Jane Powell earned a reputation for being the queen of movie musicals, and her talent was visible at an early age when her parents enrolled her in singing, dancing, and acting classes, per The Hollywood Reporter. She moved from Oregon to Los Angeles in her early teens when she auditioned for Janet Gaynor’s “Stars Over Hollywood.” Soon after she landed a deal with MGM, which paid her $225 per week, the outlet noted. Powell went on to captivate audiences with roles in musicals like “Delightfully Dangerous,” “Holiday in Mexico,” “Three Daring Daughters,” “A Date With Judy,“ and more, according to IMDb.
With a spectacularly long list of acting credits, Celebrity Net Worth estimated that Powell was worth $10 million before she died. However, money wasn’t what motivated her long career. “Honey, I didn’t do it for the perks. I take the bus to work every night like everybody else,” she told the Observer in 2000. “I didn’t do it for the money, either. Financially, I never have to work again as long as I live.” She added, “I did it because it’s the first time I have ever originated a role of my own onstage. I wanted to grow. You get stale if you don’t keep progressing and changing.”
Needless to say, Powell’s charm and work ethic will be missed by many.