Elinor Donahue
Actress
Elinor Donahue
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.
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Yahoo News - almost 2 years
April 19: Actor Hugh O'Brian is 90. Actress Elinor Donahue ("Father Knows Best") is 78. Keyboardist Alan Price of The Animals is 73. Actor Tim Curry is 69. Singer Mark "Flo" Volman of The Turtles is 68. Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is 50. Country singer Bekka Bramlett of Bekka and Billy is 47. Actress Ashley Judd is 47. Actress Jennifer Taylor ("Two and a Half Men") is 43. Actor James Franco is 37. Actress Kate Hudson is 36. Actor Hayden Christensen is 34. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno ("Che," ''Maria Full of Grace") is 34. Drummer Steve Johnson of Alabama Shakes is 30.
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Pat Gallagher: Actress Who Played Thelma Lou Reminisces About Andy Griffith
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Actress Betty Lynn is 87. It's hard to believe that 'Thelma Lou' was born on Aug. 29, 1926! Who woulda' thought? Even though it has been 48 years since The Andy Griffith Show actress appeared as a regular on TAGS playing the sweet, mild-mannered girlfriend of our favorite bumbling deputy Barney Fife, reruns keep 'Thelma Lou' young in our minds and in our hearts. Lynn, who is one of the few remaining surviving TAGS cast members, is living a comfortable life these days in Mt. Airy, NC, birthplace and hometown of Andy Griffith. She has happily reunited with cast members over the years at the annual "Mayberry Days" which takes place in September each year in Mt. Airy. The greatest joy in Betty's life was playing Thelma Lou from 1960 to 1965. I had the great pleasure of covering the 50th Anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show in 2010 at the annual "Mayberry Days" event interviewing Betty, Karen Knotts (Don's daughter), Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle), George Lindsey (Goober Pyle), E ...
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DVD Review: Dennis the Menace (Season Two) - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Elinor Donahue is the niece. She had just finished Father Knows Best. Mr. Wilson gets goofed into bidding in an auction on “Dennis and the Radio Set.” He's stuck with a clunky radio that becomes a bigger problem when they find cash stuffed inside
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Ten Daytime Emmy races to watch - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
"Restless" might have be the most diverse in terms of age, with 11-year-old Garrett Ryan and veteran thesp Elinor Donahue, who played Judge "Anderson," a nod to the actress' role on "Father Knows Best." Overlooked: "As the World Turns" for discovering
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From Hollywood to Springfield - Springfield Connection
Google News - over 5 years
Ackerman, born and raised in Southern California, is the son of the late producer Harry Ackerman (“Bewitched,” “Dennis the Menace”) and actress Elinor Donahue (“Father Knows Best,” “The Andy Griffith Show”). Ackerman said in his early career he
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Father Knows Best: Season Six - DVD Talk
Google News - almost 6 years
Eldest Betty Anderson (Elinor Donahue) is now a senior in college, and when she's not obsessing about doing everything perfectly (including the proper etiquette for romancing in 1950s America), she's beginning to find her own voice and purpose outside
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Web of spouses; star for Loretta - The Desert Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
Look who attended: Child star Margaret O'Brien of films' golden era (“Meet Me in St. Louis”), actress Elinor Donahue of TV's golden era (“Father Knows Best”), actress-comedienne Kaye Ballard, desert musical producer Derrick Lewis and Young's son
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Pretty Woman - České noviny
Google News - almost 6 years
Hrají: Richard Gere (Edward Lewis), Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward), Ralph Bellamy (James Morse), Jason Alexander (Philip Stuckley), Laura San Giacomo (Kit De Luc), Alex Hyde-White (David Morse), Amy Yasbeck (Elizabeth Stuckey), Elinor Donahue (Bridget),
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The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - almost 6 years
... UD federal agent Eliot Ness, head of the "untouchables" team that brought down Al Capone, in 1903; actors Hugh O'Brian in 1925 (age 86), Dick Sargent in 1930, Jayne Mansfield in 1933, Dudley Moore in 1935, Elinor Donahue in 1937 (age 74),
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People: Nicolas Cage back on set after wild weekend in Big Easy - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - almost 6 years
Actor Hugh O'Brian (86), actress Elinor Donahue (74), rock musician Alan Price of the Animals (69), actor Tim Curry (65), actor Tony Plana (59), former race car driver Al Unser Jr. (49), recording executive Suge Knight (46), actress Ashley Judd (43),
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Hitting Rewind in Rerun Season: DVD's Culled From TV's Past
NYTimes - over 11 years
Here are reviews of 10 DVD sets of popular television series and special collections. (An introduction appears on Page 1 of Weekend.) 'The Andy Griffith Show' Early in ''The Andy Griffith Show,'' which started on Oct. 3, 1960, Opie (Ronny Howard) tells his father, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), ''You not only know everything, but you're the sheriff,
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TELEVISION/RADIO; Socially Stunted, Feeling Good
NYTimes - over 17 years
SOME people say television is to the human brain what a box of Jujubes is to dental work (a quick route to decay). Some shows have taken exception to that attitude and have strived to educate and inform. Some shows have inadvertently lived up to that insult. And then there was ''Get a Life.'' During its sadly brief time on the air, ''Get a Life''
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THEATER REVIEW; Still Wrongly Accused of Murder, but Her Hair Color Has Changed
NYTimes - almost 18 years
''Girls Town'' is a wonderfully trashy 1959 movie in which Mamie Van Doren, as a gum-chewing platinum blond delinquent, is sent to a Roman Catholic orphanage-rehab center-reformatory. It may be the first (and last) movie in which the word ''fantabulous'' stands out. At one point a very young, possibly pre-nose-job Paul Anka brings Ms. Van Doren to
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Review/Television; A Friendly Mayberry Get-Together
NYTimes - about 24 years
Now that ABC is faring comfortably with "Matlock," a series canceled by NBC, what can CBS possibly do to compete in the Andy Griffith sweepstakes? Well, how about going back to Mayberry, N.C., and pushing the nostalgia button for an hourlong special called "The Andy Griffith Show Reunion"? As it happens, it's on CBS at 8 tonight. The character of
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Harry Ackerman, 78, TV Producer, Is Dead
NYTimes - about 26 years
Harry S. Ackerman, a television producer who made or helped to create such hits as "Gunsmoke," "I Love Lucy" and "Leave It to Beaver," died on Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 78 years old. He died of pulmonary failure, a publicity agent, Frank Liberman, said. Mr. Ackerman developed "Gun smoke" and organized the
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Review/Film; High-Rolling Boy Meets Streetwalking Girl
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Yes, yes, the 80's are over. But isn't there room in the time capsule for ''Pretty Woman,'' the romantic comedy about a lovelorn corporate raider and a sweet, wholesome streetwalker from Hollywood Boulevard? This one truly deserves a place. It is something special. Yes, yes, the 80's are over. But isn't there room in the time capsule for
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elinor Donahue
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 72
    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 minister who will officiate at the wedding of Billy Abbott and Nikki's daughter, Victoria Newman.
