Born 1921 in South Windham, Maine, American actress Jeff Donnell was signed to a contract by Columbia Pictures while she was active with the Farragut Playhouse in New Hampshire, and she made her film debut in My Sister Eileen (1942). She later had roles in some RKO films.
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Donnell was not a major star, but she did have a lengthy film and television career in various supporting roles, including the role of Gidget’s mother Dorothy Lawrence in Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Gidget Goes to Rome. She also played Hannah Marshall in the Gidget television series, portrayed Mrs. Bennett in the TV series Julia, and in 1966, she made five appearances on Dr. Kildare as Evelyn Driscoll.
For three seasons, Donnell portrayed George Gobel’s wife, Alice, in The George Gobel Show (1954–1957) on NBC-TV, and she played Ethel on the Matt Helm TV series.
Donnell died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 66.
Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of a young Jeff Donnell in the 1940s and 1950s.