the studio system and the last years of the old-school movie musical.One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful (Official Video)
She said she always felt isolated and disconnected from her success in part because it was more about pleasing her parents and the studio than about what she wanted. It was not until her fifth husband pointed it out that she realized how unusual it was that she had the lead in every one of her films. She did what she was told and "never thought beyond my nose. She was a guest host on Turner Classic Movies and a special guest on one of the channel's cruises.
After four marriages she met the love of her life in a real-life meet cute. One-time child star Dickie Moore interviewed her for his book about child actors, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but don't have sex or take the car. They fell in love and the girl next door finally had a happily ever after ending—just like in the movies. Nell Minow September 19, Latest blog posts.
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