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December 30, 1998 | CLIFF ROTHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I l-o-o-o-ved Betty Anderson." Elinor Donahue's face is beaming as she talks about her beloved character, the eldest child on "Father Knows Best," the iconic 1950s television series that defined the picture-perfect family. Talking to a virtual stranger over breakfast to promote her autobiography-cum-cookbook, "In the Kitchen With Elinor Donahue," she's warm, cordial, sometimes animated, but mostly tentative, wanting to be nice. And it comes easily. She is nice.
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December 30, 1998 | CLIFF ROTHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I l-o-o-o-ved Betty Anderson." Elinor Donahue's face is beaming as she talks about her beloved character, the eldest child on "Father Knows Best," the iconic 1950s television series that defined the picture-perfect family. Talking to a virtual stranger over breakfast to promote her autobiography-cum-cookbook, "In the Kitchen With Elinor Donahue," she's warm, cordial, sometimes animated, but mostly tentative, wanting to be nice. And it comes easily. She is nice.
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November 20, 1998 | JAMES E. FOWLER
Actress Elinor Donahue will sign her book, "In the Kitchen With Elinor Donahue: Favorite Memories and Recipes From a Life in Hollywood," 3 p.m. Saturday at Bookstar, 12136 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 505-9528. In addition to recipes, this memoir has 200 photos from Donahue's professional and private life. Donahue first burst upon the national consciousness in the role of daughter Betty on the long-running TV sitcom "Father Knows Best," starring Robert Young.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1998 | JAMES E. FOWLER
Actress Elinor Donahue will sign her book, "In the Kitchen With Elinor Donahue: Favorite Memories and Recipes From a Life in Hollywood," 3 p.m. Saturday at Bookstar, 12136 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 505-9528. In addition to recipes, this memoir has 200 photos from Donahue's professional and private life. Donahue first burst upon the national consciousness in the role of daughter Betty on the long-running TV sitcom "Father Knows Best," starring Robert Young.
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August 31, 1987 | NANCY MILLS
In 1954, Elinor Donahue became a role model for a whole generation of young women. As the 17-year-old daughter Betty on "Father Knows Best," the 1950s equivalent of "The Cosby Show," Donahue was, in a way, a forerunner of the feminist movement. When Betty went off to college instead of getting married and settling down, parents everywhere began to think of sending their own daughters to college too. Three decades later, Donahue has become a TV mom herself.
NEWS
July 23, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
Robert Young, the handsome leading man of films of the 1930s and 1940s who parlayed his considerable charm into television stardom in "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.," has died. He was 91. The ideal father for a generation, Young, who said he merely played the dad he yearned to have himself, died Tuesday night at his Westlake Village home. He had earlier undergone heart surgery and died of causes related to old age, according to his physician, Dr. John Horton.
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January 5, 1994 | KENT BLACK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last winter, Paul Petersen was awakened by a frantic call. "It was this kid calling from the Roxy," recalls Petersen, 48, an author and onetime child actor who played Jeff on "The Donna Reed Show" from 1958 through 1966. "He said he saw River Phoenix in one of the nightclub's bathroom stalls shooting heroin." Petersen, who for four years has been organizing support groups for former child stars and the pressure they face in an often indifferent Hollywood, sprang into action.
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July 3, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Andy Griffith's death on Tuesday meant the most prominent cast member of the landmark "Andy Griffith Show" had finally departed. Costar Don Knotts preceded Griffith in death in 2006 and Frances Bavier (who played Aunt Bea) died in 1989. Many of Mayberry's older residents have been long gone, such as Floyd the barber (Howard McNear) in 1969 and Otis the drunk (Hal Smith) in 1994. But fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" can take heart that the streets of Mayberry haven't gone completely empty.
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April 12, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Father's Day isn't until June 18, but the "Father Knows Best" family will be celebrating the occasion today. Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin will reunite in a Hollywood studio to tape reminiscences that the CBN Family Channel will broadcast during a seven-hour "Father Knows Best" marathon on Father's Day.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1997
Panelists including WB Entertainment President Garth Ancier, Parents Television Council Executive Director Mark Honig and actors John Astin ("The Addams Family"), Richard Thomas ("The Waltons"), Stephen Collins ("7th Heaven") and Elinor Donahue ("Father Knows Best") will take part in "The Impact of Family Television Through the Decades," an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences symposium taking place Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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August 31, 1987 | NANCY MILLS
In 1954, Elinor Donahue became a role model for a whole generation of young women. As the 17-year-old daughter Betty on "Father Knows Best," the 1950s equivalent of "The Cosby Show," Donahue was, in a way, a forerunner of the feminist movement. When Betty went off to college instead of getting married and settling down, parents everywhere began to think of sending their own daughters to college too. Three decades later, Donahue has become a TV mom herself.
NEWS
June 27, 1999
BOOKS The Jeanette MacDonald International Fan Club hosts a book signing with Elinor Donahue today. Woman's Club of Hollywood. (323) 464-5181, Ext. 220. CONTEST KKBT-FM (92.3) is selling tickets for its Aug. 15 benefit concert without naming the lineup. Guess correctly and win prizes. (888) 520-9292. TOURNAMENT The National Pokemon Trading Card Game Showdown continues today at the L.A. County Fairplex, Building 5, Pomona. (800) 324-6496.
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January 20, 1991 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though its a huge hit in syndication, The Odd Couple never hit blockbuster status during its original 1970-75 run. ABC did everything it could to kill the comedy series based on Neil Simon's hit 1965 Broadway play and 1968 movie: It changed the show's time slot six times. Despite the shuffling, the critically lauded comedy did manage to establish a core following.
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