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Elinor Donahue


Tap dancing at the age of 16 months, pert and pretty Elinor Donahue has been entertaining audiences for six decades. Born Mary Eleanor Donahue in Tacoma, Washington in 1937, she appeared as a radio singer and vaudeville dancer while still a mere toddler, then was picked up by Universal Studios at the age of 5. Cast in minor child roles in such ... See full bio »
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 2010-2011 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
Judge Marie Anderson / Judge Anderson
- Episode #1.9807 (2011) ... Judge Anderson
- Episode #1.9482 (2010) ... Judge Marie Anderson
- Episode #1.9481 (2010) ... Judge Marie Anderson
- Episode #1.9480 (2010) ... Judge Marie Anderson
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Esther 'Legs' Davis - 2005
- Colors (2005) ... Esther 'Legs' Davis - 2005
 2001 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within (TV Movie)
Rebecca Quinn Dickinson
 1993-1997 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)
Rebecca Quinn
- A Time to Heal: Part 2 (1997) ... Rebecca Quinn
- A Time to Heal: Part 1 (1997) ... Rebecca Quinn
- When a Child Is Born: Part 2 (1996) ... Rebecca Quinn
- When a Child Is Born: Part 1 (1996) ... Rebecca Quinn
- For Better or Worse: Part 2 (1995) ... Rebecca Quinn
 1996 Ellen (TV Series)
Delores Warwell
- The Tape (1996) ... Delores Warwell
 1995 The Invaders (TV Movie)
Norma Winters
 1993 Biker Mice from Mars (TV Series)
Munsterella
- A Scent, a Memory, a Far Distant Cheese (1993) ... Munsterella (voice)
 1993 Coach (TV Series)
Lorraine
- Luthario (1993) ... Lorraine
- Burden of the Burleighs (1993) ... Lorraine
 1992 Herman's Head (TV Series)
Mrs. Fitzer
- A Charlie Brown Fitzer (1992) ... Mrs. Fitzer
 1990-1992 Get a Life (TV Series)
Gladys Peterson
- 1977 2000 (1992) ... Gladys Peterson (credit only)
- SPEWEY and Me (1992) ... Gladys Peterson (credit only)
- Bad Fish (1992) ... Gladys Peterson (credit only)
- Chris' Brain Starts Working (1992) ... Gladys Peterson (credit only)
- Girlfriend 2000 (1992) ... Gladys Peterson (credit only)
 1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV Series)
Queen Eleanora
- The Jubilee (1992) ... Queen Eleanora (voice)
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Connie Lewis
- The Szechuan Dragon (1990) ... Connie Lewis
 1989 Generations (TV Series)
Sylvia Furth (1989)
 1989 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Katherine
- Stan Takes a Wife (1989) ... Katherine
 1988 Newhart (TV Series)
Irma
- Courtin' Disaster (1988) ... Irma
 1984-1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Laura Donovan / Mrs. Parsons
- Never Say Goodbye (1988) ... Laura Donovan
- Hear Me Cry (1984) ... Mrs. Parsons
 1987 The New Adventures of Beans Baxter (TV Series)
Susan Baxter
- Beans in Jungleland (1987) ... Susan Baxter
- Beans' Home Life Gets UGLI (1987) ... Susan Baxter
- Beans Runs for President (1987) ... Susan Baxter
- Beans' First Adventure (1987) ... Susan Baxter
 1979-1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Betty Anderson / Andrea Hammond / Mrs. van Buren / ...
 1986 Riptide (TV Series)
Elaine Warwick
- Echoes (1986) ... Elaine Warwick
 1984-1985 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Kate Honeycutt
- Episode dated 21 February 1985 (1985) ... Kate Honeycutt
- Episode dated 20 February 1985 (1985) ... Kate Honeycutt
- Episode dated 6 November 1984 (1984) ... Kate Honeycutt
- Episode dated 2 November 1984 (1984) ... Kate Honeycutt
 1984 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Dr. Anderson (1989)
 1984 Happy Days (TV Series)
Mrs. Broderick
- School Dazed (1984) ... Mrs. Broderick
 1984 No Earthly Reason (TV Movie)
Mrs. Morrison
 1983 Just an Overnight Guest (TV Short)
Social Worker
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Louise
- Deceptions (1983) ... Louise
 1983 High School U.S.A. (TV Movie)
Mrs. Franklin
 1982 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Federal Agent
- The Sound of Music - Hazzard Style (1982) ... Federal Agent
 1980-1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Blanche Barrens / Madge Nolan / Mrs. Marson
- Delphine/The Unkillable (1981) ... Madge Nolan
- Rogues to Riches/Stark Terror (1980) ... Mrs. Marson
 1981 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Felicia
- Alex Moves In (1981) ... Felicia
 1981 The Grady Nutt Show (TV Movie)
Ellie Williams
 1980 Condominium (TV Movie)
Audrey Ames
 1980 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Judy Corbett
- The Silent Accuser (1980) ... Judy Corbett
 1979 Doctors' Private Lives (TV Mini-Series)
Mona Welk
 1979 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Diane Sloane
- The Woman (1979) ... Diane Sloane
 1979 Please Stand By (TV Series)
Carol Lambert
 1978 No Margin for Error (TV Movie)
 1977-1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Joan Anderson / Camille Tackleberry
- No Margin for Error (1978) ... Joan Anderson
- Ice Time (1977) ... Camille Tackleberry
 1978 Doctors' Private Lives (TV Movie)
Mona Wise
 1977 Mulligan's Stew (TV Series)
Jane Mulligan
- Winning the Big Ones (1977) ... Jane Mulligan
