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Knots Landing reunion! Donna Mills, 82, poses alongside Nicollette Sheridan, 59… 30 years after their hit show went off the air


There was a mini Knots Landing reunion on Thursday evening at the Variety Power of Women event held at Mother Wolf in Los Angeles.

Two of the TV show’s stars, Donna Mills and Nicollette Sheridan, were seen posing side by side on the red carpet.

Donna, 82, was glamorous in a black sparkly outfit with a diamond bib necklace while Nicollette, 59, was elegant in a cream colored suit with matching silk blouse. 

Donna played Abby Cunningham and Nicollette was vixen Paige Matheson on the popular show that aired from 1979 until 1993.

Knots Landing was a long-running serial about middle class life on the fictional cul-de-sac known as Seaview Circle in Los Angeles, California

Back together: There was a mini Knots Landing reunion on Thursday evening at the Variety Power of Women event held at Mother Wolf in Los Angeles. Two of the TV show’s stars, Donna Mills and Nicollette Sheridan, were seen posing side by side

Cast: Donna played Abby Cunningham and Nicollette was vixen Paige Matheson on the show that aired from 1979 until 1993

Cast: Donna played Abby Cunningham and Nicollette was vixen Paige Matheson on the show that aired from 1979 until 1993

Knots people: Joan Van Ark, Ted Shackelford, Mills, Sheridan, Kevin Dobson, William Devane and Michele Lee

Knots people: Joan Van Ark, Ted Shackelford, Mills, Sheridan, Kevin Dobson, William Devane and Michele Lee

At the Variety event, the 2023 honorees included Fantasia Barrino, Billie Eilish, Carey Mulligan, Lily Gladstone,  Emily Blunt, and Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap.

Last year Donna talked to AARP – The Magazine about her longevity.

‘At age 60, 70, later, you have so much more to contribute—don’t just sit down and say, “I’m done,”‘ shared the screen icon.

Mills has had a very successful run in Hollywood.

The blonde beauty co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the classic 1971 film Play Misty For Me then later was one of the highlights of the series Knot’s Landing.

The Emmy winner has also recently ap­peared in the Jordan Peele thriller Nope, and stars in a Life­time movie series, V.C. Andrews Dawn Cutler Series, to be released in 2023. 

She is careful with her figure, she told the publication.

‘During the soap-opera years I never ate pasta, sugar, bread, ice cream, cookies or any of that kind of stuff,’ said Donna.

‘Now I eat, but I’m still careful,’ she added. ‘I’m not a vegetarian, but I grow, pick and eat a lot of vegetables,’ she noted.

Still in great shape: Knots Landing was a long-running serial about middle class life on the fictional cul-de-sac known as Seaview Circle in Los Angeles, California. Donna, 82, was glamorous in a black sparkly outfit with a diamond bib necklace while Nicollette was elegant in a cream colored suit with matching silk blouse

Still in great shape: Knots Landing was a long-running serial about middle class life on the fictional cul-de-sac known as Seaview Circle in Los Angeles, California. Donna, 82, was glamorous in a black sparkly outfit with a diamond bib necklace while Nicollette was elegant in a cream colored suit with matching silk blouse

Back then: Donna originated the role of Abby in Knots Landing and played the villainess on the hit show for nine years before leaving in 1989. Seen with Shackelford

Back then: Donna originated the role of Abby in Knots Landing and played the villainess on the hit show for nine years before leaving in 1989. Seen with Shackelford

‘I also play tennis three times a week and work out with light weights. Like almost everyone my age I have arthritis, and let me tell you, it hurts sometimes.’

She also discussed taking a break from Hollywood to raise her daughter. 

Mills became a first-time mother at the age of 54 when she adopted her baby daughter Chloe in 1994.  

‘I was single, I was 54, and I badly wanted to be a mother,’ said the star.

‘It was not a tough decision to adopt. So I stopped working for many years while Chloe [now 28, a model and an ex­ecutive at Soho House] was in school, and it was exactly the right thing to do.’

Still a 10: Mills has had a very successful run in Hollywood. The beauty co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the classic Play Misty For Me then later was one of the highlights of the series Knot's Landing. And she still looks great these days

Still a 10: Mills has had a very successful run in Hollywood. The beauty co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the classic Play Misty For Me then later was one of the highlights of the series Knot’s Landing. And she still looks great these days

Routine: 'I'm not a vegetarian, but I grow, pick and eat a lot of vegetables,' she noted. 'I also play tennis three times a week and work out with light weights. Like almost everyone my age I have arthritis, and let me tell you, it hurts sometimes.' Seen in 1975

Routine: ‘I’m not a vegetarian, but I grow, pick and eat a lot of vegetables,’ she noted. ‘I also play tennis three times a week and work out with light weights. Like almost everyone my age I have arthritis, and let me tell you, it hurts sometimes.’ Seen in 1975

Still a siren:  Now the actress has talked to AARP - The Magazine about her longevity. 'At age 60, 70, later, you have so much more to contribute¿don't just sit down and say, "I'm done,"' shared the screen icon

Slinky star: Seen in lingerie for a pin up shoot in 1975

Still a siren:  The actress has talked to AARP – The Magazine about her longevity. ‘At age 60, 70, later, you have so much more to contribute—don’t just sit down and say, “I’m done,”‘ shared the screen icon

A big hit: Mills and Clint Eastwood in Play Misty for Me in 1971. The psychological thriller was directed by Eastwood

A big hit: Mills and Clint Eastwood in Play Misty for Me in 1971. The psychological thriller was directed by Eastwood

Romance came later, she said.

