Remembering Classic Movie Child Star, Ted Donaldson
I am so sad to report that Ted Donaldson passed away a few days ago, on March 1st. I typically don’t publish blog posts when someone passes, but this time I felt I must — as I had the honor of meeting and interviewing Ted a few years ago, and it is something that I will never forget. He was such a charming gentleman, and it was such a pleasure to be able to sit down and chat with him, and hear so many wonderful stories.
Here is a wonderful Hollywood Reporter article that was published yesterday, chronicling Ted’s career through Broadway, radio and film, including his big screen debut in Once Upon a Time with Cary Grant and, of course, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
As mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter article, Ted’s friends, Thomas and Heidi Bruno, have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Ted’s burial expenses, as Ted passed with very little cash and few possessions. I am sure that any donation, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated by Thomas and Heidi — as they would like to provide Ted with a proper burial in Hollywood Forever Cemetery near many of his co-stars.
Again, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Ted. That was indeed a special moment for me.
Lastly, if you’d like to see my video interview with Ted, here is a link to it on YouTube.
–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub
Thank you for letting us know. I enjoyed your interview with him, and chipped in with a small donation. His stories about Cary Grant were charming.
Thank you for sharing the GoFundMe link and the link to your great interview, AnnMarie. Mr. Donaldson was something special. We’re so fortunate that so many of us got to be in his presence for the last several years. And I think he was fortunate to know how much he was still appreciated, admired, and loved.