Dana Delany

Dana Delany

Her role as Colleen McMurphy on China Beach (1988-1991)


"If you put Willem Dafoe, Liam Neeson and James Woods in a room together, there
wouldn't be room for anyone else." Dana Delany.

Double Emmy winner Dana Delany is widely recognized for portraying Army nurse
Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television show “China Beach” (1988-1991). The
actress who has worked steadily in television is also remembered as the voice of
Lois Lane in the Superman animated series. On the silver screen, she was seen in
Light Sleeper (1992, with Willem Dafoe), Tombstone (1993) and Exit to Eden

5' 7" tall Dana Delany has 34C-25-36 (on Exit to Eden (1994) set) measurements
and was one of People magazine’s “The 50 Most Beautiful People in The World
(1991). Her private life was related to Henry Czerny and Treat Williams. The
50-year-old lady remains single today, as she explained, "I honestly haven't
found the right guy. I've reached a place with my work where I'm ready to
concentrate more on life."

Delany Flush Valve

Childhood and Family:

On March 13, 1956, Dana Welles Delany was born in New York, New York. When Dana
was 16 years old, her parents divorced. Dana’s father (died in 1981) later
raised her and her two siblings in Virginia. Dana’s grandfather invented the
Delany valve, a flushing device still use in today's restroom. Describing her
family's devotion to their patriarch's invention of the Delany Flush Valve, Dana
said, “My grandfather used to say, ‘It may be shit to you, but it's our bread
and butter.’”

Young Dana Delany attended Stamford, Connecticut public schools. Without her
parents' knowledge, Dana applied to Phillips Academy Andover for high school,
the prestigious Massachusetts boarding school. She then enrolled at Wesleyan
University in Connecticut as a drama major.

Exit to Eden


Completing her drama study at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Dana Delany
moved to New York City and scored roles both on and off Broadway. She arrived on
television with a regular role as Amy Russell (1979-1980) in the long-running
romantic daytime series "Love of Life" and followed it up with her debut film
appearance in Edward Bianchi's adaptation of Bob Randall's novel, the drama
thriller The Fan (1981, starring Lauren Bacall and James Garner). Also in that
year, Delany appeared as Hayley Wilson Hollister in the long-lived daytime drama
soap "As the World Turns."

Delany was cast in Lou Antonio-directed TV movie based on Herbert Gold's novel,
Threesome (1984, alongside Stephen Collins) before she returned on the silver
screen in Adam Brooks' drama comedy Almost You (1985, starring Brooke Adams and
Griffin Dunne). She could be seen in a November 1985 episode of the mystery
series "Moonlighting" and in two episodes of "Magnum, P.I." Delany also played
roles in the 1986 TV movies, the fact-based baseball movie A Winner Never Quits
and the period drama Liberty. Subsequently, she appeared in Christopher Cain's
big screen version of David Kendall's book, the adventure Where the River Runs
Black (1986), played Georgia Holden (1987) in the brief-lived comedy series
"Sweet Surrender" and was seen in Bob Swaim's romantic thriller film Masquerade
(1988, starring Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly).

1988 was Delany’s getaway year. She originated the lead role of cool but callous
Army nurse Lt. Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television show “China Beach,” which
centers the people of the 510th Evac Hospital at China Beach Vietnam during the
Vietnam War in 1967. Delany stayed on the series from 1988 to 1991 and her
divergent performance won her two Emmy awards, three Emmy nominations and two
Golden Globe nominations. While working on the series, Delany appeared in such
movies as Paul Mazursky's romantic comedy Moon Over Parador (1988, starring
Richard Dreyfuss), Paul Schrader's take on Patricia Hearst and Alvin Moscow's
books, the biopic Patty Hearst (1988, starring Natasha Richardson) and Rod
Holcomb's TV movie inspired by Jane Yarmolinsky's memoirs, A Promise to Keep
(1990, alongside William Russ).

