Film and TV actress Donna Mills was born in Chicago on Dec. 11, 1943 and she was raised in Oak Park. Her name at birth was Donna Jean Miller. Donna's father was an oil executive and her mother was a dance teacher. Starting at age 5, Donna studied ballet and stayed with it for many years.
Donna attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. But she did not graduate because she left to act and dance in regional theaters around the Chicago area including south suburban Drury Lane Theater for several years. She went to New York in 1967 for a part in Woody Allen's play Please Don't Drink the Water. The best known of her early movie roles was as the girlfriend of Clint Eastwood in Play Misty for Me (1971). She also played the role of Laura Donnely, a former nun, in a soap opera version of Love is a Many Splendored Thing.
By 1979 Donna had made about 20 films, many of them made for TV, and her characters were often fragile victims of some sort. But from 1980 to 1989 she had a chance to play a schemer in her TV role as "Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner" in the prime time soap opera Knot's Landing. She has also appeared in reuinon specials about that program. In 1990, she formed her own production company and has made a variety of critically-acclaimed programs on alcoholism and other social problems. In 2000 she became a national spokesperson for people severely limited by arthritis.
Donna is now in her early sixties and she continues to make movies and just finished the role of Polly Jamison in a 2006 made for TV movie called Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember it Well. She also has another made for TV movie in post production for release in 2007. For a complete list of more than 80 TV shows and movies associated with Donna Mills, click here to see her profile on the Internet Movie Database.