Jane Powell
Date of Birth
Apr 01, 1929
Birth Place:
Portland, OR

Biography

Possessed of an extraordinarily wide-ranging operatic singing voice, Jane Powell was a radio performer from childhood. She took dancing and acting lessons, then made her film debut at 15 in Song of the Open Road (1944), a deliberate effort to recapture the charm of Deanna Durbin musicals of the 1930s. Signed by MGM in 1945, Powell was cast as the ingénue in several of the studio's top musicals:...