Jane Powell was born Suzanne Lorraine Burce in Oregon in 1929. She started singing and dancing as a child and sang on the radio in the early to mid-1940s.
Powell made her first movie at the age of 15. In "Song of the Open Road," her character's name was Jane Powell and M-G-M executives decided that this should become her professional name.
Powell starred in her first movie musical in 1946 ("Holiday in Mexico"). This was followed by four more films in the 1940s and 12 in the 1950s. Powell did not, however, make any more movies until 1999 when she appeared in "Picture This."
After Powell ended her film career, she moved to TV, concerts and road companies of musicals. In 1973, she replaced Debbie Reynolds on Broadway in the musical "Irene." Thirty-one years later, Powell appeared in the pre-Broadway musical, "Bounce," that, unfortunately, closed before getting to Broadway.