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Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills
Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

Donna Mills Stuns at 82 & Lives in Her ‘Forever House’ with Gold-Painted Dining Room - Inside Her Home

Gaone Pule
Aug 18, 2023
03:10 A.M.
  • Hollywood starlet Donna Mills became a single mother at 54 and moved to Los Angeles with her daughter Chloe Mills.
  • Though she has never been married, she has been with her lover for over two decades.
  • Donna is 82, but most fans believe the actress has not aged; luckily, Mills revealed her secret to looking young.
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Actress Donna Mills was born in December 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Donna began her acting career in television and gained recognition with her stints on "The Secret Storm" and the Broadway show "Don't Drink the Water.''

The "False Arrest" star made her film debut in 1967 when she starred in the thriller movie "The Incident," playing Alice Keenan.

Donna Mills and Richard Holland during 1986 Femme Awards at Mortimer's Restaurant in New York City, New York. / Source: Getty Images

Donna Mills and Richard Holland during 1986 Femme Awards at Mortimer's Restaurant in New York City, New York. / Source: Getty Images

Donna's most notable role is Abby Fairgate from the 80s primetime soap opera "Knots Landing." She has bagged the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess for the role in 1986, '88, and '89.

The blonde beauty played Fairgate for nine years, left the show to pursue other interests, and went on to star in television films, such as "Outback Bound" and "Runaway Father."

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Donna Has the Sweetest Relationship with Her Partner and Daughter

Though Donna found fulfillment in her career, she took an 18-year hiatus to find an even greater purpose and became a mom. The "Fire!" star openly talked about motherhood in her 50s after adopting her daughter Chloe Mills.

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The actress admitted that she was very focused on her career, but despite her success, she still felt like something was missing until she realized it was a child. She adopted her daughter when she was four days old.

Although she knew becoming a mother was what she wanted, she received many warnings about entering motherhood in her 50s, but that did not deter her.

Donna expressed, "By that time, I was 54, and people said, 'You're going to be so old to have a little toddler running around.' I never felt it; I never felt older than the other mothers who were probably in their 20s."

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Donna recommended having kids later in life instead of earlier to be fully invested in their careers through the early stages of their lives. As a first-time mom, she partly worked for the first couple of years and took Chloe wherever she went.

However, when Chloe started school, she decided to give her full attention and stopped working altogether. Donna said there was no way she would go out of town for two months with an infant while emphasizing that she did not become a mom only to give her away to a nanny.

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In September 2015, Donna revealed to Closer Weekly that Gilman had made a romantic gesture for her in their home. The media trainer made his beloved a vineyard.

"Larry planted a vineyard for me last year. He's really such a good guy," she gushed. Of their vineyard, Donna mentioned that it was only a year old and that while they had grapes, they did not have wine grapes yet. She also disclosed that they planned on making wine in the future made from their California grapes.

Moreover, Donna said Chloe is the best daughter a mother could ever ask for. The Hollywood star posted a photo of them embracing and captioned the post: "It's National Daughters Day! I love you to the moon and back, my bunny."

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Donna shared that she and her child are still close, stating, "We see each other at least once a week, and we talk every day or text."

On Mother's Day in May 2021, the "General Hospital" alum posted a video of her and Chloe dancing. The proud mom said that her daughter was her favorite dance partner and the reason why she got to celebrate the special day.

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Chloe was born in September 1994 and is now a model and influencer based on her social media activity. She boasts 14.5k followers on Instagram and is a member of the Soho House in Malibu, California. Chloe is currently dating musician Bailey Joshua.

Finding Love at 61

Years later, Donna met someone whom she pursued a romantic relationship with. During an appearance on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" The mother of one admitted that rich men do not appeal to her.

The reason is that they would want power, which she would wish to have as well. So, she finally found a man named Larry Gilman, who gave her power without his being taken away.

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Donna has been in a long-term relationship with Gilman since 2001. He is a New York native, born in April 1950. Like his significant other, Gilman is also a veteran actor and a producer.

Gilman has starred in TV shows such as "The Texas Ranger" and "Secrets." Including movies such as "The Woman in Red" and "Cool Runnings." As of 2022; the actor was reported to have a net worth of $3 million.

He resides with Donna in Beverly Hills, California, in what she deems her "forever home." Donna met Gilman two years after relocating to Los Angeles with her then-six-year-old child.

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For a woman that started her career in the 60s and continues to have a thriving work life, fans could not have been shocked at how well Donna has aged.

The actress might have been criticized for becoming a mother later in life, but she said she never felt older than any of the moms she was around. Even in her 80s, Donna is still looking as young as over.

