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Jeff Donnell ACTOR

Jeff Donnell was born on July 10th, 1921 in South Windham, Maine with the birth name Jean Marie Donnell.  She was the youngest of two girls, born to Howard and Mildred Donnell.  During her childhood years, she gave herself the nickname 'Jeff' after the cartoon character in "Mutt and Jeff", which she later took on as her stage name.
She and her sister were raised in Maryland and as a young girl she studied piano and dance.  After high school, Donnell enrolled at Yale School of Drama and during the summer she worked in summer stock gaining stage experience. 

At the age of nineteen she married, Bill Anderson who was a drama teacher she once studied with and the couple opened the Farragut Playhouse in New Hampshire.  During one of her performances, a talent scout with Columbia Pictures was viewing the production and right away signed Donnell to a contract.
She soon made the move out west to Hollywood and right away was appearing in such films as, "My Sister Eileen" (1942) starring Rosalind Russell, Janet Blair, George Tobias, Allyn Joslyn, Brian Aherne, Grant Mitchell, Gordon Jones, Elizabeth Patterson, June Havoc, Donald MacBride, Richard Quine and The Three Stooges, "The Boogie Man Will Get You" (1942) starring Boris Karloff, Larry Parks, Frank Puglia, Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Don Beddoe, Frank Sully and Peter Lorre, "Doughboys in Ireland" (1943) also starring Kenny Baker and Lynn Merrick, Herbert Rawlinson, Syd Saylor and Robert Mitchum, "What's Buzzin', Cousin?" (1943) starring Ann Miller, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, John Hubbard and Freddy Martin, "Nine Girls" (1944) starring with Ann Harding, Evelyn Keyes, Jinx Falkenburg, Anita Louise, Leslie Brooks, Lynn Merrick and Nina Foch, "Carolina Blues" (1944) co-starring Kay Kyser, Ann Miller, Victor Moore and Howard Freeman, "A Thousand and One Nights" (1945) starring Cornel Wilde, Evelyn Keyes, Phil Silvers, Nina Foch, Shelley Winters, Philip Van Zandt, Rex Ingram, Nestor Paiva, Dennis Hoey and Dusty Anderson, "Eadie Was a Lady" (1945) with Ann Miller, Joe Besser, William Wright and Jimmy Little and "Over 21" (1945) starring Irene Dunne, Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Lee Patrick and Cora Witherspoon.
After divorcing her first husband with whom she had 2 children with, she decided to also make the career move to RKO Pictures, however this did not do her career any justice.  Donnell then began to turn her focus on television work appearing on such series as, "The George Gobel Show", "Cavalcade of America", "Rebound", "Racket Squad", "Waterfront", "Climax!", "The Ann Sothern Show", "Studio 57", "Playhouse 90", "Overland Trail", "Mister Ed", "The United States Steel Hour", "Perry Mason", "Dr. Kildare", "Julia", "The Jimmy Stewart Show", "Daniel Boone" and one of her most well known roles, "General Hospital" portraying Stella Fields from 1980 through 1988.
Later in her career, she did on occasionally return to the film industry with some of her more prominent roles being on, "Thief of Damascus" (1952) co-starring Paul Henreid, John Sutton, Elena Verdugo, Lon Chaney Jr. and Philip Van Zandt, "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957) starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Sam Levene, Chico Hamilton, Barbara Nichols, Emile Meyer and Martin Milner, "Gidget Goes Hawaiian' (1961) starring Deborah Walley, Michael Callan, Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass, Joby Baker, Eddie Foy Jr. and James Darren, "Force of Impulse" (1961) with Robert Alda, J. Carrol Naish, Tony Anthony and Jody McCrea, "Gidget Goes to Rome" (1963) starring Cindy Carol, James Darren, Joby Baker, Jessie Royce Landis, Cesare Danova, Danielle De Metz, Noreen Corcoran, Trudi Ames and Don Porter, "The Comic" (1969) starring Dick Van Dyke, Michele Lee, Mickey Rooney, Carl Reiner, Gavin MacLeod, Steve Allen, Nina Wayne, Jay Novello, Barbara Heller and Cornel Wilde, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970) starring alongside Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, So Yamamura, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Neville Brand, Edward Andrews, Richard Anderson, Leon Ames, George Macready, Ron Masak, Walter Brooke, Robert Shayne, George Tobias, Walter Reed, Richard Erdman, Keith Andes and Jason Robards and "Stand Up and Be Counted" (1972) directed by Jackie Cooper, with Jacqueline Bisset, Stella Stevens, Steve Lawrence, Gary Lockwood, Loretta Swit, Hector Elizondo, Michael Ansara, Greg Mullavey, Lee Purcell, Madlyn Rhue and Meredith Baxter.
Although her professional like had finally become a success she suffered three other failed marriages.  Her second marriage to actor Aldo Ray in 1954 only lasted two years before ending in divorce.  She then married John Bricker in 1958 however by 1964 another marriage came to an end.  Her fourth and final husband was Radcliffe Bealey but this only lasted one year from 1974 through 1975. 

