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Short Info

Net Worth$7 million
Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1940
MarkShort stature
FactDevoted member of Eco, an environmental group.

Donna Mills (born December 11, 1940) is an American actress and producer. She began her television career in 1966 with a recurring role on The Secret Storm, and in the same year appeared on the soap opera Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Mills gained prominence for her leading role on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing from 1980 to 1989.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mills began her career as a model in New York City in the early 1960s. She made her television debut in 1966 with a recurring role on The Secret Storm, and in the same year appeared on the soap opera Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Mills gained prominence for her leading role on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing from 1980 to 1989. She also starred in the independent film Playback (1996) and had a recurring role on the television series Lipstick Jungle (2008–2009).

Mills was married to actor Michael Douglas from 1992 to 2010. They have two children.

Early Life

Mills was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 11, 1940, the daughter of Bernice (née Dittberner), a dancer, and John Burns Mills, a businessman. She has two sisters, Jane and Nancy. Mills was raised in a Catholic household and attended St. Ferdinand Grammar School and Notre Dame High School for Girls, both in Chicago.


Mills began her career as a model in New York City in the early 1960s. She made her television debut in 1966 with a recurring role on The Secret Storm, and in the same year appeared on the soap opera Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Mills gained prominence for her leading role on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing from 1980 to 1989. She also starred in the independent film Playback (1996) and had a recurring role on the television series Lipstick Jungle (2008–2009).

Mills was married to actor Michael Douglas from 1992 to 2010. They have two children.

General Info

Full NameDonna Mills
Net Worth$7 million
Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1940
Height1.63 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, William Howard Taft High School


ChildrenChloe Mills


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series, TV Land Anniversary Award
MoviesPlay Misty for Me, Dangerous Intentions, False Arrest, Joy, Ladies of the House, The Incident, A Very Cool Christmas, Murph the Surf, Curse of the Black Widow, The Stepford Husbands, The Bait, Superdome, Love Is A Four Letter Word, Rolling Man, Alice in Wonderland, Cursed: Part III, Doctors' Private...
TV ShowsKnots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, Knots Landing, The Good Life, General Hospital, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

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#Marks / Signs
1Short stature
2Natural blonde hair
3Deep sultry voice
4Light blue eyes
5Frequently played roles that were either victimized or housewrecking


1[on Jane Wyman] Jane was an inspiration to all and had the most amazing spirit-American icon!
2Comedy is what I want to do now.
3[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.
4[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.
5I 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.
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.


1Had 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.
2In 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.
3Met 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).
4Her idol when she was young was Jane Wyman, the same idol as her future Knots Landing (1979) co-star, Joan Van Ark.
5Once had a crush on John Pleshette.
6Best known by the public for her role as "Wicked" Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner on Knots Landing (1979).
7It was Michele Lee's, 'David Jacobs' (IV)'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 cancelation, due to low ratings. They were all right to screen test her and hired her, and Mills was a big asset to the show for 9 years, until her departure in 1989.
8In a long-term relationship with Larry Gilman.
9Diagnosed with Arthritis. Spokeswoman for B.E.A.T., an arthritis awareness group. [2000]
10Devoted member of Eco, an environmental group.
11Was in a long-time relationship with Richard Holland.
12Adopted daughter Chloe [1995].