In one of her Instagram posts, the 82-year-old was praised for her beauty. Most people reckoned that she had not changed a bit. One commenter even said no one would believe she is the same person from her earlier movies and shows.

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Another netizen said, "This might possibly be the most naturally aged woman on the planet!!! Donna is considered lucky to have such good genes because she does not look a day over 80.

Donna had many of her followers shocked, with many calling her "gorgeous" and "beautiful." But the actress also has a health regime that she religiously follows.

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

In one of her interviews, the mother of one did not shy away from expressing her pride in gracefully aging without having any procedures done. The actress is not afraid to embrace her fine lines, but she prioritizes her health.

The "False Arrest" star said she works out every day. She already has a flexible body from her dancing days, so she has ensured to have a ballet bar in her home gym. She also does a lot of gymnastics, weight training, and many stretching exercises.

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Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

The "Nope” star has always been a healthy eater. She keeps her diet simple, with just protein and vegetables. Donna is particularly proud to be eating freshly picked produce from her garden.

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That means her diet does not consist of any starches. Donna also admitted to not being the greatest cook but said she makes a good cheesecake.

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

When it comes to her ageless face, Donna's best skin care tip is to stay out of the sun. She is often asked why she never got any beauty enhancements done, to which she responds, "No, because I am not going to look like a duck. I would rather have lines than a duck bill."

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

Comments about Donna Mills | Source: Instagram.com/thedonnamills

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Donna is proud of her age and has never let it come in between her career and her dreams of becoming a mother or discouraged her from finding the love of her life.

Inside Donna’s Forever Home

The "Play Misty for Me" star moved into an English-style cottage in the Brentwood neighborhood, built-in 1928. "The canyon used to be a botanical garden. There's something peaceful about it that I love," Donna explained.

Donna Mills' English-style cottage house, pictured here is her dining room. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

Donna Mills' English-style cottage house, pictured here is her dining room. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

When the television star and her adopted daughter Chloe moved in 14 years ago, "I said, 'This is my forever house,'" Donna stated. In July 2017, she invited the Los Angeles Times into her abode and talked about her favorite space, the gold-painted dining room.

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An up-close of Donna Mills' chandelier in her gold-painted dining room. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

An up-close of Donna Mills' chandelier in her gold-painted dining room. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

Pictured is Donna Mills' credenza showcasing her antique collection. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

Pictured is Donna Mills' credenza showcasing her antique collection. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

A  wooden cabinet in Donna Mills' dining room hosting her antique plates. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

A wooden cabinet in Donna Mills' dining room hosting her antique plates. / Source: YouTube/@LosAngelesTimes

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Donna said she loves hosting friends in the space and enjoys the candlelight at night because it makes the room glow and brings out the warmth.

When asked about the effect of the lights in the evenings, she said, "In candlelight – magical. We don't need to put the lights on unless we want to see our food better." Donna talked about her wooden table when pointing out interesting pieces in the dining room.

"The table is from Mulligans in Los Angeles. It used to be the kitchen table at my old house. I've had it for almost 30 years. It has a special coating on the surface so you can place anything on it, and it won't stain. I want to put it on everything, but they won't tell me what's in it," she explained.

Donna also touched on the feeding bin in the room, sharing, "It was my boyfriend's and is what they use on farms to feed the animals. I use it as a serving table."

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When asked if she mainly utilizes the space for entertaining, the "Turnover" star divulged: "We've done Thanksgiving here with 20 people. I love setting a beautiful table. It's like art. I have, I don't know how many sets of dishes."

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One of the memorable Thanksgivings for her was when her daughter cooked up a feast. Donna expressed how much she loved to share those kinds of moments with her family.

Her dining room has a rectangular wooden table with dining chairs covered in off-white covers. Donna and Gilman's home consists of four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The property features a pool and a tennis court.

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Next to the window in her dining space is a wooden console that hosts her candlelights and above the dining table is a chandelier. Donna also has a freestanding console that places her antiques and candles.

Against the wall is her wooden credenza, where she has all her antique plates on display. The dining room consists of wooden floors. Millis said she has owned the credenza since she bought her first home.

The actress' home is filled with unique antique furniture. She loves collecting these special pieces because of the histories they carry with them.

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Donna has a small gym room painted with a brown color where she rides her Peloton bike. She placed all her family portraits around the walls.

In the lounge area of her home is a brown carpet with a matching U-shaped couch. It's an open space where her pet dogs can comfortably take a nap throughout the day too.

There is no doubt that Donna is proud of her home. She even revealed that one of the reality TV shows she starred in, "Queens of Drama," was shot at her home. The big outside space made filming a breeze and the big windows also allow for a lot of natural light which is why Donna chose the house to be her forever home.

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