William Powell

William Powell

I chose this info on William Powell for several reasons. Today’s his birthday and he was born in Pittsburgh,Pa. I thought the information about his marriages was interesting. I like The Thin Man series so much I bought it, and Jessica has a copy of My Man Godfrey in her film library.

William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984) was an American actor, noted for his sophisticated, cynical portrayals.

A major star at MGM, he was paired with Myrna Loy in fourteen films, including the popular Thin Man series in which Powell and Loy played Nick and Nora Charles. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936) and Life with Father (1947).

In 1915, he married Eileen Wilson, with whom he had his only child, William David Powell, before an amicable divorce in 1930. (Powell’s son became a television writer and producer before a period of ill health led to his suicide in 1968.)

In 1931, Powell married actress Carole Lombard. The marriage lasted just over two years. They were divorced in 1933, though they too remained on good terms, even starring together in My Man Godfrey three years later.

A close relationship with Jean Harlow, begun in 1935, was cut short by her untimely death in 1937. It is reported that a single white gardenia with an unsigned note, but presumed to be written by Powell, that read “Good night, my dearest darling” were placed in her hands before she was interred. He also paid for her final resting place—the $25,000, 9×10-foot private room lined with multicolored imported marble located in the “Sanctuary of Benediction.”

On January 6, 1940, he married actress Diana Lewis, whom he called “Mousie.” Although the couple had only met for the first time three weeks before their wedding, they remained married until Powell’s death. On March 5, 1984, Powell died of cardiac arrest in Palm Springs, California at the age of 91, some thirty years after his retirement. His widow, Diana Lewis, died in 1997.

Academy Awards nominations

1935 Best Actor – The Thin Man

1937 Best Actor – My Man Godfrey

1948 Best Actor – Life with Father

My Man Godfrey and Life with Father can be viewed on the Internet Archive site-