Known from movies
|Date of birth||July 20, 1957|
|Fact||Was once engaged to Paul Stanley, one of the singers of the rock group KISS. Stanley wrote “I Still Love You” from the KISS album Creatures of the Night after she ended their engagement.|
Donna Dixon has had many careers in her lifetime and she has been successful in all of them. What did Dan Aykroyd’s famous wife do before she hit the big screen? How did she and her husband meet?
Early life and education
Donna Lynn Dixon was born on July 20, 1957 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Her father was Earl Dixon, who owned several nightclubs, most notably Hillbilly Heaven in Lorton, Virginia. When she was young, her family moved to Lorton because of her father’s job, and she attended the local Groveton High School.
She enrolled at George Washington University in Washington DC, where she studied anthropology, but she soon dropped out to focus on her modeling career.
Dixon’s first career was as a model and she worked for Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York. In 1976, she won the title of Miss Virginia USA, then competed in Miss USA the same year. In 1977, she won another title, this time Miss District of Columbia World, then competed in the 1977 Miss World USA contest, winning the second place.
She began her acting career in the early 1980s when she landed the role of Sonny Lumet in the sitcom “Bosom Buddies” alongside Tom Hanks. In 1981, she could be seen in the TV movie “Margin for Murder”, as well as in two episodes of the TV series “The Love Boat”.
In 1983, she co-starred in the comedy movie “Doctor Detroit” alongside Howard Hesseman and Dan Aykroyd. She and Aykroyd starred in “Twilight Zone: The Movie”, though despite both being part of the main cast, they never shared a scene. The following year, she portrayed Sarah Wilder in the TV movie “No Man’s Land”, and later Nancy Cookie Miller in an episode of “Hawaiian Heat”.
She again starred alongside Aykroyd in “Spies Like Us”, and was a regular on the TV series “Berrenger’s”.
She was Lauren Sullivan in “Charmed Lives,” the sitcom about the lives of two roommates that aired in 1987, and that same year she was on the sitcom “Moonlighting,” playing Joan Teniwitch in the episode “Blonde on blonde’. ”.
In 1988, she again starred in a movie with Aykroyd, this time in the comedy called “The Couch Trip”. In 1989, she starred in the movie “Speed Zone”, as well as in “It Had to Be You”, a comedy directed by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor. After this, she had a three-year break from acting and came back in 1992 when she appeared in the TV movie “CCPD” and also in the movie “Wayne’s World”.
In 1994, she played Bonnie in the sexual fantasy island crime comedy called “Exit to Eden” and had a guest role in an episode of the famous sitcom “The Nanny” starring Fran Drescher. That same year, she also appeared in the biographical film about the former US president, “Nixon”, playing Maureen Dean, and in 1997 she appeared briefly in the TV series “Soul Man”.
Dixon’s last screen appearance was in 2014 when she played Mrs. Blair in the romantic thriller “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus”, about a doctor who was cursed by a mysterious ancient artifact.
Married to Dan Aykroyd
Dixon and Aykroyd met in 1982, during the filming of the movie “Doctor Detroit”.
They began dating almost immediately and tied the knot just months later in 1983; the duo have been seen together in several films. Aykroyd is known for his work on the late-night comedy show “Saturday Night Live” from 1975 to 1979, for which he won an Emmy Award. He is also known as a prominent figure in numerous movies, especially “Ghostbusters” and its sequels.
The couple has three daughters, named Danielle, Stella Irene August and Belle Kingston. As of April 2020, they are still married and appearing together at various public events and movie premieres.
Dixon and Aykroyd don’t just work together on the big screen. They are heavily involved in philanthropic activities, both directly and indirectly. Aykroyd helped found the Blue Line Foundation, which focuses on redeveloping homes and properties damaged by the floods that hit New Orleans in 2005, as well as helping to repair damaged homes in other parts of the USA. In 2009, he narrated the series for the charity album “Dan Aykroyd’s Canada”, which focuses on his Canadian upbringing. At the same time, Dixon advocates for causes such as wildlife extinction and climate change.
She is a member of Explorers Club and Royal Canadian Geographic Society, as well as an International Ambassador for the great Philip J. Currie Paleontological Museum, and the Ambassador to the Royal Ontario Museum, also known as ROM.
Dixon was previously engaged to the lead singer of the rock group Kiss, Paul Stanley. She was the one who ended the relationship, after which Stanley wrote the famous song “I Still Love You”, which can be found on the group’s album “Creatures of the Night”.
Since she retired from physical acting, Dixon has been working as a voice over actor and producer.
One of her best friends is her fellow actress Fran Drescher, who played the role of a matchmaker for Dixon and her future husband.
Through her husband, Donna is the sister-in-law of writer Peter Aykroyd and the daughter-in-law of actor PH Aykroyd. All three of her daughters are trying to make their name known in Hollywood by working as actresses.
