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
I Dood It Constance Shaw
Lady Be Good Marilyn Marsh


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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)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (16 credits)
Show Show Self (22 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (20 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Fine and Dandy (1930). Musical comedy. Music by Kay Swift. Material by Donald Ogden Stewart. Lyrics by Paul James. Uncredited material by Joe Cook. Orchestra directed by Gene Salzer. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek. Choreographed by Tom Nip and Dave Gould. Directed by Morris Green and Frank McCoy. Erlanger's Theatre: 23 Sep ... 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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Personal Quote:

Once I was identified as a tap dancer that was it - because nobody had ever seen that kind of thing before. When I hit it, the off-beat was just coming in. This was the big new thing, and I used to practice all the time between shows. See more »


Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2002 (inaugural class). See more »


The Queen of Tap Dancing See more »

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