Donna Mills Biography
Now an effective actor, Mills went to the West Coast to try to create the breakthrough to primetime. She made a guest performance in Dan August that led to the role of Clint Eastwoods girlfriend, in Play Misty For Me, which was also Eastwoods directorial debut. Donna Mills appeared in a number of television films through the 1970s. She also made guest appearances in shows including The Six Million Dollar Man, Thriller, The Love Boat and Young Maverick. In 1980, she reached TV stardom as the venal but sexy Abby Cunningham Ewing on the popular soap Knots Landing. For her efforts, Donna Mills was given three Soap Opera Digest awards for Outstanding Villainess in 1986, 1988 and 1989, as well as a 1986 Soap Opera Digest nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time Serial. After a nine-year run, Mills departed the show to work on other projects. She made a comeback in 1993 for its finale.
The blonde actress went on to star in numerous TV films and specials. Among her works were Hes Not Your Son The Worlds Oldest Living Bridesmaid, Runaway Father, In My Daughters Name and My Name Is Kate. Donna Mills then found herself back in the world of primetime soap opera with the role of Sherry Doucette, mother of troubled designer Jane Mancini (Josie Bissett), Melrose Place. Also in 1997, Mills reprised her villainous role of Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing in the TV movie Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac.
In 2006, Donna Mills was cast in the mystery TV film Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well, starring Lea Thompson. She also starred in Love Is a Four-Letter Word, a romance television film directed by Harvey Frost.