Dana Delany

Actor
An Emmy Award-winning actress, Dana Delany first made her mark on primetime audiences during the 1980s as the star of the Vietnam War-set medical drama "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-1991). After her role as a mild-mannered ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1956 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (103)

Hollywood Game Night 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Comedians 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Body of Proof 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 1996 - 1999, 2007 - 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drunkboat 2012 (Movie)

Eileen (Actor)

Camp Hope 2011 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

2009 Prism Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1999, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1995 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 1995 - 1999, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Multiple Sarcasms 2010 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Beautiful Life 2009 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Route 30 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Kidnapped 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Battlestar Galactica 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Time to Remember 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin 2004 (Movie)

Margaret Swift-Bejarano (Actor)

Presidio Med 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Pasadena 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Sirens 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Batman/Superman Adventures 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Outfitters 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Resurrection 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Curve 1998 (Movie)

Dr Ashley (Actor)

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wide Awake 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Beal (Actor)

Spy Game 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wing Commander Academy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Fly Away Home 1996 (Movie)

Susan Barnes (Actor)

Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Live Nude Girls 1995 (Movie)

Jill (Actor)

Texan 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

Lisa Emerson (Actor)

The Enemy Within 1994 (Movie)

Chief of Staff Betsy Corcoran (Actor)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 (Movie)

of Andrea Beaumont (Voice)

The Wild West 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Josephine Earp (Actor)

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

Becky (Actor)

Light Sleeper 1992 (Movie)

Marianne (Actor)

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

An American Saturday Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

China Beach 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Host

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Masquerade 1988 (Movie)

Anne Briscoe (Actor)

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Patty Hearst 1988 (Movie)

Gelina (Actor)

The City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the River Runs Black 1986 (Movie)

Sister Ana (Actor)

The Streets 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Threesome 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost You 1984 (Movie)

Susan McCall (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fan 1980 (Movie)

Linda--Record Store (Actor)

A Promise to Keep (TV Show)

Actor

A Winner Never Quits (TV Show)

Actor

Baby for Sale (TV Show)

Actor

Conviction (TV Show)

Actor

Donato and Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

Final Jeopardy (TV Show)

Actor

Firebreather (TV Show)

Voice

For Hope (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Surrender (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Mowgli (TV Show)

Voice

The Batman Superman Movie (TV Show)

Voice

The Patron Saint of Liars (TV Show)

Actor

The Right Temptation (TV Show)

Actor

True Women (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An Emmy Award-winning actress, Dana Delany first made her mark on primetime audiences during the 1980s as the star of the Vietnam War-set medical drama "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-1991). After her role as a mild-mannered Midwestern nurse with the highly desirable hairstyle, Delany became a frequent star in made-for-TV-movies like "Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story" (1995) and "True Women" (CBS, 1997), where she embodied "every day" women who found great courage in the face of adversity. Feature films rarely offered as many challenging portraits of heroic women, and while Delany did make supporting film appearances, she spent the majority of her career as a mainstay on hour-long medical, family, and legal dramas, earning considerable attention for her run on the dramedy "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Meanwhile, Delany held down a lucrative side career as an animation voiceover artist, primarily playing Lois Lane in the DC animated universe as well as on "The Batman" (The WB/The CW, 2004-08). But it was live action where Delany truly thrived and after her run on "Desperate Housewives" ended, she moved on to another hit show, "Body of Proof" (ABC, 2011-13), where she played a former neurosurgeon turned medical examiner. Delany's performance confirmed that she was an actress of considerable range able to tackle a wide array of complicated roles.

Relationships

Darius Anderson

Companion
born c. 1963 dated from c. 1994 to c. 1995

Henry Czerny Actor

Companion
together from c. 1994 no longer together met during the filming of the TV-movie "Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story" (1995)

Jack Delany

Father
divorced from Delany's mother in 1973 deceased

Mary Delany

Mother
divorced from Delany's father in 1973

Don Henley

Companion
formerly with the band The Eagles

Christian Navarro

Companion

Treat Williams Actor

Companion
together in the early 1980s

John Sacret Young Executive Producer

Companion
co-creator of "China Beach" no longer together

EDUCATION

Phillips Andover Academy

Andover , Massachusetts 1974
one of the first girls to graduate from the former all-boys school

Wesleyan University

Middletown , Connecticut 1978

Milestones

2006

Guest-starred on an episode of "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi)

2004

Cast in Lifetime's "Baby for Sale"

2004

Appeared on an episode of ABC's freshman drama "Boston Legal" as a friend of Alan Shore (James Spader)

2002

Co-Starred in the CBS drama series "Presidio Med," which also co-starred Blythe Danner

2001

Made guest appearance on the CBS drama "Family Law"; received Emmy nomination

2000

Joined cast of the Pulitzer-winning Off-Broadway play "Dinner With Friends"

1999

Had lead in the small screen remake of "Resurrection"; played a woman who develops healing powers after surviving an automobile accident

1998

Played opposite Martin Donovan in the Showtime original drama "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples"

1997

Starred in the CBS miniseries "True Women"

1996

Starred in the ABC TV-movie "For Hope", playing a schoolteacher stricken with schleroderma

1996

Appeared in "Fly Away Home"

1996

Voiced the character of Lois Lane on the animated series "Superman" (The WB)

1995

Returned to Broadway as co-star of the short-lived "Translations"

1995

Portrayed birth control advocate Margaret Sanger in the Lifetime TV biopic "Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story"

1994

Played first leading role in a feature, cast as a leather-clad dominatrix in the comedy-drama "Exit to Eden"

1993

Cast as actress Josephine Marcus in the feature Western "Tombstone"

1993

Had featured role as James Belushi's wife in the ABC miniseries "Wild Palms"

1992

Returned to feature films after a four-year absence to play prominent supporting roles in "Housesitter" and Schrader's "Light Sleeper"

1988

Breakthrough TV role as Nurse Coleen McMurphy on the ABC drama "China Beach"; won two Emmy Awards for the role

1988

First film with Paul Schrader, "Patty Hearst"

1987

TV series debut in NBC's "Sweet Surrender"

1984

Primetime TV debut in the busted NBC pilot "The Streets"

1981

Briefly acted on the CBS daytime serial "As the World Turns"

1981

Feature debut, small role in "The Fan", starring Lauren Bacall

1980

Performed in the Broadway play "A Life"

1979

Appeared in the CBS soap opera "Love of Life"

Began appearing in TV commercials

Raised in Stamford, Connecticut

After college, moved to NYC to pursue an acting career

Appeared in the Off-Broadway and L.A. stagings of "Bloodmoon" by Nicholas Kazan

Bonus Trivia

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Delany has been a supporter of the Schleroderma Research Foundation since the early 1990s.

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