She was into a public role after her husband became a tetraplegic
She grew up in the town of Greenburgh, New York.
Several months before her death, she taped the PBS documentary The New Medicine focusing on the growing trend in medical care combining holistic and traditional treatment.
She endorsed Senator John Kerry for president and introduced him before his speech on science and technology on October 21, 2004.
She was an activist for disability causes.
She spent the junior year of her studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
She was a singer.
She pursued additional graduate studies in acting at the California Institute of the Arts.
Dana had two sisters.
In her final public appearances, she stated that the tumor had responded to therapy and was shrinking.
She created fundraiser trinkets for the Foundation.
She performed at theatres on Broadway.
She did a long-running commercial for Tide laundry detergent that aired during the 1990s.
She and her husband received honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Middlebury in 2004.
She graduated in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1984.
She graduated from Edgemont High School in 1979.
In 2005, she received the Mother of the Year Award
At the end of the movie Superman Returns (2006), a dedication to Christopher and Dana Reeve was put up the screen.
She married Christopher Reeve on April 11, 1992.
Died in the night of March 6, 2006 of lung cancer, even though she never smoked.
(talking about riding horses)
Dana Reeve: I rode my whole life, and after Chris had his accident, I stopped riding, primarily because he loved it so much, and I think it really would have been painful for him if I was going off riding and he wasn't able to. And it didn't mean that much to me to drop.
Dana Reeve: I was married to a man who never gave up.
Dana Reeve: We have become accustomed to living our life with joy amidst pain and challenges.
Dana Reeve: Your emotional state has a tremendous amount to do with sickness, health and well-being. For years, my husband and I lived on and because of hope. Hope continues to give me the mental strength to carry on.
Dana Reeve: You have to celebrate the gifts because life is so hard and I think once you realize life's gonna be hard, the good stuff really comes forward.
Dana Reeve: I hope before too long to be sharing news of my good health and recovery, ... Now, more than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge. As always, I look to him as the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage, and hope in the face of life's adversities.