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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 fa
  5. ch3

    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 ha
  7. ch3

    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
  15. Nuance, shmuance. Vanessa Redgrave was dead weight throughout CAMELOT - as much to blame for the movie's failure as Joshua Logan's leaden direction and Franco Nero's klutzy accent. Alan Jay Lerner tailored Guenevere specifically for Julie Andrews, presenting the young queen as a zesty, perky, full-of-life young maiden. Andrews delivered upbeat songs like "The Lusty Month of May", "Then You May Take Me To The Fair", and "What Do The Simple Folk Do?'' with wit, spirit,winsomeness, and brilliant vocal deftness. Redgrave, having no legitimacy as a singer, tried for sly sensuality, but merely turn
  16. I agree with all your comments about the versatile, super-charming, and pretty Jane Powell. I believe she was the very first TCM Star of the Month back in Septmber, 1995 - as well as the first Robert Osborne interview (then called REEL MEMORIES). She was also one of 2006's August Summer Under The Stars honorees. So TCM's done alright by her. The only thing lacking is a DVD box set of her half-dozen teen soprano confections. Thanks for all the great photos, by the way.
  17. Maybe he was terminally depressed at having been played on screen by lounge lizard extraordinaire, George Hamilton.
  18. As it turns out, you are correct. I recall reading, though, that Hart had a serious heart attack the previous year during the tumultous run-up to CAMELOT"s Broadway opening, which was on December 3, 1960. My mistake was in thinking that that was the attack that killed him.
  19. Moss Hart had to decline. He died in 1960 during the tryouts for CAMELOT.
  20. At any given moment (like right now, for instance), there's a copy or two available on eBay. Expensive, though. So, as has been suggested, Amazon might be the best bet.
  21. It's hard keeping up with your posts. My account came from: 1). A Sunday PARADE magazine article of Sept. 9, 1956 2). A Powell career article in an issue of the now defunct British film magazine FILMS IN REVIEW (in 1987, I believe) 3). Powell's autobiography, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR AND HOW SHE GREW (1988)
  22. I don't think there was anybody. Probably Cagney was signed after the original Powell commitment and before the switch to Day.
  23. Jane Powell, who badly wanted the part, had already been announced for it when Doris Day's then producer-agent- husband Marty Melcher stepped in and convinced MGM to go with Day, recently turned loose from Warner Brothers, instead. Joe Pasternak, the film's producer, later explained that it was decided that, with tough guy Jimmy Cagney now signed for the male lead, it made more sense to cast Day since Powell was "too young" for him (though there was only a four-year differnce between the two actresses).
  24. What can I say? I'm a sucker for any Marni Nixon movie.
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