Dana Delany Net Worth

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Dana Delany net worth is
$8 Million

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$150,000 Per Episode

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Dana Delaney is an American celebrity, producer, presenter, and activist with a net worth of $8 million dollars. Dana Delaney was born in the Big Apple, ny, and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. The American actress understood she wished to be an actress from a very young age, after falling in love with all the shows she saw on Broadway with her parents. The American actress went on to graduate from Wesleyan University with a diploma in Theatre.

Dana Delany Net Worth $8 Million Dollars

Dana started playing professionally in theatre productions, first in summer stock, and afterwards in Off Broadway, and Broadway productions. Dana also started working steadily in soap operas on television. In 1988, Moonlighting was cast in the part that will make her a household name, as Colleen McMurphy in “China Beach”. Delany was reported saying 100 remembered that “Andover was the most effective time of my entire life.” Delany, who came 9th in People magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful list, has been really active in charity work for a lot of causes like, scleroderma, artwork advocacy, Planned Parenthood as well as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 13, 1956
Birth place: New York City, New York, U.S.
Height:5' 6" (1.68 m)
Profession:Actress, Producer, Presenter
Education:Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Wesleyan University
Parents:Mary Delany, Jack Delany
Siblings:Sean Delany, Corey Delany
Awards:Primetime Emmy Awards (1989 (1989), 1992),
Nominations:Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form, TV Land "Lady You Love to Watch Fight for Her Life in a Movie of the Week" Award
Movies:“Threesome”, “The Streets”, “Liberty”, “Housesitter”, “Wing Commander Academy”, “Superman: The Animated Series”
TV shows:“Ryan’s Hope”, “Love of Life”, “As the World Turns”, "Sweet Surrender" (1988-1991), "China Beach" (1987), “Desperate Housewives”, “Hand of God”, “Pasadena” (2001), “Presidio Med” (2002)

Interesting Facts

1She has never married nor had children.
2Auditioned to play "Jade Butterfield" in Endless Love (1981), and got the part. However, director Franco Zeffirelli turned her down because she wasn't a major movie star at the time, so Brooke Shields was cast instead.
3Starred in ''Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)'' alongside Teri Hatcher with whom she shares the role of Lois Lane. Both women also played the love interest of James Denton who played the role of Lois Lane's love interest Clark Kent/Superman in ''All-Star Superman (2011)''.
4Is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and LGBT rights.
5She has played the same character (Lois Lane) in three different series: Superman (1996), Justice League (2001) and The Batman (2004).
6She speaks Gaeilge (Traditional language of Ireland).
8One of People magazine's Most Beautiful People in the World 2011.
9Since the mid 1990s, Dana has been serving on the board of Scleroderma Research Foundation, and is involved in the campaign to find a cure.
10Turned down the role of "Carrie Bradshaw" on Sex and the City (1998). The part went to Sarah Jessica Parker.
11Her mother is related to Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles.
12Favorite TV shows are Mad Men (2007) and 30 Rock (2006).
13Original choice for the role of "Bree" on Desperate Housewives (2004). Role went to her friend, Marcia Cross. They both appeared on Cheers (1982), but on different episodes.
14Her first and last names are quoted in the final rhyme to the Animaniacs (1993) theme song.
15Friend of Arleen Sorkin and Bob Saget.
16When she moved to New York City in the 1970s, she worked as a cocktail waitress while waiting for her big break.
17Has an older brother, Sean Delany, and a younger sister, Corey Delany.
183/18/81: Her father, who was her biggest fan, died from pancreatic cancer.
19Attended Stamford, Connecticut, public schools until her senior year in high school.
20Attended Phillips Academy Andover for her senior year of high school.
21Although she is from New York City and is a stage-trained actress, she admitted in an interview that she prefers film and television work to stage work.
22She was the voice of two superheroes' girlfriends: Andrea Beaumount, girlfriend of Bruce Wayne, in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993); and Lois Lane in Superman (1996).
23Attended and graduated from Wesleyan University.
241991: Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
25Her grandfather invented the Delany valve, a flushing device still use in today's toilets.

