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JANE POWELL is dead to me!

It's a most unusual day.

by Anonymousreply 402October 16, 2021 6:01 PM

Yes, dear, already a thread, of course.

by Anonymousreply 1September 16, 2021 9:52 PM

Sorry but the search didn't reveal one.

by Anonymousreply 2September 16, 2021 9:53 PM

Your title was better anyway

by Anonymousreply 3September 16, 2021 9:58 PM

Still haven't seen the other thread....

by Anonymousreply 4September 16, 2021 9:58 PM

I don’t see another thread either. Go find it and put the link here R1. If it exists, that is.

RIP Jane

by Anonymousreply 5September 16, 2021 10:00 PM

R5 Not my duty to search for others

by Anonymousreply 6September 16, 2021 10:02 PM

It is your duty when tell OP there was already a thread you fucking old fucktard.

Drop dead. I’ll start the thread.

Piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 7September 16, 2021 10:08 PM

And you gave yourself a WW

Fucking moron

by Anonymousreply 8September 16, 2021 10:09 PM

Was she a great big fat person?

by Anonymousreply 9September 16, 2021 10:12 PM

[quote]Jane Powell was an American actress, singer, and dancer who rose to fame in the mid-1940s with roles in various Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. Noted 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.


by Anonymousreply 10September 16, 2021 10:14 PM

No R9

R6 is the fat frau

by Anonymousreply 11September 16, 2021 10:15 PM

I don't see another thread for Jane Powell.

by Anonymousreply 12September 16, 2021 10:18 PM

Well then R12, don’t ask R1 to provide the link. She’s on the rag today.

by Anonymousreply 13September 16, 2021 10:20 PM

[quote] She’s on the rag today.

She’s dead. She can’t be on the rag.

by Anonymousreply 14September 16, 2021 10:22 PM

She played Lisa on As The World Turns

by Anonymousreply 15September 16, 2021 10:28 PM

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Gigi are the most misunderstood movies of all time.

by Anonymousreply 16September 16, 2021 10:37 PM

I'm convinced that R1 is lying. I see no other Jane Powell thread, and am devastated that this icon is receiving so little comment and respect on DataLounge of all places!

by Anonymousreply 17September 16, 2021 11:06 PM

My life was going so well until I…I…I discovered a duplicate thread….(shaking fist at heavens) Why? WHy? WHY???

by Anonymousreply 18September 16, 2021 11:08 PM

[quote] I'm convinced that R1 is lying. I see no other Jane Powell thread, and am devastated that this icon is receiving so little comment and respect on DataLounge of all places!

If it’s any consolation R17, there is a Leta Powell Drake thread.

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by Anonymousreply 19September 16, 2021 11:10 PM

Was she the Depends spokesperson?

by Anonymousreply 20September 16, 2021 11:10 PM

Jane's all-time best performance, with Fred Astaire in ROYAL WEDDING:

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by Anonymousreply 21September 16, 2021 11:14 PM

No, R20. She was the Denture Woman.

She plucked it out every night.

by Anonymousreply 22September 16, 2021 11:15 PM

[quote] Was she the Depends spokesperson?

Polident. Depends was June Allyson.

by Anonymousreply 23September 16, 2021 11:15 PM

R12 This one—

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by Anonymousreply 24September 16, 2021 11:17 PM

[quote]She’s dead. She can’t be on the rag.

Honey, she was 92. That rag dry-rotted a few decades before.

by Anonymousreply 25September 16, 2021 11:20 PM

I confuse this woman with that Debbie Reynolds woman.

Both were brassy. And both had singing voices but wide, unappealing heads.

And wasn't this one in the lousy TV version of 'Meet Me in St Louis' romancing Tab Hunter even though she looked old enough to be his mother?

by Anonymousreply 26September 16, 2021 11:24 PM

MGM was the first-rate studio. But none of its other female musical stars can hold a candle to Judy.

by Anonymousreply 27September 16, 2021 11:24 PM

She replaced Debbie Reynolds on Broadway in "Irene." Married to Dickie Moore of "Our Gang" comedies. He died at 89 in 2015.

by Anonymousreply 28September 16, 2021 11:38 PM

[quote] Married to Dickie Moore of "Our Gang" comedies. He died at 89 in 2015.

Sad. She enjoyed more dick for many years.

by Anonymousreply 29September 16, 2021 11:41 PM

Looks rather emaciated here.

But excellent dentures!

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by Anonymousreply 30September 16, 2021 11:42 PM

[quote] But excellent dentures!

You’re welcome.

by Anonymousreply 31September 16, 2021 11:44 PM

She was wonderful.

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by Anonymousreply 32September 16, 2021 11:45 PM

^ Wow, she has excellent breath control in that song (unless, of course, the sound track has been faked).

The lyrics suggest we should be a tramp and go looking for love any and everywhere we can find it.

by Anonymousreply 33September 16, 2021 11:55 PM

Love is Like This...

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by Anonymousreply 34September 16, 2021 11:59 PM

r16, MGM indeed made GiGi and 7 Brides but they weren't really rape rape movies.

by Anonymousreply 35September 17, 2021 12:20 AM

She was going to make a Broadway comeback in Sondheim's musical Bounce, but it closed during out of town previews.

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by Anonymousreply 36September 17, 2021 12:35 AM

Jane & Ann

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by Anonymousreply 37September 17, 2021 12:49 AM

She was quite unique!

by Anonymousreply 38September 17, 2021 12:53 AM

Meet Me in St. Louis

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by Anonymousreply 39September 17, 2021 1:56 AM

The apex of her career was playing the grandma on Growing Pains.

by Anonymousreply 40September 17, 2021 1:58 AM

[quote] The apex of her career was playing the grandma on Growing Pains.

Did Boner have a boner for her?

by Anonymousreply 41September 17, 2021 1:59 AM

She was the queen of dinner theater for a long time. If it didn't have Ruta Lee or Barbara Eden in the lead, it had Jane. And, of course she also guested on "Love Boat" and "Murder, She Wrote".

by Anonymousreply 42September 17, 2021 2:08 AM

Another sad part of this: it used to be that when a big movie star died, you would look forward to the big Hollywood funeral, where all the old-timey stars would show up, including some you hadn't seen in many years. Now, there are none left to attend the funeral.

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by Anonymousreply 43September 17, 2021 2:10 AM

[quote] Now, there are none left to attend the funeral.

Fuck you.

by Anonymousreply 44September 17, 2021 2:11 AM

Her late husband, center.

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by Anonymousreply 45September 17, 2021 2:17 AM

Jane's first movie - Song of the Open Road

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by Anonymousreply 46September 17, 2021 2:23 AM

The boy to the left of Dickie Moore in r45's photo is Scotty Beckett who played Jane's love interest in A DATE WITH JUDY. All 3 boys in that photo are hot!

by Anonymousreply 47September 17, 2021 2:29 AM

Im saddened to hear this news. She was a good entertainer and seemed a very decent down to earth soul.

r43 Yes I remember Frank Sinatras 1998 funeral was a roll call of hollywoods previous eras with Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas,Anthony Quinn, Robert Wagner, Liza Minnelli, Angie Dickinson, Debbie Reynolds ,Connie Stevens among many in attendance . 13 years later unless of course it was a more private service ? I cannot really remember which celebrities attended Elizabeth Taylors funeral?

by Anonymousreply 48September 17, 2021 2:34 AM

A date with Jane Powell...

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by Anonymousreply 49September 17, 2021 2:39 AM

Do you know how disappointed I was to find out 7 brides for 7 brothers was a musical??

by Anonymousreply 50September 17, 2021 2:43 AM

Not sure if this is covered in r49...

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by Anonymousreply 51September 17, 2021 2:46 AM

Jane dancing with Fred Astaire.

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by Anonymousreply 52September 17, 2021 2:50 AM

Yes, R48, Sinatra's funeral was probably the last one for that.

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by Anonymousreply 53September 17, 2021 3:04 AM

First Melanie Wilkes and now this! I don't think I can bear it....

by Anonymousreply 54September 17, 2021 3:07 AM

The Oceana Roll

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by Anonymousreply 55September 17, 2021 3:14 AM

r53 Who is the man in the film around 1.20 to 1.24? Old with glasses and a hat and needing some support.He is the main one that I cant place? Do you know his name please?

by Anonymousreply 56September 17, 2021 3:19 AM

I've always wondered why Jane didn't get the role of Kathy Selden in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

She was a far bigger MGM star than Debbie when the film was being planned and had already proven herself as Fred Astaire's song and dance partner in ROTYAL WEDDING (which I believe was directed by SITR's co-director Stanley Donen. Not to mention her much superior singing voice.

by Anonymousreply 57September 17, 2021 3:20 AM

r56, that's Milton Berle.

by Anonymousreply 58September 17, 2021 3:22 AM

r58 Thank you very much.

by Anonymousreply 59September 17, 2021 3:24 AM

r58 Sorry also do you know if honorary rat packer Shirley Maclaine was there? I know his ex fiance Lauren Bacall wasnt invited and I thought he was friends with Elizabeth Taylor but she too wasnt there although she may have been invited but too ill to attend as I think she hurt her back in an accident at home around february 1998.

by Anonymousreply 60September 17, 2021 3:28 AM

She was lovely in Irene.

by Anonymousreply 61September 17, 2021 3:29 AM

El Manisero!

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by Anonymousreply 62September 17, 2021 3:33 AM

r60, I don't think Elizabeth Taylor really appeared in public that often in the last years of her life, probably for health reasons but also not wanting to show the public the decay of her beauty.

I have no idea about Shirley Maclaine....she could very well have been out of town working on a film set at the time.

by Anonymousreply 63September 17, 2021 3:35 AM

[quote] I have no idea about Shirley Maclaine....she could very well have been out of town working on a film set at the time.

