Diana Lewis

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Diana Lewis
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Born Sep 18, 1919
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Died Jan 18, 1997 - age 78
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Diana Lewis , also known as Mousie Powell, (September 18, 1919 – January 18, 1997) was an American actress.

Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Lewis began her film career in All the King's Horses (1934) and worked steadily over the next few years, usually in minor roles. Her more notable films included Gold Diggers in Paris (1938), Go West (1940) and Johnny Eager (1942).

She met the actor William Powell in 1940 and married after a courtship of three weeks. She retired from acting in 1943. The couple remained together until Powell's death in 1984. Lewis died from pancreatic cancer in Rancho Mirage, California and was interred at Cathedral City's Desert Memorial Park in Riverside County, California, alongside Powell, and William David Powell, his son from a previous marriage.


  • Sister of actress Maxine Lewis and composer J.C. Lewis.
  • Diana's best friend was Carole Landis. Diana gave Carole a gold cross in 1938 that she wore for the rest of her life, and was buried wearing it.
  • William Powell had previously been married to Carole Lombard and engaged to Jean Harlow at the time of her sudden death. William Powell and Diana knew each other for only a few weeks when they eloped.
  • 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.

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