triply gifted miss december is a prize package of holiday bounty
The familiar Hollywood saga of childhood stardom has been refreshingly rewritten by Donna Michelle, the azure-eyed 18-year-old who adorns our December gatefold. In the years since her triple flowering as a grade-school piano prodigy, drama-contest winner and bantam ballerina with the New York City Ballet, Donna has ripened under the Southern California sun into a mature mistress of her performing arts -- and an offbeat beauty with a style and a mind emphatically her own. An honor graduate from L.A.'s Reseda High School, she enrolled in college this fall for an ambitious 18-hour curriculum running the academic gamut from art history to abnormal psychology. "It's a scholastic smorgasbord," she admits, "but with my appetite for learning, I don't think I've bitten off more than I can chew." She digs the kind of guy "who's been around and looks it, who's worldly-wise without being world-weary, articulate and affirmative. I'm afraid I have a long list of third-class males who really set my teeth on edge -- especially the moral Milquetoast who continues to obey unquestioningly the outmoded codes decreed by society's die-hard guardians of Victorian society. Fortunately, you can't hold back a flood for long with a dike that's so full of holes. When it finally gives way, maybe we'll begin to understand, accept and, who knows, even rejoice in our sexual identities." We'll drink to that.
Photography by Pompeo Posar and Edmund Leja