Elisa Donovan

Elisa Donovan

Birth name: Lisa Adaline Donovan
Born: February 3, 1971
Age: 53
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
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Elisa Donovan (born Lisa Adaline Donovan; February 3, 1971) is an American actress, writer, and producer. She is most recognized as the character Amber from the 1995 film Clueless, in which she starred opposite Alicia Silverstone. She would reprise the role for the 1996-99 TV series of the same name, with Rachel Blanchard taking over Silverstone's role.


Early life

Elisa was born Lisa Adaline Donovan in Poughkeepsie, New York, the daughter of Charlotte and Jack Donovan, who was a business executive. She later changed her first name to "Elisa" when she had to join the stage union, Actor's Equity, because there was already an actress in that union named Lisa Donovan. She grew up on Long Island where she was an accomplished gymnast, dancer and equestrian. She began studying acting at age 12. She attended The New School, in New York City, where she studied writing, literature and acting. She moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and got her first sitcom role as Tanya on Blossom.


Donovan's breakthrough role was in the 1995 film Clueless as Amber, Cher's nemesis. Donovan also reprised her role in the television series of the same name. Other notable roles included the film A Night at the Roxbury, Beverly Hills, 90210 as Ginger LaMonica and playing Morgan Cavanaugh on the television sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She also played Sharona on Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance, and has appeared in the films Complacent, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, and its sequel The Dog Who Saved the Holidays. Donovan starred in the web series, The Lake on TheWB.com. Additionally, Donovan played Gayle, an insurance agent in the small town of Maple Grove, in the web series In Gayle We Trust on NBC.com.

Donovan had a role in the film A Golden Christmas, where she played Anna, the sister of the main character and she played the lead role in "The 12 Wishes of Christmas."

In 2006 she played a guest role in the NCIS episode "Dead and Unburied".

She was also featured in 'N Sync's 1999 music video for "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)" as the love interest for Joey Fatone.

Personal life

Donovan has been married to her husband Charlie Bigelow since October 20, 2012. They have a daughter named Scarlett Avery Bigelow (born May 8, 2012).



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Café Babel Lover (she) Short film
1995 Clueless Amber Mariens
1998 Night at the Roxbury, AA Night at the Roxbury Cambi
1999 15 Minutes E.D. Short film
1999 Loving Jezebel Salli
1999 Pop Nora
2001 Rebound Guy Alexandra Short film
2001 Liars Club Mae
2002 Wolves of Wall Street Annabella Morris
2004 Girl's Guide to Depravity, AA Girl's Guide to Depravity Short film
2006 National Lampoon's TV: The Movie Suzy Gottlieb
2006 Kiss Me Again Malika
2006 Rocker Martina
2008 15 Minutes of Fame Red
2009 Golden Christmas, AA Golden Christmas Anna
2011 Your Love Never Fails Laura Connors Video
2011 Spooky Buddies Janice Video
2012 Chasing Happiness Jen
2012 Complacent Jennifer Pulchek
2012 MoniKa Andrea
2014 Dog Who Saved Easter, TheThe Dog Who Saved Easter Belinda Bannister
2015 Dog Who Saved Summer, TheThe Dog Who Saved Summer Belinda Bannister
2015 Cardinal X Mary Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Blossom Tanya "Puppy Love", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrel"
1995 Renegade Tina Douglas "The Ballad of D.B. Cooper"
1995 Simon Holly "Simon Gets Carl a Job"
1995-1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ginger LaMonica Recurring role
1996 Encino Woman Ivana TV film
1996-1999 Clueless Amber Mariens Main role
1997 Justice League of America Cheryl TV film
1999 Oh Baby Jennifer Xavier "Sitting on Babies"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Amber "Jack Gets Tough"
2000 Jack & Jill Annie "A Key Exchange", "Starstruck"
2000 Best Actress Lori Seefer TV film
2000-2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Morgan Cavanaugh Main role
2001 Spyder Games Gail Sanders "1.43"
2004 Judging Amy Shelby Crawford "Sins of the Father", "Roadhouse Blues"
2004 Eve's Christmas Eve Simon TV film
2006 NCIS Rebecca Kemps "Dead and Unburied"
2007 Framed for Murder June Baldwin TV film
2007 It Was One of Us Carson O'Connor TV film
2008 Shark Swarm Brenda TV film
2008 Turbo Dates "3:10 to Puma"
2009 Sonny with a Chance Sharona "Poll'd Apart"
2009 Lake, TheThe Lake Leslie Main role
2009 Dog Who Saved Christmas, TheThe Dog Who Saved Christmas Belinda Bannister TV film
2009-2011 In Gayle We Trust Gayle Evans Lead role
2010 Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation, TheThe Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Belinda Bannister TV film
2011 Dog Who Saved Halloween, TheThe Dog Who Saved Halloween Belinda Bannister TV film
2011 12 Wishes of Christmas Laura Lindsey TV film
2012 Whole Day Down Nadine Recurring role
2012 Dog Who Saved the Holidays, TheThe Dog Who Saved the Holidays Belinda Bannister TV film
2014 Melissa & Joey Darcey "Catch & Release"
2014 HOARS (Home Owner Association Regency Supreme) Julia Roberts "No Mold, Parasites and Cocaine 244(b-1)"

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