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Eleanor Powell

Eleanor Torrey Powell (November 21, 1912 – February 11, 1982) was an American dancer and actress. Best remembered for her tap dance numbers in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s, Powell began studying ballet aged six and began dancing at nightclubs in Atlantic City before she was a teenager. From the age of sixteen, she began studying tap and started appearing in musical revues on Broadway, before making her Hollywood debut as a featured dancer in the movie George White's Scandals (1935).

She was known as one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's top dancing stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood in a series of musical vehicles tailored especially for her talents, such as Born to Dance (1936), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) and Rosalie (1937). In 1965, she was named the World’s Greatest Tap Dancer by the Dance Masters of America.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 21st, 1912 (Springfield), Died February 11th, 1982 (Beverly Hills)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, performer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-95379 10-in. 10/11/1935 You are my lucky star Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing vocalist, performer  
Victor BS-95380 10-in. 10/11/1935 I've got a feelin' you're foolin' Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing vocalist, performer  
Victor BS-95381 10-in. 10/11/1935 Got a bran' new suit Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing vocalist, performer  
Victor BS-95505 10-in. 10/14/1935 That's not cricket Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing vocalist, performer  
Victor BS-95506 10-in. 10/14/1935 What a wonderful world Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing vocalist, performer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Powell, Eleanor," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105212.

Powell, Eleanor. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105212.

"Powell, Eleanor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105212

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