Dana Delany

  • Birth Name: Dana Welles Delany
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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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

  • 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

Relationships

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

College

  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, United States (BA in Drama, 1978)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS
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