Elinor Donahue
Elinor Donahue
Celebrated Name: Elinor Donahue
Real Name/Full Name: Mary Eleanor Donahue
Gender: Female
Age: 87 years old
Birth Date: 19 April 1937
Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Nationality: American
Height: 1.63m
Weight: 58kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Husband/Spouse (Name): Lou Genevrino (1992-present), Harry Ackerman (m. 1961; died. 1991), Richard Smith (m. 1955; div. 1961)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes 4 (James, Peter, Christopher, Brian Ackerman)
Dating/Boyfriend (Name): N/A
Is Elinor Donahue Lesbian? No
Profession: Actress
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $4 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Elinor Donahue is the stage name for American actress Mary Eleanor Donahue. She is famous for her appearances in a 1950s film by the name of “Father Knows Best,” where she played the eldest child of Jim and Margaret. She has also made appearances on Days of Our Lives, Many Happy Returns, and The Andy Griffith Show, among others. From 2010 to 2011, she appeared on The Young and the Restless, where she played the role of Judge Marie Anderson.

Maybe you know about Elinor Donahue very well, but do you know how old and tall is she and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Elinor Donahue’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

She was born Mary Eleanor Donahue to Thomas William Donahue and Doris Genevieve, on 19 April 1937. Her birthplace is recorded as Tacoma, Washington, and she spent most of her childhood and early years there. At the age of five, she began appearing in films with dancing-chorus, and she also did ballet dancing. Still, at that tender age, she started getting small roles in films, and she later transformed this into a successful career.

Personal Life

Elinor is a married woman and a mother to four children. She first found love in the arms of Richard Smith and tied the knot in 1955. After staying in the marriage for six years, the couple divorced. In 1962 she got married to Harry Ackerman, and they were blessed with four kids; Christopher, James, Peter, and Brian. The couple had a happy marriage until 1991 when Harry passed away.  Elinor found love again in 1992 in Lou Genevrino, and they got married the same year. They are still living happily together.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 19 April 1937, Elinor Donahue is 87 years old as of today’s date 20th July 2024. Her height is 1.63m tall, and her weight is 58 kg.


The acting career of Elinor began when she was still a child. As a teenage actress, she had appearances in Love Is Better Than Ever in 1952 and 1948 she appeared in Three Daring Daughters. Another film she appeared on in her teen years was titled Girls Town in 1959.

Her stardom came in the early 1950s when she appeared in the family television series by the name of Father Knows Best.  In the series, she played the role of Betty, who was the elder daughter of Margaret and Jim Anderson.  While in the first season of the series, she also had an appearance on The Ray Bolger Show.

Between 1953 and 1954, she was a musical judge in the show Jukebox Jury, which aired on ABC. In 1956 she was cast in the religion anthology series by the name of Crossroads, and she appeared on an episode titled “The White Carnation.” She had a guest-starring role in the series U.S. Marshal and also appeared on the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in 1956.

In the 1960s, she had several appearances on ABC in series like Days of Our Lives, The Odd Couple, and Mulligan’s Stew. She was featured for 12 episodes of the show The Andy Griffith Show on CBS, where she played the role of a pharmacist Ellie Walker.

She signed with NBC in 1963, and the same year she appeared on Redigo followed by another appearance in a medical drama by the name of The Eleventh Hour. She had a role on CBS sitcom series Many Happy Returns in the 1964-1965 season and also guest-appeared on Star Trek in 1967.

In 1990 she appeared in the film Pretty Woman. From 1990-92 she appeared in 35 episodes of the drama series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, where she played as Rebecca Quinn. She lent her voice in the 1992 animated series Eek! the Cat. She published a memoir in 1998 called In The Kitchen with Elinor Donahue. In 2010 she appeared on The Young and the Restless, where she played Judge Anderson.

Awards & Achievements

In 1959 Elinor was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She was the winner of the TV Land Legend Award in 2004 for her role in The Andy Griffith Show in 1960.

Net Worth & Salary of Elinor Donahue in 2024

Elinor Donahue Net Worth
Elinor Donahue Net Worth

As of July 2024, Elinor has an estimated net worth of $4 million, with her acting career being the major source of her wealth. She has appeared on several television series and shows over the years as well as a few films, and that is where her revenue has generated from.  She was also a nominee for an Emmy Award and also won a TV Legend Award in 2004. All this has greatly added to her worth.

Elinor has been an actress for six decades, and her career can be termed as a success. She has appeared on several series over the span of sixty years, and even today, she is still active in her career despite her advanced age. There is no stopping this great actress.


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