Net Worth & Salary

Body of Proof (2011)$150,000 (per episode)


1Known for playing independent, free-spirited women with a sarcastic sense of humor
2Red hair


1A lot of actors are really uncomfortable with their bodies and when you get to sex scenes, they try too hard because they want to be macho.
2I did ''Equus'' in the nude. That was my first taste of how liberating it could be. The town, however, was shocked. I was like the whore of Augusta, Michigan.
3[on Pasadena] Tommorrow night, I seduce a security guard in the dressing room in the store. Next week, I'm making out with my daughter's boyfriend and the week after that, it's his brother. That's only 3 episodes right there!
4To me, the coolest thing about having a boyfriend is that you can just stare at his naked body and not have to look away out of politeness. I find the male form so fascinating.
5[the first time she had sex] It was wonderful. I had orchestrated the whole thing. My parents were on vacation. I had just turned 16. He made me wait. I skipped school and I did it in my own bed.
6[her sexual fantasy: having a threesome with two bisexual men] I have a "Jules and Jim" fantasy, definitely - you know, two men and a woman in love. And I remember reading in a magazine that the high you get from falling in love only lasts about four years. So with two men, you might be able to make it last eight.
7[on the camping trip with Mike and Dave in the Desperate Housewives (2004) episode, Desperate Housewives: The Story of Lucy and Jessie (2009)] I just got such a thrill out of it because it's always been a fantasy of mine to go camping with two men. So I said it was my "Jules et Jim" fantasy!
8There are two spots on women that need to be touched more: the back and the lower neck. Fireworks.
9We need you [men]. Because a vibrating piece of plastic can't kiss.
10We like younger men for the same reason you like younger women: stamina and skin.
11[when filming Exit to Eden (1994)] I had more fun with the control scene. I mean that's every woman's fantasy come true. I think a lot of women would kill to do what I'm doing.
12I once said that Willem Dafoe, Liam Neeson, and James Woods were among the best endowed males in Hollywood. I said that if you put the three of them in a room together, "there wouldn't be room for anyone else." After that, everyone thought I'd had sex with all three men. I haven't, or else I wouldn't have talked about it. And Jimmy Woods is so proud that he's happy to share the fact with you.... But I have seen Willem--I had a bird's-eye view when we did a nude scene in Light Sleeper (1992). When you do a nude scene with an actor, he sometimes gets an erection if he's into the scene. It's sort of a compliment, isn't it? I told Willem I would be insulted if he didn't get an erection. And one line we had in our nude scene was "Quite an erection you have there." And it truly was.
13I used to be stimulated by sex. Now I'm stimulated by ideas. Or some good ideas about sex.
14Although it was a small part, I auditioned [for Moon Over Parador (1988)] because I knew it was filming in Brazil. I got acquainted with the country two years ago, when I doing Where the River Runs Black (1986). Brazil is the sexiest country in the world!
15I like water; naked in water. The combination's good. Everybody looks good underwater. The truth is because of the water and the buoyancy, you look good. Nobody looks bad underwater.
16There's something liberating about walking around half undressed and not really caring about what people think.
17I actually give my mother full credit for my healthy attitude about sex.
18I'm a big believer in phone sex with my boyfriend. I've been on for about an hour. The anticipation is great. And phone sex is safe too. I should do ads for AT&T.
19[naming her favorite male body part] I have a few. I like that dent right here [indicating pelvic bone], that V. And I love butts. There's nothing better than a good butt.
20I feel guilty very easily. I think, if anything, my exhibitionist side is a reaction to Catholicism.
21I think Middle America has changed in terms of fantasies - I mean, that's who reads ''Penthouse Letters", right?
22I've been dating younger men since my 20s. When I was 29... I dated someone who was 21... younger men are just more fun. I like their energy. I've always been kind of young for my age.
23[on being cast as "Lisa Emerson" in Exit to Eden (1994)] I've always been cast as the girl next door because of anatomy - the round face and round body. Now I get to express another side of me.
24I'd be so happy to be living in the tropics, wearing just a sarong. I hate wearing clothes.
25I love to talk dirty during sex. I've been told to shut up before.
26I 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.
27When you do a nude scene with an actor, he sometimes gets an erection if he's into the scene. It's sort of a compliment, isn't it?
28[describing to David Letterman her eccentric family's devotion to their patriarch's invention of the Delany flush valve] My grandfather used to say, "It may be shit to you, but it's our bread and butter."
29If you put Willem Dafoe, Liam Neeson and James Woods in a room together, there wouldn't be room for anyone else.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Comedy SeriesDesperate Housewives (2004)
1998Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest TV ActressTrue Women (1997)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)
1991Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)
1990Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)
1989Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate Housewives (2004)· Kendall Applegate
· Andrea Bowen
· Charlie Carver
· Max Carver
· Ricardo Chavira
· Marcia Cross
· James Denton
· Lyndsy Fonseca
· Rachel G. Fox
· Teri Hatcher
· Zane Huett
· Felicity Huffman
· Brent Kinsman
· Shane Kinsman
· Joy Jorgensen
· Eva Longoria
· Kyle MacLachlan
· Neal McDonough
· Joshua Logan Moore
· Shawn Pyfrom
· Doug Savant
· Nicollette Sheridan
· Brenda Strong
2008Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Supporting ActressDesperate Housewives (2004)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate Housewives (2004)· Andrea Bowen
· Ricardo Chavira
· Marcia Cross
· James Denton
· Nathan Fillion
· Lyndsy Fonseca
· Rachel G. Fox
· Teri Hatcher
· Zane Huett
· Felicity Huffman
· Kathryn Joosten
· Brent Kinsman
· Shane Kinsman
· Joy Jorgensen
· Eva Longoria
· Kyle MacLachlan
· Shawn Pyfrom
· Doug Savant
· Dougray Scott
· Nicollette Sheridan
· John Slattery
· Brenda Strong
2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsLady You Love to Watch Fight for Her Life in a Movie of the Week
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesFamily Law (1999)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaChina Beach (1988)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaChina Beach (1988)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)




Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story1999TV MovieElaine Gunn
Men in Black: The Series1999TV Series
Sirens1999TV MovieSally Rawlings
Superman1999Video GameLois Lane (voice)
Resurrection1999TV MovieClare Miller
The Outfitters1999Cat Fonifam
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples1998TV MovieJohtje Vos
The Patron Saint of Liars1998TV MovieRose Cleardon Abbott
Wide Awake1998Mrs. Beal
Dead Man's Curve1998Dr. Ashley
The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest1997TV MovieLois Lane (voice)
Spy Game1997TV SeriesHoney Trapp
True Women1997TV MovieSarah McClure
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1997TV SeriesDr. Susan Fox
The Larry Sanders Show1992-1997TV SeriesDana Delany
Wing Commander Academy1996TV SeriesGwen 'Archer' Bowman
For Hope1996TV MovieHope Altman
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton1996TV MovieLois Lane (voice)
Fly Away Home1996Susan Barnes
Live Nude Girls1995Jill
Fallen Angels1995TV SeriesHelen Fiske
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story1995TV MovieMargaret Sanger
Exit to Eden1994Lisa
Texan1994TV ShortAnne Williams
The Enemy Within1994TV MovieBetsy Corcoran
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm1993Andrea Beaumont (voice)
Tombstone1993Josephine Marcus
Donato and Daughter1993TV MovieLt. Dena Donato
Wild Palms1993TV Mini-SeriesGrace Wyckoff
Cheers1992TV SeriesSusan Metheny
Light Sleeper1992Marianne Jost
China Beach1988-1991TV SeriesColleen McMurphy
A Promise to Keep1990TV MovieJane Goodrich
Moon Over Parador1988Jenny
Patty Hearst1988Gelina
Masquerade1988Anne Briscoe
Thirtysomething1988TV SeriesEve
Sweet Surrender1987TV SeriesGeorgia Holden
Magnum, P.I.1986-1987TV SeriesCynthia Farrell
Where the River Runs Black1986Sister Ana
Liberty1986TV MovieMoya Trevor
A Winner Never Quits1986TV MovieNora
Moonlighting1985TV SeriesJillian Armstrong
Almost You1985Susan McCall
Threesome1984TV MovieLaura Shaper
The Streets1984TV MovieJeannie
The Fan1981Saleswoman in Record Store
As the World Turns1981TV SeriesHayley Wilson
Love of Life1980TV SeriesAmy Russell
Ryan's Hope1978TV SeriesRyan's Bar Patron
Adventures of Mowgli1973Bagheera (English version, voice)
Literally Right Before Aaron2017post-productionWendy
Hand of God2014-2017TV SeriesCrystal Harris
Une chance de trop2015TV Mini-SeriesLoraine
The Comedians2015TV SeriesJulie Crystal
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox2013VideoLois Lane (voice)
Body of Proof2011-2013TV SeriesMegan Hunt
Freelancers2012Lydia Vecchio
Desperate Housewives2007-2012TV SeriesKatherine Mayfair
Body of Proof Webisodes2012TV Mini-SeriesMegan Hunt
Body of Proof: The Musical2012Short
Firebreather2010TV MovieMargaret Rosenblatt (voice)
Camp Hell2010Patricia Leary
Multiple Sarcasms2010Annie
Castle2010TV SeriesSpecial Agent Jordan Shaw
Batman: The Brave and the Bold2010TV SeriesVilsi Vaylar
Flying Lessons2008ShortJeanne
A Beautiful Life2008Anne
The Batman2007TV SeriesLois Lane
Kidnapped2006-2007TV SeriesEllie Cain
Route 302007Amish Martha
Superman: Brainiac Attacks2006VideoLois Lane (voice)
Related2005-2006TV SeriesFrancesca Sorelli
Battlestar Galactica2006TV SeriesSesha Abinell
The L Word2006TV SeriesSenator Barbara Grisham
Justice League2003-2005TV SeriesLois Lane Loana Maggie Sawyer
Kojak2005TV SeriesKate McNeill
Getting to Know You2005ShortMarla
Boston Legal2004TV SeriesSamantha Fleming
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesCarolyn Spencer
Baby for Sale2004TV MovieNathalie Johnson
A Time to Remember2003TV MovieBritt Calhoun
Presidio Med2002-2003TV SeriesDr. Rae Brennan
Conviction2002TV MovieMartha
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips2002Video GameLois Lane (voice)
Mother Ghost2002Karen Bennett
Pasadena2001-2002TV SeriesCatherine McAllister
Final Jeopardy2001TV MovieAlexandra Cooper
Family Law2001TV SeriesMary Sullivan
Good Guys/Bad Guys2000TV Movie
The Right Temptation2000Anthea Farrow-Smith
Superman1996-2000TV SeriesLois Lane