The F.B.I.1971-1972TV SeriesBernice Rawson / Mary Anne Collins
The Good Life1971-1972TV SeriesJane Miller
Play Misty for Me1971Tobie
Dan August1970TV SeriesEdna Adams
Lancer1970TV SeriesLucy
The Incident1967Alice Keenan
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing1967TV SeriesLaura Donnelly Elliott #1 (1967-1970)(original cast)
The Secret Storm1954TV SeriesRocket (1966)
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens2016TV MovieSupervisor Wink
12 Gifts of Christmas2015TV MovieJoyce Rehnquist
General Hospital2014-2015TV SeriesMadeline Reeves
Life Gets in the Way2014Dr. Goldstein
Deadly Revenge2013Evelyn
GCB2012TV SeriesBitsy Lourd
Nip/Tuck2008-2010TV SeriesLulu Grandiron
Dirty Sexy Money2009TV SeriesWealthy Socialite
Ladies of the House2008TV MovieElizabeth
Love Is a Four Letter Word2007TV MovieMargot Harper
Cold Case2007TV SeriesLauren Williams
Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well2006TV MoviePolly Jameson
A Very Cool Christmas2004TV MovieMrs. Claus
Cursed Part 32000Short
Rude Awakening2000TV SeriesLinda
Twice in a Lifetime1999TV SeriesLinda MacCullen / Lana Kasalas
Moonlight Becomes You1998TV MovieMaggie Holloway
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac1997TV Mini-SeriesAbby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner
Melrose Place1996-1997TV SeriesSherry Doucette
The Stepford Husbands1996TV MovieJodi Davison
High Society1995TV SeriesJacelyn Seymore Winters / Lucinda
An Element of Truth1995TV MovieVanessa Graves
Dangerous Intentions1995Beth Williamson
Dream On1994TV SeriesAshlyn
The John Larroquette Show1993-1994TV SeriesCarol
My Name Is Kate1994TV MovieKate
Remember1993TV MovieNicky Wells
Knots Landing1980-1993TV SeriesAbby Ewing Abby Cunningham Abby Sumner ...
The President's Child1992TV MovieElizabeth Hemming
In My Daughter's Name1992TV MovieLaura Elias
False Arrest1991TV MovieJoyce Lukezic
Runaway Father1991TV MoviePat Bennett
The World's Oldest Living Bridesmaid1990TV MovieBrenda Morgan
The Lady Forgets1989TV MovieRebecca Simms / Julie Black
Outback Bound1988TV MovieSamantha 'Sam' Hollings
Intimate Encounters1986TV MovieJulie Atkins
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe Rose
He's Not Your Son1984TV MovieKathy Saunders
Bare Essence1982TV MovieBarbara Fisher
Insight1980TV SeriesJackie Bliss
Waikiki1980TV MovieCassie Howard
Young Maverick1979-1980TV SeriesLila Gates
Fantasy Island1979TV SeriesCindy Carter
Hanging by a Thread1979TV MovieEllen Craig
The Love Boat1977-1978TV SeriesJeannie Carter / Lila Barton
Doctors' Private Lives1978TV MovieDr. Beth Demery
Superdome1978TV MovieLainie Wiley
Bunco1977TV MovieFrankie
Woman on the Run1977TV MovieLaura Frazier
The Hunted Lady1977TV MovieSusan Reilly
Curse of the Black Widow1977TV MovieLeigh Lockwood
Fire!1977TV MovieHarriett Malone
The Oregon Trail1977TV Series
Smash-Up on Interstate 51976TV MovieLaureen
Quincy M.E.1976TV SeriesRoberta Rhodes
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby1976TV MovieEllen
City of Angels1976TV SeriesFaith
Police Woman1976TV SeriesTamee Swanson
S.W.A.T.1976TV SeriesLauren Brooks
Barnaby Jones1975TV SeriesAbby Reinhart
Medical Story1975TV SeriesAudrey
Beyond the Bermuda Triangle1975TV MovieClaudia
Cannon1975TV SeriesLena Michaels
Hawaii Five-O1975TV SeriesMarcia Bissell
Police Story1974-1975TV SeriesCarol / Betty Johnson
Murph the Surf1975Ginny Eaton
Who Is the Black Dahlia?1975TV MovieSusan Winters
Medical Center1975TV SeriesDonna Guthrie
The Rookies1975TV SeriesGwen DeWitt
Thriller1973-1975TV SeriesPatty Heron / Helen Cook / Chrissie Morton
The Six Million Dollar Man1975TV SeriesLiza Leitman
The Wide World of Mystery1974TV SeriesPatty Heron
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesLaura Rainey
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV SeriesBea Averton
Live Again, Die Again1974TV MovieCaroline Carmichael
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1971-1973TV SeriesKit Howell / Nancy Danziger
Gunsmoke1973TV SeriesCora Sanderson
The Bait1973TV MovieTracy Fleming
Banyon1973TV SeriesTrina King
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1972TV SeriesValerie DeMarco
Night of Terror1972TV MovieLinda Daniel
Rolling Man1972TV MovieBebe Lotter
Haunts of the Very Rich1972TV MovieLaurie Dugan


