Dana Ivey

Actor, Teacher, Director
A handsome supporting player of stage, screen and TV, frequently cast as strong, officious women, Dana Ivey began her career on stage, appearing in numerous productions throughout the US and Canada. She settled in NYC ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

Odd Mom Out 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

We'll Never Have Paris 2015 (Movie)

Francoise (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Help 2011 (Movie)

Grace Higginbotham (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 (Movie)

Trish Pinger (Actor)

Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

Marjorie Pickthall (Actor)

Broken English 2007 (Movie)

Elinor Gregory (Actor)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

Sister Agnes (Actor)

A Very Serious Person 2005 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Monk 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

Libby Hauser (Actor)

The Practice 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Centre Street 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

Vera Gantner (Actor)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

Ruth Kelson (Actor)

Walking Across Egypt 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Doctor Alexander (Actor)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Crisp (Actor)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

Grandmother Wenteworth (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Essendine (Actor)

Under Fire 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina 1995 (Movie)

Mack (Actor)

The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

Meredith Stonehall (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Guilty As Sin 1993 (Movie)

Judge Tompkins (Actor)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Adventures of Huck Finn 1993 (Movie)

Widow Douglas (Actor)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

Desk Clerk (Actor)

Hamlet 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

Margaret Alford (Actor)

Die Laughing 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Wardrobe Mistress (Actor)

Another Woman 1988 (Movie)

Engagement Party Guest (Actor)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Reed (Actor)

Easy Street 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Wedding Speaker (Actor)

Explorers 1985 (Movie)

Mrs Muller (Actor)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

Miss Millie (Actor)

A Child Lost Forever (TV Show)

Actor

A Lesson Before Dying (TV Show)

Actor

Class of '61 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartbreak House (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A handsome supporting player of stage, screen and TV, frequently cast as strong, officious women, Dana Ivey began her career on stage, appearing in numerous productions throughout the US and Canada. She settled in NYC in the 1980s, where she made her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" and won critical praise (and two OBIE Awards) for creating the roles of Melanie in "Quartermaine's Terms" (1982-83) and the title role of Daisy Werthan in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Driving Miss Daisy" (1986-87). She received two 1984 Supporting Actress Tony nominations for her work on Broadway in the play "Heartbreak Hotel", with Rex Harrison and Amy Irving and in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Sunday in the Park With George", with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

Relationships

Hugh Ivey

Father
Divorced from Ivey's mother had taught at Georgia Tech later worked for the Atomic Energy Commission died of cancer in the late 1960s

John Ivey

Brother
Born c. 1945

Eric Santacroce Editor

Half-Brother
From her mother's re-marriage to Dante Santacroce

Mary Santacroce

Mother
Appeared in the Georgia production of "Driving Miss Daisy" taught at Georgia State died in 1999 of leukemia and bone cancer

Dante Santacroce

Step-Father
Married Ivey's mother in 1957

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Attended on a Fullbright scholarship

Rollins College

Winter Park , Florida
Alumna of Phi Mu Fraternity

Milestones

2006

Cast in the Broadway revival of "Butley" opposite Nathan Lane; earned a Tony award nomination

2004

Starred in the Broadway revival of "The Rivals"; earned a Tony nomination for her role

2003

Cast in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" as Congresswoman Libby Hauser

2003

Starred in the award winning play "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg"

1999

Reunited with Rosemary Harris in the stage play "Waiting in the Wings"

1998

Cast as Ashley Judd's mother in "Simon Birch"

1998

Teamed with Roger Rees in the stage comedy "The Uneasy Chair"

1997

Starred in Alfred Uhry's award-winning Broadway play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"

1996

Played the prudish wife of a politician in Christopher Durang's comedy "Sex and Longing"

1995

Appeared as Harrison Ford's secretary in the remake of "Sabrina"

1995

Succeeded Eileen Atkins in the role of Leonie in "Indiscretions"

1994

Acted in the Off-Broadway play "Kindertransport"

1993

Played the Widow Douglas in "The Adventures of Huck Finn"

1993

Reprised role of Margaret in the sequel "Addams Family Values"

1992

Offered an affecting turn as an abusive adoptive parent in the NBC TV-movie "A Child Lost Forever"

1991

Starred opposite John Mahoney in the first NYC stage revival of "The Subject Was Roses"

1991

Had featured role as Margaret, the love interest to Cousin It, in "The Addams Family"

1989

Debut in a TV-movie, "Die Laughing"

1987

Originated role of Daisy Werthan in stage play, "Driving Miss Daisy"

1986

Debut as regular on TV sitcom, "Easy Street"

1985

Co-starred with Rosemary Harris in the Broadway drama "Pack of Lies"

1985

Essayed the role of the Countess in the play "The Marriage of Figaro"

1985

Feature debut, "Explorers"

1984

Earned another Tony Award nomination as featured actress in a musical for "Sunday in the Park with George"

1983

First stage role in Shaw's "Heartbreak House"; earned first Tony nomination as featured actress in a play

1982

Made Broadway debut in "Present Laughter"

1982

Earned plaudits for her stage work in "Quartermain's Terms"

1982

TV debut in a miniseries, "Little Gloria...Happy at Last"

1978

Made TV debut on the CBS soap opera "Search for Tomorrow"

1977

Moved to New York City

Appeared in regional theaters in US and Canada

Began career with Front Street Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee

Served as Director of Drama Tech at Georgia Institute of Technology

Worked as disc jockey at WGKA-AM in Atlanta, Georgia

Bonus Trivia

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Received an Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters) from Rollins College in February 2008.

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