Oscar Roles: Reed, Donna in From Here to Eternity

Donna Reed built a name for herself as a sincere, wholesome girl, as in Frank Capra's “It's a Wonderful Life, in which she plays Jimmy Stewart's loving loyal wife.

However, Reed won the Supporting Actress Oscar for a role that was the exception, Alma, the good-hearted “hostess” in Zinnemann's “From Here to Eternity,” which swept most of the 1953 Oscars. Under pressures of censorship, that film was less explicit than the book in describing Alma's line of work; in the book, she's a prostitute.