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.
2001, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
Mary Delany — Mother
John Sacret Young — Ex-significant Other
Henry Czerny — Ex-significant Other
Treat Williams — Ex-significant Other
Jack Delany — Father
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, United States (BA in Drama, 1978)