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Also Known As: Lisa Donovan Died:
Born: February 3, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Poughkeepsie, New York, USA Profession: actor, waitress, bartender

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Bliss, The (2009)
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 It Was One of Us (2007)
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Raised in Northport, New York
1979:
Began acting career at age seven as the male lead in the stage production "Westward Ho Ho Ho" (date approximate)
1991:
Moved from Northport, New York to Manhattan
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Appeared in the ABC daytime drama "Loving"; also worked in off-Broadway theater
1994:
Relocated to Los Angeles; had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Blossom" playing Tanya, the girlfriend of Joey Lawrence's character
1995:
Appeared in a bit part in "Guns on the Clackamas", the debut live-action feature for animator Bill Plympton
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"
1996:
Appeared in the ABC TV movie comedy "Encino Woman"
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Starred on the TV series "Clueless" reprising her role as fashion obsessed Amber (ABC, 1996-1997; UPN, 1997-1999)
1996:
In a December interview with PEOPLE, revealed that she had struggled with anorexia from1993 to 1995
1998:
Featured in the comedy "A Night at the Roxbury" as a gold digging model
1999:
Had featured role in the drama "Loving Jezebel"
2000:
Joined cast of "Sabrina" when it moved to The WB
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Education

Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research: New York , New York -
Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research: New York , New York -
Michael Chekhov Studio: New York , New York -
Northport High School: Northport , New York - 1989

Notes

"My anorexia was a way to feel successful. It gave me tremendous satisfaction because it was something I was the best at. Now I try to feel successful through my talents and my intelligence as opposed to my physical appearance. Anorexia stays with me, but it doesn't define who I am. I won't allow it." --Elisa Donovan to PEOPLE, December 2, 1996

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companion:
Dodd Mitchell. Art director, interior designer. Born c. 1967; no longer together.

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father:
Jack Donovan. Business executive. Former vice president of AT&T.
mother:
Charlotte Donovan.
uncle:
Warren Hino. Actor. Deceased; worked in Shakespearean theater; Donovan cites him as a major influence.

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