By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Famous actress, Jane Powell, who starred in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is dead. She died at the age of 92 years.
It’s been confirmed from reports that she died of natural causes. The news of her demise was confirmed by family friend and spokesperson, Susan Granger who said that the star passed away at her home in Wilton, Connecticut.
The deceased actress first drew attention to herself onscreen when she she danced with Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding in 1951 before being cast as one of Seven brides for seven brothers in the classic 1954 film musical of the same name.
Powell was once featured in President Harry S. Truman’s Inaugural Ball as she sanged angelically. She also got an honorary appointment of being amongst the bridesmaid at the first of Elizabeth Taylor’s weddings.
Being a popular figure in stage performance, Powell had featured in The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Carousel. She also performed with Howard Keel, a co-star while they delivered South Pacific and I Do! I Do!, successfully.
Tributes from different angles of life, engagements, families, friends and fans came have started coming in, following her demise.
TV network TCM led the tributes while saying “We are beyond saddened about the passing of our dear friend Jane Powell who joined us many times over the years, including the launch of TCM in 1994.”
Ben Mankiewicz, one of the TCM channel hosts commented : “Jane’s raucous enthusiasm is what makes Royal Wedding go. It’s a favorite of mine and a wildly underrated MGM musical.
“And Jane was always so kind to all of us at @TCM. She was charming, funny, and always game.”
Rebecca Paine, an Opera singer also sent in her tributes as she penned “One soprano less tonight. One step closer to extinction. RIP beautiful, vivacious Jane Powell.”
Jane had a record five marriages. She’s survived by three children, Geary Anthony Steffen III, Suzanne Steffen and Lindsay Cavalli and her two granddaughters, Skye Cavalli and Tia Cavalli.