Jeff Donnell

Jeff Donnell

Highest Rated: 98% Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Lowest Rated: 40% Easy Living (1949)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1921

Birthplace: South Windham, Maine, USA

As frequent confidante or comic sidekick, sprightly character actress Jeff Donnell played supporting parts in a range of film and television productions, including such highly regarded pictures as "Sweet Smell of Success" and "In a Lonely Place." Born Jean Marie Donnell in South Windham, Maine, she self-appointed her nickname from an obsession with the comic strip "Mutt and Jeff." She graduated from the Yale School of Drama and made her first appearance in the 1942 screwball comedy "My Sister Eileen." She landed occasional larger roles in many of her '40s pictures, including several Western musicals, though she stepped up a notch for the 1950 noir "In a Lonely Place" as best friend to the tormented Gloria Grahame. Subsequent films included "Thief of Damascus," as renowned storyteller Scheherazade, and "The Blue Gardenia," a late work by German director Fritz Lang. In the grim and gritty "Sweet Smell of Success," she played the needy secretary of desperate publicist Tony Curtis, and on the other end of the spectrum, she played the mother of the beach-loving heroine in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian." After a number of '50s television appearances, she moved more squarely into guest spots on series in the '60s and beyond, with only a few more film roles, including a part in the drama of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" Throughout the '80s, Donnell played a recurring role on the soap "General Hospital" as a housekeeper until her sudden death from a heart attack in 1988.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 41% The Amazing Spider-Man Aunt May Parker (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spider-Man Aunt May Parker (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet McNaughton's Daughter Juror (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Congratulations, It's a Boy! Rose (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Hate Love Mary Blunden (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bristle Face Mrs. Jarkey (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Iron Maiden Miriam Fisher (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Swingin' Maiden Miriam Fisher (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 66% Gidget Goes Hawaiian Monty Stewart (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Force of Impulse Louise Reese (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination: 60,000 Ruth Buckley (Character) - 1957
98% 92% Sweet Smell of Success Sally (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 48% My Man Godfrey Molly (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 36% The Guns of Fort Petticoat Mary Wheller (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Massacre Canyon Cora (Character) - 1954
80% 61% The Blue Gardenia Sally Ellis (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 0% So This Is Love Henrietta Van Dyke (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 33% Because You're Mine Patty Ware (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thief of Damascus Sheherazade (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 48% Skirts Ahoy! CPO Giff (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 67% Three Guys Named Mike Alice Raymend (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 45% Walk Softly, Stranger Gwen (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hoedown Vera Wright (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Redwood Forest Trail Julie Westcott (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Timber Sally (Character) - 1950
98% 90% In a Lonely Place Sylvia Nicolai (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 50% Roughshod Elaine Wyatt (Character) - 1949
40% 19% Easy Living Penny McCarr (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach Kid Jessie Arnold (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Post Office Investigator April Shaughnessy (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outcasts of the Trail Vinnie White (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 27% Night Editor Martha Cochrane (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 20% The Phantom Thief Anne Parks Duncan (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. District Attorney Miss Miller (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unknown Nina Arnold (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Great to Be Young Georgia Johnson (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Texas Jamboree Jean Warren (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 38% The Power of the Whistler Francie (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing in Manhattan Julie Connors (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Is a Family Hazel Whittaker (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nine Girls "Butch" Hendricks (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet There's Something About a Soldier Jean Burton (Character) - 1943
80% 67% My Sister Eileen Helen Loomis (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 47% A Night to Remember Anne Stafford Carstairs (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 60% The Boogie Man Will Get You Winnie Slade (Character) - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Clara Hackler (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl With Something Extra Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Mrs. Holt (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford & Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Me and the Chimp Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Mrs. Monahan (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Mrs. Foster (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mothers-in-Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gidget Hannah (Guest Star) 1966
100% 97% The Addams Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Rose Carol (Guest Star) 1964 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shower of Stars Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Virginia Purdy (Character) 1954

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