Heather Donahue

Heather Donahue

Her role as Heather in 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999)

Background:

“It’s so funny because I’ve heard people say it’s a feminist movie because
there’s a woman in charge and I’ve heard it called a completely anti-feminist
movie because this woman screws everything up. It’s just who cares really? It’s
just a movie. But I think you can look at it as a feminist film. I mean, well,
hell, if the Blair Witch is a woman, she’s really ultimately control of everyone
in the film.” Heather Donahue on her character in The Blair Witch Project

An unknown actress with experience in the theater and improv, Heather Donahue
subsequently became the center of attention for playing one of three wretched
directors (under her real name) in the 1999 horror sensation The Blair Witch
Project, in which she took home a 2000 Razzie award. She is also known playing
roles in such films as the drama-romance Boys and Girls (2000), Derek Simonds’
Seven and a Match (2001) and the comedy New Suit (2002). In addition, Donahue
appeared in such television projects as the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries
“Taken” (2002), and television movies Curse of the Blair Witch (1999), The Big
Time (2002) and Manticore (2005).

5’ 8” tall Donahue received $4,000,000 from the 1999’s hit The Blair Witch
Project. Former ads model of Steak ‘n Shake restaurants and the Psychic Friends
Hotline Donahue is romantically involved with Gregor Hrynisdak (together from
1995).


Steak ‘n Shake Girl

Childhood and Family:

In Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA, Heather Donahue was born on December 22, 1974
to parents James Donahue (born in 1949) and Joan Donahue (born in 1952). She has
a younger sister who also inspired to pursue an on-screen career and a younger
brother who is an aspiring screenwriter.

A native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Heather was a 1991 graduate of the Upper
Darby High School. She went on to pursue a B.F.A degree at the University of the
Arts, Philadelphia, and graduated in 1995. Heather then studied acting at Walnut
Street Theater School, Philadelphia. In addition to theater work, Heather also
appeared in commercials for Steak ‘n Shake restaurants and the Psychic Friends
Hotline before making a name for herself in the world of cinema.


Manticore

Career:

An acting school graduate, Heather Donahue got her start on theater, performing
in her hometown of Philadelphia and appearing on stage in London and New York
before finally applying her crafts for the wide-screen projects. Selected for
her improvisational ability, Donahue made a jump-start to film in 1999 when she
was cast along side fellow actors Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams to star in
The Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez-directed The Blair Witch Project, playing
the three ill-fated directors (their characters used their own names) traveling
to Maryland to make a documentary film about a local urban legend... “The Blair
Witch” for a college project but their disappeared and their film and video was
found in the woods one year later. Shot on a little budget, premiered at
midnight at the Sundance Film Festival and attractively marketed as a “real”
documentary with an Internet site detailing the legend, the film horror/thriller
became a surprising blockbuster. As for Donahue, the film’s success helped her
catapult her status though she was garnered a 2000 Razzie for Worst Actress.

Donahue followed it up with a starring role in director-writer Philip Botti’s
Home Field Advantage (2000) and a supporting part of a socially clumsy
engineering student named Megan in Robert Iscove’s Boys and Girls (2000). The
drama-romance starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Claire Forlani and Jason Biggs. Next
up, Donahue was cast as one of a group of upper-class twentysomethings spending
a weekend together in a house on New York’s Fisher Island in the comedy-drama
Seven and a Match (2001) for director Derek Simonds, did a voice over for the
animated short The Velvet Tigress (2001) and re-teamed with Botti for his
short/comedy film The Walking Hack of Asbury Park (2002). Also in 2002, she
found herself acting opposite Jordan Bridges and Marisa Coughlan in the comedy
movie New Suit (2002).

Aside her movie career, Donahue also frequently appeared on the small screen.
She made her television movie debut on the mockumentary Curse of the Blair Witch
(1999, Sci-Fi Channel), then two years later guest starred in an episode of “The
Outer Limits.” After finishing her last movie in 2002, Donahue began focusing
her passion on television. In 2002, she was featured as the adult Mary Crawford
in the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries based around tales of alien kidnap
called “Taken” and appeared in the made-for-TV movie The Big Time. The following
years saw the actress make guest performances as Linda Schmidt in the series
“Without a Trace” (2003) and Stacy Corvelli in an episode of “It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia” (2005). She also costarred as Cpl. Keats in the sci-fi movie
Manticore (2005) opposite Robert Beltran and Jeff Fahey.


Awards:

Razzie: Worst Actress, The Blair Witch Project, 2000
 
I've heard people say that 'The Blair Witch Project' is a feminist movie because there's a woman in charge and I've heard it called a completely anti-feminist movie because this woman screws everything up. Who cares really? It's just a movie.More Heather Donahue quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I get sidetracked very easily.More Heather Donahue quotes [09/22/2011 10:09:07]
All this technology for connection and what we really only know more about is how anonymous we are in the grand scheme of things.More Heather Donahue quotes [09/22/2011 10:09:59]
I find that a lot of women respond to my work in that it doesn't make them feel bad about themselves.More Heather Donahue quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think I'm just more adaptable now, so danger, overall, seems less dangerous to me.More Heather Donahue quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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