Donna changed her major to pre-med and modeled part-time for income. She was named Miss Virginia USA in 1976 and Miss Washington DC World a year later. While still a student, she moved to New York for one year to model full-time.
"Anything I've ever done in my life I've always wondered if I could do it to the best of my ability and be the top of my field,” she said. “So I decided to go to New York and I found myself enjoying an aspect of my life and being very successful. I decided I would stay because I could always go back to school."
She eventually returned to school, but not until getting into acting and landing the role of Sonny.
A year after the series was canceled she appeared as a prostitute in the 1983 comedy film “Doctor Detroit.” She became close friends with the movie's star, Dan Aykroyd, during the filming and they soon married.
Working more in films than TV, Donna had a memorable role as Garth's dream girl in “Wayne's World.” Donna and Aykroyd made several other movies together, including “Spies Like Us” and “The Couch Trip.”