- Ah, Wilderness (1977) ... Jane Mulligan
- Little Grey Bird (1977) ... Jane Mulligan
- A New Grandpa (1977) ... Jane Mulligan
- Melinda Special (1977) ... Jane Mulligan
 1977 Insight (TV Series)
Margaret Drill
- Christmas 2025 (1977) ... Margaret Drill
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
Julie
- The People's Choice (1977) ... Julie
 1976 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Marjorie Kemp
- Lessons in Fear (1976) ... Marjorie Kemp
 1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Joan Hiller
- Vengeance in White (1975) ... Joan Hiller
 1974 The Rookies (TV Series)
Amanda
- Blue Christmas (1974) ... Amanda
 1974 Police Woman (TV Series)
Ellie Tarlow
- Warning: All Wives (1974) ... Ellie Tarlow
 1974 If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever? (TV Movie)
Alice Bennett
 1972 Gidget Gets Married (TV Movie)
Medley Blaine
 1968-1970 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
Dr. Jennifer Ethrington / Jennifer
- My Sister, the Doctor (1970) ... Dr. Jennifer Ethrington
- How to Be a Spanish Grandmother (1968) ... Dr. Jennifer Ethrington
- My Sister, the Sister (1968) ... Jennifer
 1969 In Name Only (TV Movie)
Esther Garrity
 1967 Star Trek (TV Series)
Nancy Hedford
 1967 Occasional Wife (TV Series)
Linda Sue
- Oil, Be Seeing You (1967) ... Linda Sue
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Julie Wade
- Town on Fire (1965) ... Julie Wade
 1964-1965 Many Happy Returns (TV Series)
Joan Randall
- It's a Gift (1965) ... Joan Randall
- The Woodsman (1965) ... Joan Randall
- A Date for Walter (1965) ... Joan Randall
- Idol Threats (1965) ... Joan Randall
- Big White Lie (1965) ... Joan Randall
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Melanie
- The Secret in the Stone (1964) ... Melanie
 1963 The Virginian (TV Series)
Carole Cole
- Siege (1963) ... Carole Cole
 1963 Redigo (TV Series)
Joanie-Mae Kilpatrick
- Hostage Hero Riding (1963) ... Joanie-Mae Kilpatrick
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Sharon Calloway
- Ship's Doctor (1963) ... Sharon Calloway
 1961-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Fran Crowell
- Delayed Honeymoon (1961) ... Fran Crowell
 1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Letty Mae Stinchcomb
- The Burning Tree (1963) ... Letty Mae Stinchcomb
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Laura Holt
- Scream Softly, Dear (1963) ... Laura Holt
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Carol Madsen
- A Voice on the Phone (1961) ... Carol Madsen
 1960 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series)
Kate Warren
- Duet (1960) ... Kate Warren
 1960 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Georgiana Balanger
- Dennis and the Wedding (1960) ... Georgiana Balanger
 1954-1960 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Betty / Donna Stuart
- Not His Type (1960) ... Betty
- Bud Lives It Up (1960) ... Betty
- Blind Date (1960) ... Betty
- Love and Learn (1960) ... Betty
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Connie Peters
- Marked Down for Connie (1960) ... Connie Peters
 1959 Girls Town
Mary Lee Morgan
 1959 Imitation of Life
Lora's Friend (uncredited)
 1958 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
Martha Watson
- Shoot to Kill ... Martha Watson
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Katherine
- Sheila (1956) ... Katherine
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Susan and God (1956)
 1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Janey / Debbie Waring
- Week-End in Winnetka (1955) ... Janey
- He Always Comes Home (1955) ... Debbie Waring (as Eleanor Donahue)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Helen Richards
- The Life of Emile Zola (1955) ... Helen Richards
 1954 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
- Find the Dog (1954) ... (as Eleanor Donahue)
- The Teenager (1954)
 1953 Sweethearts on Parade
Student (uncredited)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 Love Is Better Than Ever
Pattie Marie Levoy
 1951 Her First Romance
Lucille Stewart
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Mary (uncredited)
 1950 Tea for Two
Lynne Smith (uncredited)
 1950 The Happy Years
Connie Brown (uncredited)
 1950 Singing Guns
Mike Murphy's Kid
 1949 An Old-Fashioned Girl
Maud Shaw (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
 1948 The Arkansas Swing
Toni MacGregor (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
 1948 Tenth Avenue Angel
Cynthia (uncredited)
 1948 Three Daring Daughters
Alix Morgan (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
 1947 The Unfinished Dance
Josie (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
 1947 Winter Wonderland
Betty Wheeler (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
 1946 Little Miss Big
Young Girl (uncredited)
 1944 And Now Tomorrow
Janice - Age 4 (uncredited)
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
Young Bessie Jo (uncredited)
 1943 Honeymoon Lodge
Janie Thomas (uncredited)
 1943 Mister Big
Muggsy (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
 1942 Girls' Town
Bit Role (uncredited)
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