Elinor Donahue


Mary Eleanor Donahue (born April 19, 1937),[1] best known as Elinor Donahue, is an American actress. She was known for her role in the 1950s sitcom, Father Knows Best. She was born in Tacoma, Washington

Elinor Donahue
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Donahue in 1960.
Mary Eleanor Donahue

(1937-04-19) April 19, 1937 (age 82)
Other namesMary Elinor Donahue
Years active1942–present
Spouse(s)Richard Smith (1955–61; divorced)
Harry Ackerman (1962–91; his death)
Lou Genevrino (1992–present)

Donahue was married for nearly 30 years to producer Harry Ackerman. They met each other on the set of Father Knows Best. She and Ackerman had three children together: Peter, James, and Christopher Ackerman.


  1. "Elinor Donahue Biography". FilmReference.com.

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