Dana took courses in sculpture at The Art Students League of New York.
Dana's mother Joyce McCord, is an actress, as well as her sister, Allison.
Dana's father, Robert, is a director that started the very first school for commercial and soap opera acting, the Weist-Barron School of Television.
Dana is the only surviving member of the "Three Danas" that were prominent in 1980s films. The other two were Dana Hill and Dana Plato.
Was the original Audrey Griswold in [i] National Lampoons Vacation [/i] co-staring alongside actor Anthony Michael Hall.