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 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.