Stefanie Powers (born Stefania Zofya Paul; November 2, 1942) is an American actress best known for her role as Jennifer Hart in the American mystery series Hart to Hart, with Robert Wagner, which aired for five seasons from 1979 to 1984. Powers and Wagner later reunited for eight Hart to Hart TV movies in the 1990s. She is a two-time Emmy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe Award nominee.
Powers attending the "Night of 100 Stars" for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party in March 2010
Stefania Zofya Paul 
November 2, 1942
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Taffy Paul|
(m. 1966; div. 1972)
Patrick De La Chenais
(m. 1993; div. 1999)
|Partner(s)||William Holden (1972–1981; his death)|
Tom Carroll (2000–2014; his death)
Powers was born Stefania Zofya Paul in Hollywood, California, but her surname often was cited as Federkiewicz. In her Polish-language autobiography, Powers says that "Moje prawdziwe nazwisko to Federkiewicz" - translates to - "My real (Polish) name is Federkiewicz". At the age of 16, she was put under studio contract with Columbia Pictures, and as was the movie industry custom in those days, the name change to the more Anglo-Saxon-sounding 'Stefanie Powers' was made a part of the deal.
Her parents divorced during her childhood. Powers was estranged from her father, whom she barely refers to and whose name is never mentioned in her memoir One from the Hart, in which she refers to the "tension and unhappiness created by my father's presence". She remained very close throughout her life to her mother, who was born Juliana Dimitria Golan (1912–2009) in New York to parents of Polish descent. Her mother, who died in Los Angeles from pneumonia at 96 years of age, was known late in life and in local obituaries as Julie Powers. Stefanie Powers had an older brother, Jeffrey Julian Paul (1940–2013), as well as a half-sister, Diane Pascoe Hanson Baillie who died in 2000. Powers was a cheerleader at Hollywood High School; for a time, one of her schoolmates was Nancy Sinatra, who graduated from University High in June 1958. In 1965, using the alias Taffy Paul, Powers made the obscure independent film The Young Sinner.
Powers appeared in several movies in the early 1960s in secondary roles such as the thriller Experiment in Terror, If a Man Answers, and McLintock! (1963). She played a schoolgirl in Tammy Tell Me True (1961), and Bunny, the police chief's daughter, in Palm Springs Weekend (1963). She appeared in the 1962 hospital melodrama The Interns and its sequel The New Interns in 1964. In 1965, she played opposite Tallulah Bankhead in Die! Die! My Darling (originally released in the UK as Fanatic).
In 1966, her "tempestuous" good looks led to being cast in the starring role as the passive and demure April Dancer, in the short-lived television series The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., a spin-off of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Shortly after the series' debut, she was featured on the cover of TV Guide (December 31, 1966 – January 6, 1967). The article mentions her "117-pound frame is kept supple with 11 minutes of Royal Canadian Air Force exercises every morning... Unlike her fellow U.N.C.L.E. agents, the ladylike April is not required to kill the bad guys. Her feminine charms serve as the bait, while her partner Noel Harrison provides the fireworks." The series lasted for only one season (29 one-hour episodes), airing from September 16, 1966 to April 11, 1967.
In 1967, Powers appeared in Warning Shot with David Janssen. Her 1970s movies include The Boatniks (1970), Herbie Rides Again (a sequel to The Love Bug) and The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972). She was a guest star in the Robert Wagner series It Takes a Thief in 1970. The two co-starred in the popular Hart to Hart series nine years later. Before success with Hart to Hart, she starred in The Feather and Father Gang as Toni "Feather" Danton, a successful lawyer, whose father, Harry Danton, was a smooth-talking ex-con man (played by Harold Gould). It ran for a half-season (13 episodes).
Powers' many guest roles in other popular TV shows include: Lancer (1969), McCloud (1971), The Mod Squad (1972), Kung Fu (1974), The Rockford Files (1975), Three for the Road (1975), The Six Million Dollar Man (1976), The Bionic Woman (1976), and McMillan & Wife (1977). Powers appeared in these shows long after she signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1970. Coincidentally, her longtime friend and Hart to Hart series co-star Wagner signed a contract with Universal, but did not guest-star in more shows than Powers did.
In 1977, Powers played Sally Whalen in the six-part television miniseries Washington: Behind Closed Doors, produced by Paramount Television. It is based on John Ehrlichman's book The Company, a novel inspired by the author's time with the Nixon administration. The series had Powers cast with a strong cast, including Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Robert Vaughn, Lois Nettleton and John Houseman.
In 1978, Powers starred with Paul Clemens and Brian Dennehy in the TV movie A Death in Canaan, directed by Tony Richardson. This TV movie was a dramatization of the nonfictional account of Connecticut townspeople rising to the defense of a local teenager charged with the mutilation murder of his mother in September 1973. Powers portrayed Joan Barthel, a freelance‐writer who brought attention to the original case. Clemens, son of actress Eleanor Parker, made his film acting debut here. The TV-movie also marked the American TV directing debut of Richardson, and was Emmy Award-nominated as Outstanding Special of the 1977–78 season.