She did not re-marry and remained working on "General Hospital" until she passed away on April 11th, 1988 in Hollywood, California after suffering from a heart attack in her sleep at the age of sixty six. 


1980-1988     General Hospital 
1979         Fantasy Island 
1979         Portrait of a Stripper 
1979         Rendezvous Hotel 
1979         Murder by Natural Causes 
1978         The Bob Newhart Show 
1977         The Amazing Spider-Man 
1977         The Feather and Father Gang 
1977         Chico and the Man 
1976         McNaughton's Daughter 
1976         Matt Helm 
1974-1975     Police Story 
1975         Kolchak: The Night Stalker 
1974         Paper Moon
1974         Marcus Welby, M.D. 
1973         The Girl with Something Extra 
1973         Here We Go Again 
1973         The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 
1973         Cannon
1973         Barnaby Jones 
1973         Adam-12 
1969-1972     The F.B.I.
1972         Stand Up and Be Counted
1972         Emergency! 
1972         Me and the Chimp 
1971-1972     The Jimmy Stewart Show 
1972         The Partridge Family 
1971         The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 
1971         Love, American Style
1971         Congratulations, It's a Boy
1971         Love Hate Love 
1970         Medical Center
1970         Bracken's World
1970         Tora! Tora! Tora!
1970         Nanny and the Professor
1969         The Comic
1969         Daniel Boone 
1968         Julia 
1968         Felony Squad
1968         The Mothers-In-Law 
1966         Gidget
1966         The Addams Family
1966         Dr. Kildare 
1962-1964     Perry Mason
1964         Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 
1963         Gidget Goes to Rome
1963         The Swinging Maiden
1954-1962     The United States Steel Hour 
1962         Mister Ed 
1961         Force of Impulse
1961         Gidget Goes Hawaiian
1960         Play of the Week 
1960         The DuPont Show with June Allyson 
1960         The Ann Sothern Show 
1960         Overland Trail 
1959         The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen 
1954-1958     The George Gobel Show 
1957         My Man Godfrey
1957         Sweet Smell of Success
1957         Destination 60,000
1957         The Guns of Fort Petticoat
1956         Playhouse 90 
1956         Studio 57 
1956         Ethel Barrymore Theater 
1956         Matinee Theatre 
1956         Magnificent Roughnecks
1955         Climax!
1955         Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson 
1953-1954     Schlitz Playhouse 
1954         Massacre Canyon
1954         The Ford Television Theatre
1954         Waterfront 
1953         Omnibus 
1953         The Courtship of Miles Standish
1953         Flight Nurse
1953         So This Is Love
1953         The Blue Gardenia
1953         Cavalcade of America 
1952         Racket Squad 
1952         Because You're Mine
1952         Skirts Ahoy!
1952         Thief of Damascus
1952         Rebound
1952         The First Time
1951         The Bigelow Theatre 
1951         Three Guys Named Mike
1950         Walk Softly, Stranger
1950         Redwood Forest Trail
1950         The Fuller Brush Girl
1950         Big Timber
1950         Hoedown
1950         In a Lonely Place
1949         Easy Living
1949         Post Office Investigator
1949         Outcasts of the Trail
1949         Stagecoach Kid
1949         Roughshod
1947         Mr. District Attorney
1946         It's Great to Be Young
1946         Singing on the Trail
1946         Cowboy Blues
1946         The Unknown
1946         That Texas Jamboree
1946         The Phantom Thief
1946         Night Editor
1946         Throw a Saddle on a Star
1946         Tars and Spars
1945         Song of the Prairie
1945         Over 21
1945         A Thousand and One Nights
1945         The Power of the Whistler
1945         Eadie Was a Lady
1944         Carolina Blues
1944         Dancing in Manhattan
1944         Three Is a Family
1944         Mr. Winkle Goes to War
1944         Sensations of 1945
1944         She's a Soldier Too
1944         Stars on Parade
1944         Once Upon a Time
1944         Nine Girls
1943         There's Something About a Soldier
1943         Doughboys in Ireland
1943         What's Buzzin', Cousin?
1942         A Night to Remember
1942         The Boogie Man Will Get You
1942         My Sister Eileen

Matinee Classics - Thief of Damascus starring Paul Henreid, John Sutton, Jeff Donnell, Lon Chaney Jr., Elena Verdugo, Helen Gilbert, Robert Clary, Edward Colmans, Nelson Leigh and Philip Van Zandt
Matinee Classics - The Boogie Man Will Get You starring Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Larry Parks and Miss Jeff Donnell

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