December 26, 2011 |
Donna Reed was more than just a TV mom to actress Shelley Fabares. Fabares played Reed's teenage daughter, Mary Stone, on the well-loved 1958-66 ABC family sitcom "The Donna Reed Show," which revolved around Donna Stone (Reed), the wife of handsome pediatrician Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz), and mother to Mary and energetic younger son Jeff (Paul Petersen) "She definitely became my second mother," said Fabares, 67, who left the series in 1963. "She was a role model and remains so to this day. I still periodically hear her voice in my head when I am making a decision about doing something, I hear her urging me on to make the stronger decision of the two. I just adored her. " Petersen echoes her sentiments.
January 17, 1986
A public memorial service for actress Donna Reed, who died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, is scheduled at 2 this afternoon at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. Singer John Raitt will perform at the service, family spokesman Harry Flynn said, adding that a private ceremony will be held afterward at Westwood Memorial Park.
August 17, 1986 |
The front window of real estate agent Bill Mullenger's office building is a little emptier with the relocation a prime piece of property--the Oscar belonging to his late sister, Donna Reed. In June, the gold statuette won by the actress in 1954 for "From Here to Eternity" was officially installed in Denison's historical museum, a few doors up the street. Reed, who died in January, was born and reared in Denison, a town of 7,000, just past Ute on Iowa 141, 55 miles southeast of Sioux City.
January 15, 1986 |
Donna Reed, the Iowa farm girl who came west for a nice, steady secretarial job and found stardom instead, died early Tuesday at her Beverly Hills home of pancreatic cancer. She was 64. Miss Reed, a major television figure in the late 1950s and early '60s as the mother of teen-agers on "The Donna Reed Show," had been admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last month with bleeding ulcers, but exploratory surgery found the cancer, a family spokeswoman said.
June 18, 1985 |
A "mad as hell" Donna Reed lost a bid today to regain her role as Miss Ellie on "Dallas" when a judge refused to halt production of the hit television series. The latest chapter in what is shaping up as a real-life soap opera came when Superior Court Judge John L. Cole denied Reed's request to issue a preliminary injunction. Such an order could have halted production on scenes involving the Miss Ellie character indefinitely, possibly up to a year.
March 20, 1994 |
Sniff, sniff. Get out your handkerchiefs and whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. "The Donna Reed Show" is leaving Nick at Nite. Donna, Alex, Mary and Jeff ... until we meet again. But this week The Donna Reed Show is going out with a bang, not a whimper. The baby boomer's favorite cable channel is bidding farewell to the last remaining sitcom from Nick's original lineup when it was launched in 1985.