Beauty queen, bikini model, genre actress, TV host, a wife and mother of two daughters.
Although her uncle was the great director of photography Tak Fujimoto who has a Japanese decent and now is retired and whose credits include (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, GLADIATOR, PHILADELPHIA, THE SIXTH SENSE), Dawna Lee Heising has gotten into the entertainment business on her own. She was studying a chemistry major at the University of California, Berkeley where she was discovered by agent after she won several beauty pageants titles including that of Miss Hawaii. Her onscreen debut which was in Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER where she played a dancer. (In BLADE RUNNER, Dawna appeared on the screen for five second but she was on set for three weeks where she attended the shooting of Daryl Hannah’s backflip that was realized by a stunt double). It was then followed by TV appearances on the hit TV shows of the 1980s like FANTASY ISLAND, MAGNUM P.I. ”I stopped acting and modelling from 1996 until 2005 because education is very important in our family”, explained Dawana to www.MeetingVenus.com. ”I got an MBA from Pepperdine University then I went to work in technology companies where I became a product manager until I became a vice president of sales and marketing”.
Dawna was trained in Tang Soo Do martial arts, kickboxing, ballet and pole dancing. She was an accomplished beauty queen, former Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, Ms. World, Ms. Universe, Miss San Francisco Universe, Miss Orange County Universe, Miss California Hemisphere and Mrs. California United States, among many other titles.
Dawna recently portrayed the inspiring role of Vivica Stevens (aka RoboWoman) in award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s ROBOWOMAN. Dawna also played the powerful role of Esmeralda, Lucifer’s wife, in William Lee’s BLACK MAMBA and crazy, but hilarious, Melanie in Gregory Blair’s multi award-winning GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE. She recently played Connie in Richard Rossi’s faith-based film CANAAN LAND, Medusa in Albert Pyun’s CYBORG: RISE OF THE FLESH EATERS, Winney Swinney in Adam Steigert’s THE HORRIFIC EVIL MONSTERS, and Deana the Psychic in Ron Becks’ and Tina Le’s LAS VEGAS VIETNAM, starring Eric Roberts, Branscombe Richmond, Lorenzo Lamas and Nicholas Turturro.
She was excited to be portraying the character of Skye in John Reign’s war film FINDING PURPOSE from Polestar Studios. There are epic war scenes in this film, and Reign expanded her role as his ex-girlfriend as the shoot went on. FINDING PURPOSE ended up being Dawna’s first love story! She will be reprising her role of Skye in the upcoming bigger budget sequel from Polestar Studios. Dawna also performed the challenging Lady Macbeth Scene 5, Act I monologue in Brian Barsuglia’s documentary A BARD FOR THE AGES: SHAKESPEARE’S TIMELESS EFFECT.
She is signed with Kevin C. Kellum’s Ascendent Talent Management, and will be playing a villain in his nationally broadcast VICE SQUAD LOS ANGELES television series. Academy award-winner Chris Tashima is a part of the VICE SQUAD franchise on the production end so the series is sure to be outstanding. Dawna has been cast in the pivotal role of the mysterious Lavender in Ali De Sousa’s movie and miniseries THE BENCH,, alongside noted character actor Jeff Doucette. She is cast in action star JJ Stomp’s THE BODYGUARD and IN3DRAGON, and will be working with Eddie Griffin in Param Gill’s BAD PRESIDENT. Dawna is also the vice president of her mentor Aki Aleong’s Mustard Seed Media Group.