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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 24 March 1954Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Donna got her big break co-starring with John Travolta in the iconic film "Saturday Night Fever," she followed up as the star of the hit sitcom "Angie," and has been working steadily on stage, film and TV ever since.

Ms. Pescow is from Brooklyn, New York. After her Mother took her to see the Broadway show "Funny Girl" for her 13th birthday, Donna realized that the stage held the key to her future; she set her sights on becoming an actress. Awarded a scholarship to study at New York's prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, upon graduation she landed a featured role in the touring company of "Ah Wilderness," starring Barbara Bel Geddes and Richard Kiley. After the play's run, she resumed her studies in NYC with the legendary Lee Strasburg, and later in L.A. with renown teacher Milton Katselas.

Following the release of "Saturday Night Fever," and with the subsequent acclaim for her performance as Annette, Donna was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" by the New York Film Critics Circle, among other accolades. For her title role as "Angie," on the popular TV series with Robert Hays, she garnered a People's Choice nomination for "Favorite Actress in a Television Comedy," and a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series."

As a singer, Donna performed her successful cabaret act in New York City, and Los Angeles; she also starred in productions of "A...My Name is Alice," "Grease," "Guys & Dolls," and the critically-acclaimed Wendy Wasserstein play "Isn't It Romantic."

Donna made history with a groundbreaking role on "All My Children," as Dr. Lynn Carson, the first lesbian character on daytime TV. The limited run won the actress accolades and a Media Award from AGLA for her sensitive, stereotype-smashing portrayal. Another guest appearance on "General Hospital" delighted her daytime fans as the quirky and controlling Aunt Gertrude.

Ms. Pescow starred in the long-running series "Out of the World" opposite the legendary voice of Burt Reynolds, and as Eileen Stevens, Shia LaBeouf's mom in "Even Stevens," for which she received three Emmy nominations. Donna is a constant presence in TV and film, with guest-starring appearances on such shows as "NYPD Blue," "Nash Bridges," "Clueless," "The Sopranos," "Crossing Jordan," "Cold Case," "Body of Proof," among many others. Films include "Jake Speed" with John Hurt, "Dead Husbands" with John Ritter, "Glory Years," an HBO mini-series, and the period drama "The Day the Bubble Burst," and Hallmark's "Operation Cupcake," to mention just a few.

Donna has worked as a director as well an actress. Along with several theatre projects in L.A. and regionally, she has been behind the camera on the television shows "Harry and The Hendersons", "Even Stevens". and "That's So Raven".

Donna currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The Gage Group

Spouse (1)

Arnold Zelonka (November 1987 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Did not gain weight for her role in Saturday Night Fever (1977), however, she lost 15 lbs prior to the release.
Didn't have a driver's license until she was 25.
Studied at the American Academy of the Arts, where she lost her native Brooklyn accent and had to relearn it for her role in Saturday Night Fever (1977).
She took drama classes with Rocky (1976) co-star Carl Weathers.
Her friend's father owned and ran a news stand downtown NYC at Battery Place. He had Donna's resume photo on display among others.
Auditioned six times for the role of "Annette" in Saturday Night Fever (1977) - three times for original director John G. Avildsen then, after he was fired, three more times for replacement director John Badham - before she got it.
During the second season of Out of This World (1987), actress Donna Pescow became pregnant. Since it couldn't be explained how her character became pregnant while her husband was away fighting a war, Pescow was filmed using only close-up shots or position so that something was hiding her pregnancy.

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