Donna Reed Celebrity Watchlist

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.


  • 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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