Eleanor Powell

November 21, 1912 – February 11, 1982

Once – and perhaps always – the greatest tap dancer in the world, Eleanor Powell shuffled and clicked her way from Broadway to Hollywood. Her transition from stage to screen wasn’t idyllic. She initially disliked the the film-making culture and process and when MGM came calling, she made unreasonably high demands to avoid being signed. MGM did not care. They met her demands and she went on to shine in many of the studio’s golden age musicals alongside the likes of Fred Astaire, Nelson Eddy and Jimmy Stewart. After marrying actor Glenn Ford, Eleanor spent much of her time raising their son. She briefly returned to film in 1952 before making a few television appearances and live shows for the rest of her career. She died in 1982 of ovarian cancer, but not before her work was introduced to a whole new generation through the That’s Entertainment! documentary series.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Cathedral Mausoleum, Foyer niche 432, tier 3; Enter the mausoleum and proceed directly to the back of the main foyer, Eleanor’s ashes are interred in a book on your left, just before the statue of St. Peter.

 

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