Biography

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.

Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: 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
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • John Sacret Young — Ex-significant Other
  • Henry Czerny — Ex-significant Other
  • Treat Williams — Ex-significant Other
  • Jack Delany — Father
  • Mary Delany — Mother

College

  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (BA in Drama, 1978)

Details

  • Birth Name: Dana Welles Delany
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: March 13, 1956, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor
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