Donna Pescow was born and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from New York’s prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was trained to lose her Brooklyn accent. But ironically, after several auditions for Annette in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977), she was urged to regain back her accent and subsequently won the role in the iconic film that launched her career.
Following the release of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and with ensuing critical and audience acclaim for her performance, Ms. Pescow was named Best Supporting Actress by The New York Film Critics Circle.
Shortly thereafter, she starred in the popular TV series Angie. Her work on this show garnered her a People’s Choice nomination for Favorite Actress in a Television Comedy and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
In addition to Angie, Ms. Pescow starred in the long running series Out of this World and Even Stevens, for which she was nominated for three Emmy awards. On stage, Donna has appeared in numerous theatre productions in New York, Los Angeles and regionally. The shows include Ah Wilderness!, Grease, A…My Name is Alice, Body Bags, Isn’t It Romantic, Rest in Pieces and Love Letters, where she was reunited with her Angie co-star, Robert Hays. Donna has also performed her successful night club act on the east and west coast.
A constant presence in TV and film, Ms. Pescow guest starred on All My Children, as one of the first openly gay characters on TV. This groundbreaking role earned her an AGLA Award. Ms. Pescow has appeared in dozens of television shows and movies, among them: NYPD Blue, Clueless, the HBO miniseries Glory Years, Crossing Jordan, Body of Proof, Cold Case, Dead Husbands, The Day the Bubble Burst and The Soprano’s. Ms. Pescow has worked in films and TV opposite John Hurt, Billy Crystal, John Ritter, Burt Reynolds, Shia La Beouf and of course, John Travolta, to name a few.