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Donna Mills

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 first play, "Don't Drink the Water".Donna's first television roles were on the daytime soap operas The Secret Storm (1954) and Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1967). She made her film debut in 1967 in the hard-hitting drama The Incident (1967). In 1971, she co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the popular thriller Play Misty for Me (1971). Throughout the seventies, Donna made frequent guest appearances on top-rated series and carved a niche for herself in made-for-TV films.In 1980, Donna joined the cast of the hit primetime soap Knots Landing (1979). With her portrayal of the conniving Abby Cunningham, she made the show her own and became one of TV's biggest stars. After a successful nine-year tenure, Donna left the cast to pursue other projects (she did return for the series finale in 1993). She continued to headline an array television films, several of which she produced, often highlighting important social issues.Donna has long been a supporter of various political and human rights causes, including Easter Seals, Women in Film, and ECO (Earth Communications Office). She has never been married, but has one daughter, Chloe, whom she adopted in 1995. These days she divides her time between work and motherhood.

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Dec 11, 1940 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Series Queens of Drama 2015-04-26

5 wins & 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of Knots Landing
Queens of Drama Self 11 episodes, 2015 2015-04-26
GCB Unknown 2012-03-04
RuPaul's Drag U Unknown 2010-07-19
Pioneers of Television Self 1 episode, 2013 2008-01-02
Dirty Sexy Money Unknown 2007-09-26
Nip/Tuck Unknown 2003-07-22
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
E! Mysteries & Scandals Unknown 1998-03-09
Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
Jeopardy! Unknown 1984-09-10
Knots Landing Abby Ewing / ... 236 episodes, 1980-1993 1979-12-27
CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
The Oregon Trail Unknown 1976-01-10
Quincy M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown 1974-01-18
Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Thriller Chrissie Morton / ... 3 episodes, 1973-1974 1973-01-18
Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
McMillan & Wife Unknown 1971-09-17
Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10