Jeff Donnell

Actor
As frequent confidante or comic sidekick, sprightly character actress Jeff Donnell played supporting parts in a range of film and television productions, including such highly regarded pictures as "Sweet Smell of ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1921 in South Windham, Maine, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Spider-Man 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Matt Helm 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

McNaughton's Daughter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

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Julia 1968 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Hate, Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 (Movie)

Cornelius (Actor)

The Comic 1969 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Gidget 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Gidget Goes to Rome 1962 (Movie)

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Gidget Goes Hawaiian 1961 (Movie)

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My Man Godfrey 1957 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Sweet Smell of Success 1957 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

The George Gobel Show 1954 - 1957 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guns of Fort Petticoat 1957 (Movie)

Mary Wheeler (Actor)

Crown Theater With Gloria Swanson 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Gardenia 1953 (Movie)

Sally Ellis (Actor)

In a Lonely Place 1950 (Movie)

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Redwood Forest Trail 1950 (Movie)

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The Phantom Thief 1946 (Movie)

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Eadie Was a Lady 1945 (Movie)

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Carolina Blues 1944 (Movie)

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What's Buzzin' Cousin? 1942 (Movie)

Billie (Actor)

My Sister Eileen 1941 (Movie)

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Bristle Face (TV Show)

Actor

Cowboy Canteen (Movie)

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Hoedown (Movie)

Vera Wright (Actor)

Mr. District Attorney (Movie)

Miss Miller (Actor)

Mr. Winkle Goes to War (Movie)

Hostess (Actor)

Murder By Natural Causes (TV Show)

Actor

Night Editor (Movie)

Martha Cochrane (Actor)

Nine Girls (Movie)

"Butch" Hendricks (Actor)

Once Upon a Time (Movie)

Brooklyn Girl (Actor)

Over 21 (Movie)

Jan Lupton (Actor)

Portrait of a Stripper (TV Show)

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Rendezvous Hotel (TV Show)

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Roughshod (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Skirts Ahoy! (Movie)

Lieutenant Giff (Actor)

So This Is Love? (Movie)

Henrietta Van Dyke (Actor)

Stars on Parade (Movie)

Mary Brooks (Actor)

The Boogie Man Will Get You (Movie)

Winnie Leyden (Actor)

The Fuller Brush Girl (Movie)

Jane Bixby (Actor)

The Power of the Whistler (Movie)

Frances Lang (Actor)

Three Guys Named Mike (Movie)

Alice Raymond (Actor)

Walk Softly, Stranger (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

Biography

As frequent confidante or comic sidekick, sprightly character actress Jeff Donnell played supporting parts in a range of film and television productions, including such highly regarded pictures as "Sweet Smell of Success" and "In a Lonely Place". Born Jean Marie Donnell in South Windham, Maine, she self-appointed her nickname from an obsession with the comic strip "Mutt and Jeff." She graduated from the Yale School of Drama and made her first appearance in the 1942 screwball comedy "My Sister Eileen". She landed occasional larger roles in many of her '40s pictures, including several Western musicals, though she stepped up a notch for the 1950 noir "In a Lonely Place" as best friend to the tormented Gloria Grahame. Subsequent films included "Thief of Damascus", as renowned storyteller Scheherazade, and "The Blue Gardenia", a late work by German director Fritz Lang. In the grim and gritty "Sweet Smell of Success", she played the needy secretary of desperate publicist Tony Curtis, and on the other end of the spectrum, she played the mother of the beach-loving heroine in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian". After a number of '50s television appearances, she moved more squarely into guest spots on series in the '60s and beyond, with only a few more film roles, including a part in the drama of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" Throughout the '80s, Donnell played a recurring role on the soap "General Hospital" as a housekeeper until her sudden death from a heart attack in 1988.

Relationships

Aldo Ray

Husband
married 1954, divorced 1956

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Leland Powers School of Theater

Boston , Massachusetts

Milestones

1941

Film acting debut

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