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.
Died January 18, 1997(1997-01-18) (aged 77)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Resting place Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–1943
Jay Raye
(m. 1935; div. 1939)

William Powell
(m. 1940; d. 1984)

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

Early years[edit]

The daughter of vaudeville performers,[2] Lewis was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She attended Fairfax High School in west Hollywood.[2]


Lewis began her film career in It's a Gift (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 (1941). She was the love interest of Andy Hardy as Daphne Fowler in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940).[3]


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


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.[4][5]

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.[6]

Complete filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"
  2. ^ a b Vosburgh, Dick (31 January 1997). "Obituary: Diana Lewis". Independent. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Andy Hardy films website
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ John "J-Cat" Griffith (May 16, 1999). "Diana "Mousie" Powell". Actress. Find a Grave. 
  6. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated

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