Edit
Stefanie Powers Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3)  | Mini Bio (1)  | Spouse (2)  | Trivia (24)  | Personal Quotes (3)

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 United Artists for the John Wayne production of McLintock! (1963). MGM Television bought her contract from Columbia to present her as The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966). Her television credits include over 200 guest appearances, 18 mini-series and 2 more weekly series, The Feather and Father Gang (1976) and the long-running Hart to Hart (1979).

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 (2019) with Lena Olin and Bruce Dern and a revival in London of "84 Charing Cross Road."

She 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 - 18 June 1999) ( divorced)
Gary Lockwood (27 August 1966 - 12 May 1974) ( divorced)

Trivia (24)

Attended Hollywood High School with Linda Evans.
Was replaced by Carole D'Andrea for the role of Velma in West Side Story (1961).
Powers was in the 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 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 1981.
Took karate lessons for a time.
Powers is reportedly fluent in six languages.
Powers' elder brother, Jeffrey Moreau (born Jeffrey Julian Paul), was found dead at his Orangevale, California home in late November 2013, aged 73. A former SF Muni and Sacramento RT employee, Moreau was a connoisseur and researcher of all things railroad-related, including cable cars, light rail, trolley coaches, motor buses, and the trolley festivals. He authored more than 30 books on the subject.
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.
Partner and romantic companion of William Holden. After his death she founded the William Holden Wildlife Foundation. Powers continues as President of the foundation to the present day, with dual headquarters in California and Kenya, on the grounds of Holden's Mount Kenya Game Ranch.
Powers' father, Morrison Bloomfield Paul, reportedly a cinematographer, was born in Montreal, Quebec to an Eastern European Jewish immigrant family. Her mother, born as Julianna Golen (sometimes spelled Golan) and later known as Julie Powers, was born in New York State 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]
Powers filled in for Valerie Harper playing legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead in the stage play "Looped", which was based on an event following the 1965 film Die! Die! My Darling! (1965), in which Powers co-starred with 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.
The red sequined dress used by Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie (1982) was first worn by her in Hart to Hart: Color Jennifer Dead (1980).
In addition to working for animal rights, Powers has designed a line of clothes which was sold on the Home Shopping Network and has released two home videos--one on horseback riding (1989) and the other demonstrating exercises which can be done to Broadway show tunes (1992).
Was in a relationship with Tom Carroll, an auditor and former US Navy officer, for fourteen years until his death in August 2014.
When Stefanie travels the world, she seldom stays in hotels; she has friends in every port.

Personal Quotes (3)

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.
I would have had a child with Bill, had he been able to. I just wanted to have a little more of him. But he had a very unfortunate infection due to a botched-up vasectomy which could not be reversed.

See also

Other Works |  Publicity Listings |  Official Sites

View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro Pro Name Page Link

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed