Dana Delany

Dana Delany


3/13/1956, New York City, New York

Birth Name

Dana Welles Delany



Also Known As

Dana Delaney
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Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956 in New York City to parents of Irish descent and was raised Catholic in Stamford, CT. Dana knew at an early age she wanted to be an actress. She attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts for her senior year,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dana was nominated in 2008 for a SAG Award along with her Desperate Housewives castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

    • Dana publicly voiced her support for the 2007 WGA Strike by handing out leaflets with the writers and picketing the ABC Studios.

    • In 2007, Dana's China Beach character Colleen McMurphy was named a "real woman" by MSN TV.

    • Dana is very close to her sister. She said on The View (December of 2007) that her sister's 30 year marriage has broken up and she was taking her on holiday for the 2007 Christmas.

    • When she appeared on The View in December of 2007, Dana admitted that getting married and having children has never been a priority for her.

    • In 2007, Dana recorded an audio book, Life on the Refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers.

    • Dana's grandmother had Alzheimer's.

    • Dana turned down the role of Bree on Desperate Housewives. When asked if she had any regrets she replied, "I regret the loss of the money," Then compared it to her role on Pasadena, "I got to play all those (Desperate Housewives) characters in one person,"

    • Dana's grandfather, John J. Delany, who cofounded the Coyne & Delany Company in 1879, invented the Delany valve, a flushing component used in modern commercial restrooms.

    • She was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991.

    • Dana provided voice-over work as Lois Lane in the Warner Bros. animated productions of Superman, starting in the mid 1990s, and continuing through 2005. This resulted in her being one of the few to be mentioned by name in the Animaniacs theme song.

    • A unique facet to Dana's career is her presence on the internet. Since the mid-1990s, she has participated in several online chat events promoting various projects. She participates in a Forum at her Official Web Site, answering questions from her fans, and providing updates on her life and work.

    • Dana is known mainly for her 2-time Emmy Award winning performance as Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television show China Beach.

    • Dana attended Phillips Academy in Andover, then Wesleyan University, graduating in 1978. Then she moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater.

    • Dana was born in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress.

    • She is 5' 7"

    • Working with director Bob Saget, Dana starred in the TV movie For Hope, based on Saget's sister, who had died as a result of the disease.

    • Since the mid-'90s, Dana has been serving on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, and helps campaign for support in finding a cure for scleroderma.

  • Quotes

    • Dana: I think Middle America has changed in terms of fantasies - I mean that's who reads ''Penthouse Letters'', right?

    • Dana: (when asked what her favorite male body part is)I have a few. I like that kind of dent right here. That V. And I love butts. There's nothing better than a good butt.

    • Dana: I like people who are still actively creating in their life, who aren't set, I don't feel like I'm set. And I don't have any baggage, for better or worse. I don't have any plants or pets or kids. I can lock the door and go. I need to be with somebody for whom that's okay.

    • Dana (on joining the cast of "Desperate Housewives"): It's so rare you get second chances in life, Marc (Cherry; creator of the show) said, 'Do you want to hear about the character?' And I said, 'Sure, but it's yes, no matter what.'

    • Dana: Marriage has never been a big deal for me, but I think I'm ready now. Before, I wanted adventures. I feel like, in some ways, I was smarter than anybody. I got to have all the fun in the world, to experience a lot of people and figure out what I really like. I got to evolve. Now I know what makes me happy

    • Dana: I've been dating younger men since my 20s, When I was 29, I dated someone 21… younger men are just more fun. I like their energy. I've always been kind of young for my age.

    • Dana: Television is more of a business. You can't take as many risks, because there's so many channels now, and the advertising's dropping.

    • Dana: I have faith in my imperfections!

    • Dana (on joining the cast of "Desperate Housewives"): It was a little bit like trying to board a train that's left the station. But I've been around a long time, and I've never worked on a show that's run so smoothly. All the kinks are worked out. Whatever rumors there were in the past, the actresses have worked it all out.

    • Dana (on Christoper Reeve): Chris was an old friend of mine from my early days in New York. There's something about him in that role (Superman) that was just meant to be. He never shined more (as an actor) than when he was playing that part. And certainly after the accident, he rose to the integrity of that role. I think he surprised all of us (with) how amazing he was. He's one of those guys you look at and go 'there but for the grace of G-d'; I don't know that I could have done the same in his situation.

    • Dana: In Europe the parents are included as with children. All three generations are together. I'm thinking of Italy. You go out on a Sunday afternoon and the whole family is there.

    • Dana: I'm the worst rider. I'm a terrible rider. Me and horses are not a good mix. For some reason, people are always trying to get me on a horse in a movie.

    • Dana: (talking about crying on camera) Once I hit my 40's, I found it very, very easy to cry. There is something about hitting midlife. It's not really a sign of sadness when I cry. I'm just grateful to be alive.

    • Dana: We all know that television is better for women as they get into their 40s. You could be more three-dimensional, not just the wife or the mother.

    • Dana: I've reached a place with my work where I'm ready to concentrate more on life.

    • Dana: I love being on stage or in front of the camera. My work brings me a lot of joy. It helps me figure out who I am. I'm really lucky that I get to make a living at acting.

    • Dana: I think I would make a good spy. I can sort of be a chameleon. People don't notice me very easily. I never get recognized.

  • One of the greatest actresses ever!

    It was such a schame that all of her shows in past few years got cancelled, Pasadena, Presidio Med, Kidnapped ... Then she joined Desperate Housewives and that was a huge move for her! She was such a great addition for DH. her acting is classy, brilliant and joy to watch. I hope she stays until the end of the series. I have never seen "China Beach", but the reviews for that shows are great, too. I wanna see her with Marg Helgenberger again! Those two have great chemistry, and I love Dana & Marcia Cross together on DH, two classy redheads :)moreless
  • Dana Delany currently plays Katherine Mayfair on Desperate Housewives.

    Over the past several years, I've seen Dana Delany in several different TV shows, and I think that she always does an amazing job regardless of the role that she is playing, but I would definitely have to say that the role of Katherine Mayfair on Desperate Housewives is definitely my favorite of all the roles that I've seen her play. She plays the role of Katherine Mayfair so well, and she has been such a refreshing addition to Desperate Housewives. Katherine now ties with Bree in terms of who my favorite character on the show is, and that's definitely largely in part to Dana Delany's portrayal of Katherine. All in all, Dana really is an amazing actress, and I can't wait to see where she and the writers take the character Katherine as well as where Dana's career will go after Desperate Housewives is over.moreless