More than 10 years after her death, Donna Reed remains a cultural icon, both loved and scorned.
She personified the ideal homemaker on television. In the movies she was the archetypal sweetheart and wife. the only time she played a fallen women, in "From Here to Eternity," she won an Academy award. Her work has lived on in saturation reruns of "The Donna Reed Show" and the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life."
But who was Donna Reed? Perhaps no celebrity of her symbolic importance is so little known. Moving from the backroads of Iowa to the mansions of Bel Air, Jay Fultz goes in search of the woman behind the image.
"In Search of Donna Reed," now available in paperback from the University of Iowa Press reveals a woman whose intelligence and force of character often put her at odds with her roles. Reed, always angered by the treatment of women in Hollywood, turned political activist in middle age.
"I fell in love with Donna Reed while viewing her as an army nurse in a scene of 'They Were Expendable.' I never fell out of love in the years I interviewed her. Jay Fultz has captured the real Donna, her wisdom and her Iowa spunk, in a work of scholarship - and love," said Bob Thomas, Association Press reporter.
Look for it in area bookstores or call 1-800-621-2736.