She was busy demanding her crème brûlée at the time.

by Anonymousreply 64September 17, 2021 3:38 AM

r63 Thanks very much for your patience in replying!

by Anonymousreply 65September 17, 2021 3:38 AM

Jane Powell was also a triple threat. In addition to being able to act well and sing in both operatically and do jazzy-bluesy tunes, she really was a wonderful dancer. She's not just keeping up with Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding" -- she's really doing some difficult dance moves, as she also did in other films like opposite her one-time lover Gene Nelson in "Three Sailors and A Girl", among other films. If you see some of her tv variety show appearances, she actually did some intricate, difficult dance choreography rather than move around like some other people mostly known as singers. She was also really beautiful. Her movie career was over by about the time she was 29 in 1958, but she went on to do tv and lots of theater.

Interviews she gave made it appear that she had a lot of difficulties in her mental state regardingh men and her starting her career to please her parents, so it sounds like she didn't really enjoy being a star back then and felt isolated. It's a shame, since she gave a lot of pleasure to people in movies. She was a bigger star than Debbie, as Debbie was a supporting player in 3 of Jane's top-billed films. Perhaps Jane was happier doing the work in theater later on; maybe she lacked the ambition and drive to hang on and pursue movies in Hollywood when the studio system and most musicals stopped being churned out regularly.

I saw Jane in "Irene" on Broadway, and she was just great -- very pretty, singing beautifully (they added back "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows which Debbie recorded but had been dropped from the show during her run) and dancing Gower Champion's choreography very well indeed. Rest in peace!

by Anonymousreply 66September 17, 2021 3:40 AM

Marsha Hunt, Margaret O'Brien, and Arlene Dahl are still around.

by Anonymousreply 67September 17, 2021 3:50 AM

As is Janis Paige.

by Anonymousreply 68September 17, 2021 3:50 AM

R66 according to her Wikipedia page, she was dancing before she could talk, so her dance chops make sense. Her mother sounds like she was a real piece of work—a classic stage mom who intended to breed her child as a meal ticket. Aside from all of her talents, I've always had a soft spot for Powell because she's from my hometown—there weren't many stars to come out of Portland, OR, especially during the Golden Age of Hollywood—she may have been the only one.

by Anonymousreply 69September 17, 2021 3:51 AM

Jane was probably proud that one of her biggest hits "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" has her playing a feisty Oregon gal, too!

by Anonymousreply 70September 17, 2021 3:53 AM

On Judy’s TV show. She’s very pretty, and performs well.

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by Anonymousreply 71September 17, 2021 3:54 AM

What a shame! She was great on Dateline.

by Anonymousreply 72September 17, 2021 3:57 AM

El Tango with Ricardo

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by Anonymousreply 73September 17, 2021 3:58 AM

Jane looks gorgeous on this "What's My Line" starting around 15:30.

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by Anonymousreply 74September 17, 2021 3:58 AM

Her movie career ended on kind of a depressing note with "The Girl Most Likely," a musical remake of "Tom, Dick and Harry." It was one of the last pictures made by RKO before its demise, and was actually released several years after the studio shut down.

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by Anonymousreply 75September 17, 2021 4:05 AM

"The Girl Most Likely" features DL faves Keith Andes and Kaye Ballard.

by Anonymousreply 76September 17, 2021 4:06 AM

Ann Sothern looks like a pretty version of Agnes Moorehead at r37.

by Anonymousreply 77September 17, 2021 4:06 AM

The Lately Song

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by Anonymousreply 78September 17, 2021 4:08 AM

[quote] She was a bigger star than Debbie

No, she wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 79September 17, 2021 4:11 AM

Jane always seemed very real and direct in interviews. She said that she was very disappointed with the lack of support from both Debbie and Gower when she took over in Irene.

by Anonymousreply 80September 17, 2021 4:14 AM

Awe. So sad. My mom was friends with her when they were kids. They took Dance Classes together. My mom was always in awe of her success in Hollywood and would bring her up, but I didn't know who she was talking about. Not until I was adult did I realize who she was.

She kept in touch with a mutual friend of my mom's and her's throughout her whole life. So, she never went "Hollywood". She seemed like a nice person. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 81September 17, 2021 4:14 AM

With hunky George Nader in The Female Animal.

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by Anonymousreply 82September 17, 2021 4:18 AM

R79 Jane Powell was already a big star at MGM before Debbie made a hit in "Singin' in the Rain". What really actually kept Debbie from fading like many other stars at MGM whose contracts weren't renewed around the mid-to-late 50s was the Liz-Eddie scandal, which made her into a sympathetic tabloid fodder and really put her career into higher gear from that point on.

by Anonymousreply 83September 17, 2021 4:19 AM

Jane's fun in "The Female Animal" playing the nymphomaniac daughter (as much as one could play a nympho back in pictures around 1958) of Hedy Lamarr. The film used on be on-line some years ago, and it's kind of a hoot.

by Anonymousreply 84September 17, 2021 4:22 AM

[quote]I've always wondered why Jane didn't get the role of Kathy Selden in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

Jane Powell and Leslie Caron were briefly considered for the Kathy Selden part, but Debbie Reynolds, who had earlier played Jane's younger sister in "Two Weeks with Love," got MGM so excited that they put her in SITR, against Gene Kelly's wishes, and built her up for stardom. Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter stole the movie right from the two leads, Powell and Montalban, and became instant fan favorites.

by Anonymousreply 85September 17, 2021 4:28 AM

Actually.... Rumor has it.... Debbie gave more enthusiastic blow jobs. Just sayin'.

by Anonymousreply 86September 17, 2021 4:36 AM

R84, Making "The Female Animal" was not a happy experience for Jane. 44-year-old Hedy Lamarr was not thrilled playing mother to 29-year-old Jane, so she wasn't exactly warm, gracious, and accommodating to her co-star. It would be Hedy's last picture.

by Anonymousreply 87September 17, 2021 4:45 AM

I sat next to her at "Hairspray" early in its run. We chatted during intermission. Quite lovely and sweet.

by Anonymousreply 88September 17, 2021 4:46 AM

It's Hedley!

by Anonymousreply 89September 17, 2021 4:46 AM

I shall scream, Mr. Bumble!

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by Anonymousreply 90September 17, 2021 4:49 AM

I shall scream, Mr. Bumble!

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by Anonymousreply 91September 17, 2021 4:49 AM

[Quote] Jane Powell was already a big star at MGM before Debbie made a hit in "Singin' in the Rain". What really actually kept Debbie from fading like many other stars at MGM whose contracts weren't renewed around the mid-to-late 50s was the Liz-Eddie scandal, which made her into a sympathetic tabloid fodder and really put her career into higher gear from that point on.

And what about the decades subsequent? Debbie wasn't a star for decades off the fumes of Eddie and Elizabeth.

by Anonymousreply 92September 17, 2021 4:59 AM

[quote] And, of course she also guested on "Love Boat" and "Murder, She Wrote".

AND "Fantasy Island"!

by Anonymousreply 93September 17, 2021 5:07 AM

She popped up as Rebecca Beachum on Loving, pushy matriarch of those sexy Beachum Boys.

I think she came on after Doug Marland left; she popped up on ATWt several years later subbing for Eileen Fulton.

by Anonymousreply 94September 17, 2021 5:09 AM

Jane Powell and Elizabeth Taylor were each others bridesmaids for their first weddings. Jane would go on to marry four more times, while La Liz, as we know, would add another seven to her resume.

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by Anonymousreply 95September 17, 2021 5:16 AM

I was at home sick watching Turner Classics and I saw A Date With Judy and fell in love. She was delightful.

by Anonymousreply 96September 17, 2021 5:18 AM

[quote] Actually.... Rumor has it.... Debbie gave more enthusiastic blow jobs. Just sayin'.

Surely not more enthusiastic than mine, and I was never offered the part!

by Anonymousreply 97September 17, 2021 5:31 AM

Jane Powell was signed to MGM in 1943, and was groomed to be the girl-next-door with a rich coloratura soprano voice in the mold of Deanna Durbin. Ironically, MGM lost Durbin to Universal a decade prior and Durbin went on to amass a shitload of money for Universal.

by Anonymousreply 98September 17, 2021 5:45 AM

James Dean, Pier Angeli, Jane and her second husband, Patrick Nerney

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by Anonymousreply 99September 17, 2021 6:15 AM

What an interesting gathering of people.

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by Anonymousreply 100September 17, 2021 6:21 AM

Angela Lansbury is still around, too! Class of MGM 1944

by Anonymousreply 101September 17, 2021 6:23 AM

Jane's wedding shower, 1945.

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by Anonymousreply 102September 17, 2021 6:29 AM

R92 Debbie was still a movie star throughout the 1960s, though she was not good in some sophisticated comedies like "Mary, Mary". She's fun in "How Sweet It Is" and "Divorce American Style" though. She remained ambitious to remain in films until she said in some interviews that nudity was starting to show up a lot in scripts by the late 60s and she declined to do it. She switched to nightclubs, tv and theatre and made a wonderful comeback in film in "Mother" later on. She should have gotten an Oscar nomination for that, too.

by Anonymousreply 103September 17, 2021 6:31 AM

You have to realize Debbie was 19 when she blew past starlets like Jane and got cast in Singing in the Rain! There was major resentment and shade directed at Debbie in those days.

by Anonymousreply 104September 17, 2021 6:47 AM

Debbie was unusual in that she was pretty and demonstrated a boatload of personality. People like Mitzi Gaynor, who had personality, didn't really get to show it onscreen.

