Atwood, Donna (Harris)

Married name: Donna Harris

Born: February 14, 1925, Newton, Kansas
Died: December 20, 2011, Motion Picture & Television Country House, Woodland Hills, California

Donna Atwood was at the Hollywood Mar-Ken campus 1939-40; she was a junior in 1940.

Atwood is an Olympics ice skater who, paired with Eugene Turner, was the United States Figure Skating Champion in 1941. She was with the Ice Capades and coached ice skaters before she retired. She married John Harris, Ice Capades owner.

From the October 28, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
MOVIE NEWS: Mae Ross is busy rehearsing at the new Pan-Pacific ice-skating rink for her forthcoming appearance at the Food Show.  We’ll all be there to take a squint at ‘ye, Mae!  Pat Mairfield and Donna Atwood will also appear in the show.

From the December 16, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:


From the 1940 Mar-Ken Yearbook, as a Junior:
DONNA ATWOOD – Donna was born in Newton, Kansas, February 14. Her hobby is skating and she is now the West Coast Champion for figure skating. She likes sleeping, movies, and dancing. Detests long telephone conversations and Men. (That’s what they all say.) Favorite song, Ravel’s “Bolero”, and “Rhapsody in Blue” is plenty O.K., too. “Days of Our Years” is her favorite novel and she likes History and Contemporary Civilization. Blue, and green are predominate in her dress. Her ambition is to become a member of the Olympic skating team. Best of luck, Donna!

From the January 24,1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
WHO’S WORKING. Donna Atwood – Is in Denver, working for National Championship in skating.

Donna Atwood’s birthday is listed as on February 14.

From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
WHO’S WHO:  Donna Atwood “Graces” the Junior Grade is well known for skating ability and is celebrated from coast to coast.  Small and red-headed Donna’s favorite sport is skating, of course, and she also enjoys tennis and dancing.

Donna Atwood wrote articles on the Junior Class, and on the “New Ice Extravaganza Featured at Pan-Pacific” for this issue of the school newspaper.

From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
June Jerome and Donna Atwood comprise the Rewrite Department for this issue of the Mar-Ken Journal.

Donna Atwood wrote articles for the school newspaper: “The Times Building Visited by School Groups,” and a column on the Junior Class.

From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Donna Atwood is a co-rewriter for this issue of the Mar-Ken Journal. She wrote the Junior’s column for the school newspaper, as well as a letter to the Editor about school spirit.

From the November 8, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Donna Atwood is a Rewrite Editor for this issue of the Mar-Ken Journal. She wrote an article “Skating to Fame” about the history of ice-skating.

From the November 20, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Donna Atwood is a Rewrite Editor for this issue of the Mar-Ken Journal.

From the February 28, 1941 issue of the Mar-Ken Journal (student newspaper):
Ice skating Donna Atwood and Marilyn Telfer have certainly been breaking records around the country. Donna just won the National Championship and Marilyn won the California skating Championship. Pat Merifield and Buford McCuskor are still touring the country with the Ice Follies. Other fine skaters in the school are Georgia and Betty Shattuck.

Links to other resources about Donna Atwood:

Internet Movie Database listing.

Obituary (Los Angeles Times):