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Donna Reed Net Worth

Donna Reed Net Worth is
$10 Million

Donna Reed Biography

Donna Reed was born on the 27th January 1921 in Denison, Iowa USA, and was an actress. Films like “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) and “From Here to Eternity” (1953) made her famous. Reed was active in the entertainment industry from 1941 to 1985. She passed away in 1986.

How rich was the actress? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of Donna Reed’s net worth was as much as $10 million, converted to the present day. Films and television were the main sources of Reed’s wealth.

Donna Reed Net Worth $10 Million

To begin with, the girl was raised in Denison, the eldest of five children. Her election as Queen of the Campus at the high school made the headlines of the Los Angeles Times. Her beauty attracted the attention of many agents and studio managers, and soon, the beautiful actress started her career.

The agency Feldman Blum hired the young Donna Reed and signed her to a contract. She made a remarkable debut in cinema in 1941 with supporting roles in the thriller “Shadow of the Thin Man” with William Powell and Myrna Loy, and in the musical “Babes” on Broadway featuring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Shortly after, she landed important roles in mainstream films, such as “Calling Dr. Gillespie” (1942) and “See Here, Private Hargrove” (1944). In 1945, she portrayed Gladys Hallward in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, which was a box office success despite mixed reviews. After several years at MGM Studios, Reed starred in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), which became one of the favourites on American television at Christmas, and was also a box office hit. The actress kept quiet for several years, however, she made a starring comeback when she was chosen for the important role of Alma, the prostitute in the film “From Here to Eternity” (1953). Featuring talented actors such as Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra, the film won 8 Oscars, including for the Best Supporting Actress – Donna Reed. Afterwards, the actress starred with Elizabeth Taylor in the film “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (1954) directed by Richard Brooks, then appeared in the blockbuster “Far Horizons” (1955). From 1958 to 1966, she played the leading role in the popular family series “The Donna Reed Show”, and in 1963 she won the Golden Globe Award as the Best Female TV Star. She was also nominated four times for an Emmy Award, but could never win. In 1984, she took on her last role of Miss Ellie in the popular soap opera “Dallas”, but was replaced by Barbara Bel Geddes the next season, and settled for a payment of $1 million in recompense.

Finally, in the personal life of the actress, Reed married William Tuttle in 1943 and they divorced two years later. In 1945, she married Tony Owen and had four children with him – the oldest two were adopted. After 26 years of marriage, the couple broke up in 1971. Three years later, she married retired US Army Colonel Grover W. Asmus, and they were together until she died of pancreatic cancer on the 14th January 1986, in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles – the cancer was diagnosed three months before her death. Reed is buried in the cemetery of Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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Quick Facts

Full NameDonna Reed
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 27, 1921, Denison, Iowa, United States
DiedJanuary 14, 1986, (age 64), Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height1.61 m
ProfessionFilm and television actress, producer
EducationDenison (Iowa) High School, Los Angeles City College
NationalityAmerican
SpouseGrover Asmus (m. 1974–1986, her death), Tony Owen (m. 1945–1971), William J. Tuttle (m. 1943–1945)
ChildrenAnthony Owen, Mary Anne Owen, Penny Jane Owen, Timothy Owen
ParentsHazel Jane (née Shives), William Richard Mullenger
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/welovethedonnareedshow/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/donnareeddvd
ImDBwww.imdb.com/name/nm0001656
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress (1953), Golden Globe Award - Best TV Star (1963), Golden Apple Awards (1964)
NominationsTV Land Awards, Emmy Awards
Movies“Calling Dr. Gillespie” (1942), “See Here, Private Hargrove” (1944), “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945), “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946), “From Here to Eternity” (1953)
TV Shows“The Donna Reed Show” (1958-1966), “Dallas” (1978-1991), “The Love Boat” (1984)


