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Mala Powers (1931–2007)


The daughter of a United Press executive, Mala Powers attended the Max Reinhardt Junior Workshop as a kid and fell in love with acting the first time she set foot on a stage. She made her film debut in Universal's 1942 Tough As They Come (1942) before actress Helene Thimig (Max Reinhardt's wife) convinced her to continue studying rather than ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 2005 The Connextion (Short)
Grandma
 2002 Hitters
Mama Theresa
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dorothy Folkes
- Hannigan's Wake (1990) ... Dorothy Folkes
 1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Martha
- Antique Angels (1978) ... Martha
 1977 Switch (TV Series)
Sally Odden
- Camera Angles (1977) ... Sally Odden
 1972 This Is the Life (TV Series)
Pat
- Single Women's Problems (1972) ... Pat
 1972 Doomsday Machine
Maj. Georgianna Bronski
 1971 The Man and the City (TV Series)
Marian Crane
- Hands of Love (1971) ... Marian Crane
 1970 The Silent Force (TV Series)
 1970 Ironside (TV Series)
Mrs. Evelyn McIntire
- The People Against Judge McIntire (1970) ... Mrs. Evelyn McIntire
 1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
Meg Stone
 1968 Rogue's Gallery
Maggie
 1967-1968 Bewitched (TV Series)
Adrienne Sebastian / Mary Jane Nilesmunster
- Instant Courtesy (1968) ... Adrienne Sebastian
- No Zip in My Zap (1967) ... Mary Jane Nilesmunster
 1967 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Jane Morley
- Hurricane Coming (1967) ... Jane Morley
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Polly Cooper
 1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Dr. Karen Cherlotov
- The Reluctant Dragon (1967) ... Dr. Karen Cherlotov
 1966 Jericho (TV Series)
 1965-1966 Hazel (TV Series)
Mona / Mona Williams
- A Little Bit of Genius (1966) ... Mona
- The Perfect Boss (1966) ... Mona
- Hazel's Free Enterprise (1966) ... Mona
- Who Can Afford a Bargain? (1966) ... Mona
- Please Don't Shout (1966) ... Mona
 1959-1966 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Elaine Bayler / Helen Bradshaw / Janet Brent / ...
- The Case of the Scarlet Scandal (1966) ... Elaine Bayler
- The Case of the Frightened Fisherman (1964) ... Helen Bradshaw
- The Case of the Weary Watchdog (1962) ... Janet Brent
- The Case of the Crying Cherub (1960) ... June Sinclair
- The Case of the Deadly Toy (1959) ... Claire Allison
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Albert Dubois
- The Virtue Affair (1965) ... Albert Dubois
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Ellen Ramsey
- Portrait of an Unknown Man (1964) ... Ellen Ramsey
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Martha Phipps
- Those Which Love Has Made (1964) ... Martha Phipps
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Julie Michaels
- A Willing Suspension of Disbelief (1964) ... Julie Michaels
 1963 Wide Country (TV Series)
Georgia Lund
- The Man Who Ran Away (1963) ... Georgia Lund
 1960-1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Susan Hale / Ellen Collier / Dorothy Rogers / ...
- Pretty Pigeon (1963) ... Susan Hale
- Maybe Menehunes (1963) ... Ellen Collier
- The Meeting on Molokai (1962) ... Dorothy Rogers
- Kim Quixote (1960) ... Essie Danforth
 1962 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Dina
- Signals for an End Run (1962) ... Dina
 1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Margo Latimer
- Violence for Your Furs (1962) ... Margo Latimer
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
Loretta Opel
- A Woman's Place (1962) ... Loretta Opel
 1962 Everglades (TV Series)
Melanie Hawkins / Shirley Fairburn
- Rowboat Teacher (1962) ... Melanie Hawkins
- Black Honeymoon (1962) ... Shirley Fairburn
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Consuelo De La Varra
- The Bride Who Died Twice (1962) ... Consuelo De La Varra
 1961 Flight of the Lost Balloon
Ellen Burton
 1961 Fear No More
Sharon Carlin
 1961 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
 1960-1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Sharon Colton / Celia Marley
- Trouble Street (1961) ... Sharon Colton
- Alibi for the Scalped Man (1960) ... Celia Marley
 1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Lucy Pastor
- Blind Hate (1961) ... Lucy Pastor
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Martha Benton
- The Joke's on Me (1961) ... Martha Benton
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Millie Pierce
- The Impractical Joker (1961) ... Millie Pierce
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Charlotte Simmons
- Dutchman's Gold (1961) ... Charlotte Simmons
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Whitney Coleman
- The Sisters (1960) ... Whitney Coleman
 1960 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
Betty Fuller
- Shooter McLaine (1960) ... Betty Fuller
 1960 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Roberta Shipman
- The Corsican (1960) ... Roberta Shipman
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Ruth Miller
- Montana Passage (1960) ... Ruth Miller
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Cassie Bianco
- Take Dead Aim (1960) ... Cassie Bianco
 1960 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Renee Carter
- Female Killer (1960) ... Renee Carter
 1959 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
April Duroc
- The Golden Beetle (1959) ... April Duroc
 1959 Bonanza (TV Series)
Helene Holloway
- The Phillip Diedesheimer Story (1959) ... Helene Holloway
 1958-1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Myra Barker / Lee Laney
- The Lady and the Gun (1959) ... Myra Barker
- Take Me Home (1958) ... Lee Laney
 1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Stacy Torrance
- Til Death Do Us Part (1958) ... Stacy Torrance
 1958 Sierra Baron
Sue Russell
 1958 The Colossus of New York
Anne Spensser
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Ruth Hadley
- The Ruttledge Munroe Story (1958) ... Ruth Hadley
 1957 Man on the Prowl
Marlan Wood
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Elementals (1957)
 1957 Death in Small Doses
Valerie 'Val' Owens
 1957 Undercurrent (TV Series)
Mari Luftman
- The Face (1957) ... Mari Luftman
 1957 The Unknown Terror
Gina Matthews
 1957 Tammy and the Bachelor
Barbara Bissle
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Barbara Anderson
- Black Is for Grief (1957) ... Barbara Anderson
 1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Viola Sothern
- The Last Strand (1957) ... Viola Sothern
 1957 The Storm Rider
Tay Rorick
 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Ellen
- The Fourth Witness (1956) ... Ellen
 1955-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mari Luftman / Alma Alexander
- The Face (1956) ... Mari Luftman
- Husband (1955) ... Alma Alexander
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- Red Horse Hamber (1955)
 1955 Bengazi
Aileen Donovan
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
Monique
- Minus Three Thousand (1955) ... Monique
 1955 Rage at Dawn
Laura Reno
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
 1954 The Yellow Mountain
Nevada Wray
 1953 Geraldine
Janey Edwards
 1953 City That Never Sleeps
Sally 'Angel Face' Connors
 1953 City Beneath the Sea
Terry McBride
 1952 Rose of Cimarron
Rose of Cimarron
 1950 Outrage
Ann Walton
 1950 Edge of Doom
Julie
 1942 Tough As They Come
Esther Clark (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(3/12/51) Radio: Appeared in a "Lux Radio Theatre" presentation of "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[from a 1990 interview] No, I'm not pleased with my career; yes, I am pleased with my life. I just loved good roles: I would love to have done great big roles in great big "A" pictures, roles that had meat in them. Would any actress not like to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939)? From a career standpoint, of course that's what I would like to have done. It never quite happened for ... See more »

Trivia:

Attending UCLA to study acting, she later taught acting using the Michael Chekhov method. Her last performance on stage occurred in 2003 at the Laguna Playhouse in a production of "Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood". See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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