Reality Check2012/IShort executive producer
Open House2003TV Movie co-executive producer
Final Jeopardy2001TV Movie executive producer



Tombstone1993performer: "Red River Valley"



Hollywood Game Night2016TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Player
The Barn Theatre: Tomorrow's Stars Today2016DocumentaryHerself
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2010-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Today2015TV SeriesHerself
World Premiere2015TV SeriesHerself
Anderson Live2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2011-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Doctors2013TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHerself
Desperate Housewives: I Guess This Is Goodbye2012Video documentary shortHerself
Stand Up to Cancer2012TV MovieHerself
Rachael Ray2008-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2007-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Co-Host
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America1989-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2006-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Nate Berkus Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Sé lo que hicisteis la última semana2011TV SeriesHerself
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2010TV SeriesHerself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
13th Annual Prism Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeopardy!2001-2009TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
I Know Things Now: Desperate Housewives Celebrates 1002009Video shortHerself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Annul Victory2009DocumentaryHerself
Imagine 010: A Celebration of Children's Hospital Los Angeles2009TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Xposé2009TV SeriesHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Stand Up to Cancer2008TV MovieHerself
A-List Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Winner
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Dancing with the Stars2008TV SeriesHerself - Audience Member
TV Land Confidential2005-2007TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Interviewee
Kidnapped: Ransom Notes2007Video shortHerself
James Ellroy: American Dog2006Video documentaryHerself
The 2nd Annual Quill Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany2006TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Woman with the Hungry Eyes2006DocumentaryTheda Bara (voice)
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Good Day Live2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Lifetime's Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World2003TV SpecialHerself
CBS Cares2003TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'Tombstone'2002Video documentary shortHerself - 'Josephine'
The 3rd Annual Women Rock! Girls and Guitars2002TV MovieHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Gaia Symphony II1999DocumentaryVoice over
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu1998DocumentaryHerself / Actress
The 1998 Annual Kid's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
HBO First Look1996TV Series documentaryHerself
CBS This Morning1995TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series & Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special
The 44th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Presenter
Late Night with David Letterman1989-1991TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
An American Saturday Night1991TV MovieHerself
The 43th Annual Writers Guild Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Host and Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series / Presenter: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series & Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialDoctor
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Series
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

E! True Hollywood Story2009TV Series documentaryHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesKatherine Mayfair
China Beach1989TV SeriesColleen McMurphy
Moonlighting1987TV SeriesJillian Armstrong

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