Donna had romantic love affairs with Richard Holland for a long time. Richard Holland is a producer. She also dated Larry Gilman for several years. Larry Gilman is also an actor and producer.
As a child, Donna joined Garvey Elementary School. Later on, she joined Taft High School. She graduated from there. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but she dropped out from there within a year and began pursuing her dancing career. She began dancing in a summer stock productions.
In 1966 she made her acting debut playing the role of Rocket in the soap opera The Secret Storm. The following year she appeared in the movie The Incident. She appeared in several shows and TV series and then finally in 1980 she won the role of Abby Cunningham in the soap opera show Knots Landing. She rose to prominence after she began appearing in this show. In the year 2018, she will be seen portraying the role of Nana in Best Mom.
Her net worth is estimated to be $7 millions as of 2017-18.