Dana Delany Net Worth

What is the estimated net worth of the actress Dana Delany? She is a person both men and women like and cherish. It is people like she who make us look up to Hollywood and other movie stars. We will talk about her net worth, but first, a little bit more about the actress herself. She is an American born in New York City, New York, U.S. on the March 13, 1956. Finding her talents at quite a young age, she studied and later graduated from Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Wesleyan University. Over a period of time she was selected to appear in many movies and TV shows. Popular in her home country and across the globe, Dana Delany stands at 5′ 6″ (1.68 m). unknown and unknown make up her family. Since we know that Hollywood actors earn six, seven or even eight figure sums, Dana Delany is no exception, having an estimated net worth of $8 Million.

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Born in New York City, Delany had always known that she wanted to be an actress even at an early age. While growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, her parents would bring her along to Broadway shows, and that is where her fascination with acting began. After completing her high school education in Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, she later graduated with her degree in theatre from Wesleyan University.

Delany’s career started with small roles during her years as a college student, but she immediately hit it off in television right after graduation. Her first projects were mostly minor roles or appearances including in the television shows “Ryan’s Hope”, “Love of Life” and “As the World Turns”. Her name also gained attention when she started doing TV Movies like “Threesome”, “The Streets” and “Liberty”, but though she was very active in television and her net worth was beginning to grow, none made her successful just yet.

In 1988, Delany’s career and life changed when she was cast in the part of Colleen McMurphy in the television show “China Beach”. Her performance was well received by the audience and even critics, that led her to win a couple of Primetime Emmy Awards. Delany played the role until the show ended in 1991 which changed her career status in Hollywood and even raised her net worth.

Right after “China Beach”, Delany focused on doing movies and TV specials like “Housesitter”, “Tombstone”, “Light Sleeper” and the controversial “Exit to Eden”. She also lent her voice to some animated series like “Wing Commander Academy” and “Superman: The Animated Series”. Although Delany was very busy with continued guest appearances on various television shows, she had a hard time getting to star in another regular series.

After many short lived television shows like “Pasadena” in 2001 and “Presidio Med” in 2002 and countless guest roles in several shows, Delany once again landed a very memorable role in the series “Desperate Housewives”. Although she was originally offered to play one of its main characters, Delany came in the show in 2007 and played the role of Katherine Mayfair – although only a support role, Delany’s performance gained positive reactions among fans and she stayed with the show until 2010. Once again she became a household favourite and tremendously increased her wealth.

Today, Delany is still active in the world of television, recently joining the cast of the television show “Hand of God”. Aside from acting, she is also an active supporter of several advocacies including Scleroderma Research Foundation, Creative Coalition and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

In terms of her personal life, Delany has had various relationships in the past but has never been married, so remains single.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Dana Delany
  • Net Worth: $8 Million
  • Salary: $150,000 Per Episode
  • Date Of Birth: March 13, 1956
  • Place Of Birth: 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
  • Nationality: American
  • Parents: Mary Delany, Jack Delany
  • Siblings: Sean Delany, Corey Delany
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FrancescaDaniRTW
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanaDelany
  • Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/francescadani
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001127
  • Awards: Primetime Emmy Awards (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 …
  • 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)


  • A 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.
  • I 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.
  • [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!
  • To 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.
  • [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.
  • [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.
  • [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!
  • There are two spots on women that need to be touched more: the back and the lower neck. Fireworks.
  • We need you [men]. Because a vibrating piece of plastic can’t kiss.
  • We like younger men for the same reason you like younger women: stamina and skin.
  • [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.
  • I 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.
  • I used to be stimulated by sex. Now I’m stimulated by ideas. Or some good ideas about sex.
  • Although 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!
  • I 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.
  • There’s something liberating about walking around half undressed and not really caring about what people think.
  • I actually give my mother full credit for my healthy attitude about sex.
  • I’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.
  • [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.
  • I feel guilty very easily. I think, if anything, my exhibitionist side is a reaction to Catholicism.
  • I think Middle America has changed in terms of fantasies – I mean, that’s who reads ”Penthouse Letters”, right?
  • I’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.
  • [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.
  • I’d be so happy to be living in the tropics, wearing just a sarong. I hate wearing clothes.
  • I love to talk dirty during sex. I’ve been told to shut up before.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • [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.”
  • If you put Willem Dafoe, Liam Neeson and James Woods in a room together, there wouldn’t be room for anyone else.


