Diana Lewis

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Diana Lewis
Diana Lewis in Cry Havoc trailer.jpg
Trailer for Cry 'Havoc' (1943)
Born (1919-09-18)September 18, 1919
Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died January 18, 1997(1997-01-18) (aged 77)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.A.
Resting place
Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–1943
Spouse(s) Jay Raye
(m.1935–1939; divorced)
William Powell
(m.1940–1984; his death)

Diana "Mousie" Lewis (September 18, 1919 – January 18, 1997)[1] was an American film actress and a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star.

Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Lewis began her film career in All the King's Horses (1934) and worked steadily over the next few years, usually in minor roles. Her more notable films include It's a Gift (1934), Gold Diggers in Paris (1938), Go West (1940) and Johnny Eager (1942). She was the love interest of Andy Hardy as Daphne Fowler in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940).[2]

Marriage(s)[edit]

She met the actor William Powell (27 years her senior) in 1940, married after a courtship of three weeks and retired from acting in 1943. The couple remained together for forty-four years until Powell's death at age 91 in 1984.

Death[edit]

Lewis died from pancreatic cancer in Rancho Mirage, California, aged 77. She was interred at Cathedral City's Desert Memorial Park in Riverside County, California, alongside Powell, and her stepson, William David Powell.[3][4]

Affiliations and honors[edit]

Lewis was an active supporter of women's golf and the LPGA. The LPGA's William and Mousie Powell Award is named in honor of the Powells.

In 2000, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"
  2. ^ Andy Hardy films website
  3. ^ Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: a guide to the cemeteries and grave sites of the rich and famous. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-0762741014. OCLC 70284362. 
  4. ^ John "J-Cat" Griffith (May 16, 1999). "Diana "Mousie" Powell". Actress. Find a Grave. 
  5. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated

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