Elisa Donovan

Actor, Waitress, Bartender
Elisa Donovan is probably best known for her work as Amber, Cher's chief fashion rival, in Amy Heckerling's 1995 comedy "Clueless" and its spin-off TV series. She began acting at age seven, starring as the male lead in ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1971 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

The Dog Who Saved Easter 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dog Who Saved Summer 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

Flight Attendant (Actor)

Melissa & Joey 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wolves of Wall Street 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

So Random! 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bliss 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

It Was One of Us 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Me Again 2006 (Movie)

Malika (Actor)

NCIS 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Switched (Primetime) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1994 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1996 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Jill 1994 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Liars Club 2001 (Movie)

Mae (Actor)

Rocky Horror: 25th Anniversary Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Victor Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Loving Jezebel 2000 (Movie)

Salli McDonnell (Actor)

The Best Actress 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

Cambi (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Encino Woman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Simon 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Clueless 1995 (Movie)

Amber (Actor)

Guns on the Clackamas 1995 (Movie)

Crazy Actress (Actor)

A Golden Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

A Valentine's Date (TV Show)

Actor

Eve's Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Framed for Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Oh Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Swarm (TV Show)

Actor

The Dog Who Saved Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Elisa Donovan is probably best known for her work as Amber, Cher's chief fashion rival, in Amy Heckerling's 1995 comedy "Clueless" and its spin-off TV series. She began acting at age seven, starring as the male lead in the play "Westward Ho Ho Ho." This gender bending role prepared the young actress to take roles removed from her own experience and since then she never shied away from portraying less-than-likable characters both in film and on television. The Long Island-raised Donovan appeared on the NYC based soap "Loving" after a move to Manhattan and also worked off-Broadway in plays including "Safe" and "Mad Love." Next the actress was off to Los Angeles in 1994, having landed a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Blossom" playing Tanya, the girlfriend of Joey Lawrence's clueless character.

Relationships

Charlotte Donovan

Mother

Charlie Bigelow

Husband
Married Oct. 13, 2012

Jack Donovan

Father
former vice president of AT&T

Warren Hino

Uncle
deceased worked in Shakespearean theater Donovan cites him as a major influence

Dodd Mitchell

Companion
born c. 1967 no longer together

EDUCATION

Michael Chekhov Studio

New York , New York

Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Northport High School

Northport , New York 1989

Milestones

2000

Joined cast of "Sabrina" when it moved to The WB

1999

Had featured role in the drama "Loving Jezebel"

1998

Featured in the comedy "A Night at the Roxbury" as a gold digging model

1996

In a December interview with PEOPLE, revealed that she had struggled with anorexia from1993 to 1995

1996

Appeared in the ABC TV movie comedy "Encino Woman"

1995

Featured as Cher's rival Amber in the big-screen comedy hit "Clueless"

1995

Had a recurring role as bad girl Ginger on Fox's primetime soap "Beverly Hills, 90210"

1995

Had a guest role in The WB's short-lived series "Simon"

1995

Appeared in a bit part in "Guns on the Clackamas", the debut live-action feature for animator Bill Plympton

1994

Relocated to Los Angeles; had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Blossom" playing Tanya, the girlfriend of Joey Lawrence's character

1991

Moved from Northport, New York to Manhattan

1979

Began acting career at age seven as the male lead in the stage production "Westward Ho Ho Ho" (date approximate)

Starred on the TV series "Clueless" reprising her role as fashion obsessed Amber (ABC, 1996-1997; UPN, 1997-1999)

Appeared in the ABC daytime drama "Loving"; also worked in off-Broadway theater

Raised in Northport, New York

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