Mr. Reindeer wrote:Just as Audrey’s hair salon storyline ended up in TFD, I really do suspect that Donna’s chapter in TFD arose from at least casual conversations L/F had on how Donna/LFB might be used in the show.
Absolutely. Per The Final Dossier
, Donna was also a drug addict, like her sister Gersten. Not exactly unique. I think that's because Donna was supposed to be in Gersten's place in the series. Years ago on Facebook, some random person posted that they helped LFB move and when asked about Twin Peaks, LFB said, "I'm not letting Donna go out like that." I can't blame her if she felt the role of a drug-addicted woman dating a man half her age didn't appeal to her. Does anyone happen to have that Facebook post still saved?
When LFB dropped out, they called in pinch-hitter Alicia Witt as a femiliar face from the original series and then Mark re-wrote his book a bit, perhaps changing some of the latter part of Donna's story, making it seem as though Donna never returned to Twin Peaks and was with Doc Hayward off-screen in Virginia. But the first 2/3rds or 3/4ths of the Donna chapter in The Final Dossier
probably remained untouched, indicating that the addict persona we saw of Gersten would fit quite nicely with the Donna backstory. Gersten also gets a small section in the book that Mark no doubt added in after the character swap. But again, notice how Gersten more or less follows in Donna's drug-addicted path. Not a coincidence, in my opinion.
If this hasn't been mentioned, Mark Frost at the Austin Film Festival, among Sherilyn Fenn at fan events (perhaps privately to fans), more or less confirmed that the scene with Richard beating up Sylvia was originally hers. Perhaps Audrey had a few more scenes at her hair salon before or after that, too. Richard attacking her could have also been scripted to take place there, too, for all we know. I think Jan D'Arcy, a WA local and retired actor, was just called in to pinch-hit, just like Alicia Witt, so they could still get the climax of that original Audrey storyline, where the point was truly to see how wretched Richard was.