Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut
Birthday: March 13
Dana Delany made her mark as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy on the critically acclaimed series “China Beach,” for which she received two Emmy Awards and four nominations for Best Dramatic Actress. From 2011-2013, she starred as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt on “Body of Proof,” and most recently appeared for two seasons opposite Ron Perlman in the Amazon series “Hand of God.”
For three seasons, Delany portrayed Katherine Mayfair on the hit series “Desperate Housewives.” Other television credits include “Pasadena” and “Kidnapped,” opposite Timothy Hutton. Also, she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Family Law,” on the Network.
Delany’s television movies/limited series credits include “True Women,” “Wild Palms,” “For Hope” and “Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story.” Delany produced and starred in the telefilm “Final Jeopardy,” based on New York sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein’s novel. In 2017 she appeared in the French miniseries “Une Chance de Trop,” based on Harlan Coben’s novel No Second Chance.
Delany has appeared in numerous films, including “Tombstone,” “Housesitter,” “Fly Away Home,” “Light Sleeper” and the animated film “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.”
Following her graduation from Wesleyan University, Delany, a Stamford, Conn. native, went to New York, where she soon debuted on Broadway in Hugh Leonard’s “A Life.” She received critical acclaim in a number of off-Broadway productions, including Nicholas Kazan’s “Blood Moon,” which led to her arrival in Los Angeles for the west coast production of the drama. Her additional theater credits include “Translations,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” opposite Billy Campbell at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Dinner With Friends,” alternating roles in N.Y, L.A. and Boston.
In 2007 Delany appeared in Neil Labute’s “Things We Said Today” at the EST marathon in New York. Also, she starred in the premiere of Beau Willimon’s “The Parisian Woman” at the South Coast Repertory, and last year she appeared as hotel manager Maxine in ART’s rendition of Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana.” Most recently, she starred in Jen Silverman’s comedy “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties,” which follows the story of five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn and one who keeps working on her truck.
Since 1996, Delany has provided voiceover work as Lois Lane on the WB’s animated series “Superman,” “The Batman/Superman Adventures,” “Justice League” and “The Batman.”
With a strong belief in the importance of supporting writers who have a unique voice, Delany serves on the boards of New York Stage and Film and the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
Her birthday is March 13. Follow her on Twitter @DanaDelany.