‘The Donna Reed Show’ Actress Dies At 75
Janet Landgard, known for her role as Paul Petersen’s love interest on The Donna Reed Show and her appearance alongside Burt Lancaster in The Swimmer, has passed away at the age of 75 due to brain cancer. The sad news was shared by friends on social media, including co-star Paul Petersen, who fondly remembered her as the best TV girlfriend.
Born on December 2, 1947, in Pasadena, Landgard began her career with the William Adrian Modeling Agency. Her onscreen debut was in 1963 on The Donna Reed Show, where she played Sabrina in a fifth-season episode while still in high school. Subsequently, she also appeared on ABC’s My Three Sons in the same year.
Her recurring role as Karen, Paul Petersen’s love interest on The Donna Reed Show, showcased Landgard’s talent and beauty. Petersen, in a heartfelt Facebook post, described her as a “flawless Scandinavian beauty” who stunned Hollywood with her elegance.
In the 1968 Columbia Pictures drama The Swimmer, Landgard portrayed a former babysitter to Burt Lancaster’s character, Ned Merrill. The film follows their journey through swimming pools, adding depth to the narrative.
Her acting career included roles in films like Land Raiders (1969), alongside Telly Savalas, George Maharis, and Arlene Dahl. She also starred in the 1971 ABC telefilm The Deadly Dream, featuring Lloyd Bridges and Janet Leigh, and Moonchild (1972) with Victor Buono.
After a brief but impactful career, Landgard stepped away from acting. Unfortunately, details about survivors or memorial plans are not yet available.
Landgard’s passing marks the end of an era, leaving behind memories of her contributions to classic television and film. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those who appreciated her talent and the indelible mark she left on the entertainment industry.
As fans mourn the loss of this talented actress, her work will continue to be celebrated, ensuring that her impact on the world of entertainment is never forgotten. Rest in peace, Janet Landgard.
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