Jane Powell was an American actress, singer, and dancer Know all about her in this article as like her Family, Net Worth, Parents, Husband, Spouse, Children and Cause of Death.
|Birthdate ( Age)||1 April 1929|
|Place of Birth||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Spouse/Partner||Dickie Moore (m. 1988–2015)|
|Children||Lindsey Averill Nerney, Suzanne Ilene Steffen, Gearhardt Anthony Steffen III|
|Parents||Eileen Baker Burce, Paul E. Burce|
|Profession||American actress, singer, and dancer|
|Net Worth||$10 Million|
|Last Update||September 2021|
Jane Powell was an American actress, singer, and dancer who first came to attention in the mid-1940s with roles in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. Known for her operatic soprano voice and “girl-next-door” image, she was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema until her death in 2021.
Early Life and Family
Powell was born Suzanne Lorraine Burce, the only child of Paul Emerson Burce and Eileen Baker Burce, on April 1, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. Her paternal grandmother was Canadian, born in Westminster, Ontario, while her paternal grandfather descended from English settlers in the Plymouth Colony. Powell’s father supported the family working at a Wonder Bread factory, and later, at a Fred Meyer grocery store.By age five, Powell had appeared on the Portland children’s radio program Stars of Tomorrow.
Jane Powell Husband
Jane Powell was a married woman. On 5th November 1949, Jane Powell married former figure skater-turned-insurance broker Gearhardt Anthony Steffen. The duo is blessed with two kids; their first child, son Gearhardt Steffen III was born July 21, 1951, and on November 21, 1952, their second child, daughter Suzanne Ilene Steffen.
Powell subsequently divorced Gearhardt Steffen in August 1953, citing a cruelty decree. On 8th November 1954, she married her second husband, Patrick W. Nerney, an automobile executive nine years her senior, in Ojai, California. Their daughter, Lindsey Averill Nerney, was born on February 1, 1956.
In May 1963, Powell divorced her then-husband, Patrick Nerney. She then married her third husband, James Fitzgerald in 1965 until 1975. After that, she married her fourth husband, David Parlour in 1978 until 1981. In May 1988, she married her longtime companion, former child actor Dickie Moore. The couple had met while Moore was performing research for his autobiography Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, but Don’t Have Sex or Take the Car.
Their relationship lasted till the year 2015 before the death of Dickie Moore. Following the death of her husband, Dickie Moore in 2015, Powell sold their Manhattan apartment and relocated permanently to their second home in Wilton, Connecticut, at the age of 86. After then, she had no relationship and affairs with anyone. Her sexual orientation was straight.
Jane Powell Net Worth
Jane Powell was an American actress, singer, and dancer has an estimated Net Worth arround $10Million in 2021.All earnings comes from her salary and endorsments.
Powell, having dedicated so much of her early childhood to performing, wanted desperately to return to Portland and begin high school, but ultimately took Mayer’s offer as she thought it would have been “selfish to pass up such an opportunity.Within two months, Powell was loaned to United Artists for her first film, Song of the Open Road (1944).In the film, she portrayed a child performer named Jane Powell, a name which she adopted for herself as her stage name.In 1945, Powell sang “Because” at the wedding of Esther Williams and Ben Gage.
Within her first three years at MGM, Powell made six films, appeared on radio programs, performed in theater productions (including The Student Prince), and even sang at the inauguration ball for President Harry S. Truman on January 20, 1949. When not making films, Powell traveled to theaters around the country doing a vaudeville act, which she later admitted she loathed.
Her second feature film was Delightfully Dangerous(1945), which she called the “worst movie I’ve ever made.” Her third feature, the George Sidney-directed Holiday in Mexico (1946) was her first Technicolor film, in which she co-starred with Roddy McDowall.She and McDowall became friends while shooting the film, and remained close until the end of his life.In 1955, Powell starred opposite Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, and Russ Tamblyn in Hit the Deck, which was a commercial failure, underperforming at the box office.
People are always fascinated by the so-called golden age of musicals, but it wasn’t all that great. Everything was glazed. Those movies didn’t reflect reality. I was at MGM for 11 years and nobody ever let me play anything but teenagers. I was 25 years old with kids of my own and it was getting ridiculous. Publicity was froth. Everything you said was monitored. With me, they didn’t have to worry. I never had anything to say, anyway. It was hard work, I had no friends, no social interaction with people my age and the isolation was tough. But I had to support my family, so I did what I was told and had no other choice.
Known mainly for her roles in musical comedies, Powell appeared in a rare dramatic role in the film noir The Female Animal (1958) from Universal Pictures, which marked the final film of co-star Hedy Lamarr. Powell recalled that making the film was difficult, as Lamarr was uncomfortable portraying a woman with an adult daughter, and wanted to appear onscreen with Powell as little as possible.
In 2003, she made a return to the stage as Mama Mizner in the Stephen Sondheim musical Bounce, which held performances in Chicago and Washington, D.C. “I auditioned just to meet Sondheim, who was nice and a very funny man,” Powell admitted. “But I was disappointed when I got the part. I didn’t really want to be away from home, but I had never done a new show and that seemed exciting at first. But I didn’t have much to do and the part wasn’t too jovial.”
In March 2009, she appeared and sang “Love Is Where You Find It” in a show in which Michael Feinstein celebrated movie musicals and MGM musicals in particular. She performed again with Pink Martini at the Hollywood Bowl on September 10, 2010.Powell filled in as guest host on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for Robert Osborne when he was on medical leave from July 17–23, 2011.
Following the death of her husband, Dickie Moore in 2015, Powell sold their Manhattan apartment and relocated permanently to their second home in Wilton, Connecticut, at the age of 86.Powell died of natural causes in Wilton on September 16, 2021 at the age of 92.