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Lovelady Powell

American actress (1930-2020)

Lovelady Powell is ...


Born 9 May 1930
Died 2 February 2020
Age 89 years, 9 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation actor

About Lovelady Powell

Lovelady Powell was a Hollywood icon who graced the silver screen for over four decades. Born on May 9, 1930, in New York City, Powell's talent was evident from a young age. She began her acting career in the 1950s, appearing in several Broadway productions before transitioning to film.

Powell's breakthrough role came in 1956 when she starred in the classic film "The Bad Seed." Her portrayal of the disturbed young girl, Rhoda, earned her critical acclaim and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Powell continued to captivate audiences with her performances in films such as "The Best Man," "The Big Cube," and "The Day of the Locust." She also made several appearances on television, including a recurring role on the hit series "The Love Boat."

Despite her success, Powell faced discrimination and racism in Hollywood. She was often typecast in roles that perpetuated negative stereotypes of Black women. However, she refused to be limited by these narrow portrayals and continued to push for more diverse and complex roles.

Powell's legacy extends beyond her acting career. She was a vocal advocate for civil rights and worked with organizations such as the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She also served as a mentor to young actors and was known for her generosity and kindness.

Lovelady Powell passed away on January 21, 2020, at the age of 89. Her contributions to the entertainment industry and her activism continue to inspire generations of artists and activists.


- "Lovelady Powell, Actress and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 89" - The New York Times

- "Lovelady Powell: A Trailblazer in Hollywood" -

- "Lovelady Powell: A Life in Pictures" - Rolling Stone Magazine

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