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Jeff Donnell

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Years active  1942–1988
Name  Jeff Donnell
Role  Film actress

Full Name  Jean Marie Donnell
Born  July 10, 1921 (1921-07-10) Windham, Maine, U.S.
Died  April 11, 1988, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Radcliffe Bealey (m. 1974–1975)
Children  Sarah Jane, Michael Pineas
Parents  Mildred Donnell, Harold Donnell
Movies  In a Lonely Place, The Blue Gardenia, Sweet Smell of Success, The Iron Maiden, Spider‑Man
Similar People  Aldo Ray, Frank Lovejoy, Gloria Grahame, Lew Landers, Janis Carter

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Jeff Donnell (July 10, 1921 – April 11, 1988) was an American film and television actress.


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Early years

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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. To avoid gender confusion, she was sometimes billed as "(Miss) Jeff Donnell."

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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.


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Donnell was signed to a contract by Columbia Pictures while she was active with the Farragut Playhouse in New Hampshire, and she made her film debut in My Sister Eileen (1942). 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", in Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Gidget Goes to Rome. She also played Hannah Marshall in the Gidget television series.:391 She portrayed Mrs. Bennett in Julia,:548 and in 1966 she made five appearances on Dr. Kildare as Evelyn Driscoll.

For three seasons, she portrayed George Gobel's wife, Alice, in The George Gobel Show (1954–1957) on NBC-TV, and she played Ethel on the Matt Helm TV series.:667

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)
  • "Nina" in "The Unknown" (1946) One of the "I Love A Mystery" movies
  • "Penny McDougal" in Tars and Spars (1946)
  • "Jessie Arnold" in Stagecoach Kid (1949)
  • "Penny Mc Carr" in Easy Living (1949)
  • "Sylvia Nicolai" in In a Lonely Place (1950)
  • "Alice Raymend" in Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
  • Thief of Damascus (Leading Lady) Movie (1952)
  • "Sally Ellis" in The Blue Gardenia (1953)
  • "Julie" in Magnificent Roughnecks (1956)
  • "Sally" in Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
  • "Miriam Fisher" in The Iron Maiden (1962; released in the U.S. as Swinging Maiden)
  • "Eleanor Digby" in The Addams Family (1966; episode #57)
  • "Cornelia," (Cornelia Fort), a flying instructor in Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
  • "Ruth" in Stand Up and Be Counted (1972)
  • "Mrs James Nelson" in Adam-12 (1973)
  • "Aunt May Parker" in The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)
  • "Clara Hackler" "The Little Woman" in The Bob Newhart Show (season 6 episode 13) (1978)
  • "Stella Fields" in the TV soap opera General Hospital (1980–1988)
  • Death

    Donnell died of a heart attack on April 11, 1988, aged 66. Her sudden absence from General Hospital, on which she had a recurring role as the Quartermaines' housekeeper at the time of her death, was explained away by the writers as her character having won the lottery and quit her job.


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