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by Anonymousreply 105September 17, 2021 6:52 AM

Poor Jane being ignored while Farley Granger and Roddy McDowall eye-fuck each other.

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by Anonymousreply 106September 17, 2021 7:01 AM

That's a well-known photoshopped pic R106.

by Anonymousreply 107September 17, 2021 7:09 AM

R57, that's precisely why she didn't get the part -- because of her 'superior singing voice'. Plus, it was waaaay too operatic for the role -- and most roles.

by Anonymousreply 108September 17, 2021 7:11 AM

R107 it doesn't look photoshopped to me at all. This one does, though:

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by Anonymousreply 109September 17, 2021 7:13 AM

This is the photoshopped version. See no Jane.

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by Anonymousreply 110September 17, 2021 7:14 AM

What an GREAT photo R99. Both Dean and the other guy are having nothing to do with the PR bullshit, while their wives paste on the plastic smiles.

by Anonymousreply 111September 17, 2021 7:15 AM

Farley looks edible there.

by Anonymousreply 112September 17, 2021 7:15 AM

Jane and the ever-gorgeous Farley Granger in "Small Town Girl"

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by Anonymousreply 113September 17, 2021 7:15 AM

Farley is one of the most gorgeous actors in film history IMO. He is so handsome I almost find it difficult to watch him onscreen. I wonder if he and Jane were friends? I know she was very close to Roddy McDowall up until the end of his life. She also close friends with Robert Osborne, who, like her, hailed from the Pacific Northwest. It seems Jane was very much a friend to the gays.

by Anonymousreply 114September 17, 2021 7:20 AM

R83 is correct. America's angel Debbie Reynolds, played the Taylor-Fischer 'scandal' for all it was worth. William Mann wrote about it extensively in his biography on Taylor, even (strongly) suggesting that Reynolds was a lesbian and never really interested in men -- unless they could further her career. She in fact DID want to be a gym teacher, and if you check out magazine covers from the 50's, early 60's -- it was almost always Reynolds who was pictured bearding for guys like Tab Hunter, George Nader, etc..

I wouldn't be surprised at all if a book comes out in the next year or so outing Debbie.

by Anonymousreply 115September 17, 2021 7:22 AM

Granger was 'gorgeous' for about 10 years, max. He lost his looks VERY quickly after 1960 or so.

by Anonymousreply 116September 17, 2021 7:24 AM

Mamie Van Doren bearded. Was she not interested in men?

by Anonymousreply 117September 17, 2021 7:27 AM

I love Jane Powell. She talked straight about the so-called 'Golden Age' of musicals:

"She has constantly refused to appear onstage at those retro concerts at Carnegie Hall celebrating the MGM stars. She calls them dog-and-pony acts. “It’s like a circus. The old stars work like dogs and the producer gets all the profits,” she said. “Fans show up out of curiosity to see if they can still talk or walk without a cane and count the lines in their faces. It’s exploitation of a piece of the past that no longer exists, and I find it sad. Some people are exhibitionists. Not me. I like those people, but I was never socially involved with them and never will be.”

Now that her friend Roddy is gone, she has few acquaintances from the old MGM days. “Arlene Dahl is a friend. June Allyson has visited us in Connecticut. But despite all the movies I made with Debbie, I’ve never been to her house for dinner. I’ve never been to anyone’s house that I worked with. There was an A Group and a B Group. I was in the F Group.”

by Anonymousreply 118September 17, 2021 7:28 AM

Granger was an attractive older man, not a knockout but few past a certain age are.

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by Anonymousreply 119September 17, 2021 7:28 AM

He just looks like he aged fairly normally to me R116. He lost his boyishness as one does, but he was still handsome as a middle-aged man. Here he is circa 1975, around age 50. You can age a hell of a lot worse than that.

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by Anonymousreply 120September 17, 2021 7:31 AM

I doubt Powell was always in the F Group. Her career probably took her there.

by Anonymousreply 121September 17, 2021 7:31 AM

R118 I'm sure she had a different take on show business than some of her peers because she never really wanted to be a movie star. Her parents basically forced her into show business, having groomed her from birth. Her mom would peddle her around Portland dressed up as Shirley Temple for Christ's sake, perm and all. In her autobiography, she writes that, when she was offered her contract at MGM, she wanted to decline and go back to Oregon to start her freshman year of high school, but she ultimately felt guilty about passing up the opportunity (i.e. she was mom and dad's cash cow). The way she describes the dynamics of studio life has a cynical bent, and probably for good reason.

by Anonymousreply 122September 17, 2021 7:39 AM

From her Wiki:

[quote]In 2000, Powell appeared in the Off-Broadway production Avow, in which she portrayed a devout Catholic woman whose gay son wishes to marry his partner in the church.

Did anyone happen to see this production? If so, how was it?

by Anonymousreply 123September 17, 2021 7:48 AM

Never heard of her.

by Anonymousreply 124September 17, 2021 8:07 AM

Wasn’t she Zona on Loving?

by Anonymousreply 125September 17, 2021 8:13 AM

She's wonderful in Royal Wedding but she was third choice: June got pregnant and Judy had another breakdown.

by Anonymousreply 126September 17, 2021 11:42 AM

We have a troll who lies about already-existing threads r17, that's who this is.

by Anonymousreply 127September 17, 2021 11:45 AM

June Allyson’s success always baffled me.

by Anonymousreply 128September 17, 2021 11:46 AM

Really, r115, is it still 1962? Are we still saying that a woman who wants to be a gym teacher must be a lesbian? This is silly. It's brought up every time Debbie Reynolds is brought up and it's embarrassing, it's like listening to ancient old rightwingers talk.

by Anonymousreply 129September 17, 2021 11:48 AM

Can you believe Farley's Fauxmance with Shelley Winters? You can see him silently counting to 10 in this photo:

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by Anonymousreply 130September 17, 2021 11:50 AM

You've never heard the rumors, have you, dear?

by Anonymousreply 131September 17, 2021 11:50 AM

She's adorable in that r71, and they both look great. I think Jane also looks lovely in the photo with Robert Osborne though I cannot fully endorse that pink fluffy dress of hers.

by Anonymousreply 132September 17, 2021 11:52 AM

She and Debbie will now be celebrating their birthdays together in heaven.

by Anonymousreply 133September 17, 2021 11:53 AM

Of course I have but saying any woman who wants to be a gym teacher is a lesbian is stupid, r131. She decided to be a beauty queen and model by the time she was 16, her constant talk of being a tomboy who wanted to be a P.E. teacher was exaggerated.

by Anonymousreply 134September 17, 2021 11:56 AM

William Mann is pretty unreliable biographer who usually includes some major howlers in all his books.

Reynolds projected personality in a way that Powell didn't and seemed to photograph better. Reynolds was more cute than beautiful, but her looks held up whereas Powell began to look like a young Mamie Eisenhower with a better stylist.

MGM always had a multiple actors of every type, so they could try and see who did better at what and pit them against each other to foster some competition. Allyson was a dreadful actress but she projected a winning helpmate personality that probably accounted for her success. Donna Reed, who hated Allyson for getting parts she wanted, projected a cool and reserve in her better parts that probably would have been seen as less warm than Allyson. Reynolds projected personality in a way that Powell didn't and seemed to photograph better. Reynolds was more cute than beautiful, but her looks held up whereas Powell's round face began to look like a young Mamie Eisenhower with a better stylist. Powell wasn't always so critical of Hollywood and some interviews had her complaining about people like Garland who said that Hollywood wrecked their lives.

by Anonymousreply 135September 17, 2021 12:29 PM

[quote]Powell began to look like a young Mamie Eisenhower with a better stylist.

True but June Allyson was miles ahead of her in the Mamie look-a-like department and got much more prestigious roles, for reasons I've never understood. Jane looked pretty even when she was matronly and had a much warmer personality and presence on screen.

by Anonymousreply 136September 17, 2021 12:35 PM

[quote] 44-year-old Hedy Lamarr was not thrilled playing mother to 29-year-old Jane

Can you blame her? Lamarr still looked good at that point.

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by Anonymousreply 137September 17, 2021 1:37 PM

But the one who looked the BEST in that movie was Nader! Wowzer!

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by Anonymousreply 138September 17, 2021 1:39 PM

Clearly, in interviews, Jane became more critical and outspoken about Hollywood and the star system as she aged and felt more released from that old life. There are so many tributes to her in my Facebook feed, many from New York friends who'd often seen her grocery shopping near her home on the upper westside, at the Y taking aerobics classes and riding the Broadway bus. She apparently had no airs and enjoyed living like a non-celeb.

by Anonymousreply 139September 17, 2021 1:48 PM
by Anonymousreply 140September 17, 2021 4:33 PM

Jane Powell wasn't playing a 29 year old in the film though, so Hedy didn't have to treat the very nice in real life Jane badly.

by Anonymousreply 141September 17, 2021 4:35 PM

I remember on the day Fred Astaire died, CBS News had a live special about his life and career with I think Dan Rather, and Jane Powell, who lived in NY and was available on short notice, was reminiscing about working with him. She was very charming, and it was great to have one of his famous co-stars there to give some context.

by Anonymousreply 142September 17, 2021 4:42 PM

Cadaver next door

by Anonymousreply 143September 17, 2021 4:47 PM

Jane on Fred...

