Donna Pescow

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Donna Pescow

Pescow at a celebrity autograph collector's convention, Burbank, California, October 2008
Born(1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 58)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Spouse(s)Donald Zelonka (m. 1987; 1 child)
 
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Donna Pescow

Pescow at a celebrity autograph collector's convention, Burbank, California, October 2008
Born(1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 58)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Spouse(s)Donald Zelonka (m. 1987; 1 child)

Donna Pescow (born March 24, 1954) is an American film and television actress and director.

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Life and career

Pescow was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family.[1][2] Her father owned and ran a news stand[3] in downtown NYC at Battery Place. Pescow attended Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn Pescow studied at the American Academy of the Arts. Approximately 1973 or '74, Donna had a leading role in an off-off Broadway musical entitled Poor Old Fool. It was a short run of just a few weeks.

In 1977, Pescow had a successful role in the John Travolta film Saturday Night Fever. For this role, she had to relearn her Brooklyn accent and gain about 40 pounds. While both the role, and the film were huge successes, Donna later went on to appear in television roles for most of her career. For this role, she was the New York Film Critics third place choice for their award for best supporting actress.[2]

Also in 1977, Pescow joined the cast of the hit ABC soap opera One Life to Live, portraying Celena Arquette. The role proved to be brief, lasting under a year, but it helped to launch a successful television career for Pescow (including roles on two other ABC soap operas in later years).

In 1978, Pescow portrayed one of Judy Garland's older sisters in the TV bio-pic Rainbow directed by Jackie Cooper.

Pescow starred on her own television series Angie, for two seasons from 1979 to 1980 on ABC.

In 1982, Pescow was cast in a groundbreaking role of Dr. Lynn Carson on the soap opera All My Children, which she portrayed from 1982 to 1983. Her character was the first lesbian on the daytime serials. After her run on All My Children ended, Donna decided to continue her run on television. She later landed the role of Donna Garland, the mother of Evie Ethel Garland, in the children's comedy show Out of This World (1987–1991), along with Maureen Flannigan and Joe Alaskey. Donna portrayed this role for the show's entire run, from its premiere in 1987 until its cancellation in 1991.

After Out of This World ended, Donna went on to have a series of smaller roles, before returning to prominent television roles. She appeared in an episode of Clueless, as well as guest appearances on NYPD Blue, Pauly and Ivory Tower. In 1998, she had a role in the television film Dead Husbands.

Pescow appeared on the ABC soap opera General Hospital from 1999 until 2001. She portrayed Gertrude Morgan, the evil aunt of Chloe Morgan (Tava Smiley), during Smiley's entire run on the show (1999–2001). In 2001, Tava Smiley was released from her contract at General Hospital, resulting in Pescow's character being written off the canvas, along with on-screen niece Chloe, in 2001. During her run on General Hospital, she also had a small role in the television film Partners and guest starred on the television series Philly.

In 1998, Disney contacted Pescow about appearing in a half-hour kids/teen sitcom for the network. A pilot was filmed in 1999, and the show went on to become Even Stevens and aired for three seasons (the norm for Disney Channel shows of that time), from 2000-2003. The series became a flagship for the network, and after it ended in 2003, Donna and the rest of the cast returned for The Even Stevens Movie, which served as the finale.

After taking several years off after the finale of Even Stevens, Donna returned to work when she signed on to appear in the film One Sung Hero alongside Nicole Sullivan. After appearing in the film, Donna once again took a small break from acting but did appear in a 2006 episode of Crossing Jordan. In 2007, Donna made an appearance on the series finale of The Sopranos, portraying the wife of a mobster named Patsy Parisi.

Personal life

She married Donald Zelonka in 1987, and their son, Jack Casey Zelonka, was born in 1989.

Pescow states that she was 25 years old when she first got her driver's license.

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