In Search of Donna Reed by Jay Fultz

By Jay Fultz

Greater than ten years after her loss of life, Donna Reed continues to be a cultural icon, enjoyed and scorned. She personified the suitable homemaker on tv. within the video clips she used to be the archetypal sweetheart and spouse. the one time she performed a fallen girl, in From the following to Eternity, she gained an Academy Award. Her paintings has lived on in saturation reruns of The Donna Reed Show and the vacation vintage It's a superb Life.
But who used to be Donna Reed? maybe no big name of her symbolic significance is so little identified. relocating from the backroads of Iowa to the mansions of Bel Air, Jay Fultz is going looking for the girl at the back of the picture.
In seek of Donna Reed finds a girl whose intelligence and strength of personality usually placed her at odds with the jobs she portrayed either off and on reveal. Reed, continuously angered via the remedy of girls in Hollywood, became political activist in center age, confronting for the 1st time the boldness of energy. She used to be, acknowledged author Barbara Avedon, a feminist sooner than there has been a feminist vocabulary. yet she eludes any label.
This first biography of Donna Reed additionally includes the 1st prolonged dialogue of her tv express. the private richness that Reed dropped at her tv function has been filtered out within the sketch perpetuated by way of pop critics. within the media "Donna Reed" is Donna Stone distorted as a female-manquŽ who wears pearls and excessive heels round the condo. yet Donna Reed's lengthy carry on audience depends upon irreducible characteristics that experience not anything to do with this fastened photo, as Fultz indicates.
He follows her improvement from Iowa farm lady to apprentice in Hollywood to mature juggler of the calls for of family members and profession to antiwar activist. Drawing on Reed's letters and on interviews, Fultz appears to be like for what was once genuine in a truly inner most individual with no discarding what's romantic in any pursuit of a public one. He exhibits why the wealthy and principled lifetime of Donna Reed issues during this extra cynical time.

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