Hollywood Golden-Age Star Jane Powell’s Cause of Death at 92
The legendary actress, whose real name was Suzanne Lorraine Burce has died at the age of 92. Jane Powell’s cause of death was announced after her passing on September 16, 2021.
Susan Granger, a friend of the actress and spokesperson for her family, said that Jane died of natural causes at her home in Wilton, Connecticut.
Jane Powell was known as an American actress, dancer, and singer who rose to fame in the mid-1940s with roles in several Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals.
She was born on April 1, 1929, in Portland, Oregon, where she gained local fame as a child singer. As a teenager, Jane relocated to LA, where she signed a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Powell’s vocal, acting and dancing talents were appropriated for lead roles in a variety of musicals for the studio. Powell made her feature debut as a performer in Song of the Open Road (1944).
She also starred in Arthur Lubin‘s Delightfully Dangerous (1945). The actress gained more fame for her lead roles in the musicals A Date with Judy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Royal Wedding, and Hit the Deck.
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What’s Jane Powell’s Cause of Death?
Jane Powell’s cause of death has been announced by her longtime friend Susan Grander. She revealed that Powell died peacefully at home she shared with her husband, Dick Moore, who died in 2015.
In the late-1950s, Powell’s professional career slowed, though she appeared in two non-musical roles in the film noir The Female Animal and the adventure film Enchanted Island.
Powell began acting in national touring theatrical productions in 1960. She started in high-profile productions of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music; besides that, she appeared in a Broadway production of Irene in the title role.
Jane continued to appear on television throughout the 1980s and returned to the stage in 2000. In December 2007, Powell united with the musical group Pink Martini and worked as a vocalist with them in their shared hometown of Portland.
She performed with the band again at New York City’s Lincoln Center in 2008 and later in 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl. After the death of her husband in 1015, Powell relocated from New York City to Wilton, Connecticut.
It is a difficult time for Powell’s family and friends. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the passing of the legendary star, and we ask you all to keep Jane, her family, her friends, and all of her loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.
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Reactions to Jane Powell’s Death
Shortly after the sad news of Jane Powell’s death came out, devasted friends and fans stated their condolences on social media and paid poignant tributes to her.
Mike Barnes wrote on Twitter: “RIP the radiant Jane Powell; so wonderful in everything, including ‘Seven Brides’ and in the ‘Royal Wedding’ song-and-tap-dance number ‘How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I’ve Been a Liar All My Life?'”
James L Neibaur wrote: “SAD FAREWELL. Jane Powell always represented a carefree, lighthearted aspect of 40s movies that always seemed so positive. Jane died today at the age of 92. I know they can’t live forever, but I hate to see ’em go.”
One Social media user wrote: “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the wonderful Jane Powell. One of the best stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a truly magical voice, she was one of Fred Astaire’s partners and so magnificent in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers!”
“I’m saddened to hear of Jane Powell’s passing. This wonderful actress brought dozens of colorful characters to life throughout her 50+ year career, including Milly from the beloved 1954 musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She will be missed,” another Twitter user said.