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Jeff Donnell

Donnell in In a Lonely Place (1950).
Personal information
Birth nameJean Marie Donnell
Birth dateJuly 10, 1921
Place of birthWindham, Maine, U.S.
Date of deathApril 11, 1988(age 66)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1942 - 1988
SpouseWilliam Anderson (1940-1953)
Aldo Ray (1954-1956)
John Bricker (1958-1963)
Radcliffe Bealey (1974-1975)
ChildrenMichael Phineas (b.1942)
Sarah Jane (b.1948)
ParentsHarold and Mildred Donnell

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Jeff Donnell (July 10, 1921 - April 11, 1988) was an American film and television actress. Born Jean Marie Donnell, she grew up in South Windham, Maine. As a child, she adopted the nickname "Jeff" after the character in her favorite comic strip, Mutt and Jeff.

Donnell graduated from Towson High School, Towson, Maryland, in 1938 and attended the Leland Powers School of Drama in Boston, Massachusetts. Later, she studied at the Yale School of Drama. She was signed to a contract by Columbia Pictures in 1942 and made her film debut in My Sister Eileen. She later had roles in some RKO films.

She was not a major star, but she did have a lengthy film and television career in various supporting roles, including the role of Gidget's mother, "Dorothy Lawrence", opposite Carl Reiner in the 1961 movie Gidget Goes Hawaiian.

Her other notable appearances in movies and television include:

* "Winnie Slade" in The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

* Doughboys in Ireland (1943)

* "Butch" in Nine Girls (1944)

* "Sylvia Nicolai" in In a Lonely Place (1950)

* Thief of Damascus (Leading Lady) Movie (1952)

* "Alice Gobel" in the George Gobel TV show (1954 1958)

* "Miriam Fisher" in The Iron Maiden (1962; released in the U.S. as Swinging Maiden)

* "Cornelia," (Cornelia Fort), a flying instructor in Tora, Tora, Tora (1970)

* "Aunt May Parker" in The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)

* "Stella Fields" in the TV soap opera General Hospital (1980 1988)

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