Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue  American Actress


Who is is she dating right now?

Elinor Donahue and Lou Genevrino are married.


Elinor Donahue was previously married to Harry Ackerman (1962 - 1991) and Richard Smith (1955 - 1961).

She has been in a relationship with Jack Jones (1959 - 1960).


Elinor Donahue is a 79 year old American Actress. Born Mary Eleanor Donahue on 19th April, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington USA, she is famous for Father Knows Best in a career that spans 1942–present. Her zodiac sign is Aries.

Elinor Donahue has been in 2 on-screen matchups, including Andy Griffith in The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Herb Edelman in The Golden Girls (1985).

Elinor Donahue is a member of the following lists: Actresses from Tacoma, Washington, 21st-century American actresses and 20th-century American actresses.


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Relationship Statistics

Married3 30 years, 8 months 21 years 8 years, 7 months
Dating1 1 year - -
Total4 30 years, 8 months 16 years 1 year


First Name Elinor
Middle Name Eleanor
Last Name Donahue
Full Name at Birth Mary Eleanor Donahue
Alternative Name Mary Eleanor Donahue, Elinor Donahue
Age 79 years
Birthday 19th April, 1937
Birthplace Tacoma, Washington USA
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Aries
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Actress
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame Father Knows Best
Year(s) Active 1942–present
Official Websites www.nndb.com/people/521/000092245/, goldengirls.wikia.com/wiki/Elinor_Donahue, www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Elinor-Donahue/

Mary Eleanor Donahue (born April 19, 1937), best known as Elinor Donahue, is an American actress. She played Robert Young's and Jane Wyatt's eldest child, Betty Anderson, on Father Knows Best, a 1950s sitcom.

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Elinor Donahue79 AriesActress
Lou Genevrino-
Harry Ackerman78 ScorpioFilm/TV Producer
Jack Jones78 CapricornSinger
Richard Smith-




