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Hearing from the movie star next door, Jane Powell

As an MGM star, Jane Powell was “the girl next door” — she even titled her 1988 autobiography “The Girl Next Door and How She Grew.” The frequent description of her as pert and perky still fits. At 83, Powell is lithe (she credits Pilates), with sparkling eyes, creamy skin, and an unassuming manner that belies her stature as Hollywood royalty.

Powell was in Boston with film historian and author Leonard Maltin recently to introduce a sold-out screening of one of her best-known films, “Royal Wedding” (1951), at the Brattle Theatre. Boston is one of 10 cities on TCM’s “Road to Hollywood,” showcasing classic films and live appearances by silver screen luminaries to publicize the fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival, set for April 25-28 in Hollywood.

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