Job Actress
Years active 1942-1988
Known for Bobby-soxers, kid sisters, best friends, secretaries, shop-girls, mothers (later career)
Top Roles Girl from Brooklyn, Sally, Alice Raymend, USO Hostess, Harem Girl
Top GenresComedy, Musical, Drama, Crime, Romance, Western
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Brother Sister
Top Collaborators , (Producer), , (Director)
Shares birthday with Sam Wood, John Gilbert, Robert Barrat  see more..

Jeff Donnell Overview:

Character actress, Jeff Donnell, was born Jean Marie Donnell on Jul 10, 1921 in South Windham, ME. Donnell died at the age of 66 on Apr 11, 1988 in Hollywood, CA .

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Jeff Donnell was a happy-looking, red-haired American actress who played bobby-soxers, kid sisters, prairie flowers, best friends, secretaries, shop-girls and other second-leads for 15 years, only graduating to mothers when she turned 40. Her cheery, chirpy personality was always welcome.  In latter days, she was seldom seen. Married to actor Aldo Ray (second of four husbands) from 1954 to 1956.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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Had a key role in the critically lauded film Sweet Smell of Success (1957) as Tony Curtis' secretary, but her role was cut extensively, including a big romantic scene with Curtis that might have reignited her movie career.

Lived in Towson, MD during her youth and was a 1938 graduate of the Towson Senior High School.

Had two children by her (much older) first husband Bill Anderson: Michael Phineas (nicknamed Mickey Finn), born in 1942, and Sarah Jane (Sally), born 1947.

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