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Elinor Donahue

Elanor Donahue along side Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show.
Personal information
Birth nameMary Eleanor Donahue
Birth dateApril 19, 1937(age 79)
Place of birthTacoma, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress
SpouseRichard Smith (1955-1961; divorced) 1 child
Harry Ackerman (1962-1991; his death); 3 children
Lou Genevrino (1992-present)

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Mary Eleanor Donahue (born April 19, 1937), best known as Elinor Donahue, is an American actress. The naturally red-headed Donahue played Robert Young's eldest/popular daughter, Betty Anderson, on the 1950s sitcom, Father Knows Best. She was married for nearly 30 years to producer Harry Ackerman, whom she met on the set of that series. She and Harry Ackerman had three children together: Peter, James, and Christopher Ackerman.


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