Later in her career, Reed replaced Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie Ewing in the 1984—85 season of the television melodrama, Dallas; she sued the production company for breach of contract when she was abruptly fired upon Geddes' decision to return to the show.
Donna Reed born Donna Belle Mullenger; January 27, 1921 — January 14, 1986 was an American film and television actress and producer.
In 1953, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene Burke in the war drama From Here to Eternity.
Her career spanned more than 40 years, with performances in more than 40 films.
Reed is probably most widely known for her work in television, notably as Donna Stone, a middle-class American mother and housewife in the sitcom The Donna Reed Show 1958—66 , in which her character was more assertive than most other television mothers of the era.