‘I met [actor and producer] Larry Gilman at age 60. I lucked out. Before him, I kind of went for the bad boys. But when I met him, I just knew I was going for the not-bad boy,’ she said.

The star said she keeps in touch with her Knot’s Landing costars too. 

‘Joan Van Ark and Michele Lee are still dear friends 40 years after we starred in Knots Landing. We even get together for the fans. And some show up wearing that dramatic eye makeup like my character, Abby!’

She shared that playing the villain on Knot’s Landing cost her friends. 

She played scheming vixen Abby Fairgate on the Dallas spinoff Knots Landing from 1980 to 1989.

‘Back in the Knots Landing days, a lot of women were really standoffish to me in real life. I couldn’t figure out why. Then I realized it was my character. They thought I was going to take their husband!’

As far as her future, she wants to work more.

‘I’m in my third act and was recently cast in a new movie as a vicious, sadistic grandmother. And that’s what I really want next, a whole series—like Succession, which I love—where I can be evil to my heart’s content!’ she said.

In May she told People magazine why she decided to embrace motherhood in her 50s. 

‘I was very concentrated on my career, but at a certain point, I realized there was something missing — it was a child,’ the soap opera star said.

She continued, ‘So I went after it. I adopted her when she was four days old.’

‘By that time, I was 54 and people said, ‘You’re going to be so old [to] have a little toddler running around.’ I never felt that,’ Donna said.

‘I never felt older than the other mothers who were probably in their 20s.’

Becoming a mom: In an interview with People magazine in May 2022, the actress explained why she decided to embrace motherhood in her 50s

Becoming a mom: In an interview with People magazine in May 2022, the actress explained why she decided to embrace motherhood in her 50s

The Daytime Emmy Award winner told the media outlet that she would advise other career-minded people to defer parenthood until later in life.   

She told People, ‘If you want to give to your career, I say having a child later in life is better than having a child early.’

Donna, who appeared on television and in guest roles after her departure from Knots Landing, explained that she decided to take an 18-year hiatus from acting full-time to focus on raising Chloe.   

‘I took off 18 years. I didn’t work,’ she told People. ‘Well, the first couple of years, I did work. 

She continued, ‘I did some movies for television and stuff like that, because I could take her wherever I went. 

‘But then when she started school, I wasn’t going to go out of town for two months at a time. And I didn’t become a mother to give her to a nanny.’ 

The Play Misty For Me actress said she still shares a close bond with her now 27-year-old daughter. 

Donna said, ‘We see each other at least once a week and we talk every day or text.’ 

The actress returned to daytime television in 2014 when she was cast in a recurring guest-starring role on the ABC soap General Hospital. 

She went on to win the Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series award at the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards for her performance.

Over the past few years, Donna has continued to act in television, movies and theater.

The performer will next be seen this July starring alongside Keke Palmer, Daniel Kuluuya and Steven Yeun in Jordan Peele’s upcoming sci-fi horror film Nope. 

During the interview with People, the Chicago native also shared some of her tips for maintaining her ageless beauty.

Priorities: Donna, who appeared on television and in guest roles after her departure from Knots Landing, explained that she decided to take an 18-year hiatus from acting full-time to focus on raising Chloe. Seen in 2005

Priorities: Donna, who appeared on television and in guest roles after her departure from Knots Landing, explained that she decided to take an 18-year hiatus from acting full-time to focus on raising Chloe. Seen in 2005

Close: The Play Misty For Me actress said she still shares a close bond with her daughter. Seen in 2009

Close: The Play Misty For Me actress said she still shares a close bond with her daughter. Seen in 2009

‘I usually work out every day,’ the octogenarian said. ‘Having been a dancer, I have my ballet bar in a little gym upstairs, and I just got a Peloton for my birthday.’

She added, ‘I do weight training and a lot of stretching.’

As to her diet, Donna explained, ‘I’ve always been a healthy eater. I don’t eat sugar. I don’t eat pasta. I don’t do starches.’

She continued, ‘I eat mostly proteins and vegetables. I love vegetables, which I grow — kale and arugula, tomatoes. My greatest pleasure in life is eating it right off the vine. I’m not a good cook. The only thing that I make that’s good is cheesecake.’

Donna told People, ‘For skin care, the main thing is stay out of the frickin’ sun! It makes such a difference. And somebody asked me, ‘Why don’t you get [cosmetic enhancements]?’ No, because I’m not going to look like a duck. I’d rather have lines than a duck bill.”



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