‘Knots Landing’ star Donna Mills explains why she took a break from Hollywood for 18 years


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Donna Mills took a break from Hollywood for 18 years — and he or she has zero regrets.

The actress turned a mom in her 50s when she adopted a daughter named Chloe, who’s now 27.

“I was very concentrated on my career, but at a certain point, I realized there was something missing — it was a child,” the “Knots Landing” star lately informed People magazine. “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,” the 81-year-old continued. “I never felt that. I never felt older than the other mothers who were probably in their 20s.”


Actress Donna Mills and adopted daughter Chloe pose for a picture during ‘Merv Griffin’s 7th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Live Auction of Trees' on December 12, 2000, in Beverly Hills, California.

Actress Donna Mills and adopted daughter Chloe pose for an image throughout ‘Merv Griffin’s seventh Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Dwell Public sale of Bushes’ on December 12, 2000, in Beverly Hills, California.
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Mills’ breakthrough efficiency was in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 directorial debut titled “Play Misty for Me.” She went on to star as vixen Abby Fairgate in “Knots Landing,” a by-product of “Dallas.” The sequence aired from 1979 till 1993.

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However regardless of her decades-long profession, Mills stated she yearned to be a mother. And when her dream lastly got here true, she was decided to be residence along with her daughter.

“I took off 18 years,” she defined to the outlet. “I didn’t work. Well, for the first couple of years, I did work. 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.”

Mills famous that her choice to undertake a baby later in life raised eyebrows. Nonetheless, she wouldn’t have had it some other approach. She and her daughter have a really shut bond at the moment.

Donna Mills played a vixen in ‘Knots Landing', a spinoff of ‘Dallas’.

Donna Mills performed a vixen in ‘Knots Landing’, a spinoff of ‘Dallas’.
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“If you want to give to your career, I say having a child later in life is better than having a child early,” stated Mills.

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Again in 2017, Mills described how “Knots Landing” got here at an ideal time in her life. By then, she was desirous to shed her good-girl picture. The transfer labored — each on and off digital camera.

“It was funny, I didn’t realize it at first,” Mills informed Day by day Submit Digital on the time. “When I played Abby, whenever I would meet people, a lot of the times they were kind of standoffish to me. I thought, ‘What did I do?’ I’m friendly, I’m usually pretty nice. I [didn’t] know why they were standoffish to me. So cold. And I learned — they thought I was like Abby. They thought I was Abby. So they were worried I was going to somehow do something bad to them. Steal their husbands, I don’t know. And so, I really had to fight hard to overcome that in real life.”

Donna Mills arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's ‘The Unforgivable’ at DGA Theater Complex on November 30, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.

Donna Mills arrives on the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix’s ‘The Unforgivable’ at DGA Theater Advanced on November 30, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.
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As for a attainable “Knots Landing” reboot, Mills isn’t positive if it is going to ever occur, however she would fortunately tackle Abby once more if requested.

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“Absolutely,” she stated. “That was a once in a lifetime character… I would absolutely do it in a heartbeat. If it were up to me, I would say yes [to a reboot]. I think it would be fascinating to see where those characters are today and what they’ve experienced over the years. I think it would be fun to find out.”


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