In 1978, Powers and Stacy Keach were the leads in the stage play Cyrano de Bergerac in a season at the Central Theater in the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Directed by Rae Allen, the production was part of an eight-month Long Beach Theater Festival program. The stage production was intended to transfer to Broadway after its California season; however, the bi-coastal run was not extended due to the 1978 New York City newspaper strike of 88 days, which hindered all theatre advertising and reduced box-office sales of the new fall season.
In 1979, Powers starred with Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Sonny Bono and Elliott Gould, in the British adventure feature film Escape to Athena, in which a group of Anglo-American prisoners of the Germans scramble to liberate themselves and some Greek art treasures. The production was filmed on location in the Dodecanese islands of Greece in 1978. This was Powers’ last theatrical film until The Artist’s Wife in 2020, in which she played performance artist Ada Risi.
Powers became most widely known as a television star for her role as Jennifer Hart in the American mystery series Hart to Hart, with Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart, in which they portray a married couple who continually get mixed up in mysterious and/or criminal occurrences which they then solve usually without the assistance of the police. Hart to Hart aired for five seasons from 1979 to 1984. Powers and Wagner later reunited for eight Hart to Hart TV movies in the 1990s.
In 1985, Powers starred as twins who swap places leading to dire consequences in the two-part TV movie Deceptions.
In 1987, she starred in the real-life TV drama At Mother's Request as the frightening Frances Schreuder, who goaded her 17-year-old-son into killing her father. The script was adapted for television by Richard DeLong Adams and aired on CBS, directed by Michael Tuchner.
Powers starred with John Barrowman in Matador, a 1991 London stage musical, at the Queen's Theater. with a book inspired by Spanish corrida legend El Cordobes. The production was staged by Elijah Moshinsky for producer Laurence Myers, with choreography by Arlene Phillips and Rafael Aguilar, and scenery by William Dudley.
Powers starred with Robert Wagner in the 1993 stage production Love Letters at the Chicago Theatre. The two portrayed Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, telling the story of their 40-year, mostly long-distance relationship without getting up from their chairs.
Powers released her debut music CD in 2003, titled On The Same Page. The album features selections from the classic Great American Songbook era.
In 2000–01, she starred in the BBC's popular long-running British medical drama Doctors as Jane Powers, a wealthy businesswoman, and the mother of Dr. Caroline Powers. Jane Powers, after being widowed, was due to marry her much younger fiancé David Wilde, but in the lead-up to the wedding, her daughter (Caroline) and fiancé David fell in love and ran off together. Her last appearance was on June 1, 2001.
Powers was a contestant in the reality TV show 11th series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, in which celebrities retreat into the jungle. She was the first celebrity to be eliminated on November 25, 2011.
Powers starred in the musical Gotta Dance, which premiered in Chicago in December 2015 through January 2016. The cast also starred Georgia Engel, Lillias White, and Andre DeShields. The musical was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, and the score by Matthew Sklar and Nell Benjamin.
In November 2017, it was announced that Powers had joined the cast for a developmental reading of Love Affair, a musical with book, music and lyrics by Joseph J. Simeone, based on the 1939 film of the same name. The developmental reading of the musical is being produced by Open Jar Productions as part of their New Works Initiative on November 17, 2017, for an industry-only presentation at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
In 2018, Powers co-starred in the feature film The Artist's Wife alongside lead actors Bruce Dern and Lena Olin. The film's plot centers on Claire (Olin), wife of famed artist Richard Smythson (Dern) and once a promising artist herself, who has been living in the shadow of her husband's illustrious career. Whilst preparing work for a new exhibition after a long absence from the art world, Richard is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Directed by Tom Dolby, the film was released by Strand Releasing in 2020.
In May 2018, Cambridge Arts Theatre announced the casting for the United Kingdom stage tour production of James Roose-Evans' adaptation of Helene Hanff's novel 84 Charing Cross Road, in collaboration with Lee Dean and Salisbury Playhouse. 84 Charing Cross Road, first published in 1970, is a bittersweet comedy based on the extraordinary true story of the remarkable relationship that developed over 20 years, chronicling New York writer Hanff's correspondence with Frank Doel, the chief buyer for Marks & Co, a London bookshop. In the stage production, Powers portrays Helene Hanff, and Clive Francis portrays Frank Doel. The production opened at Darlington Hippodrome on Wednesday 23 May, then toured to Wolverhampton, Malvern, Richmond, Oxford and finishing at Cambridge Arts Theatre on 30 June 2018.
On November 6, 2017, Powers was honored by the Palm Springs Women in Film & Television Organisation (PSWIFT) with the "9th Annual Broken Glass Award" for her work as an actress, author and animal advocate. PSWIFT presents this award to outstanding women from the film and television industry who have "broken through the glass ceiling" in the field of entertainment, the arts and philanthropy. Other 2017 Award recipients included actress Lucie Arnaz, President of LA-SAG-AFTRA Jane Austin, TV executive producer, writer and actress Kellee McQuinn, and Palm Springs, California community philanthropist Nelda Linsk. PSWIFT is a non-profit organization founded in 2001, dedicated to promoting both men and women in the entertainment, new media and creative arts community.
