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Donna Reed

Donna Reed

Highest Rated: 100% Scandal Sheet (1952)

Lowest Rated: 70% The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

Birthday: Jan 27, 1921

Birthplace: Denison, Iowa, USA

As the star of her own ABC sitcom between 1958 and 1966, Donna Reed epitomized selfless American motherhood, but her crowning achievement had been winning an Academy Award for playing a prostitute. Reed specialized in girl-next-door types after signing with MGM in 1941. Her role as a courageous Navy nurse in John Ford's "They Were Expendable" (1945) brought her to the attention of Frank Capra, who paired her with James Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). Long before it was canonized as a holiday classic, Capra's paean to small-town American life was written off as a failure, prompting the producers of the baseball biopic "The Stratton Story" (1949) to drop Reed from the cast when Stewart signed on. Reed rebounded with a role in Fred Zinnemann's "From Here to Eternity" (1953) and took home an Oscar for playing a hooker entangled in a tortured relationship with army private Montgomery Clift. Disappearing from public life after the cancellation of "The Donna Reed Show," the actress returned in 1984 to replace Barbara Bel Geddes for a season on the prime time ABC soap opera "Dallas" (1978-1991). Reed succumbed to pancreatic cancer early in 1986. The reevaluation of "It's a Wonderful Life" boosted Reed's posthumous Hollywood stock, drawing new fans to her signature roles and to an appreciation of her unique blend of beauty, intelligence and unflappable poise.

Highest rated movies

100% Scandal Sheet
94% It's a Wonderful Life
94% The Picture of Dorian Gray
92% They Were Expendable
89% Shadow of the Thin Man
88% From Here to Eternity
83% The Caddy
83% The Human Comedy

Photos

RANSOM!, from left: Donna Reed, Glenn Ford, Robert Keith, Leslie Nielsen, 1956 EYES IN THE NIGHT, Donna Reed, Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Reginald Denny, 1942 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Larry Simms, Jimmy Hawkins, James Stewart, Donna Reed, Karolyn Grimes, 1946 THE COURTSHIP OF ANDY HARDY, far right, Donna Reed, Mickey Rooney, 1942 SEE HERE PRIVATE HARGROVE, from left: Robert Walker, Donna Reed, 1944 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, James Stewart, Donna Reed, 1946 EYES IN THE NIGHT, Reginald Denny, Donna Reed, Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, 1942 MOKEY, Donna Reed, Robert Blake, Dan Dailey, 1942 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Donna Reed, James Stewart, 1946 EYES IN THE NIGHT, Edward Arnold, Donna Reed, Ann Harding, 1942 THE COURTSHIP OF ANDY HARDY, Mickey Rooney, Donna Reed, 1942 THE FAR HORIZONS, Fred MacMurray, Donna Reed, Charlton Heston, 1955 FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, Donna Reed, Montgomery Clift, 1953, print shirt FAR HORIZONS, THE, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, 1955 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Thomas Mitchell, Donna Reed, James Stewart, Karolyn Grimes Wilkerson, Beulah Bondi, 1946 THE BENNY GOODMAN STORY, Teddy Wilson (piano), Lionel Hampton (vibes), Steve Allen, Gene Krupa (drums), Donna Reed (back to camera), 1956 THE CADDY, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed, 1953 FAITHFUL IN MY FASHION, Edward Everett Horton, Donna Reed, 1946 SEE HERE, PRIVATE HARGROVE, Robert Walker, Donna Reed, 1944 THE COURTSHIP OF ANDY HARDY, from left, Donna Reed, Mickey Rooney, 1942

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Lessons Miss Wade (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Place to Be Sheila Callahan (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 25% The Whole Truth Carol Poulton (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Mombasa Ann Wilson (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 42% Backlash Karyl Orton (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 63% Ransom Edith Stannard (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 70% The Benny Goodman Story Alice Hammond (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 38% The Far Horizons Sacajawea (Character) - 1955
70% 49% The Last Time I Saw Paris Marion Ellswirth (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 44% Three Hours to Kill Laurie Mastin (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 44% They Rode West Laurie MacKaye (Character) - 1954
83% 75% The Caddy Kathy Taylor (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raiders of the Seven Seas Alida (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 30% Gun Fury Jennifer Ballard (Character) - 1953
88% 84% From Here to Eternity Alma Burke (Lorene) (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 62% Trouble Along the Way Alice Singleton (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 48% Hangman's Knot Molly Hull (Character) - 1952
100% 88% Scandal Sheet Julie Allison (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday's Hero Melissa (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Deadline Rosita Jean d'Ur (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Glory Ann Daniels (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 75% Green Dolphin Street Marguerite Patourel (Character) - 1947
94% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Mary Hatch Bailey (Character) $3.3M 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Faithful in My Fashion Jean "Chunky" Kendrick (Character) - 1946
94% 77% The Picture of Dorian Gray Gladys Hallward (Character) - 1945
92% 73% They Were Expendable 2nd Lt. Sandy Davys (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet See Here, Private Hargrove Carol Holliday (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentle Annie Mary Lingen (Character) - 1944
83% 68% The Human Comedy Bess Macauley (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Marcia Bradburn (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 33% The Man From Down Under Mary Wilson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 27% The Courtship of Andy Hardy Melodie Eunice Nesbit (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 36% Eyes in the Night Barbara Lawry (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Apache Trail Rosalia Martinez (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Calling Dr. Gillespie Marcia Bradburn (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bugle Sounds Sally Hanson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mokey Anthea Delano (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Get-Away Maria Theresa "Terry" O'Reilly (Character) - 1941
89% 78% Shadow of the Thin Man Molly Ford (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 68% Babes on Broadway Jonesy's Secretary (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Donna Reed Show Donna Stone (Character) 1958-1966