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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameDonna Jean Miller
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Donna Mills was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was an oil executive and her mother was a dance instructor. Donna studied ballet throughout her teens. After spending a year studying drama at the University of Illinois, she made her way to New York, where she landed an understudy role in Woody Allen's play, "Don't Drink the Water". Her first television role was on the daytime soap opera The Secret Storm (1954) in 1966. The next year, she made her film debut in the hard-hitting drama The Incident (1967). In 1971, she co-starred in the popular thriller Play Misty for Me (1971). Donna made guest appearances on top-rated series throughout the seventies and carved a niche for herself in made-for-TV movies. In 1980, she joined the cast of the primetime soap Knots Landing (1979) as wicked Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner. After a successful nine-year tenure, Donna left the show to pursue other projects. She continued to headline a range of television films, several of which she produced, often highlighting important social issues. These including Outback Bound (1988), The World's Oldest Living Bridesmaid (1990), Runaway Father (1991), In My Daughter's Name (1992) and My Name Is Kate (1994). Lately she's had a recurring role on General Hospital (1963) and appeared in the feature film Joy (2015).

Donna has long been a supporter of various political and human rights causes, including Easter Seals, Women in Film, and ECO (Earth Communications Office). Never married, she adopted a daughter, Chloe, in 1995. She lives in Beverly Hills with her longtime boyfriend, Larry Gilman.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trade Mark (5)

Frequently played roles that were either victimized or housewrecking
Light blue eyes
Deep sultry voice
Natural blonde hair
Short stature

Trivia (12)

Adopted daughter Chloe. [1995]
Devoted member of Eco, an environmental group.
Diagnosed with Arthritis. Spokeswoman for B.E.A.T., an arthritis awareness group. [2000]
It was Michele Lee's, David Jacobs's and Michael Filerman's call for her to audition for "Abby" on Knots Landing (1979), after the show's first season was nearly on the brink of cancellation, due to low ratings. They made the right decision to screen test her and hired her, and Mills was a big asset to the show for 9 years, until her departure in 1989.
Formerly in a long-term relationship with Richard Holland.
Currently in a long-term relationship with Larry Gilman.
Her idol when she was young was Jane Wyman, the same idol as her future Knots Landing (1979) co-star, Joan Van Ark.
Met Larry Hagman on The Good Life (1971), where the two embarked on a lifelong friendship, for over 40 years, from 1971 until his death in 2012. The two would co-star together in Knots Landing (1979), which was a spin-off of Dallas (1978).
In the same situation as her co-star Michele Lee, she too had a clause in her Knots Landing (1979) contract that her character would never be a grandmother.
Had left her best-known role on Knots Landing (1979) at the end of the series' tenth season, to focus on other projects, hence, she returned for the series finale. She joined the cast in 1980 and stayed until 1989.
Once had a crush on John Pleshette.
She played Larry Hagman's wife in The Good Life (1971) and his sister-in-law in Knots Landing (1979).

Personal Quotes (6)

[Who created her character that became part of prime-time soap history]: Having created her and played her all this time, there's a great deal of me in Abby, and a lot of her has crept into me. I think some of the ambition and some of the guts that she has as a character I've kind of taken on. She helped me in a lot of ways.
I played so many of those. That's the reason I like to play Abby. I got tired of playing the victim. You're constantly reacting to things that are happening to you rather than making things that are happening to you rather than making things happen. It's a more active role. Abby keeps things stirred up, and I like that.
[About Knots Landing (1979)]: People don't tune in Knots Landing to see our gowns and jewelry. By and large our acting is overlooked because of the machinations of the plot. I have to be on guard all the time to keep Abby fresh and interesting.
[Of the way Aussie people were very friendly]: I was really amazed that everybody in the town knew me. They have one television station and Knots Landing (1979) was on it.
Comedy is what I want to do now.
[on Jane Wyman] Jane was an inspiration to all and had the most amazing spirit-American icon!

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