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Jeff Donnell (1921–1988)


A reliable featured player and occasional co-star, actress Jeff Donnell was born Jean Marie Donnell in a boy's reformatory in South Windham, Maine in 1921. The younger of two daughters, her father (Howard) was a penologist and mother (Mildred) a schoolteacher. Raised in Maryland, she took piano and dance lessons while growing up. It was during her ... See full bio »

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In a Lonely Place
In a Lonely Place Sylvia Nicolai
(1950)
Tora! Tora! Tora!
(1970)
Big Timber
Big Timber Sally
(1950)

Filmography

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 1979-1981 General Hospital (TV Series)
Stella / Stella Fields
- Episode #1.4644 (1981) ... Stella (uncredited)
- Episode dated 4 October 1979 (1979) ... Stella Fields
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mrs. Hoyt
- The Cheerleaders/Marooned (1979) ... Mrs. Hoyt
 1979 Portrait of a Stripper (TV Movie)
Edith Sterling
 1979 Rendezvous Hotel (TV Movie)
Mrs. Williams
 1979 Murder by Natural Causes (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mathews
 1978 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
Clara Hackler
- Freudian Ship (1978) ... Clara Hackler
 1977 The Amazing Spider-Man (TV Series)
Aunt May Parker
- Spider-Man (1977) ... Aunt May Parker
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
Annie
- The Apology (1977) ... Annie
 1977 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Peggy Randall
- Matchmaker, Matchmaker (1977) ... Peggy Randall
 1976 McNaughton's Daughter (TV Mini-Series)
Juror
- McNaughton's Daughter (1976) ... Juror
 1975-1976 Matt Helm (TV Series)
Ethel
- Die Once, Die Twice (1976) ... Ethel
- Death Rods (1975) ... Ethel
- Deadly Breed (1975) ... Ethel
- Murder on Ice (1975) ... Ethel
- Dead Men Talk (1975) ... Ethel
 1974-1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Attles / Martha
- Face for a Shadow (1975) ... Mrs. Attles
- Fingerprint (1974) ... Martha
 1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Maura
- The Knightly Murders (1975) ... Maura
 1974 Paper Moon (TV Series)
Mrs. Carson
- Green Goods (1974) ... Mrs. Carson
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Cleaning Woman
- Last Flight to Babylon (1974) ... Cleaning Woman
 1973 The Girl with Something Extra (TV Series)
Betsy Burton
- Mind-ing Mama (1973) ... Betsy Burton
 1971-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mrs. Gellar (segment "Love and the Unwedding") / Mrs. Hutton (segment "Love and the Bashful Groom")
- Love and the Big Top/Love and the Locksmith/Love and the Odd Couples/Love and the Unwedding (1973) ... Mrs. Gellar (segment "Love and the Unwedding")
 1973 Here We Go Again (TV Series)
Aunt Patti
- Class of '77 (1973) ... Aunt Patti
 1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
Mrs. Cummings
- The Gift of Terror (1973) ... Mrs. Cummings
 1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Mrs. Holt
- The Seventh Grave (1973) ... Mrs. Holt
 1973 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Janet Gossett
- Sunday: Doomsday (1973) ... Janet Gossett
 1973 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Mrs. James Nelson
- O'Brien's Stand (1973) ... Mrs. James Nelson
 1969-1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Mrs. Kraft / Rooming House Manager
- Holiday with Terror (1972) ... Mrs. Kraft
- Blood Tie (1969) ... Rooming House Manager
 1972 Young Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
- Pilot (1972)
 1972 Emergency! (TV Series)
Katie
- Crash (1972) ... Katie
 1972 Me and the Chimp (TV Series)
Grandma
- One Romantic Evening (1972) ... Grandma
 1971-1972 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Agatha Dwiggins / Mrs. Dwiggins
- Price Is Right (1972) ... Agatha Dwiggins
- As the Escrow Flies (1972) ... Mrs. Dwiggins
- Guest of Honor (1971) ... Agatha Dwiggins
