Elisa Donovan is an actress who shot to fame playing the role of the bitchy ‘Amber’ opposite Alicia Silverstone in ‘Clueless’. Her career continued to roll on successfully when she was handed the role of Morgan Cavanaugh in the hit TV show ‘Sabrina, The Teenage Witch’.
But Elisa had her difficulties off camera and harboured a painful secret. She described herself as a “hard core anorexic” between the years 1993 and 1995 and became obsessed with cutting out certain food types.
“At first, I’d eat no fat. Then, I’d just eat breakfast–cereal and toast–and not eat again until night.”
She continued to lose weight over the years and became neurotic about the idea of putting on weight. At the height of her illness the 5ft 6in actress weighed only 90lbs and was working full time. Eventually her weight dropped so much she suffered from a mild heart attack. If she ever needed a wakeup call for that was it. She set about fixing her state of mind first so that she could come to love and accept herself.
Donovan now travels the country and talks about her struggles in the hope that it will help others. She has also written a story for ‘Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul’, documenting her dark times. Now that her battle with anorexia is over, Elisa is healthy and back working in television and she has been involved in several TV series and movies since her battle with anorexia.