Elinor Donahue

Actor
Elinor Donahue was thrust into show business at an early age by her stage costumer mother. She danced in vaudeville at first, then at five years old, she was given a contract with Universal Pictures. She spent most of ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1937 in Tacoma, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Cold Case 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement 2004 (Movie)

Lady Palimore (Actor)

Andy of Mayberry: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Lauren Chapin: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Star Trek 1967 - 1969, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Eek!Stravaganza 1992 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

Celebrity in Parade (Actor)

Ellen 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Invaders 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Friends 1994 (Tv Show)

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Coach 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Herman's Head 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Get a Life! 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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30 Years of Andy: A Mayberry Reunion 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991 (Movie)

Orphanage Woman (Actor)

Generations 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

Bridget (Actor)

Shortstories (10/08/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Never Say Goodbye 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The New Adventures of Beans Baxter 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

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High School U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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One Day At A Time 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Sign-On 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Grady Nutt Show 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Please Stand By 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Doctors' Private Lives 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Mulligan's Stew 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Mulligan's Stew 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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In Name Only 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

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The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

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Father Knows Best 1954 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Dennis the Menace 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

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Girls' Town 1958 (Movie)

Mary Lee Morgan (Actor)

Crossroads 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

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And Now Tomorrow (Movie)

Janice, age 4 (Actor)

Condominium (TV Show)

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Doctors' Private Lives (TV Show)

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Gidget Gets Married (TV Show)

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Her First Romance (Movie)

Lucille Stewart (Actor)

In Name Only (Movie)

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Love Is Better Than Ever (Movie)

Pattie Marie Levoy (Actor)

Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

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Tea for Two (Movie)

Lynne (Actor)

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

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The Rookies (TV Show)

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The Unfinished Dance (Movie)

Josie (Actor)

Three Daring Daughters (Movie)

Alix Morgan (Actor)

Biography

Elinor Donahue was thrust into show business at an early age by her stage costumer mother. She danced in vaudeville at first, then at five years old, she was given a contract with Universal Pictures. She spent most of the 1940s performing in small film roles for the studio, mainly in musicals, dramas and breezy comedies. Her star never hit in feature films, and Donahue turned to the growing industry of television for work. In 1954, she was chosen for the role of Betty Anderson, the angst-ridden elder daughter of Robert Young's patriarch in the sitcom "Father Knows Best". The show's six-season run made her a household name, and more roles poured in. She played the pharmacist/girlfriend of Andy Griffith for 12 episodes of the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" and the daughter of John McGiver in the department store comedy "Many Happy Returns". She was "The Flying Nun"'s sister in the Sally Field star-maker and was opposite Tony Randall as a love interest in the sitcom "The Odd Couple" for 13 episodes in the early '70s. As she aged, Donahue was primarily cast in the role of the pleasant, concerned mother in such shows as the family comedy "Mulligan's Stew", the animated comedy "Eek! the Cat", and quite for irony in Chris Elliott's FOX comedy"Get a Life". She also had recurring parts on the popular western "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and the soap "The Young and the Restless".

Relationships

Harry Ackerman

Husband
married in 1961 until his death in 1991

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