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by Anonymousreply 144September 17, 2021 5:27 PM

Did Debbie Reynolds usually avoid Gene Kelly after "Singin' in The Rain" had been in theaters and her publicity duties were over? She sounded grateful for the opportunity, but did not like the way she was treated by him. There's the famous story of Fred Astaire finding Debbie crying while hiding underneath a piano and allowing her to watch him rehearse, something usually he didn't allow. I know Debbie and Donald O'Connor were friends and were immediately re-teamed in "I Love Melvin". But other than maybe at the time of "That's Entertainment", it looks like she mostly avoided dealing with him, other than questions about that film. Yes, Jane Powell was already an accomplished dancer, having already starred with Astaire in "Royal Wedding" at the time of SITR, so she would have been very fine, too and able to handle more complex choreography.

by Anonymousreply 145September 17, 2021 5:27 PM

r142 Yes I think she was a genuinely nice person. Never heard any rumours of diva antics about Jane.

by Anonymousreply 146September 17, 2021 5:43 PM

The Girl Most Likely...

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by Anonymousreply 147September 17, 2021 5:56 PM

I last saw her in Murder She Wrote as one of Jessica’s sorority sisters turned nun.

by Anonymousreply 148September 17, 2021 6:00 PM

Her book, “The Girl Next Door”. Is a good read, an interesting and clear-eyed look at showbiz. She revealed in the book that the older of her two daughters is a lesbian. And good for Jane for finding happiness with handsome Dick Moore.

by Anonymousreply 149September 17, 2021 6:13 PM

[quote] She revealed in the book that the older of her two daughters is a lesbian.

This one?

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by Anonymousreply 150September 17, 2021 6:17 PM

No, R190, that is her stepdaughter Mona, aka actress Monie Ellis. If memory serves, her gay daughter’s name was Suzanne aka Sissy.

by Anonymousreply 151September 17, 2021 6:25 PM

Has anybody checked on her little brother Colin? Is he doing well?

by Anonymousreply 152September 17, 2021 6:26 PM

This must be the one.

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by Anonymousreply 153September 17, 2021 6:41 PM

She's fine...

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by Anonymousreply 154September 17, 2021 6:56 PM

R120, yes you can. But he looks closer to 60 in that photo, than 50. And that's with good lighting.

by Anonymousreply 155September 17, 2021 7:01 PM

Shoot, there used to be a great clip on youtube of Powell dancing with Gene Nelson -- and singing w/a gorgeous young Gordon Macrae -- in a number called 'Home is Where the Heart is' from Three Sailors and a Girl. It seems they have every number BUT that one now...but she was indeed a great dancer as well as a singer.

by Anonymousreply 156September 17, 2021 7:17 PM

We had the VHS of Seven Brides as a child and while I remember Jane's face, I don't recall her performance. I still recall the barn construction scene vividly. If you've seen a Debbie Reynolds movie, you don't forget Debbie - even if you might wish she'd sometimes toned it down (Molly Brown etc.).

by Anonymousreply 157September 17, 2021 7:41 PM

7 Brides...

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by Anonymousreply 158September 17, 2021 7:43 PM

On Dinah discussing glamour with Diahann Carroll and a couple of broads.


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by Anonymousreply 159September 17, 2021 8:26 PM

I have had a bucket list of classic movies I've always wanted to see on the big screen for the past few decades, and I've crossed most of them off - West Side Story, Doctor Zhivago, Ben-Hur, etc - but one of the few remaining titles is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - just to appreciate the barn raising dance in all its wide screen splendor.

by Anonymousreply 160September 17, 2021 8:28 PM

r160 Hope you enjoy when you get around to it!! I think you are in for a real treat!

by Anonymousreply 161September 17, 2021 8:33 PM

They said that her pussy stunk at the end……….

by Anonymousreply 162September 17, 2021 10:01 PM

R159 That 1979 is shocker!

They wouldn't be allowed to say half of what they do if they were still on a studio contract.

by Anonymousreply 163September 17, 2021 10:49 PM

I'm not big on redheads - I thought they should redo Seven Brides with a Latino male cast.

by Anonymousreply 164September 17, 2021 11:26 PM

Seven Baddies For Seven Brothas.

by Anonymousreply 165September 17, 2021 11:28 PM

Seven Brides for Seven Cubans

by Anonymousreply 166September 17, 2021 11:36 PM

Trivia: Russ Tamblyn had never danced before 7 Brides. He'd been a champion gymnast.

People in the WSS thread have been talking about what a homophobic asshole he was in real life and how nasty to work with.

by Anonymousreply 167September 17, 2021 11:37 PM

Was he gay?

by Anonymousreply 168September 17, 2021 11:38 PM

Which of the dancers in Seven Brides were gay?

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by Anonymousreply 169September 18, 2021 12:18 AM

Has Fine, Fine, Fine been posted?

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by Anonymousreply 170September 18, 2021 12:28 AM

R168 I don't know, but he's definitely a bottom

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by Anonymousreply 171September 18, 2021 12:30 AM

That's Bobby Van in R170's clip. "And Ensemble" indeed.

by Anonymousreply 172September 18, 2021 12:38 AM

r169 Good question!

by Anonymousreply 173September 18, 2021 12:45 AM

R167, and he didn't really 'dance' in Seven Brides. But Donen and Kidd helped choreograph his gymnastic talents to fit in w/the real dancers, including the underrated Tommy Rall.

by Anonymousreply 174September 18, 2021 12:52 AM

R134-R135, Here's a few bits from the Taylor book:

In cold hard truth the marriage of Eddie and Debbie had been a masquerade from the start. Even their daughter Carrie would admit their whole relationship was basically a press release. Their courtship had been arranged by MGM, concocted by a publicity department that saw magic between the two “All Americans.” Both Debbie and Eddie new the game they played. “That's how stars would meet,” Debbie explained years later. …MGM had arranged matches for her in much the same way that she had described for others, first with Robert Wagner, then Tab Hunter, and finally Eddie.

Their domestic bliss was a well orchestrated fiction. Tension between husband and wife increased in the summer of 1957 when Debbie’s recording of Tammy spent five weeks at number one and then stayed an unprecedented 31 weeks on the charts.

For a man who had been used to bedding as many girls as his schedule would permit, the marriage to Debbie was like being exiled to a vast arid desert. Sex between them Eddie said “was non-existent” except to make babies. Debbie admitted that she was “frigid and sexually unresponsive” until she was much older.

Eddie even thought that his wife might be a lesbian: “The idea crossed my mind,” he said. Rumors about Debbie’s sexuality had been floating around Hollywood for years, and Eddie wondered if they might be true. “My father's story is basically that my parent’s relationship had gone South because my mother was gay,” Carrie Fisher said, though she made sure to express her opinion that Eddies tale of leaving Debbie “in the house with her lover” was “insane” since after all “the press was living in the yard.”

by Anonymousreply 175September 18, 2021 12:55 AM

Still many wondered about this Camille Williams on whose slender shoulder Debbie Reynolds wept throughout the resounding smashup of her marriage. Those reporters out front note that when Debbie and Camille returned home from the movies the lights in the house went dark –“All except the light in Debbie’s bedroom upstairs.”

Debbie would describe Camille has a voluptuous brunette forever being chased by men. Sounds a little like Elizabeth. But at 27 years old Camille had so far managed to elude all offers of marriage and was currently dancing in Dan Dailey’s Vegas act -- a comeback attempt by the former movie star who had been outed as a cross dresser by Confidential.

There was one other “very close friend” of Debbie’s as Eddie called her. This was Jeanette Johnson, another old pal from Burbank who served as Debbie’s maid of honor and frequent traveling companion and who had become the gym teacher Debbie once dreamed of being.

Whatever the truth of Debbie’s sexuality and it's likely far more nuanced than any one label could describe -- the fact of her artificial largely sexless marriage to Eddie radically alters the narrative that seemed so sure, so true, in the fall of 1958. One thing is certain Elizabeth was no home wrecker. When she told Hedda Hopper, “I'm not taking anything away from Debbie Reynolds because she never really had it,” it definitely upset a lot of people. But it was 100% true. And Elizabeth's candid violation of the set of fictions that she herself had sometimes exploited must have been very threatening to Hedda, one of the chief perpetrators of Hollywood untruths.

by Anonymousreply 176September 18, 2021 12:55 AM

Debbie's messy marriages don't really hold water for arranged/bearding. She spoke about being sexually assaulted as a child so it's not surprising if she had an aversion to sex. Carrie made a point of saying that she wasn't, even in passing.

by Anonymousreply 177September 18, 2021 12:58 AM

Why would horndog Eddie Fisher have gone along with an arranged marriage?

by Anonymousreply 178September 18, 2021 12:59 AM

What about me????

by Anonymousreply 179September 18, 2021 1:03 AM

You were just religious.

by Anonymousreply 180September 18, 2021 1:08 AM

I once went out with someone who told me he had been Eddie's assistant at one time, apparently many years after the height of his fame, though he was still performing in clubs. He said that Fisher was really well-hung. (He had occasion to be backstage and in hotel rooms.) Gee, very talented with a beautiful singing voice, a rather cute guy, very famous, wealthy, and a huge dong. Why did he get married indeed?

by Anonymousreply 181September 18, 2021 1:10 AM

[quote]Eddie even thought that his wife might be a lesbian

Lies! All lies!

by Anonymousreply 182September 18, 2021 1:20 AM

Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Dianne Carroll, Dinah Shore, Jean Peters and Jane Russell with designer TRAVILLA discussing glamour.

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by Anonymousreply 183September 18, 2021 1:26 AM

[Quote] Dianne Carroll, Dinah Shore

Black folks are so extra with the spelling of names.

by Anonymousreply 184September 18, 2021 1:31 AM

Debbie simply cannot stop stealing focus on Dinah's show. Were all of these ladies Thalians?

by Anonymousreply 185September 18, 2021 3:35 AM

No, R185, Debbie was drunk.

by Anonymousreply 186September 18, 2021 3:40 AM

Will there be a third death this weekend to complete the Jane Powell/Norm MacDonald Trifecta?

by Anonymousreply 187September 18, 2021 3:46 AM

r187 Bob Barker? Barbara Walters?

by Anonymousreply 188September 18, 2021 3:56 AM

[quote] a third death this weekend

I'm anxious about Vanessa and/or Dame Maggie.

