Donna Reed

Donna Reed

Highest Rated: 100% Scandal Sheet (1952)

Lowest Rated: 80% The Human Comedy (1943)

Birthday: Jan 27, 1921

Birthplace: Denison, Iowa, USA

Reed was elected beauty queen of her high school and Campus Queen of her college. The latter honor resulted in her photo making the L.A. papers, and as a result she was invited to take a screen test with MGM, which signed her in 1941. She played supporting roles in a number of minor films (at first being billed as "Donna Adams"), then in the mid '40s she began getting leads; with rare exceptions, she portrayed sincere, wholesome types and loving wives and girlfriends. She went against type playing a prostitute in From Here to Eternity (1953), for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Rarely getting rewarding roles, she retired from the screen in 1958 to star in the TV series "The Donna Reed Show," which was a great success and remained on the air through 1966. After 1960 she appeared in only one more film. In the mid '80s she emerged from retirement to star in "Dallas;" Barbara Bel Geddes returned to the show in 1985, and Reed won a $1 million settlement for a breach of contract suit against the show's producers. She died of cancer several months later.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet See Here, Private Hargrove Actor 2012
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Frank Capra Actor 1982
No Score Yet Pepe Guest 1960
86% Ride Lonesome Actor 1959
No Score Yet Beyond Mombasa Ann Wilson 1957
No Score Yet Ransom! Edith Stannard 1956
No Score Yet Backlash Karyl Orton 1956
No Score Yet The Benny Goodman Story Alice Hammond 1956
No Score Yet The Far Horizons Sacajawea 1955
No Score Yet They Rode West Laurie MacKaye 1954
No Score Yet Three Hours to Kill Laurie Mastin 1954
88% The Last Time I Saw Paris Marion Ellswirth 1954
No Score Yet Big Moment Actor 1954
No Score Yet Gun Fury Jennifer Ballard 1953
83% The Caddy Kathy Taylor 1953
92% From Here to Eternity Alma Lorene 1953
No Score Yet Raiders Of The Seven Seas Actor 1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way Alice Singleton 1953
No Score Yet Hangman's Knot Molly Hull 1952
100% Scandal Sheet Julie Allison 1952
No Score Yet Saturday's Hero Melissa 1951
No Score Yet Hollywood Without Makeup Actor 1950
No Score Yet Chicago Deadline Rosita Jean D'Ur 1949
No Score Yet Green Dolphin Street Marguerite Patourel 1947
94% It's a Wonderful Life Mary Hatch 1946
No Score Yet Faithful In My Fashion Actor 1946
91% They Were Expendable Lt. Sandy Davyss 1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie Mary Lingen 1945
92% The Picture of Dorian Gray Gladys Hallward 1945
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Actor 1944
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Guest 1943
No Score Yet The Man From Down Under Mary Wilson 1943
80% The Human Comedy Bess Macauley 1943
No Score Yet Eyes in the Night Barbara Lawry 1942
No Score Yet Apache Trail Rosalia Martinez 1942
No Score Yet The Courtship of Andy Hardy Melodie Nesbit 1942
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Molly Ford 1941
No Score Yet The Getaway (The Get-Away) Terry O'Reilly 1941
No Score Yet Babes on Broadway Secretary 1941


No Score Yet Dallas
Eleanor Ewing 1985


George Bailey says: How old are you anyway?

Mary Hatch Bailey says: Eighteen.

George Bailey says: Eighteen. Why it was only last year you were seventeen.

Mary Hatch Bailey says: Is this the ear you can't hear on?

Mary Hatch Bailey says: [whispering in his bad ear] George Bailey, I'll love you 'til the day I die.

Mary Hatch Bailey says: [embracing George] Remember the night we broke the windows in this old house? This is what I wished for.

George Bailey says: [softly] You're wonderful... wonderful.

Mrs. Hatch says: Who is down there with you, Mary?

Mary Hatch Bailey says: It's George Bailey, mother.

Mrs. Hatch says: George Bailey? What does he want?

Mary Hatch Bailey says: I don't know!

Mary Hatch Bailey says: [to George] What do you want?

George Bailey says: Me? Nothing! I just came in to get warm, is all.

Mary Hatch Bailey says: [pause] He's making violent love to me, mother!

George Bailey says: Now, you listen to me! I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors, and I don't want to get married - ever - to anyone! You understand that? I want to do what I want to do. And you're... and you're...

George Bailey says: Now, you listen to me! I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors, and I don't want to get married - ever - to anyone! You understand that? I want to do what I want to do. And you're... and you're...

George Bailey says: [runs out of words, sees her crying] Oh, Mary, Mary...

Mary Hatch Bailey says: George... George... George...

George Bailey says: [kisses her intensely] Mary... Would you?... Would you?...

George Bailey says: [kisses her intensely] Mary... Would you... Would you...

George Bailey says: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.

Mary Hatch Bailey says: I'll take it. Then what?

George Bailey says: Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all dissolve, see... and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair... am I talking too much?

Mary Hatch Bailey says: (hides naked in the bushes) I'll call the police.

George Bailey says: [on Mary being caught naked in the bushes] This is a very interesting situation!

Violet Bick says: I'll call the police.