Donna Butterworth

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Donna Butterworth
BornDonna Lee Butterworth
(1956-02-23)February 23, 1956
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMarch 6, 2018(2018-03-06) (aged 62)
Hilo, Hawaii
OccupationActress
Years active1965–1967

Donna Lee Butterworth (February 23, 1956 – March 6, 2018) was an American actor, best known for starring opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 musical comedy Paradise, Hawaiian Style, when she was 10 years old.[1]

Butterworth's career as an actor and performer was brief; however, during that short time, she received critical acclaim.[2]

Biography[edit]

Donna Lee Butterworth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 23, 1956, the daughter of Isabella "Isa" Chalfant.[3][4][5] She had one sibling, a brother named William "Bill" Butterworth.[2]

Butterworth's family lived in Pennsylvania for the first three years of her life before they moved to Hawaii, where Butterworth remained until her death.[3] She learned to play the ukulele soon after moving to Hawaii.[6]

Performing Hawaiian music from an early age, Donna gave concerts around the islands, performed with Don Ho,[2] and appeared on The Dean Martin Show,[7] The Danny Kaye Show and The Hollywood Palace.[8] She was nominated for her role in the 1965 film The Family Jewels.[9] In 1966, she appeared opposite Elvis Presley, singing several duets with him in Paradise, Hawaiian Style.[6] Little Leatherneck, an unsold sit-com pilot film in which she appeared, aired on ABC television as part of the 7-week 1966 series Summer Fun.[10]

Butterworth ultimately left acting after her brief stardom; she continued in the entertainment business as a singer.[2]

Death[edit]

Donna Butterworth died on March 6, 2018 at a medical center in Hilo, Hawaii from undisclosed causes. She was 62 years old.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joyce, Kathleen (2018-03-14). "Donna Butterworth dead; former child star who worked with Elvis and Jerry Lewis was 62". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Hawaii child actress, singer Donna Butterworth dies at 62". hawaiitribune-herald.com. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Child star Donna Butterworth has died at age 62 in Hawaii". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  4. ^ Hawaii Tribune Herald (March 10, 2018). "Obituaries". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  5. ^ "Hubert Chalfant's Obituary on Las Vegas Review-Journal". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Donna Butterworth (Elvis' co-star 'Paradise Hawaiian Style)". www.elvis.com.au. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  7. ^ "The Dean Martin Show". Getty Images. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  8. ^ "Donna Butterworth, Kid Co-Star of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis, Dies at 62". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  9. ^ "Donna Butterworth". www.goldenglobes.com. Archived from the original on March 31, 2016. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  10. ^ 1962-, Goldberg, Lee,. Unsold television pilots : 1955-1989 (New ed.). Calabasas, CA. ISBN 9781511590679. OCLC 933301010.

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