Monday, November 7, 2011

Donna Reed

“Went to Election this forenoon.  After dinner, we went up south to see about digging a ditch for a tile drain and then we husked corn until night.  Has been a very fine day.”

Donna Reed (January 27, 1921 – January 14, 1986) was an American film and television actress.
With appearances in over 40 films, Reed received the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the tramp[1] Lorene in the war drama From Here to Eternity. She is also noted for her role in the perennial Christmas favorite It's a Wonderful Life (1946). She also worked extensively in television, notably as Donna Stone, an American middle class mother in the sitcom The Donna Reed Show (1958-1966), in which she played a more prominent role than many other television mothers of the era and for which she received the 1963 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Female. Later in Reed's career she replaced Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie in 1984 season of the television melodrama, Dallas, and sued the production company for breach of contract when she was abruptly fired upon Bel Geddes's decision to return to the show.

Reed with James Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in It's a Wonderful Life, (1946)

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