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Donna McKechnie

Donna McKechnie


11/16/1940, Detroit, Michigan

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Donna has appeared in Welch's Grape Juice commercials, as well as first L'eggs stocking commercial.

    • At the age of six, Donna saw the movie The Red Shoes. It was then that she decided she was going to be a ballerina.

    • Donna started taking dance classes at the age of five. When she was seventeen she moved to New York City, against her parent's wishes.

    • In January of 2007, Donna is set to appear in London's West End revival of Over Here!

    • Donna played the title character in the Sweet Charity revival, which was Bob Fosse's last successful musical venture, since he died shortly before it opened.

    • She met her future husband Michael Bennett while they were dancing togther on the television show Hullabaloo.

    • In the late 1970s Donna was forced to stop performing because of a serious case of rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors told her that she may never walk again. But thanks to a strict and proper diet as well as intense physical therapy, Donna was able to get back into shape and return to A Chorus Line on Broadway in 1983.

    • Donna has a one-woman show entitled Inside the Music. She's been performing it since 1997.

    • Donna was married once very briefly in 1965.

    • Donna married choreographer Michael Bennett in December of 1976, though they divorced in April of 1977. At the time of their divorce, Donna wasn't aware of Michael's homosexual lifestyle.

    • In September 2006, Donna released her autobiography titled Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life.

    • Donna won both a Drama Desk and Tony Award for her performance as Cassie in A Chorus Line.

    • The character Maggie in the musical A Chorus Line is partially based on Donna's childhood.

    • Donna made her Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 1961.

  • Quotes

    • Donna McKechnie: Once, I was out of a job and I was really scared because I couldn't pay the rent...I was cleaning the apartment, crying and feeling sorry for myself...The game show "Jeopardy!" was on and I heard my name. I looked up and I was the answer to a question. It was so ironic.

    • Donna McKechnie: I was terribly shy, but I was always in harmony when I was dancing.

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