Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue

Highest Rated: 80% The Unfinished Dance (1947)

Lowest Rated: 19% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Birthday: Apr 19, 1937

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, USA

Elinor Donahue was thrust into show business at an early age by her stage costumer mother. She danced in vaudeville at first, then at five years old, she was given a contract with Universal Pictures. She spent most of the 1940s performing in small film roles for the studio, mainly in musicals, dramas and breezy comedies. Her star never hit in feature films, and Donahue turned to the growing industry of television for work. In 1954, she was chosen for the role of Betty Anderson, the angst-ridden elder daughter of Robert Young's patriarch in the sitcom "Father Knows Best." The show's six-season run made her a household name, and more roles poured in. She played the pharmacist/girlfriend of Andy Griffith for 12 episodes of the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" and the daughter of John McGiver in the department store comedy "Many Happy Returns." She was "The Flying Nun"'s sister in the Sally Field star-maker and was opposite Tony Randall as a love interest in the sitcom "The Odd Couple" for 13 episodes in the early '70s. As she aged, Donahue was primarily cast in the role of the pleasant, concerned mother in such shows as the family comedy "Mulligan's Stew," the animated comedy "Eek! the Cat," and quite for irony in Chris Elliott's FOX comedy"Get a Life." She also had recurring parts on the popular western "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and the soap "The Young and the Restless."

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
26% 59% The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Lady Palimore (Character) $95.1M 2004
No Score Yet 64% Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within Rebecca Quinn Dickinson (Character) - 2001
19% 33% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Orphanage Woman (Character) $34M 1991
63% 68% Pretty Woman Bridget (Character) $178.4M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Father Knows Best Reunion Betty Anderson (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mulligan's Stew Jane Mulligan (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gidget Gets Married Medley Blaine (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Name Only Esther Garrity (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls Town Mary Lee Morgan (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 23% Love Is Better Than Ever Pattie Marie Levoy (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Her First Romance Lucille Stewart (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 60% Tea for Two Lynne Smith (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Old-Fashioned Girl Maud Shaw (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arkansas Swing Toni MacGregor (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 36% Three Daring Daughters Alix Morgan (Character) - 1948
80% 17% The Unfinished Dance Josie (Character) - 1947

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shake, Rattle & Roll Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Quinn Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
78% 94% Friends Aunt Lillian (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
77% No Score Yet Get a Life! Gladys Peterson (Character) 1990-1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Katherine (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Federal Agent (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
95% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Odd Couple Miriam Welby (Guest Star) 1972-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Ellie Tarlow (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1970 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff of Cochise Martha Watson (Guest Star)
80% 88% Star Trek Nancy Hedford (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Laura Holt (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Ellie Walker (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Knows Best Betty Anderson ("Princess") (Character) 1954-1960

QUOTES FROM Elinor Donahue CHARACTERS

Orphanage Woman says: (rocks imaginary kid on rocking horse) - There you go. Clippety, clop. Clippety, clop. Isn't that fun?

Orphanage Woman says: (rocks imaginary kid on rocking horse) There you go. Clippety, clop. Clippety, clop. Isn't that fun?