Elinor Donahue

Born Apr 19, 1937

Mary Eleanor Donahue, best known as Elinor Donahue, is an American actress. The naturally red-headed Donahue played Robert Young's eldest/popular daughter, Betty Anderson, on the 1950s sitcom, Father Knows Best. She was married for nearly 30 years to producer Harry Ackerman, whom she met on the set of that series. She and Harry Ackerman had three children together: Peter, James, and Christopher Ackerman.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born on April 19, 1937.


1960 23 Years Old She appeared in 1960 with Marion Ross in an episode (""Duet") of the crime drama series The Brothers Brannagan. … Read More
1964 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964, Donahue appeared as Melanie in "The Secret in the Stone" in the NBC medical drama, The Eleventh Hour, starring Jack Ging and Ralph Bellamy.


1978 41 Years Old In 1978, Donahue starred in the NBC sitcom "Please Stand By."
1984 47 Years Old In 1984, she made an appearance as Mrs. Broderick, the mother of a teenaged drug addict on the last season of Happy Days.


1987 50 Years Old In 1987 she played the title character's mother in the short lived Fox series "The New Adventures Of Beans Baxter". … Read More
1990 53 Years Old In 1990, she played the part of "Bridget," a Beverly Hills clothing store manager, in the movie Pretty Woman. … Read More
1994 57 Years Old In 1994, she made an appearance as Aunt Lillian in The One Where Nana Dies Twice on Friends.


1998 61 Years Old In 1998, Donahue published a memoir entitled In the Kitchen with Elinor Donahue, in which she relived some of her memories of Hollywood along with providing more than 150 of her recipes.
2010 73 Years Old In September 2010, Donahue made an appearance on The Young and the Restless as Judge Anderson, one of Nikki Newman's old friends, and also as the woman who will be marrying Billy Abbott and Nikki's daughter, Victoria Newman.
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