Monday, December 19, 2011

The loves of William Powell...

 In 1915, he married Eileen Wilson, with whom he had his only child, William David Powell, before an amicable divorce in 1930.


Carole Lombard fell in love with Powell while they filmed Man of the World  in 1931. Sixteen years her senior, they married the same year and the union lasted a little over two years with them splitting amicably in 1933. Remaining on good terms allowed them to star together in the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey
in 1936. Powell was responsible for Lombard being signed for the film, insisting she was the only actress who could aptly handle the screwball heroine.


Powell had a close relationship with actress Jean Harlow beginning in 1935, even gifting her with a 150 carat sapphire. However, he had no interest in getting married again. Their relationship was cut short by Harlow's untimely death in 1937. Powell paid for her final resting place in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.



On January 6, 1940, Powell married actress Diana Lewis, whom he called "Mousie," three weeks after they met. They remained married, residing primarily in Palm Springs, California, until Powell's death.



Tonight on TCM!
ATale Of Two Cities (1958) Charles Dickens' classic tale of lookalikes in love with the same woman in the years after the French Revolution. Dir: Robert Mulligan Cast: Max Adrian, James Donald, Denholm Elliott.

6 comments:

  1. I didn't know about Powell's first and last wives. Interesting!

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  2. I feel better informed about this most handsome man. I like him even more. Thank you.

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  3. He is most handsome and was most certainly one of Hollywood's underrated treasures.

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  4. He is most handsome and was most certainly one of Hollywood's underrated treasures.

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  5. William Powell was a terrific actor. Hollywood did him an injustice by overlooking him for an Oscar. Thanks for posting this. For the record, he had a fling with actress Kay Francis while separated from his first wife, Eileen Wilson. Their final separation was in 1924 and both were living apart. Once he met Carole Lombard, he wanted a divorce so he could marry Carole.

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  6. William Powell was a terrific actor. Hollywood did him an injustice by overlooking him for an Oscar. Thanks for posting this. For the record, he had a fling with actress Kay Francis while separated from his first wife, Eileen Wilson. Their final separation was in 1924 and both were living apart. Once he met Carole Lombard, he wanted a divorce so he could marry Carole.

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