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Donah Elizabeth Reed-Matthews (Benrimo)

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
Death: between circa 1957 and circa 1970 (72-93)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Benrimo and Edith Benrimo
Wife of George Matthews; Dr. Benjamin R. Matthews and Donah Benrimo-Reed-Matthews
Ex-wife of Major-General Walter Lawrence Reed
Sister of J. Harry Benrimo; Barrow C. Benrimo; Harvey Samuel Benrimo and Tom Benrimo

Occupation: Stage actress, Writer clerk
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About Donah Benrimo

Donah Elizabeth Benrimo, a noted stage and vaudville actress of her day, came from a talented showbiz family, originally from San Francisco, California. Donah performed on various Stock and Vaudville Circuts. After family being displaced by The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Donah resided to Portland, and married for a short time, Walter Reed* and then divorced in 1910. Donah traveled to perform in Denver and in other various domestic towns and cities. She would later settle in the 1920's, with her visiting Mother, Renowned Stage Actress, Edith McAlpin, in The New York City Area, where she became an entertainment writer for "The Brooklyn Eagle" and later, she became a clerk at a Broadway theater agency. After 1928, Donah married a second husband named Mr. Matthews... becoming a housewife during the time of The Great Depression of 1929. Little is known about her after this time period, but may have been still living up to the late 1950's.

  • Due to the quick marriage and divorce in 1910, it is suggested that Donah's First Spouse was Walter Reed Jr. (aka: M.G. Walter Lawrence Reed Jr.), the Son of U.S. Army Officer, Walter Lawrence Reed Sr. Though it is noted at the time that "The Reed Family" was stationed in The Portland Area and Walter Jr. was officially married to Lucy Reed Carter in 1915... the marriage-divorce between Donah and Walter in 1910 may have been a forgotten marriage incident.


  1. Repository University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division. Repository Collection J. Willis Sayre Photograph Collection Ph Coll 200
  2. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 Name: Miss Donah Benrimo Gender: Female Residence Year: 1908 Street address: 1576 Lincoln Residence Place: Denver, Colorado Occupation: Actress Publication Title: Denver, Colorado, City Directory, 1908 Source Information: U.S. City Directories, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
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Donah Benrimo's Timeline

August 1880
San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States