 1972 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Mrs. Monahan
- My Heart Belongs to a Two Car Garage (1972) ... Mrs. Monahan
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Nurse Klein
- The Convicts (1971) ... Nurse Klein
 1971 Congratulations, It's a Boy! (TV Movie)
Rose
 1968-1971 Julia (TV Series)
Mrs. Bennett
- Anyone for Tenants? (1971) ... Mrs. Bennett
- Kids Is a Four-Letter Word (1971) ... Mrs. Bennett
- You Can't Beat Drums (1969) ... Mrs. Bennett
- Paint Your Waggedorn (1968) ... Mrs. Bennett
 1971 Love Hate Love (TV Movie)
Mary Blunden
 1970 Medical Center (TV Series)
Mrs. Hersey
- Witch Hunt (1970) ... Mrs. Hersey
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Joan (Film Editor) / Joan Elliot
- The Mary Tree (1970) ... Joan (Film Editor)
- Together Again, for the Last Time (1970) ... Joan Elliot
 1970 Tora! Tora! Tora!
Cornelia
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Mrs. Winslow
- Nanny Will Do (1970) ... Mrs. Winslow (uncredited)
 1969 The Comic
Nurse
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Varna Montgomery
- A Tall Tale of Prater Beaseley (1969) ... Varna Montgomery
 1968 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster
- The Deadly Innocents (1968) ... Mrs. Foster
 1968 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Elaine
- Herb's Little Helper (1968) ... Elaine
 1966 Gidget (TV Series)
Hannah
- Take a Lesson (1966) ... Hannah
 1966 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Eleanor Digby
- Morticia, the Decorator (1966) ... Eleanor Digby
 1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Evelyn Driscoll / Nurse Evelyn Driscoll
- Some Tales for Halloween (1966) ... Evelyn Driscoll (uncredited)
- A Few Hearts, a Few Flowers (1966) ... Evelyn Driscoll
- Never So Happy (1966) ... Nurse Evelyn Driscoll
- The Last to Believe in Miracles (1966) ... Nurse Evelyn Driscoll
- The Atheist and the True Believer (1966) ... Evelyn Driscoll
 1962-1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Rose Carol / Sylvia Dykes
- The Case of the Bullied Bowler (1964) ... Rose Carol
- The Case of the Melancholy Marksman (1962) ... Sylvia Dykes
 1964 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mrs. Jarkey
- Bristle Face: Part 2 (1964) ... Mrs. Jarkey
- Bristle Face: Part 1 (1964) ... Mrs. Jarkey
 1963 Gidget Goes to Rome
Mrs. Lawrence
 1963 The Swingin' Maiden
Miriam Fisher
 1954-1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Eva Dulaney / Sadie Merrick / Virginia Purdy
- Tangle of Truth (1961) ... Eva Dulaney
- Game of Hearts (1960)
- Little Tin God (1959) ... Sadie Merrick
 1962 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Martha Harper
- Ed, the Matchmaker (1962) ... Martha Harper
 1961 Force of Impulse
Louise Reese
 1961 Gidget Goes Hawaiian
Dorothy Lawrence
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Lucy
- Uncle Harry (1960) ... Lucy
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Millie Moon
- A Thief or Two (1960) ... Millie Moon
 1960 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Helen
- The Girls (1960) ... Helen
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Jennifer Dean
- Most Dangerous Gentleman (1960) ... Jennifer Dean
 1955-1957 The George Gobel Show (TV Series)
Alice / Mrs. Hunter
- Episode #4.7 (1957) ... Alice
- Episode #2.21 (1956) ... Alice
- Episode #2.18 (1956) ... Alice
- Episode #2.17 (1956) ... Alice
- Episode #1.28 (1955) ... Alice
 1957 My Man Godfrey
Molly
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success
Sally
 1957 Destination 60,000
Ruth Buckley
 1957 The Guns of Fort Petticoat
Mary Wheller
 1956 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sylvia
- Sincerely, Willis Wade (1956) ... Sylvia
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- Mimsel's Man (1956)
- The Peabody's (1956)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Old Payola (1956)
 1956 Magnificent Roughnecks
Julie
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Kay Matheson
