Donna McKechnie
Primary Series Role: Amanda Harris 1897
 

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Other Characters: Olivia Corey (pictured) 1969-1970

The beautiful yet evasive Amanda Harris comes to Collinwood as a pawn of Tim Shaw in his campaign against Reverend Gregory Trask, an alluring young woman with a mysterious past. Soon her world is destroyed with the revelation that she is a living creation from the canvas of portrait artist Charles Delaware Tate. However, the love shared between her and Quentin Collins transcends time, as a hapless Amanda Harris desperately reaches to build a life independent from her creator...

Donna McKechnie was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 16th 1942.

Donna's interest in the theatre began at an early age and she appeared in numerous regional productions, including Annie Warbucks, On Broadway, Annie Get Your Gun, Filmex Spring Night at Mann's Chinese Theater, Get Happy, Cabaret,Wine Untouched, Potpourri, The Imaginary Invalid, Company, The Education of Hyman Kaplan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, The Norman Conquests, Music Music, A Horse Story, You Never Know, I Do! I Do!, Misalliance, The Goodbye Girl and Gypsy.

Her small screen career began with a Maybelline commercial, followed by her short stint on Dark Shadows, along with guest roles on a number of primetime shows including Twirl, Pearl Baily Show, The Scarecrow and Mrs King, Laugh In and Cheers, along with recurring appearances on Hullabaloo and Fame.

Donna went behind the scenes for the big screen to assist with the choreography in the film Bille in 1965. In 1976, she gained her sole motion picture credit, as Rose in The Little Prince.

In addition to winning a Tony Award for the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line, Donna has given many bows on Broadway in How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises, Company, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, which she also choreographed, and State Fair, for which she received the 1996 Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer.

Donna has appeared in several London engagements including Can-Can, Follies and No Way to Treat A Lady, which she also choreographed. She was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as the eponymous lead in her national tour of Sweet Charity, which was Bob Fosse's final production.

In December 1996, Donna essayed her first opera role, guest starring in Die Fledermaus for the San Francisco Opera. In 2002 she was nominated for The Los Angeles Theater Alliance League Ovation Award as Best Featured Actress in Mack and Mabel.

Donna recently produced a new cabaret show, My Musical Comedy Life, to great acclaim, garnering a Mac Award nomination for Best Female Singer and was awarded Outstanding Major Engagement in the Backstage Bistro Awards. In 2002, Donna's acclaimed autobiographical one-woman cabaret show Inside the Music was released on CD.

Biography written by Vera Marano

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