William Powell

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I adore William Powell. He was sophisticated, suave, debonair, handsome, witty, stylish, a true gentleman and women loved his voice.  He was nominated for an Oscar in the films The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936) and Life with Father (1947).

William Powell knew he wanted to be an actor and could move from drama to comedy flawlessly. He was cast as the villain earlier in his career.  Powell became a star as Philo Vance in The Canary Murder Case (1929). He would go on to play the character three more times in The Greene Murder Case (1929), Benson Murder Case (1930), and The Kennel Murder Case (1933).  It is his character Nick Charles and his enduring movie partnership with Myrna Loy that he his best known for.  They made 14 films together including the popular Thin Man Series. Some of Powell’s other movies include: Manhattan Melodrama (1934), The Great Ziegfield (1936), Libeled Lady (1936), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Mr. Roberts (1955).

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Powell with Myrna Loy

Powell was married to the beautiful Carole Lombard from 1931 to 1933.  They starred in My Man Godfrey together and remained friends. At the time of her death Powell was dating Jean Harlow.  He was devastated by her sudden death. Powell purchased the $25,000 crypt that Harlow was laid to rest in. In 1940 he married Diana Lewis.  They were married for 44 years.

Powell with Carole Lombard

Powell with Carole Lombard

Powell with Jean Harlow

Powell with Jean Harlow

In 1955 William Powell retired from movies.  He died on March 5, 1984 at the age of 91.

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