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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 After signing with MGM in 1941, Reed made her film debut that same year in The Get-Away, opposite Robert Sterling. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1943, she appeared in The Human Comedy with Mickey Rooney, followed by roles in The Picture of Dorian Gray and They Were Expendable, both in 1945. … Read More
1945 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1945, she married producer Tony Owen (1907–1984) with whom she raised four children: Penny Jane, Anthony, Timothy, and Mary Anne (the two older children were adopted).
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


1953 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, she played the role of Alma "Lorene" Burke, a prostitute, and girlfriend of Montgomery Clift's character in the World War II drama From Here to Eternity.
1958 37 Years Old Beginning in 1958, she starred in The Donna Reed Show, a television situation-comedy series that featured her as Donna Stone, the idealized housewife of pediatrician Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz) and mother of Jeff (Paul Petersen) and Mary Stone (Shelley Fabares). … Read More


1966 45 Years Old After The Donna Reed Show ended its run in 1966, Reed took time off from acting and helped form the advocacy group, Another Mother For Peace in 1967.
1968 47 Years Old Reed also became an opponent of the Vietnam War and the use of nuclear weapons, supporting anti-war Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 presidential election. … Read More


1971 50 Years Old Reed and Owen divorced in 1971, and three years later, she married retired U. S. Army Colonel Grover W. Asmus (1926–2003). … Read More


1984 63 Years Old In 1984, she replaced Barbara Bel Geddes, who had decided to step down from her role as Miss Ellie in the television series Dallas in the 1984-85 season.
1985 64 Years Old When Bel Geddes agreed to return to the role for the 1985-86 season, Reed was abruptly fired. … Read More
1986 65 Years Old Reed died of pancreatic cancer in Beverly Hills, California, on January 14, 1986, thirteen days short of her 65th birthday. … Read More
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