Nancy Donahue

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Nancy Donahue
Nancy Donahue, 2009
Born Nancy Castle Donahue
(1958-02-16) February 16, 1958 (age 57)
Lowell, Massachusetts, United States[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978-present
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Hair color blonde[3]
Eye color green[4]
Measurements 34B-25-34

Nancy Donahue (born February 16, 1958) is an American fashion model and actress.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of a noted lawyer and a philanthropist mother, Donahue grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, as one of eleven children. While attending Lasell College in Auburndale, Massachusetts, she was discovered by Mademoiselle magazine after winning a modeling competition. She appeared in the August 1978 edition and went on to feature on the cover of 10 more issues of the magazine. Donahue signed up with the upstart modeling agency, Elite, and moved to New York City at the age of eighteen.


Donahue worked alongside some of the top international models of the 1980s, including Kim Alexis, Carol Alt, Gia Carangi, Janice Dickinson and Paulina Porizkova. Donahue's face was on the cover and the inside fashion editorial of countless fashion magazines including American Vogue, French Vogue, Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Italian Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Self, Redbook, Glamour and the New York Times and, more recently, More! magazine. Donahue was the face for Helena Rubenstein's beauty campaign in the UK and Virginia Slims in the USA.

Donahue often did the Paris collections for American Vogue along with Gia Carangi, Joan Severance and Kelly LeBrock. She also did some runway work in her early career for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Perry Ellis in New York and Hong Kong. Donahue also did countless catalogs for Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's. She has worked with numerous photographers including Francesco Scavullo, Irving Penn, Steve Landis, Arthur Elgort, Denis Piel and Patrick Demarchelier.

Nancy co-authored ONE on ONE with her former husband, the fashion model, Jeff Aquilon, published by Simon and Schuster, a best-selling book about two people giving to each other physically and emotionally.

Donahue was the Pastry Chef at Bianco's Catering Company in Chelmsford, Massachusetts for the ten years where she won numerous awards for her pastry at different events.

Model mismanagement[edit]

Donahue hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 1995 when the head of Elite Model Management, John Casablancas, blamed her for recommending David Weil to her as an experienced money manager. Casablancas claimed that the recommendation from Donahue was so good that he never investigated Weil further, nor did he search into the background of his business partner, Peter Bucchieri. The two operated a firm, Star Capital, within Elite's offices and managed many of the model's financial portfolios. They were subsequently accused of mismanaging the funds. On September 21, 1997, Bucchieri, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Weil to sell fictitious Colorado real estate investments to the models. Bucchieri was sentenced to 33 months in prison. It was subsequently discovered that they had transferred many of the model's funds to their own bank accounts and used it to pay personal bills and make purchases, including a new Porsche. Donahue accepted no blame for the incident and claims that she also lost a considerable amount of money to Bucchieri and Weil.[5][6][7]


  • Exposed, with Natashia Kinski, 1983[8]
  • Portfolio, with Kelly Emberg, Julie Wolfe and Paulina Porizkova, 1983[9]
  • The Self-Destruction of Gia, with Francesco Scavullo, Diane von Fürstenberg, and Janice Dickinson, 2002


She graduated from Lasell College in 1978 and Newbury College with a chef's degree at the top of her class in 1998.

Fitness qualifications[edit]

Donahue is an ACE and NSCA certified Personal Trainer and has 200 hour RYT from Yogafit, and is certified with Physical Mind Institute in Standing and Mat Pilates, as well as certified in Mat Pilates with Yogafit. Donahue is passionate about health and fitness and has been training and teaching for the past six years at various clubs in the area.

Donahue has been a triathlete for the past 16 years and has participated in 100 triathlons, one being the "Escape from Alcatraz" triathlon and "Wildflower Triathlon" in California. In almost all of her events, she placed in top 10 of her age group. Also, ran one Boston marathon and four New York marathons.

Donahue resides in her hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, with her third husband, local businessman, Steven Joncas. She has a son, George Eng, from her second marriage. He is a graduate of College of Charleston class of 2011. He currently resides in Washington, DC.


  1. ^ Fashion; Model of success; From magazine spreads in the '80s to dessert spreads in the '90s, Lowell's Nancy Donahue takes the cake, Boston Herald; Oct 20, 1999 (
  2. ^ Nancy Donahue height
  3. ^ Nancy Donahue hair color
  4. ^ Nancy Donahue eye color
  5. ^ Vegas Swindler gets 33 months, Rocky Mountain News, 21 September 1997
  6. ^ Model Mismanagement, New York Magazine, Jul 17, 1995
  7. ^ Two Men Accused of Bilking Models, New York Times, December 19, 1995
  8. ^ Exposed at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Portfolio at the Internet Movie Database


  • New York magazine, Jul 17, 1995 - v. 28, no. 28
  • No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel
  • Prince, Dinah (25 January 1988). "Girl Crazy". New York Magazine (v. 21, no. 4). 
  • New York magazine, July 3, 1989 - v. 22, no. 27
  • One on One, by Jeff Aquilon and Nancy Donahue, Simon & Schuster, 1984
  • "Model Agent Prides himself on discovering ‘raw talent’", Boca Raton News - July 5, 1983
  • "Notes Gathered on the Campaign Trail", Boston Globe, Jan 27, 1980
  • "Fashion; Model of success; From magazine spreads in the '80s to dessert spreads in the '90s, Lowell's Nancy Donahue takes the cake", Boston Herald; Oct 20, 1999
  • Becoming a Professional Model, by Larry Goldman, Beech Tree Books (New York), 1986
  • Vogue USA 1980 Jan: "Nancy Donahue" by John Stember
  • "Twenty Years as a Self Girl", Self magazine, May 1999, page 218
  • "Modeling mogul: It's big business seeking out the Elite", The Ledger, June 29, 1983
  • "The Body Game", People magazine, Jan 11, 1993, v. 39, no. 1
  • "Spoiled Supermodels", New York magazine - Mar 16, 1981 - v. 14, no. 11
  • "Girl Crazy", New York magazine, Jan 25, 1988 - v. 21, no. 4

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