Stefanie Powers was a near-constant presence on TV throughout the 1970s and 1980s, starring in some of the most iconic television series. Powers became a household name after portraying smart, sexy and intelligent Jennifer Hart in the American mystery series, Hart to Hart.
Born on November 2, 1942, Powers started her career as a dancer for the Michel Panoff Ballet Company. At 16, she was signed by Columbia Pictures and began acting. Her early roles were in movies like Experiment in Terror (1962), McClintock! (1963), and Palm Springs Weekend (1963).
Her fresh acting and "tempestuous" good looks led to her being cast as April Dancer, in the short-lived television series, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966). Following the cancellation of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. after the first season, she appeared in numerous TV movies.Between 1966 to 1975, she guest starred in many TV shows.
Jenifer Hart in Hart to Hart
In 1977, she played Sally Whalen, in the 6-part television miniseries Washington: Behind Closed Doors. In 1979, she starred in British adventure feature film Escape to Athena’ alongside David Niven, Sonny Bono and Elliott Gould. It is Powers’ last theatrical feature film to date.
Later that year, she got the role of Jennifer Hart in Hart to Hart. She starred in the show alongside Robert Wagner (Jonathon Hart) for five seasons from 1979 to 1984. Powers received two Emmy Best Television Actress nominations, and five Golden Globe Award Best Television Actress nominations for her role as Jennifer Hart.
Her television credits include over 200 guest appearances, 18 mini-series, and 2 weekly series. She last appeared in 2018 movie The Artist's Wife.
She was married to actor Gary Lockwood from 1966 to 1972. In 1993, she got married to Patrick Houitte de la Chesnais; the couple separated in 1999. The 76 years old actor is an environmentalist. She devotes a great deal of time as a speaker on wildlife preservation.
Net Worth 2019
In 2008, she was diagnosed with alveolar carcinoma, a form of lung cancer. She got cancer due to her smoking habit. She underwent surgery to remove part of her right lung on January 29, 2009.
Powers currently resides in Kenya for a part of the year and in the US. She has done so since 1973. As of now, Powers has an estimated net worth of $9 million.