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Donna Reed



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
18% Moms' Night Out
  • Housewife
2014
No Score Yet See Here, Private Hargrove
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Intimate Portrait - Donna Reed
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Frank Capra
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Guest
1960
83% 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
80% 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 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
89% They Were Expendable
  • Lt. Sandy Davyss
1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie
  • Mary Lingen
1945
91% 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

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