On October 26, 2006, she will be appearing in the play Butley on Broadway.
Her father worked as a physicist.
Her broadway debut was in 1981, in the play Macbeth.
She once worked as a disc jockey at WGKA-AM in Atlanta, Georgia.
After being in show business for over a decade, she won high praise and recognition for her starring role in Driving Miss Daisy.
She received a grant to study drama in England at the London Academy of Music and Art.
She has received critical acclaim on the stage, winning many honors, such as a Tomy Nomination, an Outer Critics award, a Drama Desk Award.
She currently lives in New York City.
In May 2005, she served on the National Council of the Actors' Equity Association.
She received her fourth Tony Award Nomination (2005 Best Supporting Actress in a Play) for her role as Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals. Unfortunately, she did not win.
She is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, USA.
She is the daughter of Hugh Ivey and Mary Nell Santacroce.
She decided at age six that she wanted to act, and throughout school she pursued it.
Dana: When you're nominated, it is just so exciting. I'm full of nerves and excitement. It's a thrill.
Dana: I remember when I was 13 years old in the eighth grade, I was sitting in homemaking class at a table with three Jewish girls, and they asked me if I was Jewish. I said, "I don't know, I may be." I knew that Christians came from Jews, and that's all I knew. I wasn't really sure. That's how liberal and innocent an upbringing I had in this respect.