  • She has never married nor had children.
  • Auditioned 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.
  • Starred 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)”.
  • Is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and LGBT rights.
  • She has played the same character (Lois Lane) in three different series: Superman (1996), Justice League (2001) and The Batman (2004).
  • She speaks Gaeilge (Traditional language of Ireland).
  • Irish-American.
  • One of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People in the World 2011.
  • Since the mid 1990s, Dana has been serving on the board of Scleroderma Research Foundation, and is involved in the campaign to find a cure.
  • Turned down the role of “Carrie Bradshaw” on Sex and the City (1998). The part went to Sarah Jessica Parker.
  • Her mother is related to Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles.
  • Favorite TV shows are Mad Men (2007) and 30 Rock (2006).
  • Original 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.
  • Her first and last names are quoted in the final rhyme to the Animaniacs (1993) theme song.
  • Friend of Arleen Sorkin and Bob Saget.
  • When she moved to New York City in the 1970s, she worked as a cocktail waitress while waiting for her big break.
  • Has an older brother, Sean Delany, and a younger sister, Corey Delany.
  • 3/18/81: Her father, who was her biggest fan, died from pancreatic cancer.
  • Attended Stamford, Connecticut, public schools until her senior year in high school.
  • Attended Phillips Academy Andover for her senior year of high school.
  • Although 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.
  • She 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).
  • Attended and graduated from Wesleyan University.
  • 1991: Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
  • Her grandfather invented the Delany valve, a flushing device still use in today’s toilets.


