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Jane Powell Biography

Birth Name:
Suzanne Lorraine Burce
Birth Place:
Portland, Oregon, United States
Actor, singer, dancer

Fast Facts

  • Began taking dance lessons at age three
  • Became a radio personality in Oregon by age 11, and toured as the state's "Victory Girl" During WWII, selling war bonds
  • Got her stage name from her character's name in her film debut, Song of the Open Road (1944)
  • Was a bridesmaid at Elizabeth Taylor's 1950 wedding to Conrad Hilton
  • Starred in a Broadway revival of Irene in 1973
  • Met husband Dickie Moore when he interviewed her for his 1984 book Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, But Don't Have Sex or Take the Car
  • Published her autobiography, The Girl Next Door and How She Grew, in 1988


  • Lindsay Averill -- Daughter
  • Suzanne Eileen -- Daughter
  • David Parlour -- Ex-husband
  • Geary Steffen -- Ex-husband
  • James Fitzgerald -- Ex-husband
  • Pat Nerney -- Ex-husband
  • Paul Burce -- Father
  • Eileen Burce -- Mother
  • Geary Steffen Jr. -- Son