Donna Reed

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Date of Birth January 27, 1921
Place of Birth Denison, Iowa
Date of Death Jan 14, 1986 (64)
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Donna Reed

Donna Reed was an American film, television actress, and producer. Her career spanned more than 40 years, with performances in more than 40 films. She is well known for her role as Mary Hatch Bailey in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. In 1953, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene Burke in the war drama From Here to Eternity. Reed is known for her work in television, notably as Donna Stone, a middle-class American mother and housewife in the sitcom The Donna Reed Show, in which her character was more assertive than most other television mothers of the era. She received numerous Emmy Award nominations for this role and the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star in 1963.

Born: Donna Belle Mullenger, January 27, 1921, Denison, Iowa, U.S.
Died: January 14, 1986, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place: Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1941–1985
Children: 4
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About Donna Reed

Academy Award-winning actress best known for her roles in the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life and the 1953 film From Here to Eternity. From 1958 to 1966, she starred in her own sitcom, The Donna Reed Show.

Before Fame

She participated in Los Angeles City College plays while pursuing a career in film acting.

Achievement

In 1941, she had her first film roles in the features The Get-Away, Shadow of the Thin Man, and Babes on Broadway.

Family Life

She married three times. Her first marriage to William Tuttle lasted from 1943 to 1945. She had four children with her second husband, Tony Owen: Anthony, Mary Anne, Penny Jane, and Timothy.

Associations

In 1984, she was the replacement for Barbara Bel Geddes on the TV drama Dallas.

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