Photos with Donna Gordon
Donna Gordon was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Texas where she lived until the age of 21. She moved to L.A. and took jobs as an exotic dancer, and landed a few cameo film roles (all uncredited), one in Mark L. Lester's "Truckstop Women" (starring Claudia Jennings) as a naked woman who witnesses an auto accident with her boyfriend; and "The First Nudie Musical" as part of a very memorable and controversial dance number. Read more... in the film "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" as "Margo Donner", one of several strippers working for Ben Gazzara's character "Cosmo Vitelli". Cassavetes didn't want actresses playing strippers; he wanted realism - and got it. During promotion for the film, Donna and Gazzara appeared on "The Merv Griffin Show"; her genuine unbridled candor winning over the audience. And on an original promotional poster and billboard, under the title of the film is an image of Donna alone, dancing with her arms reaching up - giving the impression of flying. During this time she continued dancing, and married actor Ted Bessell, best known for his role on the sit-com "That Girl". They were divorced in the eighties and she moved to Canada. Several years later, upon returning to L.A., she continued dancing until the early nineties. She now works in the insurance business.