Elinor Donahue
Elinor Donahue
Real Name/Full Name Mary Eleanor Donahue
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Elinor Donahue
Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 19 April 1937
Age/How Old: 87 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 163 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 4″
Weight: In Kilograms – 58 Kg
In Pounds – 128 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Grey
Parents Name: Father – Thomas William Donahue
Mother – Doris Genevieve  Donahue
Siblings: N/A
School: Long’s Private School
College: N/A
Religion: N/A
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Boyfriend: N/A
Husband/Spouse Name: Richard Smith (1955–61; divorced)
Harry Ackerman (1962–91; his death)
Lou Genevrino (1992–present)
Kids/Children Name: James, Peter, Christopher, and Brian Ackerman
Profession: American actress
Net Worth: $4 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Elinor Donahue’s birth name is Mary Eleanor Donahue is an American actress famous for her film Father Knows Best that was released in 1950. In the film, she played the role of the eldest child of Jim and Margaret. Over time, Elinor has played different roles in different films, and television shows such as; Father Knows Best, Days of Our Lives as well as The Andy Griffith Show, among many other films and television shows. She also appeared in the highly acclaimed film titled The Young and the Restless between 2010 and 2011. In this film, she played the role of Marie Anderson. Here is all you need to know about Elinor Donahue.

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Biography and Early Life

Elinor Donahue’s birth name is Mary Eleanor Donahue. She was born on the 19th of April 1937 in Tacoma, Washington, United States. She was born by her father, Thomas William Donahue, as well as her mother, Doris Genevieve Donahue. Elinor spent most of her young days in Tacoma.

Elinor entered the acting world while she was still young.  She started appearing in films that had dancing call us when she was just five years old. He also did ballet dancing. She also got small roles in different films, and this translated to a successful career as an actress.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Elinor Donahue in 2024 and what is her height and weight? Well, Elinor Donahue’s age is 87 years old as of today’s date 12th July 2024 having been born on 19 April 1937. Though, she is 5′ 4″ in feet and inches and 163cm in Centimetres tall, she weighs about 128 lbs in Pound and 58 kg in Kilograms. Her eye color is Brown and hair color is Grey.


For her schooling, Donahue attended the lungs private school. She learned ballet dancing while she was at school. This dancing world letter spice up her acting career since she involved her seven dances.

Personal Life: Dating, Boyfriends, Husband, Kids

Donahue is a married woman. She is presently married to Lou Genevrino. The two tied the knot in 1992.

Previously, Elinor was involved in two other marriage relationships. Between 1955 and 1961, she was involved in a marriage relationship with Richard Smith. The two later on divorced after personal differences.

Additionally, Elinor had been in a marriage relationship with Harry Ackerman. The two got married in 1961, but she was left widowed after Harry Ackerman succumbed in 1991.

From her marriages, Elinor has been blessed with four children namely; James, Peter, Christopher, as well as Brian Ackerman. Happy life together with her husband, Lou Genevrino.

Is Elinor Donahue Lesbian?

Elinor is not a lesbian/gay person. Additionally, she is not a bisexual person.  Her sexual orientation is straight. She has been involved in three different marriage relationships with men, with Lou, Richard as well as Harry. Through her relationships, she has been blessed with four children. There are no rumors or controversies with regard to her sexuality.

Professional Career

At the age of 5 years, Elinor had already started her career in acting. He was involved in playing the role of a dancing chorus. During her teenage years, she was working at vaudeville. She afterward made notable TV Appearances well at vaudeville.

Elinor debited on the big screens after appearing in the film titled Master Big was released in 1943. She later on different bread roles in different films, including; My Blue Heaven, Love Is Better Than Ever, The Happy years, in addition to many more.

Elinor has also made appearances in different television shows. Between 1953 and she was involved as a musical judge in ABC’s television show titled jukebox jury. She also appeared in other films on ABC, such as the series Crossroads as well as on U.S. Marshall. In 1956, she also appeared on the Gracie Allen Show as well as George Burns.

In the 1960s, Donahue did various works on ABC, such as Days of Our Lives, Mulligan’s Stew, in addition to Mulligan’s Stew. On the other hand, she appeared on a CBS show by the name The Andy Griffith Show. 1963 she was signed by NBC, where she appeared on Redigo, The Eleventh Hour, and on the Many Happy Returns series, which premiered from 1964 to 1965.

Other films that she made appearances on include the Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. In this film, she played the role of Lady Palmore. She also made an appearance in Girls Town, as well as on Pretty Woman.


In 2004, Elinor won the TV Land Legend Award having played a role in the 1960 television show The Andy Griffith Show. Tina has also been nominated for an Emmy Award for The Best Supporting Actress in a comedy series.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Elinor Donahue in 2024

Elinor Donahue Net Worth
Elinor Donahue Net Worth

Through her career as an actress, Elinor has amassed an estimated net worth of around $4 million as of 2024. On her money has been from the acting career. She has been involved in different adverts, different television shows as well as in different films and TV series.

From her young age, Elinor has been a phenomenal actress. She has remained relevant in the industry even at old age. She enjoys her hard-earned money by living a luxurious life together with her husband.


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