Dixon had a long and successful career as an actress and still earns a lot of money from her other business endeavors.
As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at about $5 million, but is still a lot less than her husband as Dan Aykroyd’s net worth is estimated to be in the slightly higher figure of $180 million!
In 2007, Aykroyd and his partner company Crystal Head launched Vodka, a vodka distribution company that cost $600,000 to open. The high price was worth it, as his vodka – sold in crystal bottles shaped like a human skull – has generated annual sales of more than $80 million in just a few years!
Dixon stands at a height of 5 ft 9 inches (1.75 m), weighs about 152 lbs (67 kg) and her vital statistics are 35-24-25. Her eyes are bright blue and her hair is blonde.
|First and last name||Donna Dixon|
|Date of birth||July 20, 1957|
|Education||George Washington University, West Potomac High School|
|Children||Danielle Aykroyd, Stella Irene August Aykroyd, Belle Kingston Aykroyd|
|Movies||Doctor Detroit, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Spies Like Us, Beverly Hills Madam, The Couch Trip, Lucky Stiff, Speed Zone, Wayne’s World, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, No Man’s Land|
|TV shows||Bosom friends, Berrenger’s, Charmed Lives|
|1||Is a huge fan of paleontology and natural history, as is her husband, Dan Aykroyd, and their three daughters, Danielle Aykroyd, Belle Aykroyd, and Stella Aykroyd, who all appeared on the January 1, 2014 broadcast of Born to Explore (2011) with host and star Richard Weise, at the famous Pipestone Creek pachyrhinosaurus excavation site in Alberta, Canada.|
|2||Studied anthropology at university.|
|3||Worked as a model for the prestigious Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York.|
|4||Daughter-in-law of PH Aykroyd.|
|5||Sister-in-law of Peter Aykroyd.|
|6||Was once engaged to Paul Stanley, one of the singers of the rock group KISS. Stanley wrote “I Still Love You” from the KISS album Creatures of the Night after she ended their engagement.|
|7||One of her best friends is Fran Drescher, who played matchmaker for Donna and her future husband, Dan Aykroyd, after they all appeared together in Doctor Detroit (1983).|
|8||Miss District of Columbia 1977, 1st runner-up Miss World USA 1977.|
|9||Three daughters with Dan Aykroyd: Danielle Alexandra Aykroyd (Danielle Aykroyd) (born November 18, 1989), Belle Kingston Aykroyd (born June 9, 1993) and Stella Irene August Aykroyd (born April 5, 1998).|
|10||Represented the state of Virginia in the 1976 Miss USA Beauty Pageant and the District of Columbia in the 1977 Miss World pageant.|
|The Sweet Blood of Jesus||2014||Mrs Blair|
|Soul man||1997||TV serials||Dotti|
|The babysitter||1995||TV serials||Monica Baker|
|Exit to Eden||1994||Bonnie|
|Wayne’s world||1992||Dream woman|
|It had to be You||1989||The the|
|Happy Stiff||1988||Cynthia Mitchell|
|The bank trip||1988||Laura Rollins|
|What a country||1987||TV serials||engineer|
|Moonlight||1987||TV serials||Joan Tenwitch|
|Who is the boss?||1986||TV serials||Lauren Sullivan|
|beverly hills madam||1986||TV movie||Wendy Benton|
|Enchanted lives||1986||TV serials||Lauren Sullivan|
|Spies like us||1985||Karen Boyer|
|Berrenger’s||1985||TV serials||Allison Harris|
|Hawaiian heat||1984||TV serials||Nancy ‘Cookie’ Miller|
|No man’s land||1984||TV movie||Sarah Wilder|
|Twilight Zone: The Movie||1983||Jr Stewardess (Segment #4)|
|Doctor Detroit||1983||Monica MacNeil|
|Bosom friends||1980-1982||TV serials||Sonny Lumet|
|Margin for murder||1981||TV movie||Daisy|
|The love boat||1981||TV serials||Jill|
|Bosom friends||1981-1982||TV series performer – 2 episodes|
|AFI Life Achievement Award: A tribute to Steve Martin||2015||TV special||Herself (uncredited)|
|The 8th Annual TV Land Awards||2010||TV special||herself|
|Intimate portrait||1999||Documentary about the TV series||Narrator|
|Hour Magazine||1988||TV serials||herself|
|The Rodney Dangerfield Special: I can’t take it anymore||1983||TV movie||Self / Miscellaneous|
|The shape of things||1982||TV serials||herself|
|The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards||1982||TV Special documentary||herself|
|The Regis Philbin Show||1982||TV serials||herself|
|The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson||1981||TV serials||herself|
|Battle of the Network Stars XI||1981||TV special||Himself – ABC team|
|Jump Fling of Glamor and Comedy||1981||TV movie||Himself – Star of Tomorrow|
|Women who rate a 10||1981||TV movie||herself|
|Battle of the Network Stars IX||1980||TV special||Himself – ABC team|