Stefanie Powers was acting professionally before she turned voting age. Early on, she went by the name "Taffy Paul" but dropped it before becoming a star. Powers was noticed by Columbia Pictures at 15, and she ultimately signed a five-year deal with the studio. But that came after she had a shot to appear in the film version of "West Side Story," only to be let go during rehearsals for being underage. Her career wasn't derailed long, even if the teenager eventually needed a judge to approve her to work in Hollywood, as pictured here. She graduated from Hollywood High in 1960, and by 1961 had steady work . Best-known among her initial film roles is no doubt the 1963 John Wayne western "McLintock!"
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