Donna Reed

Born Jan 27, 1921

Donna Reed was an American film and television actress. With appearances in over 40 films, Reed received the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene in the war drama From Here to Eternity. She is noted for her role in the perennial Christmas favorite It's a Wonderful Life (1946).… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on January 27, 1921.


1941 20 Years Old In 1941 after signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Reed made her film debut in The Get-Away opposite Robert Sterling; she was billed as Donna Adams. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1943, she appeared in The Human Comedy with Mickey Rooney, and in They Were Expendable in 1945. … Read More
1945 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1945, Reed struggled with an English accent and with a passive, underwritten role as Gladys Hallward in the first cinema adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
1946 25 Years Old In 1946, she was lent to RKO Pictures for the role of Mary Bailey in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old In 1949 she expressed a desire for better roles. … Read More


1953 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, Reed played the role of Alma "Lorene" Burke, girlfriend of Montgomery Clift's character, in the World War II drama From Here to Eternity.
1958 37 Years Old From 1958 to 1966, Reed starred in The Donna Reed Show, a television series produced by her then-husband, Tony Owen. … Read More


1968 47 Years Old In addition to opposing the Vietnam War, Reed also opposed nuclear power plants. She supported Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy from Minnesota in the 1968 presidential election. … Read More


1971 50 Years Old After 26 years of marriage, Reed and Owen divorced in 1971.
1979 58 Years Old In a 1979 interview, Reed, who had raised four children, responded, "I played a strong woman who could manage her family. … Read More


In a 1984 television interview, Reed said of her show, "I felt that I was making, for women, a statement. … Read More
1985 64 Years Old 1 More Event
When Bel Geddes agreed to return to the role for the 1985–86 season, Reed was abruptly fired.
1986 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Donna Reed died of pancreatic cancer in Beverly Hills, California, on January 14, 1986, 13 days shy of her 65th birthday. … Read More
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