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April 19, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELINOR DONAHUE!

'Three Daring Daughters' (1948) was another of those turgid Joe Pasternak-produced musicals that dripped with syrupy sweetness!  They were always overstuffed with kitsch and guaranteed to bring on diabetes! There's birthday-girl Elinor Donahue on the far right. Back row are actresses Ann Todd and Jane Powell. Seated is pianist Jose Iturbi and  singer Jeanette MacDonald. (c) MGM
'Three Daring Daughters' (1948) was another of those turgid Joe Pasternak-produced musicals that dripped with syrupy sweetness!  They were always overstuffed with kitsch and guaranteed to bring on diabetes! There's birthday-girl Elinor Donahue on the far right. Back row are actresses Ann Todd and Jane Powell. Seated is pianist Jose Iturbi and  singer Jeanette MacDonald. (c) MGM

‘Three Daring Daughters’ (1948) was another of those turgid Joe Pasternak-produced musicals that dripped with syrupy sweetness! They were always overstuffed with kitsch and guaranteed to bring on diabetes! There’s birthday-girl Elinor Donahue on the far right. Back row are actresses Ann Todd and Jane Powell. Seated is pianist Jose Iturbi and singer Jeanette MacDonald. (c) MGM

 

Mary Elinor Donahue was born April 19, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington. She started out as a child player in vaudeville and later appeared in a few low-budget musicals at Universal Studios in the 1940s.

She continued to appear in films, and jumped into the burgeoning world of television in a big way.

The majority of us baby-boomers will remember her from the six years she spent as Betty Anderson on the Father Knows Best TV series. it made her a TV icon. She cemented her status in pop-culture with her second-season turn on the original Star Trek in the episode ‘Metamorphosis.’ She most certainly would have scored a trifecta of classic TV roles if she had chosen to stay with the Andy Griffith Show. She was initially cast as Sheriff Taylor’s girl friend, but opted to leave after a year.

Ms. Donahue has continued to work steadily in films, television, and voice-over work.

We wish her a Happy Birthday today!

 

 






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