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by Anonymousreply 190September 18, 2021 4:01 AM

For the person who wants to see 7 Brides on the screen. In the very late 70s Radio City after it stopped being a presentation house(stage shows and movies) had a summer series of classic movie musical morning matinees at 11am. One movie every week shown daily on weekdays.

One of them was of course Seven Brides which I had already seen a few times in revival houses which were legion in those days but of course I had to see it at the Music Hall where it had opened in NY in '54 and proved to be a sensation squashing MGM's really big musical for the year Brigadoon.

Well nothing had prepared me for seeing it on the Music Hall screen as early Cinemascope was in a 2.55 ratio as opposed to the soon to be standard widescreen of 2.35. That screen was WIDE. And though I had seen the barn raising scene a multitude of times including in the first That's Entertainment film at the Music Hall it was astounding and thrilling. I really wasn't expecting it to have that impact because I was kind of in a I've already seen it a million times mood. It was really spectacular and it's unfortunate it will never be seen that way again.

by Anonymousreply 191September 18, 2021 4:44 AM

Brian Laundrie is kinda famous.

by Anonymousreply 192September 18, 2021 4:50 AM

R183, that's like the third time the clip has been posted.

by Anonymousreply 193September 18, 2021 6:24 AM

Poor Jane - even in death she can't escape that scene-stealing bitch Debbie Reynolds.

by Anonymousreply 194September 18, 2021 7:12 AM

Fake personalities like Debbie who are ‘on’ 24/7 and need constant attention are usually threatened by down to earth folks so I can see her not being besties with Jane.

by Anonymousreply 195September 18, 2021 11:47 AM

r190 Windsor or White?

by Anonymousreply 196September 18, 2021 12:30 PM

I could only make it through a few minutes of that Dinah Shore clip. Everyone looked great, but Lord, Debbie Reynolds’s behavior was annoying.

by Anonymousreply 197September 18, 2021 2:32 PM

One big difference between Debbie and Jane: Debbie really enjoyed playing the star on and off-stage, while Jane seemed happier doing the work, but she was very down-to-earth off-stage. Also, Jane was a superior singer and dancer.

by Anonymousreply 198September 18, 2021 4:28 PM

r198 Yes Jane Powell even had her own Spotify page

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by Anonymousreply 199September 18, 2021 4:35 PM

I Can See You

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by Anonymousreply 200September 18, 2021 4:38 PM

The difference between Debbie and Jane in Irene was huge. Debbie mugged and bulldozed her way through the show. Jane kept it light and won the audience over with her charm.

by Anonymousreply 201September 18, 2021 5:14 PM

IRENE...opening night

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by Anonymousreply 202September 18, 2021 5:19 PM

I don't know about bulldozing....when I saw IRENE with Debbie at a packed Saturday matinee, she perfunctorily walked her way through each number and scene with the barest energy. She seemed tired and I can remember feeling like I was watching her count the steps as she danced. I was very disappointed. I wish I'd gone back and seen Jane.

Does anyone know: Debbie brought in Irene Sharaff to design her costumes when she became unhappy with Raoul Pene-du Bois' designs. Did Sharaff design Jane's as well? I believe her costumes, in any case, were different from Debbie's.

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by Anonymousreply 204September 18, 2021 6:54 PM

Why...oh, why?

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by Anonymousreply 205September 18, 2021 8:11 PM

I wouldn't dismiss Debbie as a fake personality. There's a clip on YouTube of her appearing on a talk show with Shelley Winters and Debbie merrily cuts Shelley down to size.

by Anonymousreply 206September 18, 2021 8:18 PM

I saw Irene the first week it opened and Debbie hadn't yet gotten tired. She was enormous fun, had a lot of energy and was every inch the star but also generous to others on the stage. But that's what you wanted. Debbie was as they say a real phony. MGM down to her toes. I very much wish I had gone to see Powell but I was pretty young and wasn't that familiar with her. I mostly knew her from those bank commercials.

Another plus seeing it when it first opened was Monte Markham who I had a crush on from his TV roles. I don't think he was in it very long. For the time it was luxury casting.

by Anonymousreply 207September 18, 2021 9:02 PM

The spectacular closing number in "Hit the Deck," wherein Miss Ann Miller proves why she earned the title "Tops in Taps!"

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by Anonymousreply 208September 18, 2021 9:03 PM

Who does Kay Armen get, r208?

by Anonymousreply 209September 18, 2021 9:22 PM

[quote]Polident. Depends was June Allyson.

I think Jane got the Polident gig after Martha Raye died. Hollywood is so cruel to female stars.

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by Anonymousreply 210September 18, 2021 9:25 PM

Love that finale to Hit the Deck but is there another decent moment in that entire film? Did Kay Armen make any other films for MGM......or anyone?

And love the way Ann Miller straightens out that sailor's collar as she taps by him....that must have been ad-libbed, no?

by Anonymousreply 211September 18, 2021 10:01 PM

Kay Armen plays Vic's mother so maybe she doesn't get anybody?

by Anonymousreply 212September 18, 2021 10:01 PM

Annie was *so* OCD, r211!

by Anonymousreply 213September 18, 2021 10:04 PM

I think she was mostly a recording artist, r211.

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by Anonymousreply 214September 18, 2021 10:06 PM

Kay was Armen was Armenian (duh!) but was she Lesbian?

by Anonymousreply 215September 18, 2021 10:08 PM

Wiki doesn't say, r215. Her father and younger brother were professional wrestlers. This is her brother, Bobby Managoff...

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by Anonymousreply 216September 18, 2021 10:18 PM

Spring Came Back To Vienna

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by Anonymousreply 217September 19, 2021 12:06 AM

Jane & Jeanette...

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by Anonymousreply 218September 19, 2021 12:20 AM

I never thought there'd be so much affection for Jane Powell on DL. It's nice to see.

by Anonymousreply 219September 19, 2021 12:34 AM

Joan Crawford called her “that screeching thing”.

by Anonymousreply 220September 19, 2021 12:38 AM

Was that not in reference to the woman from Kiss Me Kate?

by Anonymousreply 221September 19, 2021 12:39 AM

R219 Why not? Ms. Powell was truly talented -- a triple threat in fact, lovely in appearance and by nearly all accounts a really nice person in real life. Plus she outlived most of her contemporaries, too. Also, she did a Sondheim show!

by Anonymousreply 222September 19, 2021 12:49 AM

DL doesn't tend to go for sopranos.

by Anonymousreply 223September 19, 2021 12:51 AM

There are a lot of Deanna Durbin, Jeanette MacDonald, Irene Dunne Ann Blyth and Julie Andrews fans here. Kathryn Grayson, not so much. Milizia Korjus was great too, considering she only did one Hollywood film, but got an Oscar nomination for it.

by Anonymousreply 224September 19, 2021 12:56 AM

Jane was probably the only major soprano star who was an excellent dancer, though Julie did some good dancing in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Star!".

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by Anonymousreply 226September 19, 2021 1:10 AM

Donald Brooks designed Jane’s costumes for Irene including some gorgeous gowns AND A TURBAN! Monte Markham booked a sitcom and was let out of his contract early in the run.

by Anonymousreply 227September 19, 2021 1:13 AM

Jessie Matthews was amazing.

It was criminal that their agents wouldn't allow Fred Astaire to appear with her.

by Anonymousreply 228September 19, 2021 1:13 AM

[Quote] Hollywood is so cruel to female stars.

So true.

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by Anonymousreply 229September 19, 2021 1:13 AM

Deanna Durbin only gets brought up in the orbit of Judy Garland.

by Anonymousreply 230September 19, 2021 1:14 AM

Jessie also had a crackin' bust.

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by Anonymousreply 231September 19, 2021 1:15 AM

Imagine if Peter Bogdanovich had someone like Jessie Matthews for At Long Last Love.

by Anonymousreply 232September 19, 2021 1:18 AM

Indeed R208. Here she is THIRTY TWO years later, still tappin' up a storm at age 64.

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by Anonymousreply 233September 19, 2021 1:59 AM

Ann in that clip is why Madonna got butt implants.

by Anonymousreply 234September 19, 2021 2:02 AM

That Jessie Matthews clip of "Dancing on the Ceiling" - love it but does anyone recall that song getting covered in more recent years (like the last 40 years, lol) by someone else, or maybe being featured in a show or film? Sounds incredibly familiar but I know I don't know it from Miss Matthews version. It's driving me nuts.

by Anonymousreply 235September 19, 2021 2:39 AM

Jane had a champagne voice and Kathryn had a milkshake voice.

by Anonymousreply 236September 19, 2021 2:50 AM

Jane & Debbie

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by Anonymousreply 237September 19, 2021 2:53 AM

The Jane arrangement of "I Could Have Danced All Night" was awful.

by Anonymousreply 238September 19, 2021 3:05 AM

All the chimps she worked with must be so sad.

by Anonymousreply 239September 19, 2021 3:18 AM

Agreed on all points, R222!

by Anonymousreply 240September 19, 2021 4:25 AM

Dancing on the Ceiling was a popular Rodgers and Hart song written for Matthews for the film Evergreen which everybody knew in the 30s and I strongly recommend. Matthews is delightful. There is a documentary of her on youtube where she comes across a very strong iron lady where her career matters more than any other individual in her life. She even disinherited her adopted daughter.

