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  1. Jane Powell now lives in Wilton, Connecticut. She and her husband , former child ctar Dickie Moore, also have an apartment in Manhattan. Ms. Powell is still active on the verge of her 81st birthday, appearing St Patrick's Day this year in New York with The Players in a series of skits devoted to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw as Eliza Doolittle, a role she successfully played in US touring companies throughout the sixties and seventies. Long may this gloriously talented little lady flourish.
  2. Jane Powell's boyfriend in the MAYTIME clip was Vic Damone, one of the top male crooners of the fifties. He starred in three other pictures with Powell - RICH, YOUNG, AND PRETTY, ATHENA, and HIT THE DECK. CFH
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    ROYAL WEDDING

    The reference to Vera-Ellen was in the aforementioned documentary feature on the making of ROYAL WEDDING, "June, Judy, and Jane". That's the only time I ever ran across it. CFH
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    ROYAL WEDDING

    No, the sequence is: Vera-Ellen considered FIRST - but is never offered role. June Allyson hired but defaults during rehearsals due to pregnancy. Judy Garland hired in desperation to replace her; director Charles Walters (?) goes ballistic, having just had harrowing experience directing her in previous picture, and quits. Stanley Donen hired - but Garland continues to be trouble and is fired. She makes suicide try in New York hotel room. Jane Powell hired. I could be wrong but I think BELLE OF NEW YORK was Astaire's NEXT picture after RW (1951) (I'm really not a know-it-all - just very familiar with the RW saga). CFH
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    ROYAL WEDDING

    If you're interested, the ROYAL WEDDING DVD released a couple of years ago in the MUSICALS FROM THE DREAM FACTORY Vol. II package has a featurette called "June, Judy, and Jane", which gives the full story of the movie's problems in getting off the ground - with interview clips of both Allyson and Powell. (one interesting footnote was that Vera-Ellen was considered for the part even before June Allyson). CFH
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    ROYAL WEDDING

    From what I've read, Garland had barely staggered to the finish line on her previous film (Summer Stock? I could be wrong) and was on a desperately needed vacation. The director of that film was originally assigned to RW and wanted no part of her again. Besides, to tell you the truth, I've never bought into the Garland Showbiz Superwoman myth (anymore than the comparable Sinatra godlike schtick). They were solid entertainers who successfully parlayed the dreary baggage of their misspent lives into a perverse glamor that transcended their ultimately tattered and frayed talents. On the other hand, both Allyson and J. Powell were dependable, good-natured, multi-talented pros who could always be relied upon to get the job done with charm and pizzazz to spare (like, supposedly, Adele Astaire, on whom the RW role of Ellen Bowen was based). CFH
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    ROYAL WEDDING

    Other way around. Allyson first, then Garland.
  8. As a matter of fact, Kate Mulgrew PLAYED Katherine Hepburn in a stage production a few years back. Sorry I can't remember anything more about it - but I, too, have always been struck by the resemblance.
  9. Jane Powell and ... Doris Day?
  10. Hi, They made four movies together : RICH,YOUNG, AND PRETTY, ATHENA, DEEP IN MY HEART, and HIT THE DECK.
  11. JA and CP must have reached some sort of rapprochment. A few years, ago, as I recall, they made a TV movie together, and all seemed more than well between them.
  12. Didn't catch it this morning - but it's one of my favorites - book-ended as it is by little Miss P belting out a gloriously pyro-technic "Italian Street Song" at the beginning and wrapping things up with an over-the-top but visually and vocally sublime "Ave Maria".
  13. If you say so - but I'm not quite sure how I could easily find "a matter of record" or anything else "over at Warners".
  14. I think Jack Warner may have still had it in for JA, even after she had resoundingly proven her box office clout - to the extent that Logan, not she, would have decided on her participation in CAMEOT. I base this on the fact that Logan was quoted as sneering in defense of his choice of Redgrave, "Can you imagine armies fighting over Julie Andrews?" Man, was HE out perpetually out to lunch. One of the movie's few redeeming qualities, in my estimation, was Richard Harris's smoothly and tenderly sung "How To Handle A Woman". I think he actually had a more mellifluous sounding voice than the more stentorian Richard Burton, who tended to bark his lines with Hamlet-like intensity. But what was with Harris's eye shadow?. Another ingenious Logan touch, no doubt.
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