Elisa Donovan (born February 3, 1971) is an American actress, writer and producer. Donovan 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 on Blossom. Donovan's major breakthrough role was in the film Clueless as Amber, Cher's nemesis.
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