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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Lillian Powell

Throwback Thursday and Lillian Powell

Born in Victoria, Canada on May 29, 1896, Lillian Ruth Powell received her dance training in America from the Denishawn school. She went on to dance in early experimental silent film musicals.

In 1922, Powell performed in short silent films. Some of these early movies included Shawn’s Bubble Dance as well as in one of his Egyptian dances (with Martha Graham). This was an early attempt to synchronize dance and music on film. By the late 1920s, Powell was performing with Jack Kline and the Californians, a vaudeville group.

When she was in her thirties, Powell taught at a Los Angeles dance studio, but she continued to perform. By the time she was in her forties, she was a physical education teacher.

In 1954 she began acting in television. She appeared in such shows as Dragnet, and made guest appearances in The Thin Man, Ben Casey and Adam-12.

She lived a long life, retiring in 1970 and passing away on May 31, 1992 in Los Angeles, California. She was 96.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #314:
“Lillian Powell was a dancer and actress who performed in early silent films.”

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