Not somebody you would want to know but would enjoy very much on stage and film.

by Anonymousreply 241September 19, 2021 4:57 AM

[quote]Dancing on the Ceiling was a popular Rodgers and Hart song written for Matthews for the film Evergreen

I like the title! "Footsteps on the Ceiling"! What? "Dancing on the Ceiling"? Oh, well, never mind.

by Anonymousreply 242September 19, 2021 5:43 AM

[Quote] where she comes across a very strong iron lady

We mustn't have watched the same doc. The iron willed don't keep having breakdown. I don't envy her as the seventh child of sixteen. No wonder she was a bottomless pit of need.

by Anonymousreply 243September 19, 2021 6:30 AM

Matthews' brother appears in the doc and tries to convince that Jessie's celluloid legacy makes up for her unmarked grave. She didn't die penniless so it's strange that she had no tombstone.

by Anonymousreply 244September 19, 2021 6:32 AM

[quote]She's wonderful in Royal Wedding but she was third choice: June got pregnant and Judy had another breakdown.

Not really. The director of "Royal Wedding" Stanley Donen knew what a disaster the shoot for "Summer Stock" had been for all involved because of Judy (it doesn't show at all in the finished film) and wanted nothing to do with her. He told the brass, "One missed day and I'm firing her".

I think Judy really wanted to do the film. Her last June Allyson fill-in had been a huge hit for her (In the Good Old Summertime), but she was after all Judy Garland. Stanley Donen scheduled a one-hour rehearsal for Judy on a Saturday, and before the call time she called to say she would not be in for it and she was fired.

There are behind the scene photos of Judy rehearsing at the studio and a big birthday cake being cut and served, I believe Vincente Minnelli is even there celebrating with his wife, everyone looking quite well and happy. A week later she was out. Donen wanted her out from the start and Judy was stunned, the tide at MGM had turned as Louis Mayer was no longer there to protect her and Dore Schary saw her only as an expensive problem.

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by Anonymousreply 245September 19, 2021 7:36 AM

I waited on Jane and Dickie once in the late 80s or early 90s and she was stunning. They'd just come from something at Lincoln Center and were very dressed up. Jane had to be sixty, but I think people assumed she was older, and everyone was gawking at how truly beautiful she looked. They were also warm and lovely.

by Anonymousreply 246September 19, 2021 7:41 AM

[quote] Jane had a champagne voice and Kathryn had a milkshake voice.

Jessie Matthews had a high voice but the less-sophisticated 1930s recording equipment makes it sound rather thin.

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by Anonymousreply 247September 19, 2021 7:48 AM

Astaire had a huge hit with Judy in Easter Parade and didn't fight for her to do Royal Wedding. Even he had had enough.

by Anonymousreply 248September 19, 2021 8:43 AM

To be honest I thought she'd died years ago.

by Anonymousreply 249September 19, 2021 8:46 AM

Jane was wondering why you'd stopped sending xmas cards.

by Anonymousreply 250September 19, 2021 9:11 AM

Wiki tells us Jane had her first baby in July of1951 so it's possible she was pregnant during much of the planning and filming of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN which opened in 1952. I'd like to think she was unavailable and wasn't considered for that reason.

by Anonymousreply 251September 19, 2021 12:22 PM

Je Veux Vivre

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by Anonymousreply 252September 19, 2021 4:13 PM

R241, "Dancing on the Ceiling" was not written for Jessie Matthews in the film, EVERGREEN. It was written for the 1930 stage show SIMPLE SIMON but cut during the out-of-town tryout. It was then used in the 1930 London stage show, EVER GREEN and later in the 1934 film.

by Anonymousreply 253September 19, 2021 4:48 PM

Jessie was Gertie's understudy in Charlot's Revue and was Victor/Victoria before Julie was Victor/Victoria. And Julie portrayed Gertie.

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by Anonymousreply 254September 19, 2021 5:44 PM

LOVE that, r254!

It always bugged me that none of the male actors in Victor/Victoria, James Garner, Alex Carras and especially Robert Preston, wore their hair slicked back 1930s style like Julie faithfully did (so obviously based on Jessie), thus not supporting Victoria masquerading believably as a man. A major flaw in that silly film.

by Anonymousreply 255September 19, 2021 5:55 PM

Sarah Brightman actually looked a bit and sounded somewhat like Jessie Matthews, but she couldn't dance like her.

by Anonymousreply 256September 19, 2021 5:55 PM

R255 They probably didn't want bald spots to show.

by Anonymousreply 257September 19, 2021 5:56 PM

Ave Maria

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by Anonymousreply 258September 19, 2021 6:07 PM

Quando M'en Vo

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by Anonymousreply 259September 19, 2021 8:02 PM

Jane also sings "Musetta's Waltz" in "Nancy Goes to Rio" and is pretty sensational.

Deanna Durbin sings it in the film it is based on "It's a Date" and is sublime. Jane was very talented, and a bit underrated as her Pasterack films were such disposable fluff.

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by Anonymousreply 262September 19, 2021 9:38 PM

Jane could certainly do the coloratura!

by Anonymousreply 263September 19, 2021 10:47 PM

R254 I was going to include a clip from Jessie's transvestite musical but I was embarrassed by the clip available on Youtube.

The costuming was rather unsophisticated and second-rate-Busby-Berkely but did include the lame Griffith Jones and the catty Anne Lee.

(which reminds me that Julie Andrews did a transvestite number in that horrendous Robert Wise/Gertrude Lawrence bio)

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by Anonymousreply 264September 19, 2021 10:54 PM

Burlington Bertie is one of the best numbers in that woeful musical.

by Anonymousreply 265September 19, 2021 11:10 PM

Nancy Goes to Rio also features the handsome charming young Scotty Beckett who would go on to lead a very destructive and tragic life. Ann Southern gamely plays Jane's mother and is as charming as always and Carmen Miranda gets one of her most bizarre and entertaining numbers. Whoever choreographed it did a terrific job.

It really needs a bluray with all those eyepopping colors but I would probably be the only one who would buy it and unfortunately Warner Archives is not making blurays according to my wants. Some of their recent choices prove it.

by Anonymousreply 266September 19, 2021 11:23 PM

I've listened to that bootleg of Jane's opening night in "Irene" on Broadway and she's fantastic.

I think Debbie Reynolds was jealous, as the show ran for quite some time with Jane, and I imagine her reviews were wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 267September 19, 2021 11:42 PM

Debbie would have little reason to be jealous. Jane was never as big a star.

by Anonymousreply 268September 19, 2021 11:57 PM

That sounds like Snow White singing "Musetta's Waltz."

by Anonymousreply 269September 20, 2021 12:07 AM

Jane didn’t get to close the show on broadway. Debbie came back and played the final week before taking the show on tour. Jane’s run lasted 7 months and her reviews were great. She later replaced Debbie on tour and played the role in stock.

by Anonymousreply 270September 20, 2021 12:08 AM

R269 What sounds like Snow White singing "Musetta's Waltz"?

by Anonymousreply 271September 20, 2021 12:08 AM

'Jane was never as big a star.'

Jane didn't work it the way Debbie did. Reynolds was incredibly ambitious to the point sometimes of being too over the top. I don't think Powell had that kind of drive though clearly she was a hard worker with a lot of talent.

by Anonymousreply 272September 20, 2021 12:13 AM

Also, Carrie Fisher wasn't Jane's daughter. That might have had just a little something to do with Debbie's "legacy."

by Anonymousreply 273September 20, 2021 12:17 AM

R271, the clip at R262: Jane Powell singing "Musetta's Waltz."

by Anonymousreply 274September 20, 2021 12:18 AM

Carrie Fisher didn't keep Debbie working her whole life. Debbie was cast in Will & Grace because of Carrie Fisher?!

by Anonymousreply 275September 20, 2021 12:25 AM

Italian Street Song....1946

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by Anonymousreply 276September 20, 2021 12:26 AM

If they were both alive, Larry King would be interviewing Debbie about her memories of Jane.

by Anonymousreply 277September 20, 2021 12:38 AM

There's nobody left from the golden age of Hollywood to ask about anybody anymore. And there's nobody left to ask them in any case with both Osborne and King gone.

Who would you ask about what is was like working with Powell at MGM?

by Anonymousreply 278September 20, 2021 12:43 AM

Russ Tamblyn?

by Anonymousreply 279September 20, 2021 12:47 AM

Arlene Dahl, Leslie Caron and Margaret O'Brien were all there with Jane at MGM.

by Anonymousreply 280September 20, 2021 12:49 AM

Julie Newmar? Ruta Lee?

by Anonymousreply 281September 20, 2021 12:50 AM

[quote]There's nobody left from the golden age of Hollywood to ask about anybody anymore.

Excuse me?

by Anonymousreply 282September 20, 2021 12:55 AM

I believe you're referring to Miss Julie Newmeyer, r281.

by Anonymousreply 283September 20, 2021 1:17 AM

[quote]I believe you're referring to Miss Julie Newmeyer, R281.

And Miss Ruta Kilmonis, R283.

by Anonymousreply 284September 20, 2021 1:32 AM

Julie always seems in her own world. Ruta...she's direct.

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by Anonymousreply 285September 20, 2021 1:42 AM

Ann Blyth?

by Anonymousreply 286September 20, 2021 1:48 AM

And Marsha Hunt, though I think she was pretty much gone from MGM by the time Jane became a star.

by Anonymousreply 287September 20, 2021 1:50 AM

Kim Novak

by Anonymousreply 288September 20, 2021 1:52 AM

Kim Novak was at Columbia and didn't really become a star until PICNIC in 1956 when Jane made her last hit movie 7 BRIDES at MGM.

by Anonymousreply 289September 20, 2021 1:55 AM

Was Shirley Maclaine, Angie Dickinson,Vera Miles or Eva Marie Saint ever at MGM?

by Anonymousreply 290September 20, 2021 2:01 AM

If they were, it was after the long term contract players like Jane Powell.

by Anonymousreply 291September 20, 2021 2:02 AM

[quote]If they were both alive, Larry King would be interviewing Debbie about her memories of Jane.

