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FIPAP is proud to present Jane Powell onstage at Whyte Hall in conversation with film historian and lecturer Howard Oboler. Accompanied by film clips the iconic musical star will discuss and review her career spanning seven decades and including countless memorable performances.

Possessed of an extraordinarily wide-ranging operatic singing voice, Jane Powell was a radio performer from childhood. She took dancing and acting lessons, then made her film debut at 15 in Song of the Open Road (1944).

Best remembered for her roles the giant MGM musicals of the 50s, Powell starred in 18 feature films between 1944 and 1958, and in later years performed on TV and in theater to great acclaim.

On the big screen, she was a reliable actress who could also dance and sing with the best. In A Date with Judy (1948) she held her own against the brilliant Elizabeth Taylor, she matched Fred Astaire step for step in Royal Wedding (1951), crooned alongside Debbie Reynolds in Hit the Deck (1955) and may be best remembered in the fabulous Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

She worked along side film greats including Walter Pidgeon, Jeanette MacDonald, Ricardo Montalban, and Hedy Lamarr. Cliff Robertson co-starred with Ms. Powell in the 1958 musical comedy, The Girl Most Likely.

Powell worked in film and television steadily through the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, including hit TV series The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Murder She Wrote and Growing Pains. On Broadway, she replaced former MGM colleague Debbie Reynolds in the 1970s revival of Irene. In 2003 she created the role of Mama Mizner in Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce.

Join us for an afternoon with one of hollywood's most enduring actors.

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