Elisa Donovan

Elisa Donovan


2/3/1974, Poughkeepsie, New York (USA)

Birth Name

Lisa Donovan


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Elisa Donovan was born in Poughkeepsie, but grew up on Long Island, New York. She is one of three children born to Jack and Charlotte Donovan. Her father was the former vice-president of AT&T. She developed a love for acting early on, she first started to study it…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Elisa has battled anorexia in the past.

    • Elisa is often said to have been born in the year 1971.

    • Elisa's favorite form of exercise is kick boxing. She trains with expert kick boxer Billy Blanks.

    • Elisa is a painter who loves horses, gymnastics, and dancing.

    • Elisa went to Long Beach, California to race in Toyota Pro/Celebrity race of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in a ten-lap sprint to raise money for charity.

    • Elisa played Joey Fatone's girlfriend in the 'NSYNC music video for 'I Drive Myself Crazy'.

    • Elisa is very involved with her community, she donates a lot of time and money to the AIDS related charities APLA and Lifebeat.

    • Elisa likes to read, listen to jazz, play with her dog, and drive incredibly fast in her 'off' time.

    • Elisa was a cheerleader until her junior year in high school, when she transformed into an art-obsessed goth chick.

    • Elisa publicly thanked super-star Jennifer Lopez for making it acceptable to have a curvaceous body in Hollywood in 2000.

    • Elisa contributed a story to the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul regarding her struggles with anorexia.

    • Elisa was a spokesperson for Enviro-thon, a national youth competition that promises environmental awareness and action, in her junior year in high school.

    • Elisa's favorite actors/actresses are: Susan Sarandon, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Edward Norton, Meryl Streep, and Morgan Freeman.

    • Elisa was in her very first play at the age of seven, playing the male lead in a school production of Westward Ho Ho Ho.

    • Elisa's favorite movies of all time are: It's a Wonderful Life, Betty Blue, Dead Man Walking, Goodfellas, Cinema Paradiso and The Shawshank Redemption.

    • Elisa's favorite books are: A Prayer For Owen Meany, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Don Quixote and If Beale Street Could Talk.

    • Elisa's favorite animals are her dog, a Rodesian Ridgeback that she named Zulie, and panthers.

    • Elisa lists the movies that have inspired her as: What Dreams May Come, Dead Man Walking and American History X.

    • Elisa's favorite musicians are: Prince, Lauryn Hill, Olive, A Tribe Called Quest, Hole, and Paco de Lucia.

    • Elisa is 5' 6" (1.68 m).

  • Quotes

    • Elisa: Thank God that Hollywood started to accept a woman with a few curves. I know that I am not the only one that got caught up with the obsession of being thin. It became such a daily part of our lives as actresses, stay skinny, or you won't get the part. It made me very sick, and I am glad that the trend has turned.

    • Elisa: I love to drive fast. The fastest that I have gone, outside of the racetrack, is 100 in my 540 on the way home from practice. When I was learning to drive a stick shift, I would practice at home on my couch. I've gotten my couch up to a hundred and thirty.