August 31, 1987 |
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.
July 23, 1998 |
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.
January 5, 1994 |
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.
July 3, 2012 |
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.
April 12, 1989 |
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.
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.