Source: Atomic Heritage Foundation | October , 2017

Recognize this duo? Yes, it really is General Leslie R. Groves with the renowned young actress Donna Reed.

So what brought this unlikely pair together? Donna Reed was the impetus for the 1947 film “The Beginning or the End,” a fictionalized account of the Manhattan Project. Reed’s high school science teacher, Edward Tompkins, worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge and must have sparked her interest. For more about the film, see the article The Manhattan Project in Popular Culture.

As an actress, Donna Reed is best known today for her roles in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “From Here to Eternity,” and “The Donna Reed Show.” The photo is from the Patricia Cox Owen Collection, AHF, taken after the war.