Stefanie Powers

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Stefanie Powers

Born

11/2/1942, Hollywood, California

Birth Name

Stefania Zofia Federkiewicz

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Taffy Paul, Stefania Federkiewicz, Stephanie Powers
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Biography

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Stefanie Powers was born Stefania Zofia Federkiewicz on November 2nd in southern California. Her birth name derives from her Polish ancestry. Her parents separated when she was young, and she grew up with her mother Julie, her stepfather and her brother. By the age of 15, Powers was…more

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  • Trivia

    • In December 2009, Stefanie starred as the Fairy Godmother in the pantomime Cinderella. The production was staged at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton and her co-stars were Christopher Biggins and Matthew Kelly.

    • Stefanie's producing debut was Family Secrets in 1984. She also starred in it, playing Melissa Gilbert's mother.

    • Stefanie was given an Honorary Fellowship from Chester Zoo in England, acknowledging her outstanding work in wildlife conservation and protection. She helped to promote the Zoo's Asian elephant appeal and formally opened the Jaguar cars-sponsored Spirit of the Jaguar exhibit in 2001.

    • In 1995, Stefanie successfully sued the London Daily Mail for libel after they falsely reported that she had sexually harassed a former assistant, Brian Quintana. He had accused her of sexually harrassing him, however the legal case was dropped when it was proven she was out of the country when most of the alleged harrassment occurred. Since then, Quintana has gone on to attempt to sue Paris Hilton citing similar charges.

    • Stefanie was Robert Wagner's first, and only choice, to play the character of Jennifer in Hart To Hart. Studio bosses had suggested many other more prolific actresses, including Wagner's wife Natalie Wood.

    • She speaks six languages: English, Polish, Spanish, French, Italian, Swahili and some Mandarin Chinese.

    • Stefanie has written two fitness books, Superlife and Powers Pilates: A Guide to Longevity and Well-Being Through Pilates.

    • With the money left in Holden's will, Stefanie established the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, a charity that educates people on wildlife and preservation, based in Kenya.

    • Stefanie's partner, Hollywood actor William Holden, died on November 16th 1981 when he injured his head after falling at home. Just over two weeks later her Hart To Hart co-star Robert Wagner's wife, Natalie Wood, also died when she fell off their boat and drowned on November 29th.

    • Stefanie smokes cigars. She was introduced to them at the age of 14.

    • In 2002, Stefanie appeared in a production of The King And I at the London Palladium.

    • In 2003, Stefanie released On The Same Page, a CD featuring songs such as Love Me Or Leave Me and Autumn in New York.

    • On November 25th 1992, Stefanie was honoured with a star at 6776 Hollywood Boulevard on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame' for her services to television.

    • Stefanie attended the same ballet class as Natalie Wood and Jill St John, both of whom have been married to her Hart To Hart co-star Robert Wagner.

    • At the age of 18, Stefanie was initially billed as Taffy Paul when she was signed by Columbia Pictures.

    • Stefanie auditioned for a dancing part in the 1961 Hollywood film West Side Story. However, when the producers realised that she was only 15 years of age, she failed in the final round.

    • Stefanie is a talented polo player. She is a member of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, where Prince Charles is a member. She was also one of the first non-British citizens to be granted membership.

    • Stefanie graduated from Hollywood High School in 1960.

  • Quotes

    • Stefanie: I have made 27 theatrical films but I am not and never have been a movie star. I am a worker bee, one of those people who act to live, not live to act. As far as my TV work is concerned I am indiscriminate. I found work all the time, and maybe people feel comfortable with someone in their home whom they've seem so many times before.

    • Stefanie: There is this perverse flaw in my character that makes me feel good to know I can take care of things myself.

    • Stefanie: I'm very down-to-earth. Beauty isn't something I spend a lot of time thinking about. I wear sunscreen, and I use a Buf-Puf for exfoliation. I did have some laser work done around my eyes and lips for sun damage.

    • Stefanie: (On her role in Hart To Hart) It's wonderful to be associated with a show that was so well received, It's nice to know that people remember the series with such affection, although I'm still shocked that it was such a huge cult thing.

    • Stefanie: I am the principal fundraiser and person who sets the curriculum of the Education Center of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, which functions in Kenya, and we serve over 10,000 students a year.

    • Stefanie: (On her appearance in The King And I) We've got a wonderful cast of children, some of whom don't speak English. But I speak a little Chinese. I speak a bit of Mandarin and a tiny bit of Cantonese, so I hope my language will improve.

    • Stefanie: (On rumors about an off-screen relationship with Hart To Hart co-star Robert Wagner) I know there have always been rumors that we were romantically involved, but we never have been. We are still friends, but we don't get to see each other very often. RJ lives in Aspen, Colorado, and doesn't come to London very often.

    • Stefanie: (On her screen chemistry with Hart To Hart co-star Robert Wagner) If I could bottle it, I could make a fortune.

    • Stefanie: They say that a good cook can ignite sparks by the way he kisses. The way I see, just because a guy can turn on the stove doesn't necessarily make him a good cook.

    • Stefanie: When the makeup comes off you still have to go home and face your life.

