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Hollywood Memorial

Donna Reed

Popular motion picture and television actress of the 1940s thru 1980s, starred with Jimmy Stewart in the classic holiday film ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and won Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her work in ‘From Here To Eternity’. Starred in her own TV series ‘The Donna Reed Show’ in the 1950s and 60s and was nominated for an Emmy every year between 1959 and 1962. In the scene from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ 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. ‘Forty 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.’ Buried in Westwood Cemetery in Los Angeles.