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Donna Reed


Published: June 23, 1985

Will the real Miss Ellie please stand up? The actress Donna Reed, who signed a three-year contract last fall to play the matriarch of the Ewing family on the television series ''Dallas,'' contended in a Los Angeles courtroom last week that she was Miss Ellie. But Lorimar Productions argued that Barbara Bel Geddes, who has replaced Miss Reed, had the right to play the part.

Miss Reed was hired last year to replace Miss Bel Geddes, the original Miss Ellie, who retired after undergoing heart surgery.

Miss Reed asked Superior Court Judge John L. Cole to halt production of all scenes involving Miss Bel Geddes, but the judge denied the request. Miss Reed's lawyer said he will proceed with her $7.7 million breach-of-contract lawsuit. Stay tuned.

Donna Reed Loses Bid for 'Dallas' Role

Published: June 19, 1985

The actress Donna Reed lost a bid today to regain her role as Miss Ellie on the hit prime-time series ''Dallas'' when a judge refused to halt production of the series.

Superior Court Judge John L. Cole denied Miss Reed's request to issue a preliminary injunction, which could have halted production on scenes involving the Miss Ellie character indefinitely.

He denied a similar motion last month.

Her attorney, Michael Donaldson, said he will proceed with Miss Reed's $7.5 million breach of contract lawsuit. The suit contends that CBS-TV, which broadcasts the show on Friday nights, induced Lorimar Productions to replace Miss Reed with Barbara Bel Geddes, the original Miss Ellie. Miss Reed signed a three-year contract in October 1984 to play the matriarch of Southfork ranch, but Lorimar informed her in April that the company had decided to reinstate Miss Bel Geddes in the role.

Miss Gel Geddes, who won an Emmy Award in 1980 for her work in the role, had retired after undergoing heart surgery.


Published: December 22, 1985

Donna Reed, the star of ''The Donna Reed Show'' of the 1950's and 1960's who recently filled in as matriarch of the Ewing clan in the television show ''Dallas,'' has been hospitalized with pancreatic cancer, Harry Flynn, her press agent, said Friday. Miss Reed, 64 years old, won an Oscar in 1953 for best supporting actress in ''From Here To Eternity.''


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