Actress Mala Powers, June 11

Actress Mala Powers, June 11 Actress Mala Powers, who played Roxane to Jose Ferrer's classic Cyrano de Bergerac and starred in other films of the 1950s, died on Monday, June 11, 2007, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. She was 75. She began training as an actress at an early age at Max Reinhardt's Dramatic Workshop and as a preteen had a bit part in a 1942 Bowery Boys movie, Tough As They Come. In 1950 Powers appeared opposite Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac, which won him an Oscar for best actor. Also in 1950, she starred as a rape victim in Outrage, directed by Ida Lupino. The film created a minor sensation because rape had not been treated frankly on the screen due to the industry's self-censorship. Among her other films: Edge of Doom, Rose of Cimarron, City Beneath the Sea, City That Never Sleeps, Bengazi and The Storm Rider.
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