Heather Donahue

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Heather Donahue
Born Heather Donahue
(1974-12-22) December 22, 1974 (age 41)
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress, writer

Heather Donahue (born December 22, 1974) is an American writer and actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Donahue was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1974, the daughter of Joan (an office manager) and James Donahue (a printer).[1]


Donahue came to public attention after appearing as the lead character in Haxan Films' 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project. She then appeared in an array of independent films, as well as guest appearances on several television shows, most notably for her starring role in the science fiction miniseries Taken and a guest appearance on the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2001, she hosted the 1999 edition of BBC2's I Love the '90s.

In 2011, Donahue signed a publishing deal for her debut book GROWGIRL, about her time as a medical marijuana grower,[2][3] which was released on January 5, 2012 by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, USA.[4] She resides in Nevada City, California

Awards and nominations[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Newcomer
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
2000 Home Field Advantage Wendy Waitress
2000 Boys and Girls Megan
2001 Seven and a Match Whit
2001 The Velvet Tigress N/A Short film
2002 The Walking Hack of Asbury Park Wendy Short film
2002 New Suit Molly
2002 The Big Time Heather Television film
2005 Manticore Cpl. Keats Television film
2008 The Morgue Nan


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Outer Limits Claire Linkwood Episode: "The Surrogate"
2002 Taken Mary Crawford 5 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2003 Without a Trace Linda Schmidt Episode: "The Friendly Skies"
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Stacy Corvelli Episode: "Charlie Wants an Abortion"


  1. ^ Femme Fatales, February 25, 2000, pp. 16-18, 21-22, 27, 28-29, 61.
  2. ^ Nudd, Tim (December 21, 2011). "Blair Witch Actress Heather Donahue Quit Acting to Grow Pot". People. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "'Blair Witch' Actress Heather Donahue Quit Acting For Pot". Huffington Post. December 21, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Stern, Marlow (January 6, 2012). "Growgirl: Heather Donahue’s Journey From ‘Blair Witch’ to Growing Marijuana". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 

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