Dana Delany Biography
Dana Delany is an American activist, television personality, producer, and stage actress as well as a voiceover artist. She started off her career with small roles. However, she received her career breakthrough after she got a role as Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television drama, China Beach.
This television drama span between 1988 and 1991, earning her two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, one in 1989, and the other one in 1992.
Her passion for acting started when she was still young. Dana joined Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, the United States for her basic education. While at school, she played a lead role on Nellie Forbush in the production of South Pacific.
Moreover, she featured in a student video that was directed by her classmate, Jonathan Meath. To model her already inspiring career, she joined Wesleyan University for a degree in theatre.
After her, graduation, she worked in New York featuring in a daytime soap opera. In 1981, she featured in the Hollywood horror movie, The Fan, playing the role of a saleswoman in a record store.
Later on, the seasoned American actress landed a lead role, Colleen McMurphy, on the American drama series, China Beach. This was a film created by John Sacret Young and William Broyles Jr. In fact, this movie steered her name to stardom.
All paths cleared, she could now feature in A Life, a Broadway show. In 1983, Dana won a critical award in Nicholas Kazan’s off-Broadway Blood Moon. She also received several awards and nominations such as Primetime Emmy Awards, Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and Golden Globe Awards for her role in the television series, China Beach.
Dana Delany Age
How old is Dana Delany? Delany is 65 years old as of March 2021. She was born Dana Welles Delany, on March 13, 1956, in New York, the United States of America. In addition, Dana celebrates her birthday on March 13th every year.
Dana Delany Family
She is the daughter of Mary and Jack Delany. She has two other siblings; a sister, Corey, and a brother, Sean. Dana is of Irish and English descent and was raised Roman Catholic.
She has stated that, even as a little girl, she always wanted to go into acting. At a young age, Dana went with her family to many Broadway shows and was fascinated by films.
Dana Delany Education
After growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, she joined Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts for her senior year. She was lucky to be a member of the school’s first co-educational class.
Other members included jazz composer Bill Cunliffe, software executive Peter Currie, artist Julian Hatton, poet Karl Kirchwey, writer Nate Lee, editor Sara Nelson, restaurateur Priscilla Martel, and sculptor Gar Waterman.
Then-senior Delany wrote an op-ed in 1974 about her experience of being a one-year student during the school’s first year of co-education.
Dana played the main role of Nellie Forbush in the school’s spring musical production of South Pacific opposite Peter Kapetan as Emile.
She featured in a student video directed by classmate Jonathan Meath in a film class taught by Steve Marx. However, she graduated in 1974 with the academic honor of “cum laude” which was awarded to 80 out of 378 graduating seniors.
Later on, she majored in theater at Wesleyan University where she used to work in summer stock productions during her vacations. She later graduated in 1978.
Dana Delany Husband
Delany is currently single. In an interview in 2006, Dana stated: “I turned 50 and I’m ready to get married… I don’t know who he is yet but I’m ready… He has to be smart, funny, and kind.”
In 1988, Dana claimed that she doesn’t find being a celebrity ain’t that appealing: “I’m not a ‘personality’. Delany further exclaimed, “I am never recognized, which I take as a compliment”. Furthermore, she said that she has a love-hate thing with publicity.
Delany, in 2003, tried having an injection of botox in her forehead, but the needle hit a nerve and created a bruise which affected the muscle in her right eye, causing it to droop slightly.
In 2010, she vowed she would never have plastic surgery. She told Prevention in 2010 that she prefers eating healthily, including vegetables, tofu, fish, gluten-free pasta, and bread.
In April 2011, Delany came 9th in People magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful list.
Dana Delany Net Worth
Delany has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Her income is mainly from her successful career as a television personality, producer, and stage actress.
Dana Delany Height | Weight
- Build Average
- Height 5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
- Weight 62 kg or 137 lbs
- Hair Color Dyed Red
- Her natural hair color is believed to be ‘Dark Brown’.
- Eye Color Hazel
- Sexual Orientation Straight
- Red hair
- Free-spirited nature
- Sense of humor
- Measurements 37-26-35 in or 94-66-89 cm
- Dress Size 6 (US) or 36 (EU)
- Bra Size 34C
- Shoe Size 8 (US) or 38.5 (EU)