Lisa Donahue is the winner of Big Brother 3.

Originally aligned with Chiara Jude Berti, Roddy Mancuso, and her showmance Eric Ouellette, Lisa found herself sitting on the block next to Eric in Week 4. Although Eric was evicted, she discovered that Chiara and Roddy had turned on her, causing Lisa to shift loyalties to the other side of the house, particularly building a strong relationship with Danielle Reyes. When Eric was given a chance to get back into the game, Lisa voted against it, so that she could play the game without distraction and avoid a target being put on her back. Lisa eventually made it to the final three with her allies Danielle and Jason Guy, after managing to survive over Amy Crews at the final 4. She won the final Head of Household competition, choosing to evict Jason, and taking Danielle to the final two. Her social game and likability helped her become the first female winner in the show's history, and take away $500,000. She lasted 82 days in the house, and received 9 of the 10 votes from The Jury.

Lisa was later one of the 20 candidates eligible to be voted back into Big Brother 7. However, she was not selected.


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Age: 26
Marital Status: Single
From: Los Angeles, CA
Three adjectives that best describe me: Fun loving, complex, full of emotion
Favorite film: As Good As It Gets
Favorite TV show: Friends, The Osbournes
Favorite actor: Jack Nicholson
Favorite actress: Meg Ryan
Favorite band: Remy Zero, The Calling
Favorite hobbies: Hiking, dancing, going to lunch with friends, reading, photography (my favorite)
Personal hero: Shirley Temple Black
Why did you want to be on BIG BROTHER? I'm using Big Brother as a chance to get away and to meet new people whom I know nothing about and who know nothing about me. It's a chance for me to play around a bit, to have fun and to be mean if I have to without getting into trouble.
What strengths do you bring to BIG BROTHER? I am a great team player who can get along with all types of people. You can't dislike me--you may want to try, but you won't--that will keep me in the house.
What weaknesses do you bring to BIG BROTHER? Probably the intellectual competitions. I'm not the smartest cookie in the house, but I'm the tastiest! Street smart is a different story than book smart.
What comfort item from home will you miss the most?: My cat Herman. He's the love of my life, my bed buddy and I don't know how I'm going to sleep without him.
What type of news from the outside world will you miss the most? The radio! I could care less about what's going on outside the House as far as current events go. But God forbid I miss a new good song. That's gonna kill me.
Do you tend to perform better in physical or mental competitions? Physical competitions. I love being active and physical with everything I do. Mentally, I'm pretty good if it has to do with being creative, but I'm not a book smart girl.
How do you plan to win BIG BROTHER? Everyone's gonna like me or love to hate me; that alone will keep me in the House. Then I'll just have to select who gets voted off when!
What is your biggest fear as you begin BIG BROTHER? Being the first person evicted, Not gonna happen, but a little of that fear is there.
What is your motto? Be happy and love myself first.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 3

Competition History

Week 1 Food Win
Reward Loss
POV Loss
Luxury Win
Week 2 HOH Previous HOH
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
Food Win
Week 6 HOH Loss
Food Win
Luxury Win
POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Loss
Food Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
Luxury Loss
Food Win
Luxury Loss
Week 11 HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Unable to Play
HOH Part 3 Win

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
2 Josh Feinberg No
3 Amy Crews Yes
4 Nominated
5 POV Holder Josh Feinberg Yes
6 Returning HG Amy Crews Yes
Chiara Jude Berti Yes
7 Gerry Lancaster Yes
8 Roddy Mancuso Yes
9 Amy Crews No
10 Nominated
11 HOH Jason Guy Sole Vote
Finale Winner

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 1
Lori Olsen
Week 11
Jason Guy

Post Big Brother

  • Lisa, along with ten other Big Brother alumni, appeared on an episode of Yes, Dear that aired on October 20, 2003.[2]
  • Lisa attended the premiere of Big Brother 20.[3][4]
  • On her 45th birthday, February 4, 2021, Lisa announced that she had been diagnosed with stage 2 cervical and ovarian cancer and had undergone a hysterectomy.[5]



Preceded by
Season 2
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Will Kirby
Season 3
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Lisa Donahue
Succeeded by
Season 4
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Jun Song
Big Brother 3 (US) Houseguests
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