- Music Department
Born in Boston, Donna was a child performer: she won an amateur talent show, sang a jingle for Meadow Gold Ice Cream, performed on radio shows, appeared as a guest on the The Mickey Mouse Club (1955), and recorded several singles, all before she was 10 years old. In 1963 she was chosen, after a nationwide talent search, to become the spokesperson for Dr. Pepper and subsequently became the one and only "Dr Pepper Girl". For five years, she was on billboards, in magazines, and on television and in movies as the teenage spokesperson for the soft drink. For her personal appearances, she designed and sewed most of her own costumes, a talent which would come in very handy later in her career. The Dr. Pepper gig led to a role in the second Frankie Avalon / Annette Funicello beach movie, Muscle Beach Party (1964). She was originally assigned a non-speaking role holding a soft-drink bottle (guess which soft drink), but the producers decided to let her perform a song instead. She performed the Brian Wilson-penned "Muscle Bustle" with Dick Dale, and the song's success led to her appearing in a featured musical number in later beach movies. Her brunette beauty and strong voice were welcome additions to the films. She could do no more than sing and speak a few lines in those pictures because her contract with Dr. Pepper forbade her to wear any outfit that showed her navel. She became a regular on the ABC shows Shindig! (1964) and The Milton Berle Show (1966). In 1968 she was even offered the lead in a series called "Two for Penny" to be produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas. Instead she chose marriage and retirement from performing. Her second husband, Jered Cargman was a member of the 1960s studio surf band Fantastic Baggys. From 1998-2008, Donna and her husband created fashion retailer ADASA Hawaii, which sold many of Donna's own '60's-inspired designs. Donna still sings and writes songs.
- Self - Talent Winner(as Donna Zukor)
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