Delany, Dana 1956–

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Delany, Dana 1956–


Full name, Dana Welles Delany; born March 13, 1956, in New York, NY; daughter of Jack and Mary Delany. Education: Wesleyan University, B.A., drama, 1978; studied acting with Gina Barnett at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Religion: Roman Catholicism.

Addresses: AgentWilliam Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (some sources cite 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211). Contact—c/o 3435 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 107 North, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Career: Actress and producer. Appeared in television commercials. Affiliated with the Schleroderma Research Foundation.

Awards, Honors: Emmy awards, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1989 and 1992, Q awards, best actress in a quality drama series, Viewers for Qual-ity Television, 1989, 1990, and 1991, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1990 and 1991, Golden Globe Award nominations, best performance by an actress in a television series—drama, 1990 and 1991, and Women at Work Commissioners Award, National Commission on Working Women, all for China Beach; Lone Star Film & Television Award, best television actress, 1998, for True Women; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a drama series, 2001, for "Safe at Home," an episode of Family Law.


Television Appearances; Series:

Amy Russell, Love of Life, CBS, 1979–80.

Hayley Wilson Hollister, As the World Turns, CBS, 1981.

Georgia Holden, Sweet Surrender, NBC, 1986–87.

Lieutenant nurse Colleen McMurphy, China Beach, ABC, 1988–91.

Voice of Gwen "Archer" Bowman, Wing Commander Academy (animated; also known as WCA-TV), 1996.

Voice of Lois Lane, Superman (animated; also known as Superman: The Animated Series), WB, 1996–2000.

Voice of Lois Lane, The New Batman/Superman Adventures (animated), The WB, 1997–2000.

Catherine McAllister, Pasadena, Fox, 2001.

Dr. Rae Brennan, Presidio Med, CBS, 2002–2003.

Voice of Lois Lane, Justice League (animated; also known as JL, JLA, Justice League of America, and The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure), Cartoon Network, 2003–2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Grace Wyckoff, Wild Palms, ABC, 1993.

Sarah Ashby McClure, True Women, CBS, 1997.

Elaine Gumm, Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story, NBC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Laura Shaper, Threesome, CBS, 1984.

Moya Trevor, Liberty, NBC, 1986.

Nora, A Winner Never Quits, ABC, 1986.

Jane Goodrich, A Promise to Keep (also known as Angels without Wings), NBC, 1990.

Dina Donato, Donato and Daughter (also known as Dead to Rights and Under Threat), CBS, 1993.

Chief of staff Betsy Corcoran, The Enemy Within, HBO, 1994.

Margaret Sanger, Choice of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (also known as Crusaders), Lifetime, 1995.

Hope Robbins, For Hope, ABC, 1996.

Johtje Vos, "Aart and Johtje Vos," Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples, Showtime, 1997.

Rose Cleardon, The Patron Saint of Liars, CBS, 1998.

Voice of Lois Lane, The Batman/Superman Movie (animated; also known as Batman/Superman Adventures: World's Finest), The WB, 1998.

Cat Bonfairn, The Outfitters, Sundance Channel, 1999.

Clare Miller, Resurrection, HBO, 1999.

Sally Rawlings, Sirens, ABC, 1999.

Anthea Farrow-Smith, The Right Temptation, HBO, 2000.

Alexandra Cooper, Final Jeopardy, ABC, 2001.

Martha, Conviction, Showtime, 2002.

Britt Calhoun, A Time to Remember, The Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Nathalie Johnson, Baby for Sale, Lifetime, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (also known as The Earth Day Special), ABC, 1990.

Voice of Libby Custer, The Wild West (documentary), syndicated, 1993.

Anne Williams, Texan, Showtime, 1994.

Host, Earth Day at Walt Disney World, The Disney Channel, 1996.

Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu, The Movie Channel, 1998.

Herself, The Third Annual Women Rock! Girls and Guitars, Lifetime, 2002.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989.

The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, Fox, 1990.

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990.

Host, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991.

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, Fox, 1991.

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1992.

Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards, TBS, 1994.

Presenter, The 16th Annual CableAce Awards, TNT, 1995.

Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1997.

The Third Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1997.

The 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (also known as Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards), Nickelodeon, 1998.

Presenter, The 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, Lifetime's Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World, Lifetime, 2003.

Presenter, The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2003.

Presenter, Hollywood Salutes Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute, American Movie Classics, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jillian Armstrong, "Knowing Her," Moonlighting, ABC, 1985.

Cynthia Farrell, "L.A.: Parts 1 & 2," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1986.

Cynthia Farrell, "Out of Sync," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1987.

