Donna Mills

TV Actress

Donna Mills was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on December 11th, 1940 and is the TV Actress. At the age of 82, Donna Mills biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, TV shows, and networth are available.

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Donna Jean Miller
Date of Birth
December 11, 1940
United States
Place of Birth
Chicago, Illinois, United States
82 years old
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$7 Million
Actor, Film Actor, Film Producer, Stage Actor, Television Actor
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Taft High School, University of Illinois
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Donna Mills Career

Mills began her acting career on television with a six-month stint on the CBS daytime soap opera The Secret Storm in 1966, playing the character of Rocket. Following this, she made her film debut in The Incident (1967), co-starring alongside Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, Ed McMahon and Thelma Ritter. She appeared on Broadway in Woody Allen's comedy Don't Drink the Water as the Sultan of Bashir's wife.

In the fall of 1967, she gained a regular role as ex-nun Laura Donnelly on the soap Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Mills relocated to the West Coast in 1970, thereupon making her primetime TV debut in an episode of Lancer. In 1971, she co-starred with Clint Eastwood and Jessica Walter in the thriller Play Misty for Me.

During 1971-72, she starred in the short-lived sitcom The Good Life with Larry Hagman, who later guest-starred on Knots Landing as J. R. Ewing from the show's sister series Dallas. Prior to signing a contract for Universal Studios in 1972, she spent much of the 1970s appearing as a guest on top-rated television shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii Five-O, The Love Boat, CHiPs, The F.B.I., Quincy, M.E., the UK's Thriller series, Police Woman, and Fantasy Island, as well as many made-for-TV movies.

In 1980, Mills landed her most prominent role — that of scheming, manipulative vixen Abby Cunningham on the long-running primetime soap opera Knots Landing. Mills portrayed Abby from 1980–1989. Prior to being cast in Knots Landing, Mills was primarily known for playing the "damsel in distress" archetype in both film and television media. The actress became somewhat famous for playing these roles, often leading to unwanted typecasting. In an interview with Jerry Buck for the Toledo Blade, Mills said: "I got tired of playing the victim. It's a more active role. Abby keeps things stirred up, and I like that." According to Jacobs, Abby was not planned when the show began. He knew that he wanted a female J.R. Ewing-esque character. However, he had a different sense of the character and who would wind up in the role. With Mills's reputation of playing the victim, he initially did not choose her for the part.

Josh Mapes of The Biography Channel listed her in the category "10 Primetime Stars We Love to Hate". He said, "Any great soap opera needs a great villain. While viewers may identify more with the protagonist, the villains in a serial drama always spice things up, cause trouble, and make it more fun to watch. From tongue lashings to catfights, underhanded tricks to boldface lies, the characters we love to hate have each brought a fair share of great moments to primetime soaps. While Larry Hagman played the bad guy on Dallas, Donna Mills played bad girl on its spin-off, Knots Landing. Unapologetically going after what she wanted, Mills's character engaged in affairs with two of the husbands on the Knots Landing cul-de-sac, but like most vixens on primetime soaps, she was only out for money, not love."

In 1989, Mills announced her intention to leave the long-running nighttime soap after nine years as Abby. According to Mills, she wanted to take a break from acting for a while, and from Abby, as well.

In an interview with The Cedartown Standard, Mills explained: "I'm tired of the show. It's been too long. I'm not particularly happy with the way they've been writing Abby lately. She's too soft. I'd like Abby to get back to her old self." For this role, she won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess on three occasions, in 1986, 1988, and 1989.

After Knots Landing, Mills concentrated on television movies, four of which she co-produced: The World's Oldest Living Bridesmaid (1990), Runaway Father (1991), In My Daughter's Name (1992), and My Name Is Kate (1994). She returned to Knots Landing for its final episode in 1993, and again for the reunion miniseries Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac in 1997. In between, she had a brief recurring guest role as the mother of Jane Mancini (played by Josie Bissett) on Melrose Place.

Mills continued to appear on television in movies and guest roles. In 2005, she reunited with the Knots Landing cast for the nonfiction special, Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again, in which the stars reminisced about the show. In more recent years, Mills has appeared in various television movies such as Love Is A Four Letter Word in 2007 and Ladies of the House in 2008, as well as guest appearances in series such as Cold Case (in a provocative role as a woman who seduces her grandson) and Nip/Tuck (guest-starring with fellow Knots Landing star Joan Van Ark). In 2012, she made a guest appearance on GCB as Bitsy Lourd and appeared as a guest judge on the reality series RuPaul's Drag U.

In 2014, Mills made her return to daytime soap operas, for the first time since 1970. She was cast in a major recurring guest-starring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She debuted in mid-March and stayed to May. Later in that year, she returned for another multiple-episode arc. At the 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards, Mills won Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her performance in General Hospital, in a three-way tie with Fred Willard and Ray Wise. In August 2018, Mills returned for another multiple-episode arc.

On October 7, 2014, it was announced that Mills will star in the POP reality series Queens of Drama about a group of former stars who now produce a new primetime serial drama to star in. The ladies will be required to work together in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce their steamy series with the hopes of landing a pilot deal by the end of the season.

Mills had a role in David O. Russell's film Joy, which was released in December 2015. Also in 2015, she starred in the holiday comedy-drama, 12 Gifts of Christmas.

In 2017, Mills was cast in the role of Daisy Werthan in the Colony Theatre's production of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy. Also that year, she played a leading role in the Pure Flix drama series Hilton Head Island. In 2019, she starred alongside Dyan Cannon and Crystal Hunt in the Pure Flix comedy series Mood Swings. She also starred in the independent films Best Mom (2018), Turnover (2019), and A Beauty & the Beast Christmas (2019).

In 2022, Mills appeared in the Jordan Peele's horror film Nope and received Palm Springs International Film Festival Women In Film and Television’s Above And Beyond Award. Later that year, she was cast in V. C. Andrews' The Cutler Family film series, starting Dawn. She plays the role of Lillian Cutler, a wicked grandmother of title character. She also was cast as a guest star in the ABC crime series, The Rookie: Feds making her first television series appearance in ten years.


I quit my TV career at the height of my fame to adopt, February 19, 2023
Famous for an icy, ethereal beauty that never seemed to fade, as she entered her 50s, new challenges in Hollywood surely beckoned for Donna Mills. Instead, she chose motherhood. At the age of 54, at the peak of her career, she adopted a four-day-old baby daughter - and disappeared to become a single mum. 'I'd wanted to have children,' she says now, 'but it wasn't in the forefront of my mind. After I quit Knots [in 1989], I had my own company and I made movies for television. But afterwards I said, 'OK, I've done all this, now what?' 'I'd noticed that I'd been feeling really jealous whenever I saw a little child running up to their mother and saying, 'Mummy', and I felt this discontent; this feeling that something was missing. I realised I just wanted to be a mum. I felt I really had something to give to a child.'

Donna Mills, 81, says eating vegetables and lifting weights keeps her looking good, December 5, 2022
Donna Mills has had a very successful run in Hollywood. The 81-year-old blonde beauty co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the classic Play Misty For Me then later was one of the highlights of the series Knot's Landing. The Emmy winner has also recently ap­peared in the Jordan Peele thriller Nope, and stars in a Life­time movie series, V.C. Andrews Dawn Cutler Series, to be released in 2023. Now the actress has talked to AARP - The Magazine about her longevity. 'At age 60, 70, later, you have so much more to contribute-don't just sit down and say, "I'm done,"' shared the screen icon.
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