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Mentioned in the song "Living Dead Girl" by Rob Zombie.
2Attended the LACC Theater Academy. Other alumni include Morgan Freeman, Mark Hamill, Cindy Williams, and Rene Michelle Aranda.
3Is one of 13 actresses who won their Best Supporting Actress Oscars in a movie that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for From Here to Eternity (1953)). The others are Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (1939), Teresa Wright for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Celeste Holm for Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Mercedes McCambridge for All the King's Men (1949), Eva Marie Saint for On the Waterfront (1954), Rita Moreno for West Side Story (1961), Meryl Streep for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (1996), Judi Dench for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Jennifer Connelly for A Beautiful Mind (2001), Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago (2002) and Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave (2013).
4Paternal great granddaughter of Richard Bartley Johnston (1833-1913), born in Illinois, and Elizabeth Herner (1841-1917), born in Canada.
5Paternal granddaughter of William G. Mullenger (1857-1934), born in Wisconsin, and Mary Ann Johnston (1864-1955), born in Illinois.
6Daughter of William Richard Mullenger (1893-1981) and Hazel Jane Shives (1899-1975). Both were born and raised in Iowa.
7Maternal granddaughter of Charles (1860-1936) and Mary Etta Petty (1866-1947). Both were born and raised in Illinois.
8She was of English, as well as some German and Irish, ancestry. Some of her forebears were Canadian-born.
9Was the 39th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953) at The 26th Annual Academy Awards (1954) on March 25, 1954.
10She was a lifelong Republican.
11Ex-sister-in-law of Thomas Tuttle.
12Had a close relationship with her TV daughter, Shelley Fabares. Was considered by Fabares as her second mother until Reed's death in 1986.
13Although her image was generally associated that of the the squeaky-clean, conservative 1950s housewife and mother, she won her Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953) for playing a prostitute.
14Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 725-727. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
15In Italy, a great deal of her films were dubbed by Renata Marini and Dhia Cristiani (most notably From Here to Eternity (1953)). Occasionally she was also dubbed by Miranda Bonansea (in Green Dolphin Street (1947)), Rosetta Calavetta and Micaela Giustiniani. The great Lidia Simoneschi also lent her voice to Reed in Frank Capra's much celebrated It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
16The woman on the cover of Rush's Permanent Waves album is modeled after her.
17Learned of her firing from Dallas (1978) from a reporter while on a vacation to Paris. She was in the process of suing the show's producers before her death in January, 1986.
18Four children by husband/producer Tony Owen : Penny Owen, Tony Owen Jr., Timothy Owen and Mary Owen. Two were adopted. Mary, their last child, was born to them in 1957, a year before the start of Donna's classic TV show, which Tony executive produced.
19In the scene from It's a Wonderful Life (1946) where she and James Stewart throw rocks at the old Granville house, director Frank Capra had originally planned to use a double in Donna's place to throw the rock. Miss Reed, however, was an accomplished baseball player in high school and threw very well, as evidenced by her toss in the movie.
20Her last husband Grover Asmus started a program called the Donna Reed Foundation that led to the Donna Reed festival held yearly in Denison, IA. It's a celebration of Donna, and includes classes, performances. Many stars attend such as Shelley Fabares, Debbie Reynolds, and Loren Janes.
21Despite her association with the squeaky-clean and conservative 1950s, Reed became an anti-nuclear activist and anti-Vietnam protester. She also founded the group Another Mother for Peace.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Toni hairdo


Quotes

#Quote
1When you handle yourself, use your head; when you handle others, use your heart.
2I hope more people decide to become organ donors.
3What we look for in the school is unrealized potential.
4If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commercial insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I'm not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family.
5I've been involved with blood donation since the 1980s because there is a critical need.
6Forty pictures I was in, and all I remember is 'What kind of bra will you be wearing today, honey?' That was always the area of big decision - from the neck to the navel.


