Jamie Donnelly

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Jamie Donnelly
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Stephen Foreman

Jamie Donnelly is an American actress.


Donnelly was born in Teaneck, New Jersey.


Donnelly is best known as Jan, one of the Pink Ladies from the musical and film Grease. While her film co-stars John Travolta and Jeff Conaway had appeared in the stage version of Grease as different characters, and Frankie Avalon reprised his film character on stage, Donnelly was the only person to reprise her stage character on film; she was 31 years old by the time the film was released and had to dye her graying hair to continue to fit the part.[1]

In the early 1970s, she was in the United States premiere of The Rocky Horror Show starring as Magenta and the Usherette. She appeared on stage at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles[2] with Tim Curry and Meat Loaf in 1974, when the show opened. She is featured on the original Roxy cast recording in her role, singing the opening song "Science Fiction/Double Feature". She went with most of the Roxy cast to reprise her roles on Broadway in 1975, but did not reprise the role in the film adaptation, as the British production's original Magenta, Patricia Quinn, reprised the role instead. Several years later, she was called to read for Grease.

During her stage career, she appeared in a musical version of Tarzan.

In 2017, she appeared as herself on the TV game show revival of To Tell The Truth. One of the 3 contestants was the real "pinkest lady in the world." After the real person was revealed, Jamie revealed herself to instead be one of the Pink Ladies in Grease.

Personal life

Donnelly is an acting coach who lives in La Canada, California, with her husband Stephen Foreman, a novelist. She has two adult children.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Six Million Dollar Man Linda Episode: "The Pal-Mir Escort"
1974 Police Woman Monica Episode: "Smack"
1975 The Dream Makers Sally TV movie
1976 Barnaby Jones Monica Gideon Episode: "Silent Vendetta"
1976 Police Woman Jan Episode: "Tender Soldier"
1978 Grease Jan
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Aquarium Information Woman
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Teacher
2002 Family Affair Mrs. McWhirter 4 episodes
2006 The Legend of Lucy Keyes Gretchen Caswell
2008 The Naked Brothers Band Mrs. Claus Episode: "Pole Bears: Part 1"
2009 Monk Judge Santa Croce Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes the Stand"
2009 Pet Peeves Dot Short film
2010 Cyrus Pastor
2010 Salvation Insurance Heavenly Voice (voice) Short film
2014 Ray Donovan Peggy Shaugnessy 3 episodes
2015 Black Mass Mrs. Cody
2015 Guns for Hire Waitress
2015–16 All Downhill from Here Dr. Kildare 3 episodes
2016 The Waitress Mrs. Decker Short film
2017 Cargo Violet


  1. ^ a b Gliatto, Tom; and O'Neill Anne-Marie. "Grease Is the Word: Twenty Years Later, the Stars Are Still True to Their School", People (magazine), April 13, 1998. Accessed September 13, 2011. "'I always felt Jan was the person most like the audience,' says Jamie Donnelly, 50, who dyed her prematurely gray hair to play the pigtailed Pink Lady. 'She wasn't as cool as the other ones.' The Teaneck, N.J., native now lives in La Canada, Calif., with her husband, screenwriter Stephen Foreman, son Sevi, 10, and daughter Madden Rose, 8."
  2. ^ Flinn, Denny Martin (February 1, 2006). Little musicals for little theatres: a reference guide to the musicals that don't need chandeliers or helicopters to succeed. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-0-87910-321-7. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
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