Yes, and contrary to Jane's account, Debbie would be going on and on about what marvelous close friends they were while somehow turning it into a career retrospective of herself. I bet Jane was liked in a more authentic way by her friends than Debbie who was always a piece of work.

Debbie did retain some residual glow of fame from being Carrie Fisher's mother, although clearly an established star in her own right. Debbie was extremely funny in her turns as Bobbi Adler on "Will & Grace".

by Anonymousreply 292September 20, 2021 2:06 AM

My Hero

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by Anonymousreply 293September 20, 2021 2:07 AM

In Nancy Goes to Rio and Southern plays early 30s so she must have had Nancy at 16. Not very MGM of her.

by Anonymousreply 294September 20, 2021 2:07 AM

Ann Blyth was at Metro in Jane Powell's day.

by Anonymousreply 295September 20, 2021 2:17 AM

Where do you get early 30s, r294? And there's no U in Sothern.

by Anonymousreply 296September 20, 2021 2:24 AM

Ann had Kismet...

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by Anonymousreply 297September 20, 2021 2:26 AM

And good ol' Rose Marie!

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by Anonymousreply 298September 20, 2021 2:30 AM

Sothern sure as hell isn't playing pushing 40.

by Anonymousreply 299September 20, 2021 2:48 AM

What would that look like, r299?

by Anonymousreply 300September 20, 2021 2:49 AM

Watch the movie you clearly haven't seen it.

by Anonymousreply 301September 20, 2021 2:54 AM

Sothern was 41, r299. Granted it's been years since I've seen it, but I don't remember her pulling a Margaret Elliot.

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by Anonymousreply 302September 20, 2021 2:56 AM

Women weren't always ostracized for being middle aged like some people think. In Valley of Decision Garson made it while she was in her 40s and her love interest is Peck who was in his 20s.

by Anonymousreply 303September 20, 2021 3:00 AM

She seems to be acting age appropriately...

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by Anonymousreply 304September 20, 2021 3:13 AM

Jane and Vic Damone -- both at their most luscious.

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by Anonymousreply 305September 20, 2021 4:37 AM

I can't believe no one's posted one of her final performances -- at the Hollywood Bowl -- in 2010. Sounds pretty good too...

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by Anonymousreply 306September 20, 2021 4:46 AM

This thread has told me a lot I don't know about this MGM contract player.

But I'm more interested in whether she had Full Dentures or Partial Dentures? Upper and Lower?

by Anonymousreply 307September 20, 2021 6:23 AM

I bet her dentures compromised her coloratura.

by Anonymousreply 308September 20, 2021 7:18 AM

Dentures? She wouldn't have been caught dead. Jane had the money for implants.

by Anonymousreply 309September 20, 2021 7:58 AM

Is it safe for octogenarians to get implants?

All that blood and exposed bones can't be safe for those with Osteoporosis !

by Anonymousreply 310September 20, 2021 8:22 AM

You're right I just had my first implant and it was very very intense.

by Anonymousreply 311September 20, 2021 8:34 AM

r311 Butt or pec?

by Anonymousreply 312September 20, 2021 12:11 PM

r293 Meh.

by Anonymousreply 313September 20, 2021 12:12 PM

In R237's Athena clip, Debbie totally outshines Jane. Jane looks like her mother in that clip.

As a side note, I'm surprised Athena doesn't get more Datalounge love. It has far more hunkier guys than Seven Brides.

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by Anonymousreply 314September 20, 2021 1:02 PM

Here's the ending of Athena, with Jane, Debbie, and all the boys. Funny how some of them are really into it -- especially Steve Reeves and Richard 'Dick' Dubois -- and each other (check out the two holding hands at the end of the table). Also never realized Ray "Lt. Tragg" Collins was a munchkin.

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by Anonymousreply 315September 20, 2021 3:12 PM

More Dick here...

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by Anonymousreply 316September 20, 2021 3:17 PM

Is there a TCM tribute scheduled yet?

by Anonymousreply 317September 20, 2021 5:23 PM

Richard du Bois was gorgeous! That smile......

Always love the combo of a blonde baby face on a thoroughly adult hunky muscular body.

by Anonymousreply 318September 20, 2021 7:30 PM

Yes, we definitely need a Dick duBois thread, if we've never had one before!

by Anonymousreply 319September 20, 2021 7:52 PM

R317. Yes. No doubt a day of films to follow.

Also, agreed re Dick Dubois. Tons of photos w/him and Mae West. Wonder if he ever had to sniff out her arid regions...

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by Anonymousreply 320September 20, 2021 8:23 PM

Once Upon a Song...1945

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by Anonymousreply 321September 20, 2021 8:57 PM

That’s a lovely tribute, R320!

by Anonymousreply 322September 20, 2021 11:11 PM

Gotta say it's so sweet seeing all the Jane Powell appreciation and love here.

by Anonymousreply 323September 20, 2021 11:12 PM

Has there been a lot of Jane Powell appreciation?

by Anonymousreply 324September 20, 2021 11:19 PM

I'm so sorry I didn't see her in 70, Girls, 70.

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by Anonymousreply 325September 20, 2021 11:38 PM

Are there any recordings of that "70, Girls, 70" concert/production? Thanks in advance.

by Anonymousreply 326September 20, 2021 11:57 PM

I've never come across anything, r326.

by Anonymousreply 327September 21, 2021 12:03 AM

I thought I had never seen her on stage. Then I remembered she was the Queen in NY City Opera's R and H Cinderella. Jean Stapleton was the stepmother. I remember(I think) the transformation scene was a big production number that ended act 1. It was a wonderful production. I should have gone again.

by Anonymousreply 328September 21, 2021 12:05 AM

Day In Day Out, Filles de Cadiz

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by Anonymousreply 329September 21, 2021 12:09 AM

I could only get through 20 minutes of Athena. For its fans it is now on bluray. It was supposed to be an Esther Williams film which I believe she came up with Charles Walters. Dore Schary took it and gave it to Jane and Debbie. Esther was fucking pissed.

by Anonymousreply 330September 21, 2021 12:10 AM

r320 You can tell that was prepared before the changeover to the new, improved TCM this month. (Although they do have the new logo in the watermark.)

by Anonymousreply 331September 21, 2021 2:29 AM

r316 Yum Divine!! Thank you

by Anonymousreply 332September 21, 2021 3:51 AM

r320 Rumor has it that Mae West enjoyed DuBois' dick.

[quote] In the 1960's Richard DuBois ended up in Mae West's famous stage show. West put together a stage act which featured several half-naked male bodybuilders, a twist on the old vaudeville acts in which scantily-clad women were featured. It was rumored that Mae West fell for DuBois, and that for some time, they were an item.

by Anonymousreply 333September 21, 2021 10:24 AM

He never married, this DuBois fella?

by Anonymousreply 334September 21, 2021 12:25 PM

He was married to "Gladys" who helped him with his evangelist gig.

by Anonymousreply 335September 21, 2021 12:48 PM

R334, Dick Dubois had a wife and kids, and became an evangelical minister. He allegedly hooked up with Jan Crouch and fathered Matt Crouch, current president of Trinity Broadcast Network.

by Anonymousreply 336September 21, 2021 12:49 PM

Evangelical? Yuck. No longer hot.

by Anonymousreply 337September 21, 2021 12:57 PM

True R337, but it would be interesting to hear WHY he fell into the religion racket. GUILT maybe?

by Anonymousreply 338September 21, 2021 3:50 PM

Back to Jane Powell. She fell in love with Gene Nelson while working with him in "Three Sailors and A Girl" and both agreed to leave their spouses, but he backed out. She went through with her divorce. Jane had to have her studio back her up to deal with the gossip before "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" came out, and they did dispel and minimize that real-life story, which didn't stop it from being a blockbuster hit. Check out Nelson's incredible gymnastics and dancing below in number from "She's Working Her Way Through College". Great body, and he was a better athlete than the more highly-touted Gene Kelly.

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by Anonymousreply 339September 21, 2021 4:18 PM

TCM will honor Jane on 10/16

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by Anonymousreply 340September 21, 2021 6:50 PM

Didn't know that R339. Here's a clipping from way back then...

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by Anonymousreply 341September 21, 2021 7:58 PM

And another...

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by Anonymousreply 342September 21, 2021 8:00 PM

Thank you and good night

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by Anonymousreply 343September 21, 2021 8:19 PM

Nelson lacked Kelly's on screen charisma. He directed a lot of episodic tv through the 60s and 70s. I think IMDB is probably missing some credits--I think he directed episodes of MASH which aren't listed. He occasionally acted, of course doing a "Murder, She Wrote". I would imagine his B movie colleagues who succeeded in tv like Donna Reed helped start his directing career and Lansbury seemed to feature a lot of old MGM B players as guest stars..

by Anonymousreply 344September 21, 2021 9:52 PM

I wonder how her career would have evolved if she kept her real name, Suzanne Burce?

Suzanne Burce sounds more real and less antiseptic than 'Jane Powell'.

Was there any link at all between 'Jane Powell' and Eleanor Powell?

by Anonymousreply 345September 22, 2021 1:22 AM

R345, 'Jane Powell' was the name of her character on her very first film, "Song of the Open Road." She adopted it as her stage name when she signed with MGM.

by Anonymousreply 346September 22, 2021 1:33 AM

Here is the Obituary that The Guardian published for Jane.

