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Thu Sep 16, 2021, 06:00 PM

Jane Powell, Hollywood golden-age musicals star, dies at 92 [View all]

Source: Washington Post

Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood’s golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding,” has died. She was 92.

Powell died Thursday at her Wilton, Connecticut, home, longtime friend Susan Grander said. Granger said Powell died of natural causes.

Powell performed virtually her whole life, starting about age 5 as a singing prodigy on radio in Portland, Oregon. She made her first movie at 16 and graduated from teenage roles to costarring in the lavish musical productions there were a 20th-century Hollywood staple.

Her 1950 casting in “Royal Wedding” came by default. June Allyson was first announced as Astaire’s co-star but withdrew when she became pregnant. Judy Garland was cast, but was withdrawn because of personal problems. Jane Powell was next in line.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/jane-powell-hollywood-golden-age-musicals-star-dies-at-92/2021/09/16/897b31e4-173f-11ec-a019-cb193b28aa73_story.html?variant=45bcfc8a951d56c3

Powell cemented her popularity and growing fame in 1951, with a career-defining role opposite Astaire in Royal Wedding, in which the two played a brother-sister dance act.

One of the duo’s musical numbers features what is considered
the longest song title in any MGM musical:
“How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I’ve Been a Liar All My Life?”

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