Donna Mills has been able to maintain a stunning figure in her 80s.
And the Knot’s Landing actress has now told First For Women what some of her tricks are to keep her Hollywood shape as she promoted her new show Ladies Of The ’80s with Linda Gray, Loni Anderson, Nicollette Sheridan and Morgan Fairchild.
The 81-year-old blonde beauty noted that carbs are out – so that’s a no to cinnamon rolls and bagels. ‘I love bread, I love dessert, I love ice cream and all those things, but carbs make me put on pounds so I try to avoid them,’ began Mills. ‘As a dancer eating protein was the way I had to eat.’
But she has recently found a way to enjoy some sweets: ‘I found a great Keto book and began to make some low and no sugar desserts out of it and they’re delicious.’
She also shared what she fixes herself for dinner.
‘I also make spaghetti squash instead of pasta,’ noted Donna. ‘I make my own out of fresh squash but you can buy it already made. I sauté a little garlic and butter then put that over it with a little Parmesan cheese. It’s divine and satisfying.’
Donna Mills has been able to maintain a stunning figure in her 80s. And the star has told First For Women what some of her tricks are to keep her Hollywood shape. The 81-year-old blonde beauty noted that carbs are out – so that’s a no to cinnamon rolls and bagels. Seen left in 2022 and right in 1975
‘I love bread I love dessert I love ice cream and all those things but carbs make me put on pounds so I try to avoid them,’ began Mills
Mills also shared what she does when she gets sleepy in the afternoon.
‘At around 4 o’clock in the afternoon I get sleepy all of a sudden I’m yawning I don’t like to drink coffee then because I won’t be able to sleep at night so I get out into the fresh air and take a brisk walk even just 10 minutes,’ said the pinup.
‘It wakes me up and refreshes me.’
And she reaches for the water instead of a soda.
‘Staying hydrated is also important for energy I never used to be aware of this I could go all day without drinking water but I began to realize that isn’t good for me,’ said Mills.
‘Now I drink about two large bottles a day I’d like to put a little lemon in the water for a little flavor or when exercising I add an electrolyte additive.’
In October she told AARP – The Magazine how she she stays young looking.
‘At age 60, 70, later, you have so much more to contribute—don’t just sit down and say, “I’m done,”‘ shared the screen icon.
The looker co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the classic Play Misty For Me then later was one of the highlights of the series Knot’s Landing. And she still looks great these days
Mills and Eastwood in Play Misty for Me. The psychological thriller was directed by Eastwood
And she talked diet too.
‘During the soap-opera years I never ate pasta, sugar, bread, ice cream, cookies or any of that kind of stuff,’ said Donna.
‘Now I eat, but I’m still careful,’ she added. ‘I’m not a vegetarian, but I grow, pick and eat a lot of vegetables,’ she noted.
‘I also play tennis three times a week and work out with light weights. Like almost everyone my age I have arthritis, and let me tell you, it hurts sometimes.’
She also discussed taking a break from Hollywood to raise her daughter – Donna co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the classic 1971 film Play Misty For Me then later was one of the highlights of the series Knot’s Landing.
The Emmy winner has also recently appeared in the Jordan Peele thriller Nope, and stars in a Lifetime movie series, V.C. Andrews Dawn Cutler Series, to be released in 2023.
Mills became a first-time mother at the age of 54 when she adopted her baby daughter Chloe in 1994.
‘I was single, I was 54, and I badly wanted to be a mother,’ said the star.
‘It was not a tough decision to adopt. So I stopped working for many years while Chloe [now 28, a model and an executive at Soho House] was in school, and it was exactly the right thing to do.’
Romance came later, she said.
‘I met [actor and producer] Larry Gilman at age 60. I lucked out. Before him, I kind of went for the bad boys. But when I met him, I just knew I was going for the not-bad boy,’ she said.
The star said she keeps in touch with her Knot’s Landing costars too.
‘Joan Van Ark and Michele Lee are still dear friends 40 years after we starred in Knots Landing. We even get together for the fans. And some show up wearing that dramatic eye makeup like my character, Abby!’
She shared that playing the villain on Knot’s Landing cost her friends.
Dream cast: The star said she keeps in touch with her Knot’s Landing costars too. ‘Joan Van Ark and Michele Lee are still dear friends 40 years after we starred in Knots Landing. We even get together for the fans. And some show up wearing that dramatic eye makeup like my character, Abby!’
This image released by Lifetime shows Linda Gray, from left, Donna Mills, Loni Anderson, Nicollette Sheridan and Morgan Fairchild from Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas from December
She played scheming vixen Abby Fairgate on the Dallas spinoff Knots Landing from 1980 to 1989.
‘Back in the Knots Landing days, a lot of women were really standoffish to me in real life. I couldn’t figure out why. Then I realized it was my character. They thought I was going to take their husband!’
As far as her future, she wants to work more.
‘I’m in my third act and was recently cast in a new movie as a vicious, sadistic grandmother. And that’s what I really want next, a whole series—like Succession, which I love—where I can be evil to my heart’s content!’ she said.
‘As a dancer eating protein was the way I had to eat. I found a great Keto book and begin to make some low and no sugar desserts out of it and they’re delicious,’ she said; seen in May 2023
She also shared what she fixes herself for dinner. ‘I also make spaghetti squash instead of pasta. I make my own out of fresh squash but you can buy it already made. I sauté a little garlic and butter then put that over it with a little Parmesan cheese. It’s divine and satisfying’; seen in 1983
During the interview with People, the Chicago native also shared some of her tips for maintaining her ageless beauty.
‘I usually work out every day,’ the octogenarian said. ‘Having been a dancer, I have my ballet bar in a little gym upstairs, and I just got a Peloton for my birthday.’
She added, ‘I do weight training and a lot of stretching.’
As to her diet, Donna explained, ‘I’ve always been a healthy eater. I don’t eat sugar. I don’t eat pasta. I don’t do starches.’
She continued, ‘I eat mostly proteins and vegetables. I love vegetables, which I grow — kale and arugula, tomatoes. My greatest pleasure in life is eating it right off the vine. I’m not a good cook. The only thing that I make that’s good is cheesecake.’
Donna told People, ‘For skin care, the main thing is stay out of the frickin’ sun! It makes such a difference. And somebody asked me, ‘Why don’t you get [cosmetic enhancements]?’ No, because I’m not going to look like a duck. I’d rather have lines than a duck bill.”