Oct 6, 2022
Stefanie Powers began her career at age 15, dancing for famed Broadway choreographer, Jerome Robbins. She was put under contract to Columbia Pictures in the final years of the Hollywood Star system. While under contract, she appeared in 15 of the 24 motion pictures she has made, co-starring with screen legends such as John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Roger Moore, Bing Crosby, Lee Remick, James Caan and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Her first television series, “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E,” marked a milestone in U.S. television’s history as the first hour long series featuring a female in the leading role. Her television career includes seven mini-series, over 55 television shows, 36 movies for television and the long running “Hart to Hart” starring opposite Robert Wagner.
She became a member of the Screen Writers’ Guild of America in the 1980s and has produced several of the screenplays she has written. Her writing has extended itself to a memoir called “One from the Hart.”
Throughout her career she has never neglected her theatrical roots. Among other musical performances, she appeared in the UK in the West End production of “The King and I,” which also toured the United States for ten months.
While appearing in a production of “Love Letters” in the Middle East, she received a request form dear friend Valerie Harper asking her to take over the role of Tallulah Bankhead in the play “Looped.”
“Looped is about the encounter between the infamous actress Tallulah Bankhead re-recording a line of dialogue for the 1965 film “Die! Die! My Darling!,” the last film Ms. Bankhead would ever make. Ironically, Stefanie co-starred in the film “Die! Die! My Darling!” with Miss Bankhead.
She is founder and president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, established in 1982 to continue and to further her long-time partner’s conservation work in East Africa after his death. For information, visit https://whwf.org/.
Stefanie is a frequent speaker and serves on the faculty of the Oxford Literary Festival at Christchurch, Oxford.
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