Donna Mills (born December 11, 1940 is an American actress and producer, most well known for her role as Abby Cunningham on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. Born as Donna Jean Miller in Chicago, Illinois, she attended Garvey Elementary School and Taft High school. After being double-promoted at Garvey, she graduated from Taft at an early age. From there, Mills attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She completed one year of course work and left to pursue an acting career. She gained some early stage experience in the late 1950s. Mills began her acting career on television with a guest role on the CBS daytime soap opera The Secret Storm in 1966.
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