Drake has died at the age of The husband she sought so desperately to please was Cary Grant. She had a tormented childhood, at one point living in a Chicago hotel suite with a nanny while her wealthy parents lived in another hotel. Seeking answers through psychotherapy, she was an early devotee of LSD and introduced Grant to the hallucinogenic drug. The freedom to eat rare meat, drink red wine and not watch television made up for the agony of divorce.
Betsy Drake dies at 92; gave up acting career to marry Cary Grant
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Her career spanned more than 40 years, with performances in more than 40 films. Reed is known for her work in television, notably as Donna Stone, a middle-class American mother and housewife in the sitcom The Donna Reed Show — , in which her character was more assertive than most other television mothers of the era. Later in her career, Reed replaced Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow in the — season of the television melodrama Dallas ; she sued the production company for breach of contract when she was abruptly fired upon Bel Geddes' decision to return to the show. The book is said to have greatly influenced her life.
She made her film debut in the drama Splendor in the Grass For her performance in the comedy-drama film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Her final film appearance came in the crime drama film The Indian Runner
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