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Cold Case2003Esther 'Legs' Davis - 2005TV Show
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within2001Rebecca Quinn DickinsonTV Movie
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story1999Mrs. LebowitzTV Movie
The Invaders1995Norma WintersTV Movie
Ellen1994Delores WarwellTV Show
Friends1994Aunt LillianTV Show
Biker Mice from Mars1993MunsterellaTV Show
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman1993Rebecca QuinnTV Show
Eek! the Cat1992MomTV Show
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare1991Orphanage WomanMovie
Herman's Head1991Mrs. FitzerTV Show
The Legend of Prince Valiant1991Queen EleanoraTV Show
Pretty Woman1990BridgetMovie
Get a Life1990Gladys PetersonTV Show
Coach1989LorraineTV Show
Generations1989Sylvia Furth (1989)TV Show
The New Adventures of Beans Baxter1987Susan BaxterTV Show
The Golden Girls1985KatherineTV Show
CBS Schoolbreak Special1984Laura Donovan, Mrs. ParsonsTV Show
Murder, She Wrote1984Connie LewisTV Show
Riptide1984Elaine WarwickTV Show
Santa Barbara1984Dr. AndersonTV Show
No Earthly Reason1984Mrs. MorrisonTV Movie
Going Berserk1983Margaret AndersonMovie
High School U.S.A.1983Mrs. FranklinTV Movie
Hotel1983LouiseTV Show
Just an Overnight Guest1983Social WorkerTV Movie
Newhart1982IrmaTV Show
The Grady Nutt Show1981Ellie WilliamsTV Movie
Condominium1980Audrey AmesTV Movie
The Dukes of Hazzard1979Federal AgentTV Show
Doctors' Private Lives1979Mona WelkTV Show
Please Stand By1979Carol LambertTV Show
Diff'rent Strokes1978Diane SloaneTV Show
Mork & Mindy1978Dr. Joni LincolnTV Show
Doctors' Private Lives1978Mona WiseTV Movie
No Margin for Error1978TV Movie
Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas1977Betty AndersonTV Movie
Fantasy Island1977Blanche Barrens, Madge Nolan, Mrs. MarsonTV Show
Mulligan's Stew1977Jane MulliganTV Show
The Love Boat1977Betty AndersonTV Show
The Father Knows Best Reunion1977Betty AndersonTV Movie
The Feather and Father Gang1976JulieTV Show
One Day at a Time1975FeliciaTV Show
S.W.A.T.1975Marjorie KempTV Show
Happy Days1974Mrs. BroderickTV Show
Petrocelli1974Joan HillerTV Show
Police Woman1974Ellie TarlowTV Show
If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?1974Alice BennettTV Movie
Barnaby Jones1973Judy CorbettTV Show
Police Story1973Joan Anderson, Camille TackleberryTV Show
The Young and the Restless1973Judge Marie AndersonTV Show
Gidget Gets Married1972Medley BlaineTV Movie
The Rookies1972AmandaTV Show
The Odd Couple1970Miriam WelbyTV Show
In Name Only1969Esther GarrityTV Movie
The Flying Nun1967Dr. Jennifer EthringtonTV Show
Occasional Wife1966Linda SueTV Show
Star Trek1966Nancy HedfordTV Show
A Man Called Shenandoah1965Julie WadeTV Show
Days of Our Lives1965Kate HoneycuttTV Show
Many Happy Returns1964Joan RandallTV Show
Redigo1963Joanie-Mae KilpatrickTV Show
The Eleventh Hour1962MelanieTV Show
The Virginian1962Carole ColeTV Show
Dr. Kildare1961Sharon CallowayTV Show
Insight1960Margaret DrillTV Show
The Andy Griffith Show1960Ellie WalkerTV Show
The Brothers Brannagan1960Kate WarrenTV Show
Girls Town1959Mary Lee MorganMovie
Imitation of Life1959Lora's Friend (uncredited)Movie
Dennis the Menace1959Georgiana BalangerTV Show
77 Sunset Strip1958Laura HoltTV Show
U.S. Marshal1958Martha WatsonTV Show
Goodyear Theatre1957Connie PetersTV Show
Have Gun - Will Travel1957Letty Mae StinchcombTV Show
Crossroads1955TV Show
Matinee Theatre1955TV Show
Father Knows Best1954BettyTV Show
G.E. True Theater1953Carol MadsenTV Show
The Loretta Young Show1953Janey, Debbie WaringTV Show
The United States Steel Hour1953Fran CrowellTV Show
Sweethearts on Parade1953Student (uncredited)Movie
Where's Raymond?1953TV Show
Love Is Better Than Ever1952Pattie Marie LevoyMovie
The Ford Television Theatre1952Katherine CaseyTV Show
Schlitz Playhouse1951TV Show
Her First Romance1951Lucille StewartMovie
My Blue Heaven1950Mary (uncredited)Movie
Singing Guns1950Mike Murphy's KidMovie
Tea for Two1950Lynne SmithMovie
The Happy Years1950Connie Brown (uncredited)Movie
Lux Video Theatre1950Helen RichardsTV Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show1950Emily Vanderlip FosterTV Show
An Old-Fashioned Girl1949Maud Shaw (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)Movie
Tenth Avenue Angel1948Cynthia (uncredited)Movie
Three Daring Daughters1948Alix Morgan (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)Movie
Arkansas Swing1948Toni MacGregor (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)Movie
The Unfinished Dance1947Josie (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)Movie
Winter Wonderland1946Betty Wheeler (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)Movie
Little Miss Big1946Young Girl (uncredited)Movie
And Now Tomorrow1944Janice - Age 4 (uncredited)Movie
Bowery to Broadway1944Young Bessie Jo (uncredited)Movie
Mister Big1943Muggsy (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)Movie
Honeymoon Lodge1943Janie Thomas (uncredited)Movie
Girls' Town1942Bit Role (uncredited)Movie
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Posted commentsView all comments (15)

heatherachaseJan 9, 2011

great in pretty woman

Steve L.Dec 31, 2010

Fortunately for Elinor, she and I are NOT related.

Candace Bailey WestJun 15, 2010

i am also elinor`s cousin, through my dad. they were 1st cousins and i would love to write to her. how exciting!

Jo Ann Donahue O`BannonJun 30, 2009

I am Elinor`s first cousin and would enjoy hearing from her. We haven`t seen one another since we were children.

mabgMar 3, 2009

I fell in love with her when she played Betty Anderson on Father Knows Best and she looked so beautiful in STAR TRECK as Nancy Hedford

LJG1015Aug 9, 2008

I liked her when she played Ellie Walker on The Andy Griffith Show.

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