|Parks and Recreation character|
|Occupation||Works in the Department of Parks and Recreation|
Donna Meagle is a fictional character in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. She is portrayed by Retta and has appeared in the show since the pilot. For the first two seasons of the show she appeared as a recurring character; she became a regular in the third season.
Donna (Retta) is an employee of the Parks and Recreation Department. She is one of the people who volunteered to help Leslie Knope run her successful campaign for City Council. She once unwittingly donated money to David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, because she received a campaign phone call promising lower taxes. She has the most active and healthy dating life of any character on the show. Donna loves her car, a Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility vehicle. Additionally, she is a part investor in The Snakehole Lounge, a night club in Pawnee. Her cousin is Ginuwine.
Donna is confident, competent, and has little tolerance for stupidity. She keeps a backup copy of all of the Parks Department's files so she can restore them when Jerry deletes them. Though she is friends with Tom Haverford--the two have an annual holiday called "Treat Yo Self," which involves spa trips and shopping for "fine leather goods"--she despises Tom's smarmy associate Jean Ralphio. She has been known to give Ann Perkins dating advice.
During a stand-up comedy performance at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Retta said the acting job on the show was stressful as it was unclear how long the show would stay on the air. Alan Sepinwall, television columnist with The Star-Ledger, said that season two episodes of Parks and Recreation have afforded more personality and funnier jokes to Donna and other minor characters.
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