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Eleanor Powell (I) (1912–1982)


Eleanor Powell was born in 1912 in Springfield, Massachussetts, and got her professional start in Atlantic City clubs, from where she moved into in revue in New York at the Ritz Grill and Casino de Paris at the age of sixteen. She started her career on Broadway in 1929, where her machine-gun foot work gained her the title of world champion in ... See full bio »

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Born to Dance Nora Paige
(1936)
Ship Ahoy Tallulah Winters
(1942)
I Dood It Constance Shaw
(1943)
Honolulu Dorothy March
(1939)

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 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (performer: "Follow in My Footsteps" (1937), "Your Broadway and My Broadway" (1937), "Broadway Rhythm" (1935), "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924), "Jukebox Dance" (1940) - uncredited)
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "Broadway Rhythm", "Hola E Pae")
 1981 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Begin the Beguine")
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (performer: "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924), "Swingin' the Jinx Away" (1936) - uncredited)
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (performer: "Rosalie" (1937), "Begin the Beguine" (1935) - uncredited)
 1946 The Great Morgan (performer: "Got a Pair of New Shoes" - uncredited)
 1943 I Dood It ("Rock-a-Bye Baby" (1886), uncredited) / (performer: "Star Eyes" (1943), "So Long Sarah Jane" (1943), "Swingin' the Jinx Away" (1936), "Hola E Pae" (uncredited), "Anchors Aweigh" (1906) (uncredited))
 1942 Ship Ahoy ("The Last Call for Love" (1942)) / (music: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (1932) - uncredited) / (performer: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (1932) (uncredited), "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Ha-Hai)" (1936) (uncredited), "I'll Take Tallulah" (1942), "How About You?" (1941), "Cape Dance" (1942) (uncredited), "Tampico" (1942) (uncredited), "Moonlight Bay" (1912) (uncredited))
 1941 Lady Be Good (performer: "Oh, Lady Be Good!" (1924), "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924) - uncredited)
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940 (performer: "All Ashore" (1939), "Between You and Me" (1939), "Jukebox Dance" (1939), "I Concentrate on You" (1939), "Begin the Beguine" (1935), "I've Got My Eye on You" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 Honolulu (performer: "Honolulu" (1939), "Old Folks at Home" (1851) (uncredited), "Listen to the Mockingbird" (1855) (uncredited), "Old Black Joe" (1861) (uncredited), "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" (1917) (uncredited), "Hola E Pae" (uncredited), "Hawaiian Medley")
 1937 Rosalie ("Who Knows?" (1937), "The Washington Post" (1889), "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (1896), "El Capitan" (1896), "Semper Fidelis" (1888), uncredited) / (performer: "Rosalie" (1937), "Who Knows?" (1937), "I've a Strange New Rhythm in My Heart" (1937), "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (1896) - uncredited)
 1937 Broadway Melody of 1938 (performer: "Yours and Mine" (1937), "Follow in My Footsteps" (1937), "I'm Feelin' Like a Million" (1937), "Your Broadway and My Broadway" (1937), "Broadway Rhythm" (1935), "Got a Pair of New Shoes" (1937) - uncredited)
 1936 Born to Dance ("Easy to Love" (1936), uncredited) / (performer: "Rap, Tap on Wood" (1936) (uncredited), "Hey, Babe, Hey" (1936), "Love Me, Love My Pekinese" (1936) (uncredited), "Easy to Love" (1936) (uncredited), "Swingin' the Jinx Away" (1936) (uncredited))
 1935 Broadway Melody of 1936 (performer: "Broadway Rhythm" (1935), "You Are My Lucky Star" (1935), "Sing Before Breakfast" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals (performer: "It's an Old Southern Custom" (1935) - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: The Optimists. Musical revue. Material by Clifford Grey, Greatrex Newman and Austin Melford. Lyrics by Clifford Grey, Greatrex Newman and Austin Melford. Music by Melville Gideon. Featuring songs by Granville English. Featuring songs with lyrics by Granville English, Clifford Seyler and Edward Knoblock. Choreographed by Jack ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Height:

5' 5¼" (1.66 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

A tap dancer is really a frustrated drummer. See more »

Trivia:

With a preference toward ballet and acrobatics (notably her splits), she did not initially tap in her early career. In fact, she disliked the style which she considered lacking in grace. It was only when she lost a number of musical roles in New York because she could not tap that she realized the need to learn. Due to her aerial style, she was taught to tap by being forced to wear army surplus ... See more »

Nickname:

The Queen of Tap Dancing See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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