Donna Butterworth dies at 62
Professional singer and child actor Donna Butterworth, who starred alongside Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis, has died after battling a long illness aged 62.
Butterworth passed away at the Hilo Medical Center on the main island on March 6 but only yesterday the family gave the sad news.
In 1966, at the age of 10, the actress earned a Golden Globe nomination, in the category of Most Promising Female Newcomer.
Butterworth played the character of Donna Peyton in her big screen debut in 1965 with Lewis. One year later, she was on the silver screen again, this time with Elvis Presley.
She played Jan Kohana, the young buddy to Elvis Presley’s Rick Richards in the 1966 musical comedy, Paradise, Hawaiian Style. At the age of 10, Butterworth sang three songs in the film, including one duet with Elvis.
Her final acting credit came in 1967 in two episodes of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.” Butterworth is survived by her mother and brother, nieces, nephews and cousins.