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'Father Knows Best' Cast, Hollywood Actress Elinor Donahue's Although Married Thrice, Now Having a Happy Moment With Third Husband and Children

Updated On 14 Aug, 2019 Published On 14 Aug, 2019
'Father Knows Best' Cast, Hollywood Actress Elinor Donahue's Although Married Thrice, Now Having a Happy Moment With Third Husband and Children

Living a joyful relationship is something everyone desires in life. Mary Eleanor Donahue aka Elinor Donahue is currently enjoying such a healthy bond with husband Louis Genevrino.

"Father Knows Best" star Elinor Donahue, though living a blissful life at present has had an interesting love life in the past. What does her past life comprise of? Let's dive into the article, we have every detail for you!

Elinor Donahue is Happily married to her Third Husband

Similar to Kim Kardashian, who is living a happy life with her third husband Kanye West, the veteran actress Elinor Donahue is also currently living a blissful life with her third husband Louis Genevrino, a contractor. The couple is married for over 25 years, and the bond between them is strong as ever.

Actress Elinor Donahue with her Husband Louis Genevrino.
SOURCE: Heightline

Elinor tied the knot with her now-husband Louis in 1992, in an intimate ceremony. Since both of them were from different walk of life, so many were wondering whether they will be able to complete their wedding vows or not.

The couple moreover proved all those speculations wrong and are still very much in love after two decades. Furthermore, there are no divorce rumors or any cheating scandals. 

Elinor and her spouse, though are married for a long time, they are yet to expand their family with children. They do not share any children together.

Elinor Donahue's  Past Marriages

Elinor, who is mostly recognized in a younger audience by her role of Lady Palimore in Anne Hathaway starrer "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement",  first tied the knot with Richard Smith in 1955, when she was at the height of her career. She was gaining a lot of popularity from the sitcom "Father Knows Best".

Actress Elinor Donahue in the show "Father Knows Best."
SOURCE: Closer Weekly

In the show, she played the character of Betty Anderson, the eldest child of Jim and Margaret Anderson played by Robert Young and Jane Wyatt respectively.

Elinor and her first husband Richard remained married for six years, before splitting in 1961. They share a son named Brian born in 1957.

After divorce, she married TV executive producer Harry Ackerman who was 25 years senior to her. The couple walked down the aisle in 1962 and remained married till his death in 1991. Ackerman passed away at the age of 78 due to pulmonary failure.

Elinor's Second Husband Harry Ackerman.
SOURCE: Legacy

The couple together shared three sons, namely Peter Ackerman, James Ackerman, and Chris Ackerman. Ackerman adopted her son, Brian, from her first marriage and gave his last name as well. All of their sons are working in the entertainment industry in the capacity of producer and actor.

Elinor Once Dated Jack Jones

Elinor was once romantically linked to Grammy Award-winning singer John Allan Jones aka Jack Jones. They dated for a year from 1959-1960. At that time, Elinor was still legally married to her first husband as her divorce settled only in 1961.

Check a video of Elinor, where she is discussing her first marriage and pregnancy.

Elinor Donahue: Quick Facts

Actress Elinor Donahue attending an event.
  • Elinor Donahue was born on April 19, 1937, in Tacoma, Washington.
  • Her sun sign is Aries.
  • She started tap dancing at the age of 16 months.
  • She is a trained Ballet dancer as well.
  • She started her career as a child actor like Natalie Portman and Sara Gilbert. Universal Studios picked her at the age of 5.
  • Elinor at first was chosen to play nice, intimate, unflashy parts in comedy and drama.
  • Her acting mentor was Robert Young.

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