As long as a reasonable amount of jealousy exists between married folk, that marriage is sailing in safe waters – or so we’ve been told. If true, the William Powell ship of matrimony is doing alright.
It was tiny Diana Powell herself who told us the story that illustrates our point.
It happened a few months ago, MGM just handed Diana the script of her newest film, “Go West!”, a Marx Brothers movie. As she read it she grew more and more amused. Finally she was roaring with unrestrained laughter.
Husband, William Powell, attracted by the outburst, came into the room.
"What’s the fun?" he asked.
"I’m reading my new script," she howled.
Mr. Powell looked at her for a moment and actually pouted. “Well,” he said, “you never laugh that way at a script of mine.”
So you see–
Ann Blyth in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
The Powells celebrating their third wedding anniverary, 1943.
“[…] And as she talked, we understood more and more why Bill Powell chose this girl, so young and inexperienced in the hoity-toity ways of Hollywood. Bill was tired of show; he was seeking honesty – and believe you me, he found it in Diana Lewis.
The first evidence of that honesty we had noticed a few minutes before when, in the downstairs sitting room, we had been waiting for Bill to arrive. When he entered the room, instantly Diana was in his arms. There was no freezing reserve or stately dignity such as we’ve encountered in other couples out there. It was as if they hadn’t seen each other in weeks, so genuine was their joy at being together in the same room.”
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Ann Blyth and William Powell in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
“Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven’t a personality such as Jack Gilbert`s, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting.” WILLIAM POWELL