Diana Lewis

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

Diana Lewis
Trailer for Cry 'Havoc' (1943)
Born(1919-09-18)September 18, 1919
DiedJanuary 18, 1997(1997-01-18) (aged 77)
Resting placeDesert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California
Years active1934–1943
Jay Raye
(m. 1935; div. 1939)

William Powell
(m. 1940; died 1984)

Early years

The daughter of vaudeville performers,[2] Lewis was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.[2][3]


Lewis was a singer with the orchestra led by Larry Leeds.[4]

She 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, 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).[5]


Lewis met actor William Powell, who was 27 years her senior, at MGM in 1940.[6] They married at a dude ranch in Nevada on January 5, 1940,[7] after a courtship of less than a month.[6] She retired from acting in 1943. The couple remained together for 44 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.[8][9]

Affiliations and honors

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.[10]

Complete filmography


  1. Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"
  2. Vosburgh, Dick (31 January 1997). "Obituary: Diana Lewis". Independent. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. "Fairfax Senior High School". schooldirectory.lausd.net. Los Angeles Unified School District.
  4. "William Powell, 47, Film Star, Weds Diana Lewis, Rising Young Actress". The Dispatch. Illinois, Moline. Associated Press. January 6, 1940. p. 11. Retrieved September 11, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "Andy Hardy films website". Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  6. "The 3rd Mrs Powell". Photoplay. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  7. "William Powell Marries Girl 21 Years Old". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. Associated Press. January 6, 1940. p. 10. Retrieved September 11, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  8. 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.
  9. John "J-Cat" Griffith (May 16, 1999). "Diana "Mousie" Powell". Actress. Find a Grave.
  10. Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
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