A year after the series “China Beach” ended in 1991, Delany costarred with Steve
Martin and Goldie Hawn in Frank Oz's romantic comedy HouseSitter (1992), with
Willem Dafoe and Susan Sarandon in writer-director Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper
(1992) and opposite James Belushi in the miniseries "Wild Palms" (1993). In
1993, she teamed with Charles Bronson in Donato and Daughter (TV, based on Jack
Early's novel), shared the screen with Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott and
Bill Paxton in George P. Cosmatos' Western movie Tombstone, and lent her voice
to Andrea 'Andi' Beaumont/The Phantasm in Eric Radomski and Bruce W. Timm's
animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (alongside Kevin Conroy).

After playing roles in 1994 TV movies The Enemy Within and Texan, Delany starred
as Mistress Lisa Emerson, who became the love interest of Paul Mercurio's
character, in Garry Marshall's adaptation of Anne Rice's novel, Exit to Eden
(1994) and played the title role of Margaret Sanger in Choices of the Heart: The
Margaret Sanger Story (1995, TV). Writer-director Julianna Lavin cast her to
star opposite Kim Cattrall in her comedy film Live Nude Girls (1995) before
filmmaker Carroll Ballard paired Delany with Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin in her
take on Bill Lishman's autobiography, the family drama Fly Away Home (1996).

In 1996, in the animated Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (TV), Delany began
providing her voice to character Lois Lane. She continued to voice Lois Lane in
"Superman" (TV-Series 1996-2000), "The New Batman Superman Adventures"
(TV-Series 1997-2000) and The Batman/Superman Movie (1998, TV). During that
time, TV viewers caught her in For Hope (starred as the title role of a young
woman who suffered from scleroderma), the romantic Western drama based on the
book True Women by Janice Woods Windle, True Women (Delany won Lone Star Film &
Television for Best TV Actress), The Patron Saint of Liars (adapted from Ann
Patchett's novel) and the fact-based tales about citizens who risked everything,
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples (based on Gay Block's book, Delany
costarred as Martin Donovan's wife).

On the big screen, Delany was seen in writer-director Dan Rosen's thriller
comedy Dead Man's Curve, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's family comedy Wide
Awake (with Joseph Cross and Timothy Reifsnyder) and writer-director Reverge
Anselmo's action adventure The Outfitters (with Danny Nucci and Del Zamora). She
also added to her TV works resume with starring roles in Resurrection, Sirens
and the miniseries "Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story" (all in
1999). In the new millennium, Delany joined Kiefer Sutherland and Rebecca De
Mornay in Lyndon Chubbuck's romantic thriller The Right Temptation, starred in
Final Jeopardy (TV, based on Linda Fairstein's novel) and Fox's drama series
"Pasadena" (2001, with Alison Lohman and Martin Donovan). She also guest starred
as Mary Sullivan in an episode of the series "Family Law" in March of 2001 and
received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

While starring in the drama series "Presidio Med" (2002-2003) Delany costarred
with Mark Thompson and Kevin Pollak in Rich Thorne's drama comedy Mother Ghost,
opposite Omar Epps in Kevin Rodney Sullivan's adaptation of Carl Upchurch's
autobiography Convicted in the Womb, Conviction, and with Ryan Merriman and
Stanley Tucci in James Redford's take on Donald Everett Axinn's novel, Spin. She
also teamed with Doris Roberts in the family drama A Time to Remember (2003, TV)
and appeared in Baby for Sale (2004, TV). Additionally, Delany guest starred in
an October 2004 episode of the series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (as
Carolyn Spencer) and in two episodes of "Kojak" in May of 2005, playing Kate


Lone Star Film & Television: Best TV Actress, True Women, 1998
Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, China Beach, 1992
Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series,
China Beach, 1991
Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series,
China Beach, 1989
Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, China Beach, 1989
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.More Dana Delany quotes [09/19/2011 08:09:13]
I have faith in my imperfections!More Dana Delany quotes [09/19/2011 08:09:55]
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.More Dana Delany quotes [01/31/2007 12:01:00]
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 DelanyMore Dana Delany quotes [09/19/2011 08:09:52]
I like the edginess of HBO shows, and Showtime, too. It has nothing to do with nudity and profanity. It's just the attitude that people don't have to be perfect, and it doesn't have to be nice. Not everybody has to be likable.More Dana Delany quotes [01/31/2007 12:01:00]

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