Actress Jane Powell has died at the age of 92. She was best known for her appearances in musicals such as Royal Wedding and Seven Brides
Jane Powell has died at the age of 92.
It’s been confirmed that the actress best known for appearing in musicals such as Royal Wedding and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers died from natural causes.
Her death was confirmed on Thursday by family friend and spokesperson Susan Granger who said the star passed away at her home in Wilton, Connecticut.
The actress made her name on screen when she danced with Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding in 1951 before being cast as one of seven brides for seven brothers in the classic 1954 film musical of the same name.
She also sang at President Harry S. Truman’s Inaugural Ball and was honoured to be a bridesmaid at the first of Elizabeth Taylor’s weddings.
She was a popular figure in stage performance and starred in hit road productions of musicals including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Carousel.
She also performed once more with Seven Brides co-star Howard Keel as they starred in South Pacific and I Do! I Do!
Jane was one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and had continued to appear on stage well into the 21st Century.
The final time she was credited with a TV performance was in a 2002 episode of Law & Order: SVU. The star played a nursing home resident who was from elder abuse.
She still made guest appearances at concerts and performed with Pink Martini at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2010.
TV network TCM led the tributes to the star on social media. They tweeted: “We are beyond saddened about the passing of our dear friend Jane Powell who joined us many times over the years, including the launch of TCM in 1994.”
One of the channel’s hosts, Ben Mankiewicz, commented: “Jane’s raucous enthusiasm is what makes Royal Wedding go. It’s a favorite of mine and a wildly underrated MGM musical.
“And Jane was always so kind to all of us at @TCM. She was charming, funny, and always game.”
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Opera singer Rebecca Paine also wrote: “One soprano less tonight. One step closer to extinction. RIP beautiful, vivacious Jane Powell.”
Jane was married five times. Her first husband was Geary Steffen, the ice-skating partner of Norwegian Olympic champion Sonja Henie, while he last was was former child star Dickie Moore, who died in 2015.
She is survived by her three children, Geary Anthony Steffen III, Suzanne Steffen and Lindsay Cavalli and her two granddaughters, Skye Cavalli and Tia Cavalli.
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