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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Tyrone Power and the Tunica connection


Just the other day, I was filling a prescription in Quality Drugs and was introduced to a man named Mike Powers. I mentioned to him that the surname “Power” was known here, and he said that Powers or Power, they were all related, which then led to my telling him about Tyrone Power and the Tunica connection.
For those of you too young to remember, Tyrone Power was THE leading actor of his day. He starred in dozens of films, such as The Mark of Zorro, Captains of Castile and The Sun Also Rises and on the stage from the 1930s to the 1950s.  In 1939 he was the number two box office draw, second only to Mickey Rooney.
I happen to share a birth date with the famous screen idol – May 5 – and when he met and later married the daughter of our neighbor two houses down, he and I shared the  private joke, even though he was 44 years old in 1958 and I was 5.

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