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by Anonymousreply 347September 22, 2021 1:54 AM

R347, that's quite a feat for an obituary for someone who died in 2021 to be written by someone who died in 2020.

(Check the bottom of the article.)

by Anonymousreply 348September 22, 2021 2:07 AM

When Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds co-starred in films, Jane always got top billing over Debbie.

by Anonymousreply 349September 22, 2021 2:30 AM

They could use the alphabetical excuse.

by Anonymousreply 350September 22, 2021 2:36 AM

[quote]that's quite a feat for an obituary for someone who died in 2021 to be written by someone who died in 2020.

Major newspapers always have obits for major celebrities (performers, politicians, etc.) "in the can" so that they're not scrambling for a staff-written obituary when a famous person suddenly ups and dies. This is especially true for older celebrities. I edited obits for some well-known actors and actresses several years before they died. When the Grim Reaper calls, all you have to do is fill in the date and cause of death, and any other necessary updates, and you're good to go.

by Anonymousreply 351September 22, 2021 2:37 AM

r348 Indeed but obituaries are often commisioned and written in advance.I recall hearing politicians and some celebrities commenting that their obituaries were pre written years ago by journalists or writers who they have now outlived!!

r351 Explains it perfectly!

by Anonymousreply 352September 22, 2021 2:39 AM

I'm reminded of that MTM episode, r351.

by Anonymousreply 353September 22, 2021 2:39 AM

Wee Willie Williams

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by Anonymousreply 354September 22, 2021 2:41 AM

Thank you, r354.

by Anonymousreply 355September 22, 2021 2:56 AM

At ABC News they call them JICs - Just in cases

Barbara Walters write her own JIC obit years ago.

by Anonymousreply 356September 22, 2021 3:47 AM

It doesn't give a cause of death.

by Anonymousreply 357September 22, 2021 4:14 AM

TCM could only find four of her films for the tribute day?

by Anonymousreply 358September 22, 2021 4:52 AM

[quote]It doesn't give a cause of death.

Policies differ from paper to paper, and some publications are more strict about requiring a cause than others. But a cause of death is often waived for people of very advanced age, such as those 90 and older.

by Anonymousreply 359September 22, 2021 5:13 AM

I'm telling my family that should I predecease them I want the word "DIED" in the first sentence of my obituary!

by Anonymousreply 360September 22, 2021 5:40 AM

Good for you, R360. Everyone should have a purpose in life.

by Anonymousreply 361September 22, 2021 6:28 AM

I told my family there was to be no obit. I should be cremated instantly and my ashes thrown in a Walmart dumpster. A Target if Walmart was unavailable.

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by Anonymousreply 363September 22, 2021 3:48 PM

Della does Musetta's Waltz...

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by Anonymousreply 364September 22, 2021 4:24 PM

[quote]Barbara Walters write her own JIC obit years ago.

Hopefully better than you wrote that sentence.

by Anonymousreply 365September 22, 2021 4:34 PM

Maybe. Maybe not...

by Anonymousreply 366September 22, 2021 7:43 PM

So Jane like sweet June Allyson was quite the wildcat.

by Anonymousreply 367September 23, 2021 12:43 AM

I thought Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer would have had a dentist on staff to check and correct the teeth of all contract players.

Was the MGM dentist remiss in the care of Janes teeth which led to her unhappy dentures?

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by Anonymousreply 369October 7, 2021 8:29 PM

That's Dancing

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by Anonymousreply 370October 8, 2021 10:43 PM

Jane featured in much more media work than I had appreciated.

by Anonymousreply 371October 9, 2021 12:44 AM

I was working at Norcostco in Dallas, Halloween...1980? She came in looking for a long cigarette holder for her club act. I didn't wait on her though.

by Anonymousreply 372October 9, 2021 1:43 AM

r372 Did she seem nice?

by Anonymousreply 373October 9, 2021 2:16 AM

A couple of us were back in stock, r373 and another floor person came running back and asked if anybody knew what Jane Powell looked like. So we went to the doorway and looked through the curtain and we all agreed it was Jane Powell. She appeared very nice. Some years later a friend of mine was in NYC for her first time. She was in a fabric store and Jane came in looking for fabric for a jacket to go with a "formal" she had.

by Anonymousreply 374October 9, 2021 2:45 AM

Jane Powell has been dead to us for quite a while now - is there really much more to be said about her?

by Anonymousreply 375October 9, 2021 3:02 AM

We could make up things.

by Anonymousreply 376October 9, 2021 3:06 AM

She would have been great doing some of the roles Shirley Jones got cast in later on.

by Anonymousreply 377October 9, 2021 3:21 AM

[quote] is there really much more to be said about her?

This thread has made me realise that Jane Powell wasn't as uninteresting, bland and talentless as I had assumed she was.

Shirley Jones still seems as bland and uninteresting as I had assumed Jane Powell was.

by Anonymousreply 378October 9, 2021 3:25 AM

It would have been interesting to see what she would have done with Love Me, or Leave Me.

by Anonymousreply 379October 9, 2021 3:26 AM

Sally in FOLLIES

by Anonymousreply 380October 9, 2021 3:26 AM

[quote]Shirley Jones still seems as bland and uninteresting as I had assumed Jane Powell was.

Apparently you never read Shirley's tawdry memoir. It's a smutty book!

by Anonymousreply 381October 9, 2021 5:14 AM

Oh no, Eulalie. I abhor smut!

by Anonymousreply 382October 9, 2021 5:31 AM

Didn't Shirley win an Oscar for playing a prostitute?

by Anonymousreply 383October 9, 2021 12:07 PM

She's only 38 in R369's clip, but she's turned into the champagne lady on Lawrence Welk. Sad fall from grace.

by Anonymousreply 384October 9, 2021 3:38 PM

She still starred on Broadway and did lots of theater, including a Sondheim show later on. They mostly stopped making the kinds of films she was most interested in doing back when the studio system collapsed. She was quite well-loved by her public, and she was a really nice, down to earth person in real life.

by Anonymousreply 385October 9, 2021 4:04 PM

I heard she could be seen walking around on the upper west side. I always had hoped to run into her when I was in that area. I went to the last of those MGM salutes produced by Michael Feinstein at Carnegie. It's too bad she didn't do it. It was a wonderful salute to a great era of entertainment that a lot of us love. Unfortunately shortly after it those stars started dying off and the last star left alive was Marge Champion who died a year ago at the age of 101. Amazing to think she worked on Snow White with Wat Disney which managed to change so many things in the 20th Century and the effects of which we are still feeling today for good or bad.

by Anonymousreply 386October 9, 2021 4:46 PM

Jane said in interviews that she didn't want to appear in those MGM shows, as she thought they were kind of sad to see the old stars trotted out. I went to one of them and the standouts were Tony Martin's voice still sounding great when he was clearly quite advanced age, wife Cyd Charisse's looking great, and Gloria DeHaven, beautifully singing her Mom's famous song "Who's Sorry Now" that she had sung in "Words and Music".

I did see Jane Powell in an Alan Jay Lerner tribute, still singing and dancing amazingly to her "Why Did You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life" number from "Royal Wedding" along with Lee Roy Reams when she was about 60 or so. It was recorded for broadcast.

by Anonymousreply 387October 9, 2021 4:56 PM

correction: not "Words and Music", but "Three Little Words".

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by Anonymousreply 389October 9, 2021 5:00 PM

[quote] Gloria DeHaven, beautifully singing her Mom's famous song "Who's Sorry Now" that she had sung in "Words and Music".

That's MY song!

by Anonymousreply 390October 9, 2021 8:25 PM

[quote] I did see Jane Powell in an Alan Jay Lerner tribute, still singing and dancing amazingly to her "Why Did You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life" number from "Royal Wedding" along with Lee Roy Reams when she was about 60 or so. It was recorded for broadcast.

There's a shot of the audience at the very end, R387. Which one is you?

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by Anonymousreply 391October 9, 2021 8:34 PM

A song Gloria introduced...

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by Anonymousreply 392October 9, 2021 8:45 PM

Who was the tallest of Gloria's boys? He was hunky.

by Anonymousreply 393October 9, 2021 8:55 PM

Gloria had been married to DL fave, dreamboat John Payne!

by Anonymousreply 394October 9, 2021 10:34 PM

[quote]If it’s any consolation [R17], there is a Leta Powell Drake thread.

And now I'm dead!

by Anonymousreply 395October 9, 2021 10:37 PM

Johnny & Glo

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by Anonymousreply 396October 9, 2021 10:58 PM

The middle-sized sailor gyrating with Gloria de Haven is long time Carol Burnett dancer Don Crichton.

by Anonymousreply 397October 10, 2021 1:57 AM

This interview was just posted a few weeks back. Very touching at about 7 minutes in:

"I never really felt I belonged..."

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by Anonymousreply 398October 13, 2021 6:23 AM

She has that eternally surprised look that now seems common with plastic surgery, although she seemed to come by it naturally. At least she didn't look like a Siamese cat, the other plastic surgery look.

by Anonymousreply 399October 13, 2021 11:37 AM

Great interview, R398, thanks. Never knew she had romance with George Brent. years after they did a movie together (see pic).

Also, she goes into a lot of detail about the Little Red School house on the MGM lot, which is quite interesting (if you're looking for it, she talks a bit about it in the first 1/3 then again in more detail in the last 3rd).

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by Anonymousreply 400October 13, 2021 7:47 PM

It IS incredibly surprising that she had a crush on Brent, who not only was much older than her, but had the sex appeal and body shape of soft pudding. But it sounds like he was actually a lot more in love with her, holding on to the photo of the both of them for 20+ years...

by Anonymousreply 401October 13, 2021 11:27 PM

Today is Jane Powell tribute day on TCM, hosted by cute gay Dave Karger.

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