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Donna Reed: The saving grace, the rock, the heart of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, my favorite film. Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts

The incredible Hedy Lamarr, who was not only one of the most beautiful and successful screen actresses of her day, but a brilliant inventor. At the peak of her career in Hollywood, she patented a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance, a system used today by cell phones. And on top of all that, her real name was Hedwig.

Donna Reed Born 27 January 1921 and Died January 14, 1986. Starred in It's a Wonderful Life. The second Miss Ellie on Dallas, briefly married to William Tuttle. Her other noted film roles are The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Backlash, From Here To Eternity. . . . Her well known television series was The Donna Reed Show.

Jeanne CRAIN (1925-2003) * AFI Top Actress nominee > Active 1943-75 > Born Jeanne Elizabeth Crain 25 May 1925 California > Died 14 Dec 2003 (aged 78) California, heart attack > Spouse: Paul Brinkman (1946-2003, his death) > Children: 7. Remained married, but lived separately in Santa Barbara until his death in Oct 2003. Jeanne died a few months later, survived by 5 adult children.

Donna 1987, Grover Asmus (Reed's widower), actresses Shelley Fabares and Norma Connolly, and numerous friends, associates, and family members created the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts. Based in Reed's hometown of Denison, the non-profit organization grants scholarships for performing arts students, runs an annual festival of performing arts workshops, and operates "The Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts"

The Donna Reed Show: Season 5 (DVD)

Running for a considerable eight seasons (1958-66), ABC's DONNA REED SHOW - arguably much more than LEAVE IT TO BEAVER or FATHER KNOWS BEST - came to epitomize late 1950s and early 1960s suburban life