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Without a doubt, Dana Delany has definitely had an amazing career in the entertainment industry. Dana is an award-winning American actress who appeared in many small roles at the start of her career but eventually landed her breakthrough role as Colleen McMurphy in the dramatic TV series China Beach, which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1991. As a result of her amazing performance on the show, the actress, who is also a producer, and activist, won five awards out of nine nominations, including two Emmy Awards in 1989 and 1992 both for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

She went on to appear in many other films and television series in the 1990s, receiving more recognition for appearing in films such as Tombstone (1993),  True Women (1997), and Wide Awake (1998) among others. She played the role of Katherine Mayfair on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and earned a PRISM Award in 2009 for her outstanding performance. Discover more details about the life and acting career of the talented screen star below.

Early Life

Born as Dana Welles Delany on March 13, 1956, in New York City, the actress is one of her parents three children; the others being her younger sister, Corey, and her older brother, Sean. Dana, who has Irish and English ancestral roots, grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. Dana’s desire to be an actress goes way back to when she was a little girl. Growing up, she attended numerous Broadway shows with her family and was fascinated by films, this influenced her desire to become an actress.

Dana Delany studied in public schools at Stamford, Connecticut, until her senior year in high school when she moved over to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, for her senior year, becoming part of the first co-educational class of the school.

Upon her graduation in 1974, she was one of the 80 out of 378 graduating seniors awarded the academic honour of cum laude. Continuing her education, Dana Delany went on to Wesleyan University where she studied theatre major and graduated in 1978.

Dana Delany’s Movies and TV Shows

Getting started as an actor or actress is not easy but after her graduation from the Wesleyan, Dana Delany moved to New York to pursue her acting career. She began with working in daytime television such as Love of Life and As the World Turns. She also appeared in theatre productions, starring in the Broadway show A Life and winning critical acclaim for her performance in a number of off-Broadway productions one of which was Nicholas Kazan’s controversial Blood Moon, in 1983. The next few years, she appeared in several television shows, including shows like Moonlighting, Magnum, P.I. and Thirtysomething.

Dana Delany worked continuously until she finally landed a starring role as nurse Colleen McMurphy in the ABC TV critically acclaimed series, China Beach, which aired for four seasons from 1988 to 1991. This role drew very strong media attention to Dana and also won her two Primetime Emmy Awards and two nominations.

After her breakthrough series, the talented actress had steady television, movie and theatre jobs in addition to establishing herself as a voice talent. She was cast in lead roles in a series of films, including the television film – A Promise to Keep, the 1992 films – Light Sleeper and Housesitter, and the 1996 Canadian/American/New Zealand family comedy-drama film – Fly Away Home. She also played the controversial role of Mistress Lisa in the film Exit to Eden and portrayed the character of Jill in the 1995 comedy film Live Nude Girls. Also in 1995, Dana starred in the television movie Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story, as Margaret Sanger and appeared in an episode of Fallen Angels.

In the following years, she also appeared in For Hope, True Women, Spy Games, Spin, Route 30, Final Jeopardy, A Beautiful Life, Conviction, A Time to Remember, Justice League, Boston Legal, The L Word, Battlestar Galactica, and Kidnapped, among others.

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Desperate Housewives Cast (L to R): Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Dana Delaney, and Marcia Cross: Image Source

She also played the role of Katherine Mayfair in seasons 4 to 6 of the popular prime-time soap opera Desperate Housewives. This was after she initially rejected the offer to portray one of the major characters, Bree Van De Kamp.

In 2010, Dana Delany played the roles of Annie, Patricia, and Eileen in the films Multiple Sarcasms, Camp Hope, and Drunkboat respectively. In the same year, she appeared in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold and two episodes of Castle. From 2011 to 2013, she portrayed the character of Dr. Megan Hunt in the ABC medical drama television series Body of Proof, appearing in 42 episodes. She was also a series regular in the web TV series Hand of God, where she played Crystal Harris.

In 2015, the actress appeared in The Comedians and No Second Chance and followed it up in 2018 by playing the role of Assistant US Attorney Banner in an episode of Bull. She also landed the role of Colonel Glenn Turnbull, USMC in the military legal drama, The Code, which premiered on CBS ON April 9, 2019.

As a voice actor, Dana has lent her voice in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

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Height And Other Celebrity Facts

1. The beautiful actress stands at 5 feet and 7 inches and weighs 136 pounds. Her body measurement are bust – 34 inches, waist – 25 inches, and hips – 35 inches.

2. While a student at Wesleyan University, Dana revealed in an interview, that she suffered from eating disorders, including binging and starving. There were also times she said she was just a step away from anorexia as she would eat just one piece of toast and one apple in a day.

3. Although she is a stage-trained actress, Dana admitted during an interview that she prefers acting in film and television to stage.

4. In 1991, People magazine listed her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World and in 2011, she took the 9th spot in the magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful list.
5. Dana Delany has never been married and does not have children.

6. She earned $150,000 per episode for her role in Body Proof.

7. She has been serving on the board of Scleroderma Research Foundation since the mid-1990s and is actively involved in the campaign to find its cure.

8. Dana’s father was her biggest fan but sadly, he died from pancreatic cancer on the 18th of March, 1981.

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