Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Elisa Donovan, Actor and Author of “Wake Me When You Leave: Love and Encouragement via Dreams from the Other Side”
About Harvey's guest:
For over 20 years, Elisa Donovan has been a part of iconic pop culture phenomenons. She began her film career originating the role of Amber in the iconic Paramount Pictures comedy Clueless. She followed that up with a turn on another pop culture sensation, the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, playing bad girl Ginger LaMonica. She then went on to reprise her role of Amber for three seasons on the television series of Clueless. During which time she shot the Paramount/SNL Films comedy, A Night At The Roxbury. Then for three seasons Elisa played Morgan Cavanaugh on the monster hit series Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Elisa has had recurring roles on multiple other TV series, and has starred in numerous telefilms, including “Your Love Never Fails”, “Eve’s Christmas”, “12 Wishes Of Christmas” and “It Was One Of Us”.
Elisa was also the star and co-producer of the NBC comedy web series In Gayle We Trust, created and written by Brent Forrester (The Office). IGWT was an unprecedented success for the network, garnering over 35MM views. Elisa also co-stars in the franchise of family films, “The Dog Who Saved…” and was voted Reader Favorite as a Celebrity Mom Blogger for people.com. Elisa was hand selected by Sheryl Sandberg to be the voice for her #1 bestsellers Lean In and Option B. The audiobook for Lean In was also #1 on the charts and was submitted for a Grammy nomination.
Elisa’s first book, Wake Me When You Leave, was released on June 8, 2021. Wake Me When You Leave is her very personal memoir about losing her job, her relationship, and her father to cancer, all over a very short period of time. Through her grief, she began to connect to her father through a series of visitations and dreams, helping her to heal and remedy her life. The film version of Wake Me When You Leave is currently in development, with Richard J. Bosner producing. The film will mark Elisa’s screenwriting and directorial debuts.
In addition to her entertainment career, Elisa supports women struggling with eating disorders and is a proponent of spreading awareness and recovery. She has had pieces published in the “Chicken Soup For The Soul” series of books as well as having her recovery story featured in the book “Feeding The Fame” and documented for TEEN People. Elisa has spoken about recovery on many television shows including 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Dr. Drew’s Headline News.
Originally from Northport, Long Island, Elisa grew up studying acting, writing, and photography. She was also a competitive equestrian. She graduated from Eugene Lang College at The New School University in NYC, where she studied dramatic literature, acting and writing. Elisa lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
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