Jane Powell is
a pleasure to be with, a gracious and charming woman who belies her age and
doesn’t hide it, either. (She’ll be 84 next month.) It’s hard to believe that
she made her film debut some 70 years ago opposite Edgar Bergen and Charlie
McCarthy in Song of the Open Road.
All that experience comes into play when she talks to a live audience about her
career. She doesn’t live in the past—quite the opposite—but she knows how much
people enjoy hearing her reminisce about her years at
Last year we
introduced Seven Brides for Seven
One reporter asked Mitzi if she’d ever had to deal with the trials of a casting couch, and she said no, but told a funny story about being summoned to Darryl F. Zanuck’s office one day as she was leaving the 20th Century Fox lot in her sweaty dance rehearsal clothes and her hair tied in a bun. After running a gauntlet of secretaries and making her way through the studio chief’s vast office, he looked her up and down and dismissed her, muttering, “You look better on film.”
I can tell you this: she not only looks great today, but exudes an energy and enthusiasm that’s irresistible. I count myself lucky to have spent quality time with her this week.
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