    More Details Hide Details The wedding took place in front of the Abbott's new home which just happened to be an exact replica of the Anderson house from Father Knows Best.
  • 1998
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 56
    In 1994, she made an appearance as Aunt Lillian in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice", an episode of Friends.
    More Details Hide Details She played the part of Lorraine, Luther Van Dam's girlfriend, in Season 5 of Coach in the early 1990s.
  • 1992
    Age 54
    In 1992, she voiced the mother on the Fox Kids animated series Eek! the Cat.
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  • 1990
    Age 52
    In 1990, she played Bridget, a Beverly Hills clothing store manager, in the film Pretty Woman.
    More Details Hide Details Donahue played Gladys, the mother of Chris Peterson (Chris Elliott), in all 35 episodes of the sitcom Get a Life (1990–92), and had a recurring role as Rebecca Quinn on the CBS drama series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
  • 1988
    Age 50
    In 1988 she appeared in a Newhart episode ("Courtin Disaster") and appeared (in a 1989 episode) on The Golden Girls as the newest wife of Dorothy Zbornak's ex-husband.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 49
    In 1987 she played the title character's mother in the short lived Fox series The New Adventures of Beans Baxter.
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  • 1984
    Age 46
    In 1984, she made an appearance as Mrs. Broderick, the mother of a teenaged drug addict on the last season of Happy Days.
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  • 1978
    Age 40
    In 1978, Donahue starred in the NBC sitcom Please Stand By.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 39
    In 1977, she appeared in an episode of the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 26
    In the 1964–65 season, Donahue costarred as Joan Randall, the daughter of Walter Burnley, played by John McGiver, on the CBS sitcom, Many Happy Returns about the complaint department of a fictitious Los Angeles department store.
    More Details Hide Details She guest appeared on Star Trek in the second-season episode "Metamorphosis" (1967) as commissioner Nancy Hedford. Donahue portrayed Miriam Welby in 17 episodes of The Odd Couple (1972–75). Donahue appeared in One Day at a Time(1974), as Alex's mother Felicia. Donahue portrayed the sister of Sister Bertrille (Sally Field) in three episodes of ABC's The Flying Nun (between 1968–70).
  • 1963
    Age 25
    Additionally, in 1963 (February 9, 1963) she played Letty May in the episode "The Burning Tree" on "Have Gun Will Travel".
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    In 1963, Donahue was cast in an episode of NBC's short-lived modern western series, Redigo, with Richard Egan as the rancher Jim Redigo, then in 1964, she appeared as Melanie in "The Secret in the Stone" in the NBC medical drama dealing with psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, starring Jack Ging and Ralph Bellamy.
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  • 1960
    Age 22
    Donahue was also cast, in 1960, with Marion Ross in an episode ("Duet") of The Brothers Brannagan.
    More Details Hide Details She played Miriam Welby on ABC's The Odd Couple, Jane Mulligan on Mulligan's Stew, and Nurse Hunnicut on Days of Our Lives. She was featured in twelve episodes of CBS's The Andy Griffith Show as pharmacist Ellie Walker, even getting a mention in the opening credits. The character was intended to be a love interest for Sheriff Andy Taylor, but after one season (1960–1961), Donahue decided to ask for a release from her three-year contract.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 18
    She also appeared as a new bride in the The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show episode titled "The Newlyweds" that aired April 2, 1956.
    More Details Hide Details She played Georgiana Balanger in the episode "Dennis and the Wedding" (1960) on Dennis the Menace.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 10
    She played one of the daughters in Three Daring Daughters in 1948 and appeared as Mamie Van Doren's sister in Girls Town (1959).
    More Details Hide Details Donahue achieved stardom for her role as the elder daughter, Betty, on the television family series Father Knows Best. Her co-stars were Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray as her younger brother, James "Bud" Anderson, Jr., and Lauren Chapin as her younger sister, Kathy. Donahue was a musical judge in ABC's Jukebox Jury (1953–54). While in the first season of Father Knows Best she also appeared on The Ray Bolger Show, starring Ray Bolger as a song-and-dance man. Thereafter, she was cast with James Best, Ann Doran, and J. Carrol Naish in the 1956 episode "The White Carnation" of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. She guest starred on an episode of U.S. Marshal.
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on April 19, 1937.
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