Eleanor Powell (I) (1912–1982)

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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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Known For

Born to Dance Nora Paige
Ship Ahoy Tallulah Winters
Honolulu Dorothy March
I Dood It Constance Shaw


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 1953 The Faith of Our Children (TV Series)
 1950 Duchess of Idaho
Eleanor Powell
 1944 Sensations of 1945
Virginia 'Ginny' Walker
 1943 I Dood It
Constance Shaw
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Eleanor Powell
 1942 Ship Ahoy
Tallulah Winters
 1941 Lady Be Good
Marilyn Marsh
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940
Clare Bennett
 1939 Honolulu
Dorothy March
 1937 Rosalie
 1937 Broadway Melody of 1938
Sally Lee
 1936 Born to Dance
Nora Paige
 1935 Broadway Melody of 1936
Irene Foster
 1930 Queen High
Party Guest / Dancer (uncredited)
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Show Show Soundtrack (16 credits)
Show Show Self (22 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (20 credits)

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Stage Play: Follow Thru. Musical comedy. Book by Laurence Schwab and Buddy G. DeSylva. Music by Ray Henderson. Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva. Scenic Design by Donald Oenslager; Costume Design by Kiviette. Musical Numbers Staged by Bobby Connolly. Book Directed by Edgar J. MacGregor. Chanin's 46th Street Theatre: 9 Jan 1929- 21 ... See more »

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


5' 5¼" (1.66 m)


Glenn Ford  (divorced)  (1 child)


Peter Ford


Clarence Gardner Powell | Blanche Helen Torrey

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On her later years as an ordained minister: I was married to Glenn Ford. But now I feel as though I'm married to God, and in the nicest, purest sense. See more »


After a public appearances was at the AFI Tribute to her film co-star Fred Astaire, she made her final public appearance in October 1981 for the National Film Society in which the Ellie Award was established for performances in filmed musicals. See more »


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