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Overview (3)

Born in Portland, Oregon, USA
Birth NameSuzanne Lorraine Burce
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jane Powell was singing and dancing at an early age. She sang on the radio and performed in theaters before her screen debut in 1944. Through the 1940s and 1950s, she had a successful career in movie musicals. However, in 1957, her career in films ended, as she had outgrown her innocent girl-next-door image. She has made brief returns to acting in front of the camera -- on television, in commercials, and in a workout video. She has had a variety of roles on stage since the end of her movie career, including the musicals "South Pacific," "The Sound of Music," "Oklahoma!," "My Fair Lady," "Carousel," and a one-woman show "The Girl Next Door and How She Grew," from which she took the title of her 1988 autobiography.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

Spouse (5)

Dickie Moore (21 May 1988 - 7 September 2015) ( his death)
David Stellar Parlour (21 October 1978 - 1981) ( divorced)
James D. Fitzgerald (27 June 1965 - 1976) ( divorced)
Patrick Nerney (8 November 1954 - 9 May 1964) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Geary Steffin (5 November 1949 - 7 August 1954) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Her unique singing and dancing.
Short stature.
Soft-spoken, sultry voice.

Trivia (32)

Is a coloratura soprano who started her career singing on the radio before age 13.
Based out of Roanoke and is currently singing on NCL cruise ships. [February 2006]
Her role model and favorite actress is the lyrical soprano/actress, Jeanette MacDonald.
Grew up watching Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy movies.
Best known for her role as Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954).
Was bridesmaid for Elizabeth Taylor for her first marriage. Taylor was bridesmaid for Powell's first marriage.
Sang at the Inaugural Ball for President Harry S. Truman on January 20, 1949.
Roddy McDowall, a friend from the beginning of Jane's Hollywood career and the remainder of his life, was an usher at her first wedding.
Jane replaced June Allyson and Judy Garland for the role in Royal Wedding (1951), after June became pregnant and Judy became sick.
When the Burce family first arrived in Hollywood, they rented Donald Meek's house.
She learned and loved to cook before she was 10 years old.
At the age of 12, Jane Powell was selected "Oregon Victory Girl".
Her father worked for Wonder Bread for almost 20 years, before the family moved to Oakland.
She appeared on stage with Howard Keel after her movie career was over. They performed together in "I Do, I Do!" and "South Pacific" among others.
Although one of the best singers of her time, Powell never learned to play an instrument or read music.
Attended Agnes Peters Dancing School as a child in Portland, Oregon.
Christened the ship "Peter Skene Ogden" on November 14, 1942. The ship was torpedoed and sank in World War II on February 22, 1944.
Dated dancer Stanley Catron after meeting on the set of Song of the Open Road (1944).
Her husband Patrick Nerney bought her a pair of diamond earrings and due to her fear of needles, she figured the only way she would have of wearing them was to have her ears pierced under anaesthetic. Upon discovering she was pregnant with her last daughter Lindsay, she explained to the doctor that he could only handle her case if he would pierce her ears while she was on the delivery table. He agreed, and she left the delivery room with a baby daughter and two pierced ears.
Beside actress Elizabeth Taylor, other bridesmaids at her wedding to Geary Anthony Steffen Jr. included Roddy McDowall's sister Virginia McDowall, Ed Sullivan's daughter Betty Sullivan and Powell's good friend Margie Dillon.
She appeared with Vic Damone in four films: Rich, Young and Pretty (1951), Athena (1954), Deep in My Heart (1954) and Hit the Deck (1955).
First husband Geary Steffin gained fame as a professional figure skater partnering with Sonja Henie. They appeared in ice carnivals as well as motion pictures during the 1940s. He died on July 14, 2004 in Santa Monica, California.
Has performed before five U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England.
Had never met former child actor and future husband Dickie Moore until 1981 when he was researching his book on child stars, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
The character she played in the movie Song of the Open Road (1944) was named Jane Powell. MGM gave her the name of the character she played for her own stage moniker.
With the decline of movie musicals in the late 1950s, Jane left MGM before they could fire her. She resuscitated her career by making a move to the East Coast and appearing on the musical stage.
Son Geary Anthony Steffen III ("G.A.") born July 21, 1951. Daughter Suzanne Ilene Steffen ("Sissy") born November 21, 1952. Daughter Lindsay Averille Nerney born February 1, 1956.
In 2005, she served as mistress of ceremonies at the memorial service for the deceased author Evan Hunter also known as Ed McBain, and famous as the screenwriter for The Birds (1963).
Friends with Debbie Reynolds; they share the same birthday. Despite being three years apart, they both celebrate their own birthdays, every April 1 of each year.
Powell and child star husband, Dickie Moore, call a quaint cottage in Fairfield County, Connecticut home. [March 2007]
A Republican, she sang the National Anthem at the 1956 Republican National Convention.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6818 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

Personal Quotes (3)

I didn't quit movies. They quit me.
The only thing I knew was MGM, where I had worked since I was 14. Unions were not even a part of my vocabulary. SAG meant a gravity problem. EQUITY meant owning a house.
[2017] I don't think about the past except now, when we're talking about it. I never felt I was really there anyway. I always pictured myself as a fly who was up in the corner looking down at myself. I never feel I was there. I'm not very sentimental when it comes to the past. I don't live there and I feel for people who do because it's never going to be the same as you remember it.

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