Powers was married to actor Gary Lockwood from 1966 to 1972. She had a relationship with actor William Holden from just after her divorce to just before his death that led to their joint involvement with wildlife conservation. He died in 1981; by the following year, Powers was founding President of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation and a director of the Mount Kenya Game Ranch and Wildlife Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya. In the United States, she works with both the Cincinnati Zoo and Atlanta Zoo. She devotes a great deal of time to the cause and is an international guest speaker on wildlife preservation.
On April 1, 1993, she married Patrick Houitte de la Chesnais (born May 7, 1951, Versailles, France); the couple divorced in 1999. The following year, Powers began a relationship with auditor Tom Carroll, which lasted until his death in August 2014.
A polo player, she was among the first foreign members of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, whose membership includes HRH The Prince of Wales. In 2005, she competed in the Joules United Kingdom National Women's Championships at Ascot, UK.
In November 2008, Powers, who was a smoker for 20 years, was diagnosed with alveolar carcinoma, a form of lung cancer. She had surgery to remove part of her right lung on January 29, 2009, the same month her mother died of pneumonia, aged 96, in Los Angeles.
|1961||Tammy Tell Me True||Kay|
|1962||If a Man Answers||Tina|
|Experiment in Terror||Toby Sherwood|
|The Interns||Gloria Mead|
|1963||Palm Springs Weekend||Bunny Dixon|
|1964||The New Interns||Gloria Worship|
|1965||The Young Sinner||Ginny Miller|
|Love Has Many Faces||Carol Lambert|
|Die! Die! My Darling!||Pat Carroll||Alternate title: Fanatic|
|1967||Warning Shot||Liz Thayer|
|1970||The Boatniks||Kate Fairchild|
|1972||The Magnificent Seven Ride||Laurie Gunn||Alternate title: The Magnificent Seven 4|
|1974||Herbie Rides Again||Nicole Harris|
|1975||Gone with the West||Little Moon||Alternate title: Little Moon and Jud McGraw|
|It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time||Georgia Price|
|1976||Invisible Strangler||Candy Barrett||Alternate titles: The Astral Factor, The Astral Fiend|
|1979||Escape to Athena||Dottie Del Mar|
|2020||The Artist's Wife||Ada Risi|
|1961||Bat Masterson||Ann Elkins||Episode: "Dead Man's Claim" credited as "Taffy Paul"|
|1963||Bonanza||Calamity Jane||Episode: "Calamity Over the Comstock"|
|Route 66||Julie Severn||Episode: "A Cage in Search of a Bird"|
|1966–1967||The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||April Dancer||Main role (29 episodes)|
|1969||Love, American Style||Poppy||Episode: "Love and the Doorknob"|
|1971||McCloud||Model||Episode: "Top of the World, Ma!"|
|Paper Man||Karen McMillan||TV movie|
|Five Desperate Women||Gloria|
|Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You||Celeste Phillips|
|Sweet, Sweet Rachel||Rachel Stanton|
|1972||Cannon||Kelly Prentiss||Episode: "The Rip-off", "Kelly's Song"|
|Hardcase||Rozaline Rutherford||TV movie|
|The Streets of San Francisco||Kim||Episode: "No Place to Hide"|
|The Mod Squad||Francie Drango||Episode: "The Connection"
"Banacek" Angie Ives Episode- "Let's Hear it for a Living Legend"
|1973||McCloud||Samantha||Episode: "Butch Cassidy Rides Again"|
|1974||Harry O||Fay Conners||Episode: "Second Sight"|
|1975||The Rockford Files||Christine Dusseau||Episode: "The Real Easy Red Dog"|
|1976||The Six Million Dollar Man||Shalon||Episodes: "The Return of Bigfoot Part 1", "The Secret of Bigfoot Part 2"|
|The Bionic Woman|
|1976–1977||The Feather and Father Gang||Toni "Feather" Danton||Main role (14 episodes)|
|1977||Washington: Behind Closed Doors||Sally Whalen||Miniseries|
|1978||A Death in Cannan||Joan Barthel||TV movie|
|1979–1984||Hart to Hart||Jennifer Hart||Main role (110 episodes)|
|1984||Mistral's Daughter||Maggie Lunel||Miniseries|
|Family Secrets||Jessie Calloway||TV movie|
|Hollywood Wives||Montana Gray|
|1987||At Mother's Request||Frances Schreuder|
|1988||Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun||Beryl Markham|
|1993||Hart to Hart Returns||Jennifer Hart||TV movie|
|1994||Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is|
|Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart|
|Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die|
|1995||Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart|
|Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time|
|1996||Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season|
|Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart|
|2000||Someone Is Watching||Michelle Dupre|
|2001||Doctors||Jane Powers||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2010||A Soldier's Love Story||Louise Metcalf||TV movie|
|2013||Reading, Writing and Romance||Brenda|
|2014||A Ring by Spring||Madam Rue|
|2015||Love by the Book||Marilyn|
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