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Overview (3)

Born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameStefanie Zofya Paul
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stefanie Powers began her career as a teenager dancing for the Michele Paniaff Ballet Company and Jerome Robbins. At 16 she was put under contract to Columbia Pictures in the twilight of the Hollywood Studio System where she made 15 motion pictures and was loaned to Paramount for the John Wayne production of "McLintock!".

Throughout her career she has costarred with film greats such as Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Bing Crosby, Maureen O'Hara, Keenan Wynn, Van Hefflin, Chill Wills, Glen Pickens, Robert Cummings, Red Buttons, Ann-Margret, Sandra Dee, Bobby Darrin, Cliff Robertson, Anthony Hopkins, Tallulah Bankhead, James Caan, Stacy Keach, Glen Ford, Roger Moore, Elliott Gould, and Lee Remick.

MGM Television bought her contract from Columbia to present her as "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.", the first hour-long television series starring a woman. Her television credits include over 200 guest appearances, 18 mini-series and 2 more weekly series, "The Feather and Father Gang" and the long-running "Hart to Hart."

Her long career has included appearances on the stage beginning in 1964 with "Under the Yum Yum Tree" in San Francisco which ran for 12 years after its initial opening. She has appeared on and off Broadway in musical shows and tributes; in the West End in the musical, "Matador" and "Love Letters". Appearances on the British stage included "The King and I", "The Adjustment" and "84 Charing Cross Road."

Her stage appearances in the United States include "Annie Get Your Gun", "Oliver", "Applause" (the revival), "Sunset Boulevard" and "Gotta Dance" directed by Jerry Mitchell. In 2018 she appeared in the film "The Artist's Wife" with Lena Olin and Bruce Dern and a revival in London of "84 Charing Cross Road."

Stefanie has an active life in wildlife conservation and is the creator of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, formed after the death of her long-time life partner William Holden. In that vein she has received numerous fellowships and awards for her tireless field work in conservation and is a faculty member of the Oxford Literary Festival at Christ Church College at Oxford where she heads forums with authors of outstanding books dealing with the crucial environmental issues of our day. She's been on the boards of four zoos in North America and is an independent board member of a cluster of 3 mutual funds which are a part of the American Funds, one of the largest mutual funds families in the world. She presented the PBS 13 part series, "Funding Your Dreams" as a road map for women contemplating investment options.

As a member of the Writers' Guild of America she was nominated for her script of "Family Secrets", received five Emmy nominations for acting roles and a People's Choice Award.

She resides in Los Angeles, London and Kenya.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stefanie Powers

Spouse (2)

Patrick De La Chenais (1 April 1993 - 1999) ( divorced)
Gary Lockwood (27 August 1966 - 6 August 1974) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep sultry voice.
Voluptous figure.

Trivia (21)

Attended Hollywood High School with Linda Evans.
Met Robert Wagner on the set of West Side Story (1961) prior to being let go from the cast (Jet girl) because she was too young (15).
In same ballet class as a youngster with Natalie Wood and Jill St. John, the three women all had long term relationships with Robert Wagner, Wood as Wagner's first and third wife, St. John as Wagner's fourth wife, and Stefanie as long time co-star and 50+ year friend.
Deaths of life partner William Holden and good friend Natalie Wood (wife of her Hart to Hart (1979) co-star, Robert Wagner), occurred within days of each other in November '81.
Took karate lessons for a time.
Is fluent in six languages.
Has an older brother, Jeff.
Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Powers claimed John Ford directed her for a week when director Andrew V. McLaglen was out sick on McLintock! (1963). McLaglen disputes this and says he was there for the entire shoot.
Was awarded the Peace One Earth medallion for her years of service to the USO.
Life and romantic companion of William Holden at the time of his death, posthumously founding the William Holden Wildlife Foundation soon after his death. Stefanie continues as President of the foundation to the present day (as of November 2013, continuously for 32 years since his death), with dual headquarters in California and Kenya, on the grounds of Bill's Mount Kenya Game Ranch.
Her father, Morrison Bloomfield Paul, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to a Jewish immigrant family from Eastern Europe. Her mother, Julia (Golen), was born in New York, to Polish Catholic immigrants.
First met Blake Edwards at Columbia studios when she bumped into him as she was going to acting class. They discussed the sunglasses that they were wearing. She said she got her sunglasses from a friend in Monte Carlo and he said he brought his "back" from Monte Carlo.
Played Anna in The King and I, at The Opera House, Manchester, England. [2002]
At the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, starring in "The King & I" (April 5-April 17, 2005).
Played Anna in the King & I at the Palace Theatre at Myrtle Beach, SC, October 21 - 23. [October 2005]
Played the Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella" at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, England. [December 2008]
Was in a relationship with William Holden from 1972 until his accidental death in 1981.
Stephanie filled in for friend Valerie Harper playing Tallulah Bankhead in the play "Looped", which was based on an event following the 1965 film "Die, Die My Darling" that Powers played in opposite Bankhead.
Appeared as focus of "A Star is "Born" on Hollywood and its Stars in 1963. It prediction was right which was rare for most of the articles and shows predicting stardom.
Underwent surgery for lung cancer in January 2009.

Personal Quotes (2)

They say that a good cook can ignite sparks by the way he kisses. The way I see it, just because a guy can turn on the stove doesn't necessarily make him a good cook.
The trouble with talking nicely is that, unfortunately, some people don't hear you until you scream.

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