Donna Reed….

Born Donna Belle Muellenger in 1921.

Donna Reed was the eldest of 5 children and born on a farm in Iowa.

Her Mid-West “girl next door” good looks landed her first acting job and her first movie debut when just out of High School in 1941.

In 1958 she starred in the Donna Reed show, a television show about family.  She said her role in the Donna Reed show was “a strong woman, who could manage her family, a role offensive to many feminists, but I felt that I was making a statement for women.”

“She wasn’t domineering, but she was bright and I thought rather forward-thinking, happily married.”

She passed away on January 14, 1986.

There is a bed rock decency to people from the Mid-West.  In all her acting roles in her life, those values always showed.


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Taking one day at a time, and enjoying life in the heart of Dixie. People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk. There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
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3 Responses to Donna Reed….

  1. Mrs Fever says:

    Did you know that Donna Reed and James Stewart each played in (separate) Thin Man sequels with Myrna Loy and William Powell, prior to being cast together in It’s A Wonderful Life? Stewart was actually cast as the villain in After The Thin Man. Odd, that.

    (I found my way here from Erotixx blog. I happened to notice the photos and…well…I love old movies. 😉 )

  2. Owen Kellogg says:

    What do we know of her life in Denison? Are there any pictures or newspaper clippings?
    It must of been a big event when “It’s a Wonderful Life” premiered.

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