- No Stone Unturned (1955) ... Kay Matheson
 1954 Meet the O'Briens (TV Movie)
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Marilyn Carr
- Troubled Waters (1954) ... Marilyn Carr
 1953-1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Marlene / Pug
- Captain in Command (1954) ... Marlene
- Girl of My Dreams (1953) ... Pug
 1954 Massacre Canyon
Cora
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Doris
- The Taming of the Shrewd (1954) ... Doris
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Helen (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
- The Horn Blows at Midnight (1953) ... Helen (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
 1953 Flight Nurse
Lt. Ann Phillips
 1953 So This Is Love
Henrietta Van Dyke
 1953 The Blue Gardenia
Sally Ellis
 1953 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Ann Rutledge
- New Salem Story (1953) ... Ann Rutledge
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
 1952 Because You're Mine
Patty Ware
 1952 Skirts Ahoy!
Lt. Giff
 1952 Thief of Damascus
Sheherazade
 1952 Rebound (TV Series)
Annie
- It Wouldn't Be Fair ... Annie
 1952 The First Time
Donna Gilbert
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Make Your Bed (1951)
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike
Alice Raymend
 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger
Gwen
 1950 Redwood Forest Trail
Julie Westcott
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Jane Bixby
 1950 Big Timber
Sally
 1950 Hoedown
Vera Wright
 1950 In a Lonely Place
Sylvia Nicolai
 1949 Easy Living
Penny McCarr
 1949 Post Office Investigator
April Shaughnessy
 1949 Outcasts of the Trail
Vinnie White
 1949 Stagecoach Kid
Jessie Arnold
 1949 Roughshod
Elaine Wyatt
 1947 Screen Snapshots: My Pal, Ringeye (Short)
Jeff Donnell
 1947 Mr. District Attorney
Miss Miller
 1946 It's Great to Be Young
Georgia Johnson
 1946 Singing on the Trail
Cindy Brown
 1946 Cowboy Blues
Susan Nelson
 1946 The Unknown
Nina Arnold
 1946 That Texas Jamboree
Jean Warren
 1946 The Phantom Thief
Anne Parks Duncan
 1946 Night Editor
Martha Cochrane
 1946 Throw a Saddle on a Star
Judy Lane
 1946 Tars and Spars
Penny McDougal
 1945 Song of the Prairie
Penelope 'Penny' Stevens
 1945 Over 21
Jan Lupton
 1945 A Thousand and One Nights
Harem Girl (uncredited)
 1945 The Power of the Whistler
Francie
 1945 Eadie Was a Lady
Pamela 'Pepper' Parker
 1944 Carolina Blues
Charlotte Barton
 1944 Dancing in Manhattan
Julie Connors
 1944 Three Is a Family
Hazel Whittaker
 1944 Mr. Winkle Goes to War
USO Hostess (uncredited)
 1944 Sensations of 1945
Young Girl (uncredited)
 1944 She's a Soldier Too
Mary Fleming (uncredited)
 1944 Stars on Parade
Mary Brooks
 1944 Once Upon a Time
Girl from Brooklyn (uncredited)
 1944 Nine Girls
'Butch' Hendricks
 1943/I There's Something About a Soldier
Jean Burton
 1943 Doughboys in Ireland
Molly Callahan
 1943 What's Buzzin', Cousin?
Billie (uncredited)
 1942 A Night to Remember
Anne Stafford Carstairs
 1942 The Boogie Man Will Get You
Winnie Slade (as Miss Jeff Donnell)
 1942 My Sister Eileen
Helen Loomis (as Miss Jeff Donnell)
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Other Works:

In 1961, she co-starred an unsold pilot for a comedy/adventure series called "The Daring Deeds of Johnny Dru". The plot revolved around daydreams of a Walter Mitty-like protagonist who, in this case, was a child. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jean Marie Donnell | Miss Jeff Donnell
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I wasn't the pretty type and I certainly wasn't glamorous, so, I always felt fortunate to be acting. My first concern was for my family, so I never developed a driving ambition. I consider myself a very lucky person.

Trivia:

Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea in the Pacific Ocean. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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