Donna Martell

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Donna Martell
Marshall Reed and Donna Martell - The Lineup.jpg
Marshall Reed and Donna Martell in The Lineup
Born (1927-12-24) December 24, 1927 (age 89)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1947–1983
Spouse(s) Gene Corso (1953-1996) (his death) (3 children)[1]

Donna Martell (born December 24, 1927), is an American former actress in film and television.

Born on December 24, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, as Irene Palma de Maria to Louis and Margaret de Maria,[2] she began her film career in 1947 when she was cast in the Republic Pictures western Apache Rose, starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She continued making appearances throughout the late 1940s, signing a contract with Universal Studios.[3]

By the time the 1950s arrived, Martell's career shifted towards television shows such as Cavalcade of America, The Range Rider and Cheyenne.[4]

She was also in Project Moonbase (also known as Project Moon Base), a 1953 black-and-white science-fiction film directed by Richard Talmadge. The film is unusual for its time in both attempting to portray space travel in a "realistic" manner, and for depicting a future in which women hold positions of authority and responsibility equal to men; in the script Martell's character, Briteis, is a colonel and outranks her fellow male astronaut, who is a major.

Donna Martell's acting career officially ended in 1963; but made a short comeback in the 1983 TV movie Grace Kelly.

She was presented one of the 2002 Golden Boot Awards for her contributions to western television and cinema.

Donna Martell married baseball player Gene Edgar Corso on June 27, 1953,[5] and are parents to three children.

Selected filmography[edit]

"Tales of Wells Fargo" ( 1961) As Zita, episode "John Jones" 


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