    • Stefanie: I began to work at fifteen, and when I was put under contract at Columbia, they still believed in 'grooming' their young hopefuls. That process allowed me to learn how movies were made since the studio was my playground.

    • Stefanie: (On her relationship with her mother) I have a very good relationship with my mother. We worked out our relationship. I had to work out my perception of her as a human being. She had to work out her perception of me as an adult.

    • Stefanie: (On William Holden) The most significant human being in my life.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Stefanie Powers ROCKS!!!

    10
    I think, no, I know that Stefanie Powers is one of the GREATEST people in the world! She is talented, beautiful inside & out, and kind! Her heart and soul are BEAUTIFUL! She is skinny, young-looking, and beautiful INSIDE & OUT! I miss her, I wish she would act again, and I want to meet her! I want a collection of every show and movie she was in! ESPECIALLY the ones I did not see! Stefanie Powers is the most wonderful person on the planet! I just can not say enough about that wonderful person! Stefanie Powers deserves the Golden Heart Award! I love what she does for animals! The animals are lucky to have her!moreless
  • Stephanie Powers is not only a wonderful actress but also a trend-setting philanthropist.

    8.0
    This is from Bobvila.com's "At Home With" celebrity series featuring Stefanie Peters: http://www.bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/At_Home_with__Stefanie_Powers-At_Home_with__-A3902.html. "Stefanie Powers doesn't hold anything back. She's been the type of woman and actress who, when she has her mind set on accomplishing something, jumps in with both feet and makes it work.



    Actress and singer Stefanie Powers loves decorating and remodeling her three homes.



    Powers is best known for her career as the lovable and charming Jennifer Hart on the award-winning hit television series Hart to Hart, which ran from 1979 to 1984. She received two Emmy and five Golden Globe Award Best Television Actress nominations for her performances. She also appeared in 28 feature films and the television series, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. She's been a professional dancer, singer and actress since she was 15 years old, appearing in more than a dozen plays and musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun and the United States and United Kingdom tours of The King & I in 2002 and 2005. She also created and starred in her one-woman show, One from the Heart, which toured in 2008.



    When she's not working, she's relaxing in one of her three homes in Beverly Hills, England and Kenya, each of which, she says, "don't look anything alike and aren't your typical Hollywood-sized mansions. I'm not in the business of impressing anyone with my homes," says Powers. "They serve a purpose for me, but I find those big 'McMansions' obscene. Having a large home is pointless." Modest Living

    Her Beverly Hills home is a modest 2,500-square-foot California ranch built by famed architect Robert Byrd in 1954. It includes his signature birdhouse on the garage and the original shake roof, a wooden shingle made from split logs. It is decorated in a highly eclectic manner, using an extensive collection of primitive artwork from Powers's travels, including an orator's chair from Papua New Guinea. Stefanie Powers's home in California is decorated with exotic artwork collected on her travels.



    Powers describes her other homes as "minimalist in nature" and "warm and inviting." Her England muse home is decorated with touches of Anglo-Indian, Anglo-Oriental and traditional English décor. She describes her Kenyan abode as having a main living area that includes a two-and-a-half story open floor plan with a fireplace, bar and wooden floors and is decorated with homespun Kenyan art and furniture.



    Going Green

    Powers's Kenyan home is powered with solar energy, and she decided to incorporate these beneficial green changes into her California home as well. The project includes the replacement of the old shaker roof with 54 energy-efficient solar panels. "I had been thinking about it for quite awhile, but the problem is that while we talk a great game we don't have a lot of things in this country that are state-of-the-art," she says, "so we had to import the solar batteries I use in South Africa."



    However, as Powers soon found out, not every remodeling project goes smoothly. After gutting her bedroom, Powers stored all of her belongings and moved into the garage. "It's never wonderful with reconstruction," she says. "We found rot when we took the roof off, so we had to replace walls and windows, too," she explains. "We were also able to re-duct, rewire, re-insulate and add energy-efficient systems, including a heating/air conditioning unit that is more The front patio entrance to Stefanie Powers's California home.



    She knows she'll be pleased with the finished product, despite the remodeling difficulties. The new solar roof will produce enough electrical power that she won't have to pay for traditional grid power except on cloudy days. Practice What You Preach

    Powers wishes that her other celebrity neighbors would follow her lead. "Everybody talks a good game and says that they are recycling, et cetera, but while there is new construction going up, there aren't any solar panels and that's stupid," says Powers.



    "When my 54 panels go up, I'm going to put a sign on my house saying…'powered by solar, is yours?' We need to practice what we preach." When it comes to protecting the environment, Powers is a leader. She is co-founder and president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation in Kenya, which currently serves over 10,000 students a year. She also works with the Jaguar Conservation Trust, a campaign to assist the Jaguar company to preserve the animal that is the company's namesake. The Trust provides grants and funding for projects that promote the preservation of the jaguar and its habitat.



    As for what the future holds, Powers waits. Her 92-year-old mother, with whom she shared her Beverly Hills house, passed away in January. "She was a major force in me spending time here, as well as to work," says Powers. "I may be about to change my life. The future will reveal itself."moreless