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Donna Mills (on Knot's Landing, Being a Hollywood Legend, RHOBH, Reality TV & More!)

Ep. 303

Donna Mills steps Behind The Rope. One of the most recognized names in Nighttime Soaps, 80s Icon, Donna Mills. Donna is best known for her role as the scheming, manipulative vixen Abby Cunningham, or Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner to be exact, on Knots Landing, one of the longest running prime time soap operas in history. We are thrilled to have Donna here today to chat about her career, and life for that matter, in its entirety. We reminisce about all the glory that was, is, and will always be Abby Cunningham and Knot’s Landing including how Donna was cast, co-stars and real life best friends Joan Van Ark and Michelle Lee, the other recognizable faces that popped by the worlds most famous cul-de-sac such as Nicolette Sheridan and Alec Baldwin, and her decision to leave the show way before the world was done with Queen Abby. Moving on from Knots, Donna opens up about the evolution of women in Hollywood from the 1980s when shows like Knots were all the rage to present day, answering questions like how far have we come and how much farther do we have to go. We also chatted with Donna about some of our other favorite shows she has appeared on like Melrose Place, Nip/Tuck, and last, but not least, RuPaul’s Drag U (yes we think Mama Ru is a Knots fan!). Of course we had to chat with Donna about her thoughts on Reality TV and actresses like Lisa Rinna who have become Housewives throughout the years. Yes, Donna does know Rinna. Having posed for Playboy herself, Donna chats and shares stories from her illustrious frothy year career about the pressures of aging in Hollywood, the ever presence of plastic surgery amongst The Hollywood Elite, and the #MeToo Movement. Finally we chat with Donna about the current crop of television she has been binging, the current crop of “A List” actresses she puts her stamp of approval on and with reboots running rampant chat, hoping to will into existence, a Knot’s Landing Reboot. Ahh, a girl can dream, can’t she. Miss Mills, we are not worthy! 



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*** Special shout out to our friend Actor, Model, #RHONJ Kathy Wakile’s “Son”, Mr. Does It All Gregory Zarian for making this sit down with Miss Donna Mills come to life!! Gregory Appeared on our show Dec 29th, 2020, Jan 15th 2021, & April 23rd, 2021.



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