- Was elected campus queen while at Los Angeles City College.
- Made film debut in the 1941 crime drama The Get-Away under the name Donna Adams.
- Though best known for such wholesome roles as Mary Bailey (James Stewart's wife) in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and housewife Donna Stone on The Donna Reed Show (1958-63), she won her Supporting Actress Oscar for playing a prostitute in From Here to Eternity (1953).
- Second husband Tony Owen produced The Donna Reed Show as well as Beyond Mombasa, a 1956 adventure film in which she was the female lead.
- Cofounded the antiwar organization Another Mother for Peace in 1967.
- Replaced Barbara Bel Geddes in Dallas for the 1984-85 season, but was fired when Bel Geddes returned; Reed successfully sued the producers for breach of contract.
- The Dennison, IA, movie theater she attended as a child was renamed the Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts following her death.
- 1963, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Winner
- 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead): Nominee
- 1953, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 1959, Emmy — Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series: Nominee
- 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Nominee
- Tony Owen — Ex-husband
- William Mullenger — Brother
- Timothy Grant Owen — Son
- William Tuttle — Ex-husband
- Grover Asmus — Husband
- Penny Owen Stigers — Daughter
- Hazel Jane Mullenger — Mother
- Mary Anne Owen — Daughter
- William Richard Mullenger — Father
- Tony Owen Jr. — Son
- Attended Los Angeles City College, East Hollywood, CA
- Birth Name: Donna Belle Mullenger
- Birth Place: Dennison, IA
- Died: January 14, 1986
- Profession: Actor
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