My Name Is Kate1994TV Movie executive producer
In My Daughter's Name1992TV Movie executive producer
Runaway Father1991TV Movie executive producer
The World's Oldest Living Bridesmaid1990TV Movie executive producer


It Was a Wonderful Life1993Documentary thanks


Entertainment Tonight2000-2016TV SeriesHerself
Queens of Drama2015TV SeriesHerself
Good Day L.A.2015TV Series
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2015TV MovieHerself
Today2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2014TV SeriesHerself
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
Pioneers of Television2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Talk2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Doctors2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
RuPaul's Drag U2012TV SeriesHerself - Judge
79th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2010TV MovieHerself
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
ADHDtv: With Lew Marklin2008TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Guest
Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again2005TV Movie documentaryHerself / Abby Cunningham
TV Movie Superstars: Women You Love2004TV MovieHerself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait1998-2002TV Series documentaryHerself / Narrator
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHerself
Play It Again: A Look Back at 'Play Misty for Me'2001Video documentaryHerself
E! Mysteries & Scandals2000TV Series documentaryHerself
68th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade1999TV SpecialHerself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHerself
CBS This Morning1989-1995TV SeriesHerself
CBS Tournament of Roses Parade1995TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993TV SeriesHerself
1993 Environmental Media Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
The Knots Landing Block Party1993TV Special documentaryHerself / Abby Cunningham
Jeopardy!1992TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Series
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHerself
1st Annual Environmental Media Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean1990TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck1989TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1980-1988TV SeriesHerself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Male Musical Performer
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
4th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck1987TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Annual Entertainment Industry Honors Presentes a Salute to Bud Grant1987TV MovieHerself
Sex Symbols; Past, Present and Future1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
The American Jewish Commitee Annual Honors Present a Salute to Merv Adelson1987TV MovieHerself
The 1987 Annual Salute to Hollywood Benefit1987TV MovieHerself
The 11th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Television Game Show Host
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Bob Hope's Bagful of Christmas Cheer1986TV SpecialHerself
The Late Show1986TV SeriesHerself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
Evening Magazine1986TV SeriesHerself
Bob Hope's All-Star Superbowl Party1986TV SpecialHerself
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Co Host
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985TV SeriesHerself
The 2nd TV Academy Hall of Fame1985TV MovieHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Bob Hope Lampoons Television1985TV MovieHerself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
The Annual American Technion Society's Albert Einstein Award1985TV MovieHerself
All-Star Party for Lucille Ball1984TV SpecialHerself
The 24th Annual International Broadcasting Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHerself
Gala Opening of the American Ballet Theater1984TV MovieHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1984TV SeriesHerself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Battle of the Network Stars XV1983TV SpecialHerself - Host
Salute!1983TV SeriesHerself
The 1983 Annual American Image Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
2 on the Town1983TV SeriesHerself
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHerself
An Evening at the Improv1982TV SeriesGuest host
CBS All American Thanksgiving Day Parade1981TV SpecialHerself
Battle of the Network Stars XI1981TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
CHiPs1980TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHerself - NBC Team
Match Game 731976TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Guest Panelist
The Merv Griffin Show1976TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHerself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime2004TV Movie documentaryAbby Cunningham - Knots Landing
Celebrities Uncensored2004TV SeriesHerself
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories1993TV SpecialHerself - 'Silver Bells'


Won Awards

2015Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
2009Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsKnots Landing (1979)
1989Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villainess: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1988Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villainess: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villainess on a Prime Time SerialKnots Landing (1979)

Nominated Awards

1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time SerialKnots Landing (1979)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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