Dana Delany

Dana Delany

Mar. 13th, 1956
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 7

Dana Delany's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Desperate Housewives TV Show
Desperate Housewives
Body of Proof TV Show
Body of Proof
Superman  TV Show
China Beach TV Show
China Beach
Kidnapped TV Show
Presidio Med TV Show
Presidio Med
Pasadena TV Show
Wing Commander Academy TV Show
Wing Commander Academy

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Multiple Sarcasms
1998 - Wide Awake
1996 - Fly Away Home
1995 - Live Nude Girls
1993 - Tombstone
1993 - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
1992 - Light Sleeper
1988 - Masquerade
1988 - Moon Over Parador
1986 - Where the River Runs Black

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Lois Lane (Voiced)
Grace Wyckoff
Dana Delany
Jillian Armstrong
Lois Lane (Voiced)
Cynthia Farrell
Special Agent Jordan Shaw
Francesca Sorelli
Kate McNeill
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Dana Welles Delany (born March 13, 1956), in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater. Dana starred in the Broadway show "A Life" and received critical acclaim in a number of off-Broadway productions as well. Her role in Nicholas Kazan's controversial "Bloodmoon" in New York led her to Hollywood. Dana acted in a number of TV series, working steadily until she could get her own starring vehicle. That happened in 1988 when Dana became identified with Army nurse Colleen McMurphy in ABC TV's critically acclaimed series China Beach (1988), the role earning her three Emmy nominations and two Emmy Awards as Best Actress.

Dana moved on to movies and eventually started getting starring roles in films, such as Exit to Eden (1994). With over a dozen TV and movie projects within the last few years, Dana is one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood.

  • Original choice for the role of "Bree" on _"Desperate Housewives" (2004)_ (qv). Role went to her friend, 'Marcia Cross' (qv). They both appeared on _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv), but on different episodes.
  • Her grandfather invented the Delany valve, a flushing device still use in today's toilets.
  • Attended and graduated from Wesleyan University.
  • Attended Phillips Academy Andover for high school.
  • Her first and last names are quoted in the final rhyme to the _"Animaniacs" (1993)_ (qv) theme song.
  • Measurments: 34C-25-36 (on _Exit to Eden (1994)_ (qv) set) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
  • Friend of 'Arleen Sorkin' (qv) and 'Bob Saget' (qv).
  • Although she is from New York City and is a stage-trained actress, she admitted in an interview that she prefers film and television work to stage work.

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