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Elinor Donahue Bio, Age, Net Worth 2022, Husband, Children, Height

Elinor Donahue Bio, Age, Net Worth 2022, Husband, Children, Height

Facts of Elinor Donahue

Full Name: Elinor Donahue
Birth Date: April 19, 1937
Age: 85 years
Gender: Female
Profession: Actress
Country: United States
Horoscope: Aries
Height: 5 feet 4 inches (1.63m)
HusbandLou Genevrino
MarriedLou Genevrino (1992)
DivorceRichard Smith (1955-1961), Harry Ackerman
Net Worth$3 million
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorGrey
Body Size34-23-31 inches
Birth PlaceTacoma, Washington
EducationLong's Private School
FatherThomas William Donahue
MotherDoris Genevieve Donahue
KidsBrian, Peter, James, Chris
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Elinor Donahue is an American actress who is widely famous for her appearance as Betty Anderson in the American sitcom Father Knows Best.

Early Life

Elinor Donahue entered this world as Mary Eleanor Donahue on 19th April 1937 in Tacoma, Washington, the United States of America to American parents. Her horoscope is Aries. She is the daughter of Thomas William Donahue (father) and Doris Genevieve Donahue (mother).

Elinor Donahue's childhood photo
Caption: Elinor Donahue’s childhood photo (Photo: Pinterest)

Elinor holds an American nationality and belongs to a white ethnical background. At the age of two years old, she began performing on the radio. After three years, she was signed as a dancer and singer by Universal Studios. She attended Long’s Private School and learned the art of ballet dance.

Is Elinor Donahue Married? Who is Her Husband? Children

Yes, Elinor Donahue is a married woman, in fact, she has married thrice in her life. Firstly, she tied the wedding knot to Richard Smith, in the year 1955 but after a few years of marriage, the couple separated in 1961. They did not share any children from their relationship.

After her divorce from Richard, she married a TV producer, Harry Ackerman in the year 1962. They gave birth to four sons together namely Brian, Peter, James, and Chris. Unfortunately, her husband Harry died in the year 1991.

Elinor Donahue with her co-actor
Caption: Elinor Donahue with her co-actor (Photo: thewritelife61)

After one year of her husband Harry’s death, she finally exchanged the wedding vows with her third husband, Lou Genevrino in the year 1992. They have not shared any children from their relationship,

Since the wedding, the couple is maintaining a peaceful relationship without any sign of divorce, extra-marital affairs, or separation.

How much is Elinor Donahue Net Worth and Salary?

Elinor Donahue has an estimated net worth of around $3 million as of 2022 which she earned through her acting career. According to some online resources, the average salary of an American actress ranges from $50k$60k per year. So, she might be receiving at the same range from his career but the exact amount of her salary is still missing from the media.

During her active days, Elinor earned an impressive amount through some endorsement deals, commercial ads, as well as TV advertisements. As of now, she is living a luxurious and happy life with her family members.

Elinor Donahue’s Body Measurement

Elinor Donahue stands at the weight of 5 feet 4 inches tall while her body weight is around 52 kg. She has a slim build with the measurements of 34-23-31 inches which includes her bust size, waist size, and hip size, respectively. She has grey-colored hair while her eyes are brown in color.

Movies & TV Shows

Elinor has appeared on the silver screen, in the movie Mister Big in 1943. From 1950 to 1952, she appeared in movies such as The Happy Years, Tea for Two, My Blue Heaven, and Love Is Better Than Ever. Her other notable movies are The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement as Lady Palimore, Girls Town, Pretty Woman, and so on.

In addition, she had a recurring role on CBS’s, The Andy Griffith Show, in 1965. Also, she appeared in an episode of A Man Called Shenandoah. Her other notable TV shows are The Odd Couple, Get a Life, Generations, Shake, Rattle & Roll, and many more.

Awards & Nominations

Elinor Donahue was nominated for an Emmy Award under the category Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Father Knows Best in the year 1959. In the year 2004, she won the TV Land Legend Award for her performance in The Andy Griffith Show.


  • Elinor Donahue started her acting when she was just five years old playing a role in the movie dancing-chorus.
  • As a teenager, she worked in vaudeville. She rose to become a household name after her breakthrough in the 50s.
  • This fame of hers followed her to the 60s when Elinor landed several other notable roles on TV.
Elinor Donahue, American actress
Caption: Elinor Donahue, American actress Photo: WikiFeet