Dana Delany Biography
Dana Delany (Dana Welles Delany) is an American actress, producer, and television personality. After appearing in small roles early in her career, Delany received her breakthrough role as Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television drama China Beach (1988–1991), for which she twice received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1989 and 1992.
She received further recognition for her appearances in the films Light Sleeper (1992), Tombstone (1993), and Exit to Eden (1994). Moreover, she also added to her fame with the films; The Margaret Sanger Story (1995), Fly Away Home (1996), True Women (1997), and Wide Awake (1998).
In the 2000s, Delany appeared in main roles in several short-lived television series, including Pasadena (2001), Presidio Med (2002–2003), and Kidnapped (2006–2007).
From 2007 to 2010, Dana featured on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives as Katherine Mayfair. From this role, she received a Prism Award in 2009. Delany then starred as Megan Hunt on the ABC medical drama Body of Proof (2011–2013), and as Crystal Harris on the Amazon drama series Hand of God (2014–2017).
Dana Delany Birthday | Age
Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York, United States. She is 63 years old as of 2019.
Dana Delany Family & Early Life
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 her 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 Marriage
Delany commented about her personal life in an interview in 2006: “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”. She further 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 Career
The 1980s: Stage, television, China Beach
After college, she found acting work in New York City in daytime soap operas including Love of Life and As the World Turns and supported herself by acting in commercials such as for Wisk laundry detergent.
She featured in the Broadway show A Life and won a critical title in 1983 in Nicholas Kazan’s off-Broadway Blood Moon. At the same time, The New York Times cited her “skillful verisimilitude” handling a difficult part requiring two roles “and she does them both with authority.”
Delany relocated to Hollywood wherein the next few years he found work as a guest, starring in TV shows like Moonlighting and Magnum, P.I. and Thirtysomething.
Dana Delany’s first audition for the main role of nurse Colleen McMurphy didn’t go through.
China Beach telecast weekly from 1988 to 1991 and brought intense media attention to the actress.
This role not only earned two Primetime Emmy Awards but also other two additional Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations. The show came to an end after four seasons in 1991.
The 1990s: Movies, television, voice
In 1991, Dana was nominated by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In the years following China Beach, she worked steadily in television, movies, and theater. In addition, she built herself as a significant voice talent.
Dana won leading roles in various feature films such as the TV movie A Promise to Keep, Light Sleeper, Housesitter and Fly Away Home as well as appearing in the TV mini-series Wild Palms.
She also worked on controversial roles, such as Mistress Lisa in Exit to Eden. In this role, one film critic commented that “The script was awful but Dana looked great.” The anger titled Live Nude Girls included a frank discussion by women of their sexual fantasies at a bachelorette party using a low-budget improvisational comedy format with a strong relationship between the actors.
Reviews were done and Los Angeles Times critic Richard Natale liked the film but wrote that older male film executives believed it to be “uncommercial”. Another movie critic agreed it was “genuine girl talk” but “didn’t have a lot of substance” and viewers “don’t get to know the characters in the film”.
She also featured as Margaret Sanger in the TV movie Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1995), about a controversial nurse who crusaded for women’s reproductive rights in the early 1900s.
In 1995, Delany featured in the Broadway show Translations. However, in May 1997, Delany returned to her alma mater Phillips Academy to collaborate with theater students as an artist-in-residence. She appeared in TV movies such as True Women (1997) and Resurrection (1999).
In 1998, she reportedly quit the role of Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV show Sex and the City. Delany stepped down the role partly after remembering the negative audience reaction she received with a similar film, Exit to Eden, a few years back.
However, Sex and the City became a successful series where the role of Carrie made Sarah Jessica Parker world-famous.
Dana also played a gun-toting mother in an episode of the TV series Family Law (1999) where she earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. However, the series was not rerun due to sponsorship withdrawal.
Dana has performed substantial voice work only for a short period. In one successful project, she played Andrea Beaumont in the 1993 animated feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm based on the popular TV show Batman: The Animated Series.
Her voice performance in the film impressed filmmakers and later made her be cast as Lois Lane in Superman: The Animated Series.
She was also named in one variation of the theme song of Animaniacs, another Warner Bros. production. Dana repeated her role as Lois Lane for the character’s guest appearances in Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and The Batman.
She made a come back to the DC Universe in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Vilsi, an alternate universe variation of Lois Lane. She resumed her role in the 2013 animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
The 2010s: Television series and movies
In March 2010, Delany featured as FBI agent Jordan Shaw in a two-part story on the TV series Castle, which featured Nathan Fillion who acted as her second husband on Desperate Housewives.
Delany left Desperate Housewives to feature in the new ABC series Body of Proof originally marked to begin airing in late 2010. She additionally voiced a character, Margaret Rosenblatt, in the film Firebreather in 2010.
In 2011, in Body of Proof, Dana played a brilliant neurosurgeon turned medical examiner after a car accident made her lose dexterity in her hands. Delany in real life had an experience related to the one cast by the character of Dr. Megan Hunt.
Two weeks prior the filming the pilot episode, Delany’s car was hit by a bus in Santa Monica; two fingers of her hand were broken and her car was wrecked. Dana depicts her character in Body of Proof as being “complicated, smart, and definitely complex.”
In April 2011, Delany ranked 9th in People magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful list.
In May 2011, she hosted the fourth annual Television Academy Honors.
Dana has also featured in the crime drama Freelancers with director Jessy Terrero. The film also starred Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, and 50 Cent. It was debuted to DVD on August 21, 2012, and had a limited release in theatres in September.
In December 2016, she was the primetime guest host on Turner Classic Movies. She also featured in dozens of wraparounds on the channel, filling in for Robert Osborne.
Dana Delany Net Worth
Delany earns from her professional career of acting. As per celebritynetworth.com, the estimated wealth of Dana Delany is $10 million, and she bags $150 thousand per episode in TV series.
Dana Delany Physical Statistics
- 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)