THE beloved actress Jane Powell is dead at 92.
The Royal Wedding and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers star passed away “peacefully” at her home.
Susan Granger, a friend and spokesperson for that star’s family, confirmed Jane’s passing to Deadline on Thursday.
She explained Jane died peacefully at the house she shared with her husband, Dick Moore, for many years in Wilton, Connecticut.
Jane’s husband, who worked as an actor and publicist, sadly passed away in 2015.
She was one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, while she continued to appear on stage for a good portion of the 21st Century.
The actress- who was born Suzanne Lorraine Burce in Portland, Oregon- was already a singer in her home state when she moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.
Once in California, Jane signed on as a contract player with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
She made her film debut in 1944 with MGM’s Song of the Open Road, which has her play a fictionalized version of herself.
Jane’s fame and popularity only grew as she took on roles in 1945’s Delightfully Dangers and 1948’s A Date With Judy.
However, her career-defining role was opposite Fred Astaire in the 1951 film Royal Wedding.
The stars played a brother-sister dance act, which allowed them to show off their singing, acting and dancing chops.
A STAR IS BORN
Following the success of Royal Wedding, Jane went on to appear in a number of other musical films.
Her second most well-known role was Milly Pontipee in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers alongside Howard Keel.
Jane and Howard starred as the primary bride and brother, while the actress performed the stand-out musical numbers Goin’ Courtin’, When You’re In Love and Wonderful, Wonderful Day for the film.
The star later reprised the role in a stage adaption of the film.
MOVE TO TV
After appearing in numerous films in the 1950s, Jane moved her attention to television.
She starred in the TV adaptation of Meet Me in St. Louis, while she was set to lead the unsold 1961 pilot for her own The Jane Powell Show.
Additionally, Jane made a number of appearances on The Red Skelton Hour and other variety shows throughout her career.
During the late 1970s and early ’80s, Jane made guest appearances on The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.
She also had a recurring role as the mother of Alan Thicke’s character Mike Seaver on Growing Pains in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Her last TV performance was in a 2002 episode of Law & Order: SVU.
In addition to her work on the big and small screens, Jane also impressed audiences in multiple stage productions.
Some of her most memorable performances include the 1973 Broadway production of Irene and the 2000 Off Broadway production of Bill C. Davis’ Avow.
She also starred in national touring productions of shows such as Marriage-Go-Round, Same Time, Next Year and Chapter Two.
JANE’S PERSONAL LIFE
Jane married Dick, a former child star and longtime publicist, in 1988.
The relationship marked her fifth and final marriage.
After Dick passed away, Jane permanently moved from their shared Manhattan apartment to their second home in Wilton.
She is survived by her children Geary Anthony Steffen III, Suzanne Steffen, and Lindsay Cavalli, as well as her granddaughters Skye Cavalli and Tia Cavalli.