Donna Reed (actress) - Died January 14, 1986. Born January 27, 1921. American film and television actress and producer. Starred in It's a Wonderful Life. The second Miss Ellie on Dallas, briefly married to William Tuttle. Her other noted film roles are The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Backlash, From Here To Eternity. . . . Her well known television series was The Donna Reed Show.