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Mala Powers
Mala Powers
Powers in 1955
Birthday/Birthplace Mary Ellen Powers
(1931-12-20)December 20, 1931
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Deceased June 11, 2007(2007-06-11)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Leukemia
Resting place Cremated
Profession(s) Actor
Active Years 1942–2005
Wife/Husband Monte Vanton (1954–1962, divorced) (1 son)
M. Hughes Miller (1970–1989, his death)
Kid(s) Toren Vanton (b. 1957)

Mala Powers (December 20, 1931 – June 11, 2007) was a US film and television actress.

Mala_Powers’s Biography


Her real name was Mary Ellen Powers, and she was born in San Francisco, California, her father being a United Press executive and her pastor mother.In 1940, her family moved to Los Angeles.

In the summer of his move, Powers studied at the Max Reinhardt Junior Workshop, where he made his first role in a play performed before the public. He continued with his dramatic training, and a year later he landed a role in the 1942 film of the Little Tough Guys Tough as They Come.

At age 16, Powers began working in radio, performing in radio dramas such as Cisco Kid, Lux Radio Theater and Screen Guild on the Air, before devoting himself fully to film. In the last of them he met the actress and director Ida Lupino, who later gave her a leading role in a film directed by her, the drama Outrage (1950).


Powers’ first film performances, apart from 1942, came in 1950 with Outrage and Edge of Doom. That same year, Stanley Kramer hired Powers to work alongside José Ferrer with what would be his most memorable role, that of Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac. She was nominated for the Golden Globe for the new star of the year-Actress for her performance.

While performing for USO on an entertainment tour for the troop in Korea in 1951, she acquired a life-threatening blood disease. She was treated with chloramphenicol, but a severe allergic reaction caused her to lose part of her bone marrow. Powers needed nine months to recover.

Powers began working again in 1952, including a first role in Rose of Cimarron (1952), and co-starring roles in City Beneath the Sea (1953) and City That Never Sleeps (1953), although he continued taking medication. < / p>

Once recovered, she acted in Bengazi (1955) and in series B westerns such as Rage at Dawn (1955), The Storm Rider (1957) and Sierra Baron (1958). In that time also it participated in films of science fiction, among them The Unknown Terror (1957), The Colossus of New York (1958), Flight of the Lost Balloon (1961), and Doomsday Machine (1972). In addition, he had important roles in Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) and Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1969).

In 1957 he had another outstanding performance, in the film Man on the Prowl, in which he worked with James Best, Ted de Corsia and Vivi Janiss.


Mala Powers performed in more than a hundred episodes of different television shows, including Appointment with Adventure, Crossroads, The Restless Gun, Bourbon Street Beat, The Rebel, Maverick (in an episode titled “Dutchman’s Gold” performed with Roger Moore), The Everglades, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Bewitched, The Wild Wild West, The Silent Force, Cheyenne and Randall, the vigilante.

Among her outstanding television appearances is her role as a leper, Loretta Opel, in the episode “A Woman’s Place” (1962), which belongs to the CBS series Rawhide. He had several performances on the CBS show Perry Mason, the most important being his defense attorney Susan Brent, friend of Della Street (Barbara Hale) in the 1962 installment “The Case of the Weary Watchdog”.

He also had a recurring role, that of Mona Williams, on the sitcom Hazel, in which he performed ten episodes between 1965 and 1966.

In 1971, Powers was chosen, along with Mike Farrell and June Lockhart, to star Anthony Quinn in the first of fifteen episodes of the NBC series The Man and the City.

Other activities

Powers was the narrator of Follow the Star, a Christmas album released by RCA Records.

In addition to acting, she also dedicated herself to the narrative, successfully writing some children’s stories, such as Follow the Star, Follow the Year and Dial a Story, and also reviewed and edited two Enid Blyton books after the writer’s death. .

Mikhail Chejov’s acting technique

While in Hollywood, Mala Powers was formed for years directly under the direction of Mikhail Chekhov, with private sessions and in groups. At that time Mala and Michael made friends, and after his death, she was responsible for Chekhov’s inheritance. He was responsible for continuing the development and advertising of the Chekhov Technique by the United States and the rest of the world. The actress was also responsible for the publication of the books of Chekhov On the Technique of Acting, To the Actor, and The Path of the Actor. In addition, she published the teacher’s audio series, “On Theater and the Art of Acting,” to which she added a 60-page study guide. Together with Gregory Peck he narrated a documentary about Chekhov entitled “From Russia To Hollywood”, which was co-produced by Lisa Dalton.

Between 1993 and 2006, Mala taught the Chekhov Technique in the summer interpretation program at the University of Southern Maine. During that time, Mala Powers co-founded the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA) with colleagues and professors Wil Kilroy and Lisa Dalton.

Personal life

In 1954 he married real estate agent Monte Vanton, the couple divorced in 1962, and on August 31, 1957, a son, Toren Vanton, who survived his mother, Powers remarried in 1970, with M Hughes Miller, a book editor with whom he lived in Toluca Lake, and who died in 1989.

Mala Powers died of leukemia on 11 June 2007 at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

She was a sponsor of the Michael Chekhov Studio in London, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6360 Hollywood Boulevard, for her television work.

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