Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue
Birth name Mary Eleanor Donahue
Born April 19, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Father Knows Best Betty Anderson 1954–1960 1 2 3 4 5 6
Many Happy Returns Joan Randall 1964–1965 1
Mulligan's Stew Jane Mulligan 1977 1
The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Susan Baxter 1987 1
Get a Life Gladys Peterson 1990–1992 1 2

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Andy Griffith Show Ellie Walker 1960–1961 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Dennis the Menace (1959) Georgana 2x02 - Dennis and the Wedding October 9, 1960
General Electric Theater Carol Madsen 10x09 - A Voice on the Phone November 19, 1961
77 Sunset Strip Laura Holt 5x15 - Scream Softly, Dear January 18, 1963
Have Gun - Will Travel Letty May 6x22 - Burning Tree February 9, 1963
Dr. Kildare Sharon Calloway 2x27 - Ship's Doctor April 18, 1963
Occasional Wife Linda Sue 1x29 - Oil Be Seeing You April 25, 1967
Star Trek: The Original Series Commissioner Nancy Hedford 2x09 - Metamorphosis November 10, 1967
The Flying Nun Dr. Jennifer Ethrington 1x22 - My Sister, the Sister January 25, 1968
The Flying Nun Jennifer 2x13 - How to Be a Spanish Grandmother December 26, 1968
The Flying Nun Jennifer 3x15 - My Sister, the Doctor January 7, 1970
Police Woman Ellie Tarlow 1x03 - Warning: All Wives... September 27, 1974
The Rookies Amanda 3x13 - Blue Christmas December 16, 1974
Diff'rent Strokes Diane Sloane 1x12 - The Woman January 19, 1979
Barnaby Jones Judy Corbett 8x20 - The Silent Accuser March 13, 1980
The Dukes of Hazzard Agent Marjorie Dane 4x15 - The Sound of Music - Hazzard Style January 8, 1982
Hotel Louise 1x09 - Deceptions November 30, 1983
Newhart Irma Brown 6x24 - Courtin' Disaster May 9, 1988
The Golden Girls Katherine 4x10 - Stan Takes a Wife January 7, 1989
Murder, She Wrote Connie Lewis 6x21 - The Szechuan Dragon May 6, 1990
Herman's Head Mrs. Fitzer 2x13 - A Charlie Brown Fitzer December 20, 1992
Coach Lorraine 5x16 - Burden of the Burleighs February 16, 1993
Coach Lorraine 5x18 - Luthario March 9, 1993
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca 2x06/07 - Where the Heart Is November 20, 1993
Friends Aunt Lillian 1x08 - The One Where Nana Dies Twice November 10, 1994
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca Quinn 3x27 - Ready or Not May 13, 1995
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca Quinn 3x28/29 - For Better or Worse May 20, 1995
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca Quinn 4x26 - When a Child Is Born (1) May 11, 1996
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca Quinn 4x27 - When a Child Is Born (2) May 18, 1996
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca Quinn 5x17 - Colleen's Paper February 8, 1997
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca Quinn 6x08 - A Time to Heal (1) November 15, 1997
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Rebecca Quinn 6x09 - A Time to Heal (2) November 22, 1997

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Father Knows Best Reunion Betty Anderson May 15, 1977 Father Knows Best
Home for Christmas Betty Anderson December 18, 1977 Father Knows Best

Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour May 14-18, 1984

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1959)
Father Knows Best