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Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the daughter of a Spanish-Irish businessman and his English wife.
As a teenager, O'Neill started to work as a model and appeared in TV commercials and on magazine covers. In 1968 she landed a small role in For the Love of Ivy. In 1970 she played a minor role in Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne. After her success in Summer of '42 in 1971, in which she plays the young widow of a soldier killed in war, O'Neill became a well-known Hollywood actress, and continued acting for the next two decades, but was seldom offered roles which challenged her abilities.
O'Neill had more success in TV movies, including notable performances in Love's Savage Fury and in Bare Essence.
More recently, O'Neill started to write, and has published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence.
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More recently, O'Neill started to write, and has published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence. Resources: Official Eleanor Powell Tribute Site (http://www.lynnpdesign.com/classicmovies/tapdancing/bio.html), IMDB.com (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0007224/bio). O'Neill had more success in TV movies, including notable performances in Love's Savage Fury and in Bare Essence. Eleanor Powell died of cancer on 11 February 1982 and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. After her success in Summer of '42 in 1971, in which she plays the young widow of a soldier killed in war, O'Neill became a well-known Hollywood actress, and continued acting for the next two decades, but was seldom offered roles which challenged her abilities. Powell was reintroduced to audiences in the popular That's Entertainment! documentary in 1974, and its sequels That's Entertainment Part II and That's Entertainment III which spotlighted her dancing from films such as Broadway Melody of 1940 and Born to Dance. In 1970 she played a minor role in Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne. Her son, Peter Ford, was a regular on this show.
In 1968 she landed a small role in For the Love of Ivy. She also hosted an Emmy Award-winning Sunday morning TV program for children entitled The Faith of Our Children (1953 - 1955). As a teenager, O'Neill started to work as a model and appeared in TV commercials and on magazine covers. In her later years, she became interested in religion, and was actually ordained a minister of the Unity Church. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the daughter of a Spanish-Irish businessman and his English wife. She divorced Ford in 1959, and that year started a highly-publicized nightclub career, maintaining her good figure and looks well into middle age. Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress. In 1950, Powell returned to MGM just once, to guest star in The Duchess of Idaho, starring Esther Williams.
For the Love of Ivy (1968). She danced in a giant pinball machine in Sensations of 1945 (1944), but this picture was a large disappointment, and Powell retired from the cinema to concentrate on raising her son, actor Peter Ford, who was born that year. Futz! (1969). She parted ways with MGM in 1943 after Thousands Cheer, in which she did a specialty number, and the same year married Canadian lead actor Glenn Ford. Rio Lobo (1970). She was signed to play opposite Dan Dailey in For Me and My Gal in 1942, but the two actors were removed from the picture during rehearsals and replaced by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Summer of '42 (1971). The same happened with Red Skelton in Ship Ahoy (1942) and I Dood It (1943).
Such Good Friends (1971). 1941's Lady Be Good gave Powell top billing, but Robert Young and Ann Sothern carried the movie. Glass Houses (1972). In the 1940s, after being sidelined for many months following a gall stone operation, things changed somewhat for the worse, at least as far as Powell's movie career was concerned. The Carey Treatment (1972). Together, Astaire and Powell danced to Porter's "Begin The Beguine", which is considered by many to have been the greatest tap sequence in film history. Lady Ice (1973). Most of these movies featured her amazing solo tapping, although her increasingly huge production numbers began to attract criticism. Broadway Melody of 1940, in which Powell starred opposite Fred Astaire, featured a brilliant musical score by Cole Porter.
Whiffs (1975). Films she made during the height of her career in the mid-to-late 1930s co-starred these men and others and included Born to Dance (1936), Rosalie (1937), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Honolulu (1939), and Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940). The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975). Powell would go on to star opposite many of the decade's top leading men such as Jimmy Stewart, Robert Taylor, Fred Astaire, George Murphy, Nelson Eddy, and Robert Young. Gente di rispetto (1975). She was well-received in Broadway Melody of 1936 (in which she was supported by Jack Benny and Frances Langford), and delighted 1930s audiences with her endless energy and enthusiasm, not to mention her stunning dancing. L'innocente (1976). Nonetheless, she was signed by MGM soon after, which groomed her for her future stardom making minimal changes in her (non-Egyptian) makeup and conduct.
Call Girl (1976). The experience left her unimpressed with Hollywood. 7 Note in Nero (1977). In 1935, the leggy, fresh-faced Powell made the move to Hollywood and did a specialty number in George White's 1935 Scandals which she later described as a disaster due in part to her accidentally being made up to look like an Egyptian due to a mix-up prior to filming her scene. Caravans (1978). During this time, she was dubbed "the world's greatest tap dancer" due to her machine-gun footwork. A Force of One (1979). When she was 17, she brought her graceful, athletic style to Broadway, where she starred in various revues and musicals.
Steel (1980). A dancer since childhood, she was discovered at the age of 11 by the head of the Vaudeville Kiddie revue, Gus Edwards. Cloud Dancer (1980). Eleanor Torrey Powell was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Scanners (1981). Eleanor Powell (21 November 1912 - 11 February 1982) was an American actress and dancer of the 1930s and 1940s, known for her exuberant solo tap dancing. I love NY (1988).
Committed (1988). Discretion assured (1993). Love is Like That (1996). The Corporate Ladder (1997).
The Ride (1997). The Prince and the Surfer (1999). Time Changer (2002).