Lisa Donahue is the winner of Big Brother 3.

She took away $500,000 after lasting 82 days in the house and receiving 9 of the 10 votes from the jury. She also became the first female winner in the show's history. Lisa is further remembered for not choosing to vote her evicted showmance Eric Ouellette back into the game so she could play the game without distraction and avoid a target being put on her back.

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


Lisa Donahue was a 26-year-old bartender from Los Angeles, California.

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 BB3

Post Big Brother

  • Lisa, along with ten other Big Brother alumni, appeared on an episode of Yes, Dear that aired on October 20, 2003.[1]
  • Lisa attended the premiere of Big Brother 20.[2][3]


  • Lisa is the first Head of Household to nominate a replacement nominee after one of the original two was removed via the Power of Veto.
  • Lisa is the only female to win HOH more than once in Big Brother 3.
  • Lisa was the first houseguest to win the first and last Head of Household competitions. Lisa would later be followed by Hayden Moss and Rachel Reilly, who accomplished the same feat.
    • Coincidentally, they all won the game.
  • Lisa is the first woman to win a season of Big Brother U.S.
  • Lisa is the first houseguest to win the final HoH competition after and ultimately win the season.
  • Lisa is tied with Kevin Martin from Big Brother Canada 5 and Tamar Braxton from Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) the most votes to win out of any Big Brother winner with 9.
  • Lisa is the first winner to not be nominated exactly 4 times, and is the first winner to be nominated less than 4 times, with 2 nominations.


Preceded by
Season 2
BB2 Will Small
Will Kirby
Season 3
BB3 Lisa Small
Lisa Donahue
Succeeded by
Season 4
BB4 Jun Small
Jun Song
Big Brother 3 House Guests
BB3 Lisa Square
BB3 Danielle Square
BB3 Jason Square
BB3 Amy Square
BB3 Marcellas Square
BB3 Roddy Square
BB3 Gerry Square
BB3 Chiara Square
BB3 Josh Square
BB3 Eric Square
BB3 Tonya Square
BB3 Lori Square
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