Donna Reed (January 27, 1921 – January 14, 1986) was an American actress known for her versatile career spanning over 40 years, with notable roles in more than 40 films. She achieved fame for portraying Mary Hatch Bailey in Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), earning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in From Here to Eternity (1953).
Reed made a significant impact in television as Donna Stone, a more assertive and complex middle-class mother in the sitcom The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966). Her performance earned her multiple Emmy nominations and the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star in 1963. In the later years of her career, Reed successfully sued a production company for breach of contract after replacing Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow in the 1984–1985 season of the television melodrama Dallas.
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