'Father Knows Best' star Elinor Donahue: See her then and now

If you've been catching re-runs of "Father Knows Best," you've probably been wondering what Elinor Donahue is up to these days. Here to help, folks!

Donahue is now 82 years old, but she was just a teenager when she landed the role of Betty "Princess" Anderson, the eldest daughter of Robert Young's Jim Anderson. The series premiered on CBS in 1954, quickly making Donahue one of the most recognizable faces in America.

At 19 years old, amid the height of the show's popularity, Donahue became a married woman. Reflecting on that decision years later, she would tell People, "I decided I wanted to be a grown-up. And how do you do that? You go off and get married and have a baby and you don't have any more problems."

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February 1965: Promotional portrait of the cast of the television series, 'Father Knows Best'. Clockwise from lower left: Billy Gray, Elinor Donahue, Robert Young, Jane Wyatt and Lauren Chapin.
Robert Young and Jane Wyatt with the TV family from the show 'Father Knows Best.' The children are, left to right: Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin, and Elinor Donahue.
Elinor Donahue on an episode of Diff'rent Strokes.

Elinor Donahue with two co-stars in 1947.

Elinor Donahue on a 1972 episode of The Odd Couple.
Elinor Donahue on an 1973 episode of The Odd Couple.

Elinor Donahue with her husband, Lou Genevrino, in 2015.

Elinor Donahue on a 1979 episode of The Love Boat.

Former Father Knows Best co-stars Robert Young, Elinor Donahue, Jane Wyatt, Lauren Chapin and Billy Gray attend 36th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 23, 1984.

Elinor Donahue on an episode of Fantasy Island in 1981.

Elinor Donahue at the Spirit of America Benefit Gala on December 13, 1990.
Elinor Donahue in 2007, attending the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Archive Of American Television.
Elinor Donahue speaks on a panel at the 15th annual official Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on August 3, 2016.
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It wasn't meant to be — she and her first husband would divorce in 1961 — but the failed relationship led to a longtime marriage with producer Harry Ackerman. They wed in 1962 and remained together until his death in 1991. After his passing, she wed again. She's a mom of four.

"Father Knows Best" wrapped in the late 1950s, but the cast would reunite two decades later for reunion specials in 1977. By that time, Donahue had appeared in dozens of programs — "Andy Griffith," "Star Trek" and "77 Sunset Strip," to name a few — and became a fan-favorite character during her three-year run on "The Odd Couple."

As for her co-stars: Robert Young, who played show's titular father, died at 91 in 1998 while his on-screen wife, Jane Wyatt, died at 96 in 2006. Donahue's fictional siblings are doing well: Billy Gray is 80 and Lauren Chapin 73, and they both live in Los Angeles.

Take a look in the gallery above to see Donahue's transformation over the years.

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1966: Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, 'Family Affair'. Clockwise (L-R): Sebastian Cabot, Johnny Whittaker, Anissa Jones, Brian Keith and Kathy Garver. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of the cast of the television series 'Family Affair,' August 10, 1966. Pictured, from left, are American actors Anissa Jones (1958 - 1976) as Buffy, Brian Keith (1921 - 1997) as Bill Davis, and Kathy Garver as Cissy, British actor Sebastian Cabot (1918 - 1977) as Mr. French, and American actor Johnny Whitaker as Jody. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Kathy Garver poses for a portrait in circa 1970. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: THE BIG VALLEY - 'The Royal Road' 3/3/69 Sajid Kahn, Harold Gould, Kathy Garver (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 21: THE BIG VALLEY - 'The Royal Road' 3/3/69 Sajid Khan, Kathy Garver (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 'Show Coverage' 11/12/69 Kathy Garver (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Johnny Whitaker and Kathy Garver of the original 'Family Affair' (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
MARINA DEL REY - FEBRUARY 03: Kathy Garver arrives at the launch party for 'Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season' on February 03, 2004 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 14: Actress Kathy Garver arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards held at Barker Hangar on April 14, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kathy Garver during Backstage Creations at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage for Backstage Creations)
Kathy Garver during 5th Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 08: Actress Kathy Garver arrives at the 6th annual 'TV Land Awards' held at Barker Hanger on June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TV Land)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 26: Actress Kathy Garver attends the ceremony in honor of Brian Keith receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 28, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Kathy Garver attends The Late Brian Keith Receiving A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on June 26, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress, Kathy Garver attends The Fifth Annual TV DVD Awards Gala event Honoring Classic TV and the 50th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show and the program's debut on DVD (Photo by Vince Gonzales/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Kathy Garver attends 2009 TV LAND AWARDS at Universal Studios on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by DAVID CROTTY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Kathy Garver is seen on August 18, 2016 at The Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Star Max/GC Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - APRIL 21: Kathy Garver attends Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2017 at Hilton Parsippany on April 21, 2017 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Kathy Garver attends the 2017 Big Apple Con at Penn Plaza Pavilion on March 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
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