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Tyrone Power with Loretta Young
Forecourt Ceremony held on Monday, May 31, 1937
 
Born: May 5, 1914, in Cincinnati, Ohio
Age at the time of the ceremony: 22
Died: November 15, 1958, in Madrid, Spain, age 44
 
Tyrone Power was a popular star for the 20th Century-Fox studio, starring in a wide array of films, from action adventure to intimate dramas. Connected with the Fox studio for almost his entire career, many of his films played at the Chinese Theatre. His colorful life was tragically cut short.

Born into a theatrical family of long standing, with father Tyrone Power Sr. being considered one of the leading lights of the American stage. After graduating from High School in 1930, father (now divorced) and son toured together, with young Ty learning his craft from a master. Although handsome(!), Power had — a theatrical power which could spring out at the proper moment for maximum effect.

When Power Sr. died of a heart attack in his son's arms in 1931, Ty resolved to carry on the family tradition. Although he attempted to find work in Hollywood, Power found no takers. On the advice of a friend, he trod the New York stage, where film director Henry King saw his Benvolio in a production of Romeo and Juliet in 1936.

King insisted that Power be given a huge role in Lloyd's of London (which played the Chinese in March, 1937) and walked away with the picture. Fox knew they had a star on their hands. His dashing virility was appealing to both women and to men. He was kept fairly busy in his new role as matinee idol.

In fact, almost all of Power's signature roles were ahead of him when he was imprinted with his Cafe Metropole co-star Loretta Young at the Chinese in May, 1937. Since he was at the beginning of his career, he inscribed, "Following in my father's footsteps" which would become more accurate than he knew.

Huge, monster hits followed: In Old Chicago (which played the Chinese in May, 1937), Alexander's Ragtimne Band (played the Chinese in August, 1938), Jesse James (played in January, 1939), The Rains Came (played in September, 1939), The Mark of Zorro (played in November, 1940), and A Yank in the R.A.F. (which had its world premiere in September, 1941).

Interested in planes and flying, Power was given intensive training to become a cargo pilot in the Marine Corps during World War II. As a First Lieutenant, Power flew a Commando C-46 out of the Kwajalein Atoll and the Marshall Islands, transporting cargo and wonded Marines in and out of the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945. Power became highly decorated for his service.

Back in Hollywood, Power enjoyed a major success with The Razor's Edge (which played the Chinese in December, 1946), and artistic success with Nightmare Alley (played the Chinese in November, 1947), and was placed in a string of "swashbucklers" such as, Captain from Castille (played in December, 1947), Prince of Foxes (played in December, 1949), The Black Rose (played in September, 1950); and war pictures: American Guerilla in the Philippines (played in December, 1950).

Important pictures for Power include: The Long Gray Line (released in February, 1955), The Eddy Duchin Story (released in June, 1956), The Sun Also Rises (which played the Chinese in August, 1957), and Witness for the Prosecution (released in December, 1957). While doing a sword duel scene for Solomon and Sheba in Spain, Power suffered a massive fatal heart attack. He was 44 years old.
 
 
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Loretta Young / Tyrone Power Forecourt ceremony, Monday, May 31, 1937. An unknown attendant looks on as Loretta Young steadies Tyrone Power, while cement artist Jean Klossner ensures a proper impression.
 
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