After appearing on stage and in soaps, Delany shot to fame and won two Emmys as a devoted but emotionally remote Army nurse on China Beach. In the '90s, she made a push for big-screen stardom, but was done in by duds including her incongruous turn as a dominatrix in the Razzie-nominated Exit to Eden. So she returned to her small-screen roots, headlining a slew of TV-movies and lending her youthful voice to a number of animated series, most notably as Lois Lane in Superman. She also starred in several critically acclaimed but short-lived series (Pasadena, Wild Palms), and was featured as Katherine Mayfair for three seasons on the popular prime-time soap Desperate Housewives. Invariably playing wives and mothers, she has remained single in her personal life.
- Grandfather invented a toilet valve that's still in use.
- Began acting career on the soaps Love of Life (1979-80) and As the World Turns (1981).
- Breakthrough role was as U.S. Army nurse Colleen McMurphy in the 1988-91 series China Beach.
- Starred in the 1996 TV-movie For Hope, which spotlights the incurable connective tissue disease scleroderma; joined the board of directors for the Scleroderma Research Foundation in 1998.
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
- 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- John Sacret Young — Ex-significant Other
- Jack Delany — Father
- Mary Delany — Mother
- Treat Williams — Ex-significant Other
- Henry Czerny — Ex-significant Other
- Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (BA in Drama, 1978)
- Birth Name: Dana Welles Delany
- Birth Place: New York, NY
- Birthday: March 13, 1956, Pisces
- Profession: Actor