DONNA REED

Donna Reed

Career Essentials

Donna Reed's creative work spans over 40 years in motion pictures, television, radio, and advertising. She also ran her own successful television production company with husband, Tony Owen, as a pioneering female executive. Here are a few important highlights:

Award Highlights

  • Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress
    (1954)
    - From Here to Eternity (Lorene/Alma)

  • Emmy Nominations
    (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
    - The Donna Reed Show

  • Golden Globe Best Television Actress
    (1963)
    - Best Television Star, Actress

  • TV Guide Most Popular Television Actress Nominations
    (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
    1612 Vine Street

Films

  • The Get-Away
    (1941)

  • Shadow of the Thin Man
    (1941)

  • Babes on Broadway
    (1942)

  • The Bugle Sounds
    (1942)

  • The Courtship of Andy Hardy
    (1942)

  • Mokey
    (1942)

  • Calling Dr. Gillespie
    (1942)

  • Apache Trail
    (1942)

  • Eyes in the Night
    (1942)

  • The Human Comedy
    (1943)

  • Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
    (1943)

  • Thousands Cheer
    (1943)

  • The Man From Down Under
    (1943)

  • See Here, Private Hargrove
    (1944)

  • Mrs. Parkington
    (1944)

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
    (1945)

  • Gentle Annie
    (1945)

  • They Were Expendable
    (1945)

  • Faithful in My Fashion
    (1946)

  • It's a Wonderful Life
    (1946)

  • Green Dolphin Street
    (1947)

  • Beyond Glory
    (1948)

  • Chicago Deadline
    (1949)

  • Saturday's Hero
    (1951)

  • Scandal Sheet
    (1952)

  • Hangman's Knot
    (1952)

  • Trouble Along the Way
    (1952)

  • Raiders of the Seven Seas
    (1953)

  • From Here to Eternity
    (1953)

  • The Caddy
    (1953)

  • Gun Fury
    (1953)

  • Three Hours to Kill
    (1954)

  • The Last Time I Saw Paris
    (1954)

  • They Rode West
    (1954)

  • The Far Horizons
    (1955)

  • Ransom
    (1956)

  • The Benny Goodman Story
    (1956)

  • Backlash
    (1956)

  • Beyond Mombasa
    (1956)

  • The Whole Truth
    (1956)

  • Pepe
    (1960)

  • Yellow-Headed Summer (unreleased)
    (1974)

​Television

  • The Donna Reed Show
    ABC prime time, 8 years Star and untitled Co-Producer (1958-66)

  • The Best Place to Be
    NBC prime time mini-series, high ratings (1978)

  • Deadly Lessons
    Two-hour TV movie, Leonard Goldberg Productions (1983)

  • Love Boat
    Two-hour special made in Hong Kong, Spelling/Goldberg (1983)

  • Dallas
    Twenty-four episodes as "Miss Ellie," 19 July 1984 to 1 April 1985, Lorimar (1984-85)

Select References​

  • Fultz, Jay. In Search of Donna Reed. University of Iowa Press, 1988.

  • Scott Royce, Brenda. Donna Reed: A Bio-Biography. Westport, CT, 1990.

  • Herman, Deborah, Paul Petersen, Mary Owen, et al., The Donna Reed Show: A Pictorial Memoir. TV Classics Press, 2018.

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