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Old 08-03-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default Eleanor Donahue, why did she quit the show?

That's the question, in the first season, the character of the actress Eleanor (sic?) Donahue was the love interest of Andy. And then the actress was dropped.

What happened?
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Good question. I liked her in that character. She fit in with the cast well (at least from the viewer's point).
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Default I don't believe Elinor left the show...

..."the show left her".

"Ellie Walker" just didn't seem to fit in with Mayberry, or as Andy's "girlfriend"- and perhaps creator/producer Aaron Ruben realized this. In any case, Ms. Donahue was quietly dropped from the cast, and Andy would have to wait until Helen Crump became Opie's teacher in 1964 before he found a more enduring cast member...

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Ellie wasn't enduring. I think she was far more charming than Helen, who always looked like she just bit into a lemon.....
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Eleanor Donahue claimed in an interview that she was having personal problems at the time and had asked to be let out of her contract.
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Eleanor Donahue claimed in an interview that she was having personal problems at the time and had asked to be let out of her contract.

That may very well be the case RowMan...but let's remember that E.D. had a fairly high profile and was likely getting other offers.

One of my hobbies is gathering snippets of information and putting together theories (like a jigsaw puzzle)...I remember hearing on a reunion show a quote from "Thelma Lou" that at one time she really needed a raise - but was afraid to ask for one because she thought they would probably write her out of the show. Add to that Barney left for movie money and characters came and went frequently...I think maybe TAGS was being run on the cheap, at least for the first few years.
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Ellie wasn't enduring. I think she was far more charming than Helen, who always looked like she just bit into a lemon.....
I agree with you, if i were Andy i would of droped her in a heart beat, i couldnt handle her getting jeolous everytime i were around another woman. I wished they would of kept elinor to be Andys girl.
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It's a shame that Elinor Donahue didn't stick around for all eight seasons. She's great.
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Just found it. In this 1998 interview, ED states that she felt she was performing very poorly on TAGS. It made her so nervous to the point that she started losing weight. She couldn't take it and asked to be let out of her contract.

http://www.imayberry.com/tagsrwc/wbm...view26Jun98.ra
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...Helen, who always looked like she just bit into a lemon.....

LOL...I always thought Opie really blew it when he used his third wish from the Count to have Miss Crump be his teacher again in the sixth grade. Even another jack knife would have been better than that
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Ellie was a good foil for Andy, but the best of Andy's girlfriends was Nurse Peggy. She was much more country than any of the others, had great rapport with both Andy and Opie, oh yes...was smokin' hot!
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Elinor was a good actress but no warmth seemed to develop with Andy Griffith onscreen. (And maybe not offscreen either. Andy was a pretty harsh judge.) She said the lack of chemistry and personal reasons made her ask out of her contract, but she was slightly disappointed when they didn't ask her to reconsider. I usually like her as an actress but the show got better without her. Anita was less of an actress yet helped the show more. I thought Elinor was usually very good in Father Knows Best. And she was surprisingly relaxed and funny with Tony Randall on Odd Couple. She also seems like a very nice lady. I didn't know she started acting at such a young age until I saw her in a few movies on TCM. She was a good kid actress too.
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