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Dana Delany

Dana DelanyAKA Dana Welles Delany

Born: 13-Mar-1956
Birthplace: Manhattan, NY

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: China Beach

Delany has said she wanted to act since she was three years old, mostly to get attention from her parents. She started in soap operas, Love of Life in the late 1970s and As the World Turns in the early '80s. She was featured in a quickly-canceled mid-80s sit-com, Sweet Surrender, but she was still relatively unknown in 1988 when chosen over Helen Hunt for the role of Nurse McMurphy on the Vietnam war drama China Beach. The show was well-written and acted, critically acclaimed, and never jumped the shark. Delany won two Emmys, and deserved them.

After China Beach ended in 1991, Delany faded into odd or small roles, mostly on television and in independent films. She was featured with Dan Aykroyd in the ludicrous S&M comedy Exit to Eden, and starred in an unnecessary TV remake of an Ellen Burstyn movie, Resurrection. She played Margaret Sanger in a Lifetime biopic, Choices of the Heart, and she has been the cartoon and video game voice of Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane since 1996. She also voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne's girlfriend in the 1993 cartoon Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

Her grandfather, John J. Delany, invented the Delany valve, a component still used in today's flush toilets. The family name lives on at Coyne & Delany of Charlottesville, VA, where they manufacture bathtubs, flush tanks, fittings and ballcocks.

Father: (d. 1981)
Boyfriend: Treat Williams (1984)
Boyfriend: John Sacret Young
Boyfriend: Darius Anderson (1993)
Boyfriend: Henry Czerny
Boyfriend: (Los Angeles wine expert, 2000)

    High School: Phillips Academy Andover (1974)
    University: BA Drama, Wesleyan University (1978)

    Democracy for America
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    John Kerry for President
    PAC For a Change
    Planned Parenthood
    Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, China Beach (1989)
    Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, China Beach (1992)
    Irish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Yoga

    Body of Proof Dr. Megan Hunt (2011-)
    Desperate Housewives Katherine Mayfair (2007-10)
    Kidnapped Ellie Cain (2006-07)
    Justice League Lois Lane (2003-05)
    Presidio Med Dr. Rae Brennan (2002-03)
    Pasadena Catherine McAllister (2001-05)
    China Beach Nurse Colleen McMurphy (1988-91)
    Magnum, P.I. Cynthia Farrell (1986-87)
    As the World Turns Hayley Wilson Hollister (1981)
    Love of Life Amy Russell (1979-80)

    Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (30-Jul-2013) [VOICE]
    Freelancers (10-Aug-2012)
    Firebreather (24-Nov-2010) [VOICE]
    Camp Hope (13-Aug-2010)
    Multiple Sarcasms (8-Apr-2010) · Annie
    PoliWood (1-May-2009) · Herself
    Route 30 (2007) · Amish Martha
    Baby for Sale (12-Jul-2004)
    Spin (8-Nov-2003) · Margaret
    Conviction (29-Sep-2002)
    Mother Ghost (8-Aug-2002) · Karen Bennett
    The Right Temptation (Sep-2000)
    Sirens (26-Sep-1999)
    Resurrection (15-Mar-1999)
    The Batman/Superman Movie (18-Aug-1998) [VOICE]
    The Patron Saint of Liars (5-Apr-1998)
    Wide Awake (20-Mar-1998) · Mrs. Beal
    The Curve (24-Jan-1998) · Dr. Ashley
    True Women (18-May-1997)
    Fly Away Home (5-Sep-1996) · Susan Barnes
    Live Nude Girls (8-Dec-1995)
    Exit to Eden (14-Oct-1994)
    The Enemy Within (22-Feb-1994)
    Tombstone (25-Dec-1993) · Josephine
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (25-Dec-1993) [VOICE]
    Donato and Daughter (21-Sep-1993)
    Wild Palms (16-May-1993)
    Light Sleeper (21-Aug-1992) · Marianne
    HouseSitter (12-Jun-1992) · Becky
    Patty Hearst (23-Sep-1988)
    Moon Over Parador (9-Sep-1988) · Jenny
    Masquerade (11-Mar-1988) · Anne Briscoe
    Where the River Runs Black (11-Sep-1986)
    A Winner Never Quits (14-Apr-1986)
    Almost You (Jan-1985)
    The Fan (15-May-1981)

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