Eve, "South by Southwest," thirtysomething, ABC, 1987.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1989, 1991.

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1989, 1991, 1992.

Herself, "The Promise," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1992.

Susan, "Love Me, Love My Car," Cheers, NBC, 1992.

Herself, "The Breakdown: Part 2," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993.

Herself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1994, 1997.

Helen Fiske, "Good Housekeeping," Fallen Angels (also known as Perfect Crimes), Showtime, 1995.

Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1996.

Herself, "The Book," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1997.

Honey Trapp, "Dead and Gone, Honey," Spy Game, ABC, 1997.

Voice of Dr. Susan Fox, "Role with It," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1997.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997.

Herself, The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999.

Mary Sullivan, "Safe at Home," Family Law, CBS, 2001.

Herself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2001, 2002.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2001, 2002.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Dana Delany (documentary), Lifetime, 2003.

The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Carolyn Spencer, "Obscene," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Samantha Fleming, "Truth Be Told," Boston Legal, ABC, 2004.

Herself, Good Day Live, Fox, 2004.

Herself, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Kate McNeill, "All Bets Off: Parts 1 & 2," Kojak, USA Network, 2005.

Voice of Lois Lane, "The Clash," Justice League: Unlimited (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005.

Voice of Lois Lane, "Question Authority," Justice League: Unlimited (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Jeannie, The Streets (also known as Street Heat), NBC, 1984.

May Thayer, The City, ABC, 1986.

Lieutenant nurse Colleen McMurphy, China Beach, ABC, 1988.

An American Saturday Night, ABC, 1991.

Voice of Lois Lane, Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (animated), The WB, 1996.

Voice, Wake Up, America, Fox, 1998.

Gallagher, Good Guys, Bad Guys, NBC, 2000.

Catherine McAllister, Pasadena, Fox, 2001.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

Final Jeopardy, ABC, 2001.

(With others) Open House, CBS, 2003.

Film Appearances:

Linda (salesperson in record store), The Fan, Paramount, 1981.

Susan McCall, Almost You, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

Sister Ana, Where the River Runs Black, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1986.

Anne Briscoe, Masquerade, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Celina, Patty Hearst (also known as Patty), Atlantic Releasing, 1988.

Jenny, Moon over Parador, Universal, 1988.

Becky Metcalf, Housesitter, Universal, 1992.

Marianne, Light Sleeper, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Josephine Earp, Tombstone, Buena Vista, 1993.

Voice of Andrea Beaumont, Batman: The Animated Movie (animated; also known as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: The Animated Movie, Batman: The Animated Movie—Mask of the Phantasm, and Mask of the Phantasm: Batman the Animated Movie), Warner Bros., 1993.

Lisa Emerson, Exit to Eden, Savoy Pictures, 1994.

Jill, Live Nude Girls, Republic Pictures, 1995.

Susan Barnes, Fly Away Home (also known as Father Goose and Flying Wild), Columbia, 1996.

Voice of Bagheera the panther for English version, Maugli (also known as Adventures of Mowgli, The Jungle Book, and Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book"), c. 1996 (original version released c. 1967).

Dr. Ashley, Dead Man's Curve (also known as The Curve), Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Joshua's mother, Wide Awake, Miramax, 1998.

Voice, Gaia Symphony II (documentary), Apricot Entertainment, 1999.

Mother Ghost, It's an Us Thing Productions/It's a You and Me Thing Productions, 2002.

Margaret Swift-Bejarano, Spin, Freestyle Releasing/Turtles Crossing, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Hartman Theatre Company, Stamford, CT, 1979–80.

Dorothy (Dolly), A Life, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1980–81.

Manya, Bloodmoon, Production Company Theatre, then Actors and Directors Theatre, both New York City, 1983, also produced in Los Angeles.

Rocket to the Moon, Hartman Theatre, 1984.

Beloved Friend, Hartman Theatre, 1984–85.

Maire, Translations, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Karen, Dinner with Friends, Variety Arts Theatre, New York City, later Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, then Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA, all 2000.

Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 2003.


Soundtrack Albums; with Others:

China Beach TV Soundtrack: Music & Memories, Capitol, 1990.

Video Games:

Voice of Lois Lane, Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, Warner Bros., 2002.



Movieline, August, 1994, pp. 38-43, 84, 87-88; January, 1995, pp. 20-21.

Parade, August 14, 1994, pp. 4-5.

People Weekly, March 28, 1990.

TV Guide, September 25, 1999, p. 5; September 26, 2004, p. 41.


The Official Dana Delany Home Page,, May 4, 2005.

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