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Here is a profile of the Hollywood actress Donna Reed (born Donna Belle Mullenger: 1921 1986), who will always be remembered for her portrayal of the character "Mary Bailey" in the Frank Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life (RKO, 1947). This 1960 interview appeared in Coronet Magazine as one more tiny element that made up the enormous publicity machine that was created to promote the ABC TV production, The Donna Reed Show, a program that was launched a year and a half earlier. The article serves as a nice summary of her life and career up until 1960, and in the piece the actress refers to her earliest days growing up on a family farm in Iowa, her salad days as a maid, librarian and community college student in Los Angeles and her deepest frustrations with pin-headed casting agents who placed her in limited rolls for so many years:

"Then, in 1953, Harry Cohn, boss of Columbia Pictures, cast Donna as a prostitute...Her performance won her an Academy Award".


Donna Reed as Mary Bailey (Coronet Magazine, 1960)

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