Donna Reed

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  • Birth Name: Donna Belle Mullenger
  • Birth Place: Dennison, IA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/27/1921, Aquarius
  • Date of Death: 01/14/1986
  • Profession: Actor
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Donna Reed Fast Facts:
  • 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.
  • Donna Reed Relationships:
  • Hazel Jane Mullenger - Mother
  • Mary Anne Owen - Daughter
  • Tony Owen - Ex-husband
  • William Mullenger - Brother
  • Timothy Grant Owen - Son
  • William Tuttle - Ex-husband
  • Grover Asmus - Husband
  • Penny Owen Stigers - Daughter
  • William Richard Mullenger - Father
  • Tony Owen Jr. - Son
  • Donna Reed Awards:
  • 1962 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series - Nominee
  • 1963 Golden Globe: Actress in a Television Series - Nominee
  • 1961 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) - Nominee
  • 1959 Emmy: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1953 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1960 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Los Angeles City College, East Hollywood, CA

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