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Eleanor Powell

eleanor_powel-danceI was first drawn to Eleanor Powell because she had the same last name as me, but I soon learned to like her more because of her amazing talent.

The title, “The Queen of Tap Dancing” is not an exaggeration when you talk about Eleanor Powell. During the 1930’s and 1940’s she starred in the biggest musicals for MGM that there were. She danced her way through them tirelessly, making it all look so easy.

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Eleanor Powell married stardom when she wed the also famous Glenn Ford. Together they had one son named, Peter.

Eleanor Powell, Peter Ford and Glenn Ford

Eleanor Powell, Peter Ford (as a child) and Glenn Ford.

 I have known Peter Ford for over ten years now as I have designed and now manage his site “” I also update his personal site and he has sanctioned my efforts for his mother. Peter recently published a biography about his father called, “Glenn Ford: A Life” and while the book is about Glenn Ford, there is also much in it about his mother. I strongly recommend it.

Read our EXCLUSIVE five part interview with Eleanor Powell’s son, Peter Ford by clicking on the image below:

Eleanor Powell was our Favorite of the Month for March 2015. See all the posts we made about him during the month by clicking on the banner below:

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11 Comment responses

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    March 19, 2015

    Ms Powell was truly one of the most beautiful HoIIywood stars in the 30’s & 40’s. She is probably the best tap dancer ever…even better than
    Fred Astaire. Her skiIIs are so unique and creative that one can hardly believe her how creative her talent is when you see her movies! She also
    showed her traditional upbringing– when she married Glenn Ford, she quit the business to become a wife and mother. Glenn Ford may have not been the best of husbands, which is so sad for her. I am one of her biggest fans!
    There are too many adjectives to describe her great taIent — IoyaI, , loving, amazing, unique, fabulous, etc. etc., etc.
    America was blessed by a woman of her taIent, and character.


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      March 19, 2015

      PeppersMom – thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to reply. We are glad that there are fans still out there who remember her contribution.


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    April 02, 2015

    Ms. Powell is truly one of the greatest performers Hollywood ever captured on film!


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    June 02, 2015

    I just finished watching a clip of Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire dancing to the music of Begin the Beguine on You Tube. I couldn’t believe how great a dancer she was! I believe she was better than Astaire. And as I read about her life I learn that she was also a fine person and mother. … Norm


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      June 10, 2015

      Thanks for writing Norm, we appreciate your support of the site and for Eleanor Powell.


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    July 04, 2015

    Just watched Eleanor Powell in Lady be Good.
    What an amazingly talented, beautiful and vivacious lady.
    Great to see her commemorated on this site.


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    July 05, 2015

    I just saw Rosalie from 1937. I adore Eleanor Powell’s dancing! I re-watched the film several times to see her leading the West Point marching band. Incredible!! It is wonderful to see that so many others feel the same way I do.


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    August 05, 2015

    My favorite film is rosalie, but she was splendid in all of them. She was beautiful, a breathtaking dancer and a very good actress. I treasure her films immensely.


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    August 25, 2015

    Just saw “Born to Dance…” (1936). There is an actor in it who looks like Buddy Ebson, only much younger than on the “Beverly Hillbillies.” I was stunned by Eleanor Powell, she is simply incredible. Of course, as a kid in Hollywood (in the 1950s) I heard her name but never saw her in a picture. Jimmy Stewart was his usual self, giving an outstanding performance. Some of the other performers seem famillar. This picture is also quite interesting because of the ambiance, the world of the 30s rich is certainly amazing!


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      August 26, 2015

      Hi Tim, thanks for replying. Yes, that’s Buddy Ebson. He was a well known dancer before he was Jed Clampet, LOL!. We hope you’ll visit again!


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    November 23, 2015

    My mother, Lee Bailey, was Eleanor’s great friend and stand-in for many of the films she did. Mom had lost contact with Eleanor, but remained friends with her brother Cliff for many years. Lee passed away at 93 in 2001. My brother and I have some great stuff she saved from her years as a dancer.


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