Pictures

All Donna Reed pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActors and Actresses
1964Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actress
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - FemaleThe Donna Reed Show (1958)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1612 Vine Street.
1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleFrom Here to Eternity (1953)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsThe Most Irreplaceable ReplacementDallas (1978)
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsIrreplaceable ReplacementDallas (1978)
1962Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)The Donna Reed Show (1958)
1961Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)The Donna Reed Show (1958)
1960Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead or Support)The Donna Reed Show (1958)
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy SeriesThe Donna Reed Show (1958)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dallas1984-1985TV SeriesMiss Ellie Ewing
The Love Boat1984TV SeriesPolly Sullivan
Deadly Lessons1983TV MovieMiss Wade
The Best Place to Be1979TV MovieSheila Callahan
The Donna Reed Show1958-1966TV SeriesDonna Stone
Pepe1960Donna Reed
The Whole Truth1958Carol Poulton
Suspicion1957TV SeriesLetty Jason
General Electric Theater1957TV SeriesRayna
Beyond Mombasa1956Ann Wilson
Backlash1956Karyl Orton
Ransom!1956Edith Stannard
The Benny Goodman Story1956Alice Hammond
Tales of Hans Anderson1955TV Series
The Far Horizons1955Sacajawea
The Ford Television Theatre1954TV SeriesLydia Campbell
The Last Time I Saw Paris1954Marion Ellswirth
Three Hours to Kill1954Laurie Mastin
They Rode West1954Laurie MacKaye
Gun Fury1953Jennifer Ballard
The Caddy1953Kathy Taylor
From Here to Eternity1953Alma aka Lorene
Raiders of the Seven Seas1953Alida
Trouble Along the Way1953Alice Singleton
Hangman's Knot1952Molly Hull
Castle in the Air1952Donna Reed (uncredited)
Scandal Sheet1952Julie Allison
Saturday's Hero1951Melissa
Chicago Deadline1949Rosita Jean d'Ur
Beyond Glory1948Ann Daniels
Green Dolphin Street1947Marguerite Patourel
It's a Wonderful Life1946Mary Hatch
Faithful in My Fashion1946Jean 'Chunky' Kendrick
They Were Expendable1945Lt. Sandy Davyss
The Picture of Dorian Gray1945Gladys Hallward
Gentle Annie1944Mary Lingen
See Here, Private Hargrove1944Carol Holliday
Thousands Cheer1943Customer in Red Skelton Skit
The Man from Down Under1943Mary Wilson
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case1943Marcia Bradburn
The Human Comedy1943Bess Macauley
Personalities1942Short uncredited
Eyes in the Night1942Barbara Lawry
Apache Trail1942Rosalia Martinez
Calling Dr. Gillespie1942Marcia Bradburn
Mokey1942Anthea Delano
The Courtship of Andy Hardy1942Melodie Nesbit
The Bugle Sounds1942Sally Hanson
Babes on Broadway1941Jonesy's Secretary (uncredited)
Shadow of the Thin Man1941Molly Ford
The Getaway1941Maria Theresa O'Reilly

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Father Dowling Mysteries1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Picture of Dorian Gray1945"Good-Bye, Little Yellow Bird", uncredited
The Human Comedy1943performer: "All the World Will Be Jealous of Me" 1917, "A Dream" 1902 - uncredited
Mokey1942"The Prisoner's Song If I Had the Wings of an Angel" 1924, uncredited

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Moviemakers1983TV Series
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHerself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member and Past Winner
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHerself
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHerself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by an Lead Actress in a Series and Presenter
The 11th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
I've Got a Secret1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
This Is Your Life1958TV Series
MGM Parade1956TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Laugh Parade1953ShortHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Famous Feet1950Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Screen Actors1950Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Sucker Bait1943Documentary shortGeraldine - Waitress

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDonna Stone - Donna Reed Show
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!2011TV Movie documentaryMary Bailey (uncredited)
Stars of the Silver Screen2011TV SeriesMary Hatch
I Am2010/IIIDocumentaryMary Hatch (uncredited)
Costas Now2006TV SeriesDonna Stone
Polònia2006TV SeriesMary Hatch Bailey
Love Find Andy Hardy Intro2004Video documentary shortHerself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialMary Hatch Bailey (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryDonna Stone
Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas1997TV Movie documentaryMary Bailey
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life1996TV MovieMary Hatch (uncredited)
Éste es mi barrio1996TV SeriesMary Hatch Bailey
The Our Gang Story1994Video documentaryMary Hatch
Funny Women of Television1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
Father Dowling Mysteries1990TV SeriesMary Hatch
Free Spirit1989TV SeriesHerself
Cinema Paradiso1988Mary Hatch (uncredited)
Cheers1987TV SeriesMary Hatch
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryActress 'It's a Wonderful Life' (uncredited)
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryMary Hatch Bailey
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
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