Danielle von Zerneck

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Danielle von Zerneck
Born (1965-12-21) December 21, 1965 (age 51)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, film producer
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) James Fearnley

Danielle von Zerneck (born December 21, 1965 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles) is an American actress[1] and film producer.

She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Donna, Ritchie Valens' girlfriend in the film La Bamba (1987). von Zerneck's last acting credit was in the 2001 television film Acceptable Risk, based on the novel of the same name. In recent years, she worked primarily as a film producer.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of film producer Frank von Zerneck.[3] Since 1989, She has been married to James Fearnley, an English accordion player for the Irish folk/punk band The Pogues.



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Tunnel Vision Daughter
1985 My Science Project Ellie Sawyer
1987 La Bamba Donna Ludwig
1988 Under the Boardwalk Allie
1988 Dangerous Curves Michelle West
1989 Tale of Two Sisters Adult Bug Girl
1990 Arduous Moon Shana Short film
1992 Deuce Coupe Virginia
1995 Living in Oblivion Wanda


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress Heather TV film
1983-84 General Hospital Louisa "Lou" Swenson TV series
1984 Summer Fantasy Denise Biaggi TV film
1986 Foley Square "Kid Stuff"
1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Susie Fratelli "A Fighting Choice"
1987 Spenser: For Hire Lisa Bodman "Murder and Acquisitions"
1987 Family Ties June "Return of the Native"
1988 ABC Afterschool Special Samm Matian "Date Rape"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Holly Hagen "Curse of the Corn People"
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Radnor's Wife TV film
1990 Opposites Attract Sky TV film
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Shannon Nichols "Doogstruck"
1992 Survive the Savage Sea Susan TV film
1992 Woman with a Past Tammy TV film
1993 Dream On Kat "And Bobby Makes Three"
1993 Beyond Suspicion TV film
1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare Linda TV film
1997 Holiday in Your Heart Photographer TV film
2001 Acceptable Risk Gloria TV film


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