Donna Washington was born on October 6, 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States to the family of a career military officer Don Lowell and a professional cake decorator Gwendolyn Yvonne Washington. She traveled all over with world with her parents. Her father would sit at the dinner table and spin the wildest yarns imaginable. He taught her Arthurian Legend and Greek Mythology by telling the stories in the first person. She thought he had actually been with Merlin and Oedipus. She thought he was thousands of years old. Donna spent from second to sixth grade in Seoul Korea. It was during these years that her parents adopted three Amerasian children. Through it all, she learned about different peoples, places and learned their stories.