Dana Delany is an American actor known for her distinctive facial features, her signature laugh, and her versatile resume. After appearing in a few small parts early in her career, Delany finally garnered her first major break when she was cast as Colleen in the ABC drama series China Beach. She went on to star in several other memorable television shows, including Roseanne, Cheers, Frasier, and later became a beloved character actress for movies such as Pleasantville and Saturday Night Fever. Now, she is best known for her contribution to the animated genre with her voice work for animated films such as The Princess and the Frog and Finding Nemo.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Delany has always had a passion for the theater and the performing arts. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied law and earned a master’s in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles. She also did voice-over work for the Broadway musical revival of Cats for several years. Delany then went to study acting at the famous prestigious University of New York – Theatre School where she honed her skills both on and off screen. During her time at the theatre school, she made both small and large voiceover jobs on television including Scrubs, ER, and Law and Order.
Then in 1990, she decided to go into writing, but not so much to write. Instead, she wanted to pen some songs. After writing two songs that were recorded by Aretha Franklin, Delany decided it would be a good medium to hone her songwriting skills. She began to develop her vocal talent and began to get noticed by many recording labels. When she decided to do a TV show, she decided to start out as an actor and get her break on Broadway.
When she auditioned for shows like Saturday Night Live, she got the job. After being on that show for a few years, the producers decided to give her more responsibilities on The Daytime Emmys. When she was asked to do the opening skit, “Famous Mothers,” with Matt Damon and Anne Hathaway, Dana knew right there and then what her role in this movie would be. The movie was a sensation and went on to become one of the most successful movies of the year. She did another appearance on The Daytime Emmys, this time with Matt Damon, and once again became a star.
She also appeared in the follow up to The Daytime Emmys, appearing alongside Damon and Anne Hathaway in the movie version of Grease. That film also went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time. Now, Delany returns to her own television show, where she will feature in the upcoming second season of Vinyl.
Gillian Anderson, who played Dana Delany in the TV series Fearless, is set to have another series regular role. If you enjoy the show yourself (which I do) and feel that the characters in the TV series are realistic, this could be perfect casting for you. As an added bonus, there is also word that Gillian Anderson will be returning for the third season of Burn notice. In other words, there is always something happening in lois lane. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of it?