Elisa Donovan

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Elisa Donovan (born Lisa Adaline Donovan; February 3, 1971)[1] is an American actress. She played the role of Amber in the 1995 teen comedy film Clueless, and reprised her role in the TV series of the same name (1996-1999). Donovan went on to play the role of Morgan Cavanaugh in the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2000–2003).

Elisa's book, Wake Me When You Leave, will be released in June 2021 by Llewellyn. [2]

Elisa Donovan
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Donovan at the "Remember to Give" Holiday Party in December 2007
Lisa Adaline Donovan

(1971-02-03) February 3, 1971 (age 50)
Years active1994–present
Charlie Bigelow
(m. 2012)

Early life[edit]

Elisa was born Lisa Adaline Donovan in Poughkeepsie, New York, the daughter of Charlotte and Jack Donovan, who was a business executive.[3] She later changed her first name to "Elisa" when she had to join the stage union, Actor's Equity, because there was already an actress in that union named Lisa Donovan.[citation needed] She grew up on Long Island where she was an accomplished gymnast, dancer and equestrian. She began studying acting at age 12. She attended The New School, in New York City, where she studied writing, literature and acting. She moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and got her first sitcom role as Tanya on Blossom.[citation needed]


Donovan's breakthrough role was in the 1995 film Clueless as Amber, Cher's nemesis. Donovan also reprised her role in the television series of the same name. Other notable roles included the film A Night at the Roxbury, Beverly Hills, 90210 as Ginger LaMonica and playing Morgan Cavanaugh on the television sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She also played Sharona on Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance, and has appeared in the films Complacent, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, and its sequel The Dog Who Saved the Holidays. Donovan starred in the web series, The Lake on TheWB.com.[4] Additionally, Donovan played Gayle, an insurance agent in the small town of Maple Grove, in the web series In Gayle We Trust on NBC.com.[5]

Donovan had a role in the film A Golden Christmas, where she played Anna, the sister of the main character and she played the lead role in "The 12 Wishes of Christmas."

In 2006 she played a guest role in the NCIS episode "Dead and Unburied".[6]

She was also featured in 'N Sync's 1999 music video for "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)" as the love interest for Joey Fatone.

Personal life[edit]

Donovan has been married to her husband Charlie Bigelow since October 13, 2012.[7] They have a daughter named Scarlett Avery Bigelow (born May 8, 2012).[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Café Babel Lover (she) Short film
1995 Clueless Amber Mariens
1998 A Night at the Roxbury Cambi
1999 15 Minutes E.D. Short film
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Jennifer
1999 Loving Jezebel Salli
1999 Pop Nora
2001 Rebound Guy Alexandra Short film
2001 Liars Club Mae
2002 Wolves of Wall Street Annabella Morris
2004 A Girl's Guide to Depravity Short film
2004 Eve's Christmas Eve
2006 National Lampoon's TV: The Movie Suzy Gottlieb
2006 Kiss Me Again Malika
2006 Rocker Martina
2008 15 Minutes of Fame Red
2009 A Golden Christmas Anna
2011 Your Love Never Fails Laura Connors Video
2011 Spooky Buddies Janice Video
2012 Chasing Happiness Jen
2012 Complacent Jennifer Pulchek
2012 MoniKa Andrea
2014 The Dog Who Saved Easter Belinda Bannister
2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer Belinda Bannister
2017 MDMA Mary


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Blossom Tanya 2 episodes
1995 Renegade Tina Douglas Episode: "The Ballad of D.B. Cooper"
1995 Simon Holly Episode: "Simon Gets Carl a Job"
1995–1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ginger LaMonica 4 episodes
1996 Encino Woman Ivana Television film
1996–1999 Clueless Amber Mariens Main role
1997 Justice League of America Cheryl Television film
1999 Oh Baby Jennifer Xavier Episode: "Sitting on Babies"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Amber Episode: "Jack Gets Tough"
2000 Jack & Jill Annie 2 episodes
2000 Best Actress Lori Seefer Television film
2000–2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Morgan Cavanaugh Main role (seasons 5–7)
2001 Spyder Games Gail Sanders Episode: "1.43"
2004 Judging Amy Shelby Crawford 2 episodes
2004 Eve's Christmas Eve Simon Television film
2006 NCIS Rebecca Kemps Episode: "Dead and Unburied"
2007 Framed for Murder June Baldwin Television film
2007 It Was One of Us Carson O'Connor Television film
2008 Shark Swarm Brenda Television film
2008 Turbo Dates Episode: "3:10 to Puma"
2009 Sonny with a Chance Sharona Episode: "Poll'd Apart"
2009 The Lake Leslie Main role
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Belinda Bannister Television film
2009–2011 In Gayle We Trust Gayle Evans Lead role
2010 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Belinda Bannister Television film
2011 The Dog Who Saved Halloween Belinda Bannister Television film
2011 12 Wishes of Christmas Laura Lindsey Television film
2012 Whole Day Down Nadine 4 episodes
2012 The Dog Who Saved the Holidays Belinda Bannister Television film
2014 Melissa & Joey Darcey Episode: "Catch & Release"
2014 HOARS (Home Owner Association Regency Supreme) Julia Roberts Episode: "No Mold, Parasites and Cocaine 244(b-1)"


  1. ^ "Elisa Donovan Biography (1971-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  2. ^ Worldwide, Llewellyn (March 15, 2021). "Wake Me When You Leave". Llewellyn Worldwide.
  3. ^ "Elisa Donovan Biography (1971-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "The WB can only be viewed in the United States". Thewb.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  5. ^ "NBC Official Site". In Gayle We Trust. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "NCIS: Dead and Unburied Cast List". Tv.com. October 17, 2006. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Elisa Donovan Weds Charlie Bigelow". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "Elisa Donovan: Motherhood Has 'Stretched Me in Ways I Never Imagined'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.

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