Dana Welles Delany, better known as Dana Delany is an American TV actress better known for her roles in Light Sleeper, Exit to Eden, The Margaret Sanger Story, Fly Away Home True Woman and Wide Awake. But her role Colleen McMurphy in the American dramatic television series China Beach rose her name and fame. She has received different awards and nominations like Primetime Emmy Award, Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and Golden Globe awards for her performance in the TV series China Beach.
Early Life of Dana Delany
Born on 20th September 1956, Dana Welles Delany is a daughter of Mary and Jack Delany. She grew up with two siblings: sister, Corey, and brother, Sean in the city of Stamford, Connecticut. She is of Irish and English descent.
She was passionate about acting from her childhood. She did her education from Philips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts where she played the lead role of Nellie Forbush in the spring musical production of South Pacific. She also appeared in a student video directed by her classmate Jonathan Meath.
During her senior year, she was in school's first co-educational class which Dana said was the best time of her life. The class included software executive Peter Currie, jazz composer Bill Cunliffe, writer Nate Lee, artist Julian Hatton, editor Sara Nelson, poet Karl Kirchwey, sculptor Gar Waterman and restaurateur Priscilla Martel.
In 1978 she got a degree in theater from Wesleyan University and started working in New York City in daytime soap opera.
Dana Delany's Career
Dana started working on a small screen and in 1978, she got an opportunity to play in the American soap opera Ryan’s Hope created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer. She also played the drama series Love of Life and As the World Turns.
In 1981, she shared the big screen in Hollywood horror movie, The Fan, directed by Edward Bianchi. In the movie, she played the role of saleswomen in a record store. Later, she landed a lead as Colleen McMurphy in a dramatic TV series, China Beach, created by William Broyles, Jr. and John Sacret Young.
The TV series not only gained her fame but also won her two Primetime Emmy Awards with additional Primetime Emmy Awards nominations and two Golden Globe Awards nominations. After gaining fame in the industry, she was signed in the hit TV series like Light Sleeper, Exit to Eden, The Parisian Women, and Desperate Housewives.
She was placed 9th in the People’s Magazine annual 100 most beautiful list in the year 2011. The same year she hosted the fourth annual Television Academy Honors in May 2011. She has played some of the documentary films including PoliWood, Annual Victory and Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu.
Apart from acting, she has given her voice in the animated feature movie like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Moreover, she was last seen in the movies, Literally, Right Before Aaron, directed by Ryan Eggold. It is a comedy movie starring Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, and Peter Gallagher.
Dana Delany's Personal Life
Dana is still single and focusing on acting career. In 1981, she dated Treat Williams. Their relationship ended up after three years in 1984.
After break up with Treat, she dated John Sacret Young in 1990. Their relationship lasted for only two years and ended in 1992.
From 1993-1997, she was linked with Henry Czerny. According to the sources, she also dated American politician John Kerry and American musician Don Henley.
Dana Delany's Net Worth
Dana Delany is one of the highest paid actresses in the world. She occupies the No. 1 spot on Peoples with the Money’s top 10 highest paid actress of the year 2017. She has an estimated net worth of $ 10 million which she earned from her career in acting.
She owns a lavish house in the city of Santa Monica, California, the US which cost around $6 million. She loves traveling and was on a long vacation trip to South Korea on the 27th October 2016.
Dana Delany Affairs
First Affair with Treat Williams
Dana Delany was first in a love affair with Treat Williams, American actor and children's book author. He is better known for Prince of the City, Once Upon a Time in America, The Late Shift and so on. The couple is close mates though they separated.
Second Affair with James Wood
In 1985, Dana Delany was in love affair with James Howard Woods. He is an American actor and producer famous for villainous role in the movie The Way We Were, The Onion Field, Once Upon a Time in America, Best Seller, Vampire. Their love relationship did not last long.
Third Affair with John Secret Young
From 1990-1992, Dana Delany dated John Secret Young an author, producer, director, and screenwriter. He has been nominated for seven-time Emmys and seven Writers Guide of America Awards, winning two WGA Awards.
Fourth Affair with Henry Czerny
From 1993-1997, Dana Delany dated Henry Czerny, Canadian film, stage and television actor. He is the winner of Theater World Awards and two Gemini Awards.
Fifth Affair with Dave Holmes
Dana was in a relationship with Dave Holmes, television actor, who gained national attention as the runner-up on MTV's first Wanna BE a VJ contest in 1998.
Sixth Affair with John Kerry
After the breakup with Dave Holmes, Dane dated famous American personality, John Kerry. This relationship also did not last long.
Seventh Affair with Don Henley
Dana Delany also dated Don Henley, an American songwriter, producer, drummer. Like the other relationships, it also ended in a breakup.