More Dana Delany Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Kidnapped)Emmy Award-winning actress Dana Delany stars as Ellie Cain, the moneyed wife and mother to teenager Leopold Cain on NBC's drama Kidnapped. Kidnapped is a high-stakes serialized thriller in which Ellie's 15-year-old son is abducted from a wealthy Upper East Side family -- and everyone is a suspect. The series focuses on the elaborate, triangulated game between the kidnappers, FBI and law enforcement, and the private negotiating team contracted by this perhaps not-so-picture-perfect family.
Delany made her mark as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy on the critically acclaimed series China Beach, for which she received four Emmy Award nominations and two wins for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.
A native of Stamford, Connecticut, Delany caught the acting bug early. Following her graduation from Wesleyan University, she went to New York where she honed her skills in theater. She starred in the Broadway show A Life and received critical acclaim in a number of off-Broadway productions. Her starring role in Nicholas Kazan's Bloodmoon in New York led her to relocate to Los Angeles for the West Coast production of the controversial drama, where she opted to stay after the run of the play. Delany was soon cast in many popular television shows including Moonlighting and Magnum, P.I.
After her breakout role on China Beach, Delany went on to star in the numerous feature films, including: Tombstone, opposite Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer; HouseSitter with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn; Exit to Eden with Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O'Donnell; Moon Over Parador with Richard Dreyfuss; Light Sleeper, opposite Susan Sarandon and Willem Dafoe; Masquerade, with Rob Lowe; and Fly Away Home, with Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin.
Delany's other television credits include the miniseries Wild Palms and True Women, the television movies Resurrection and The Patron Saint of Liars (both of which were directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal), and the critically acclaimed and highly rated For Hope, directed by Bob Saget in which Delany played a woman (Saget's real-life sister) suffering from scleroderma. Delany also starred in Lifetime's Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story. She also was the voice of Lois Lane on the animated series Justice League: Unlimited.
In other series television, Delany also starred in the primetime soap Pasadena and the medical drama Presidio Med. In addition, she received her fifth Emmy Award nomination for her performance in Family Law, a part written for her by Oscar winner Paul Haggis (she and Haggis worked together on her first series Sweet Surrender).
Returning to her theater roots in 2000, Delany completed a tour-de-force performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Dinner with Friends, alternating roles in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. She followed that with a starring role in Much Ado About Nothing opposite Billy Campbell at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
Delany recently co-starred with Stanley Tucci in the film Spin directed by Jamie Redford and can be seen this Fall in the film Drunkboat with John Malkovich.
Bio courtesy NBC for "Kidnapped" (20-Nov-2006)
Biography #3Dana Delany is perhaps best known for her role as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy on ABC-TVs critically-acclaimed series China Beach. The role earned her three Emmy nominations and two Emmy Awards as Best Actress.
Delany was most recently seen on television starring in Lifetime's Choices of the Heart. The Margaret Sanger Story, which aired in March, 1995 and in the feature film Live Nude Girls.
Raised in Stamford, Connecticut, Delany knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, she moved to New York and honed her skills working in daytime television and theater.
Delany starred in the Broadway show A Life and received critical acclaim in a number of off-Broadway productions. Her starring role in Nicholas Kazan's controversial Bloodmoon in New York led her to Los Angeles for the drama's west coast production. After the play's run, Delany stayed in Los Angeles and soon began appearing in television shows including Moonlighting and Magnum, P.I. Other small screen credits include Donato and Daughter for CBS-TV, in which she starred opposite Charles Bronson.
Delany's film credits include Exit to Eden, Tombstone, Housesitter, Light Sleeper, Moon Over Parador, Masquerade, Patty Hearst, Where the River Runs Black and Almost You.
She will next be seen in Miramax's forthcoming feature release, Wide Awake. Delany also stars as a woman suffering from the disease Schleroderma in the upcoming ABC telefilm For Hope, which airs in November.
Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (15-May-2002)