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


Title Year Status Character
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story 1999 TV Movie Elaine Gunn
Men in Black: The Series 1999 TV Series
Sirens 1999 TV Movie Sally Rawlings
Superman 1999 Video Game Lois Lane (voice)
Resurrection 1999 TV Movie Clare Miller
The Outfitters 1999 Cat Fonifam
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples 1998 TV Movie Johtje Vos
The Patron Saint of Liars 1998 TV Movie Rose Cleardon Abbott
Wide Awake 1998 Mrs. Beal
Dead Man’s Curve 1998 Dr. Ashley
The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest 1997 TV Movie Lois Lane (voice)
Spy Game 1997 TV Series Honey Trapp
True Women 1997 TV Movie Sarah McClure
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1997 TV Series Dr. Susan Fox
The Larry Sanders Show 1992-1997 TV Series Dana Delany
Wing Commander Academy 1996 TV Series Gwen ‘Archer’ Bowman
For Hope 1996 TV Movie Hope Altman
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton 1996 TV Movie Lois Lane (voice)
Fly Away Home 1996 Susan Barnes
Live Nude Girls 1995 Jill
Fallen Angels 1995 TV Series Helen Fiske
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story 1995 TV Movie Margaret Sanger
Exit to Eden 1994 Lisa
Texan 1994 TV Short Anne Williams
The Enemy Within 1994 TV Movie Betsy Corcoran
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 Andrea Beaumont (voice)
Tombstone 1993 Josephine Marcus
Donato and Daughter 1993 TV Movie Lt. Dena Donato
Wild Palms 1993 TV Mini-Series Grace Wyckoff
Cheers 1992 TV Series Susan Metheny
HouseSitter 1992 Becky
Light Sleeper 1992 Marianne Jost
China Beach 1988-1991 TV Series Colleen McMurphy
A Promise to Keep 1990 TV Movie Jane Goodrich
Moon Over Parador 1988 Jenny
Patty Hearst 1988 Gelina
Masquerade 1988 Anne Briscoe
Thirtysomething 1988 TV Series Eve
Sweet Surrender 1987 TV Series Georgia Holden
Magnum, P.I. 1986-1987 TV Series Cynthia Farrell
Where the River Runs Black 1986 Sister Ana
Liberty 1986 TV Movie Moya Trevor
A Winner Never Quits 1986 TV Movie Nora
Moonlighting 1985 TV Series Jillian Armstrong
Almost You 1985 Susan McCall
Threesome 1984 TV Movie Laura Shaper
The Streets 1984 TV Movie Jeannie
The Fan 1981 Saleswoman in Record Store
As the World Turns 1981 TV Series Hayley Wilson
Love of Life 1980 TV Series Amy Russell
Ryan’s Hope 1978 TV Series Ryan’s Bar Patron
Adventures of Mowgli 1973 Bagheera (English version, voice)
Literally Right Before Aaron 2017 post-production Wendy
Hand of God 2014-2017 TV Series Crystal Harris
Une chance de trop 2015 TV Mini-Series Loraine
The Comedians 2015 TV Series Julie Crystal
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox 2013 Video Lois Lane (voice)
Body of Proof 2011-2013 TV Series Megan Hunt
Freelancers 2012 Lydia Vecchio
Desperate Housewives 2007-2012 TV Series Katherine Mayfair
Body of Proof Webisodes 2012 TV Mini-Series Megan Hunt
Body of Proof: The Musical 2012 Short
Firebreather 2010 TV Movie Margaret Rosenblatt (voice)
Drunkboat 2010 Eileen
Camp Hell 2010 Patricia Leary
Multiple Sarcasms 2010 Annie
Castle 2010 TV Series Special Agent Jordan Shaw
Batman: The Brave and the Bold 2010 TV Series Vilsi Vaylar
Flying Lessons 2008 Short Jeanne
A Beautiful Life 2008 Anne
The Batman 2007 TV Series Lois Lane
Kidnapped 2006-2007 TV Series Ellie Cain
Route 30 2007 Amish Martha
Superman: Brainiac Attacks 2006 Video Lois Lane (voice)
Related 2005-2006 TV Series Francesca Sorelli
Battlestar Galactica 2006 TV Series Sesha Abinell
The L Word 2006 TV Series Senator Barbara Grisham
Justice League 2003-2005 TV Series Lois Lane
Maggie Sawyer
Kojak 2005 TV Series Kate McNeill
Getting to Know You 2005 Short Marla
Boston Legal 2004 TV Series Samantha Fleming
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 TV Series Carolyn Spencer
Baby for Sale 2004 TV Movie Nathalie Johnson
A Time to Remember 2003 TV Movie Britt Calhoun
Spin 2003 Margaret
Presidio Med 2002-2003 TV Series Dr. Rae Brennan
Conviction 2002 TV Movie Martha
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips 2002 Video Game Lois Lane (voice)
Mother Ghost 2002 Karen Bennett
Pasadena 2001-2002 TV Series Catherine McAllister
Final Jeopardy 2001 TV Movie Alexandra Cooper
Family Law 2001 TV Series Mary Sullivan
Good Guys/Bad Guys 2000 TV Movie
The Right Temptation 2000 Anthea Farrow-Smith
Superman 1996-2000 TV Series Lois Lane
Title Year Status Character
Reality Check 2012/I Short executive producer
Open House 2003 TV Movie co-executive producer
Final Jeopardy 2001 TV Movie executive producer
Title Year Status Character
Tombstone 1993 performer: “Red River Valley”
Title Year Status Character
Hollywood Game Night 2016 TV Series Herself – Celebrity Player
The Barn Theatre: Tomorrow’s Stars Today 2016 Documentary Herself
Steve Harvey 2015 TV Series Herself
Tavis Smiley 2010-2015 TV Series Herself – Guest / Herself
Today 2015 TV Series Herself
World Premiere 2015 TV Series Herself
Anderson Live 2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011-2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Doctors 2013 TV Series Herself
Watch What Happens: Live 2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Herself
Desperate Housewives: I Guess This Is Goodbye 2012 Video documentary short Herself
Stand Up to Cancer 2012 TV Movie Herself
Rachael Ray 2008-2012 TV Series Herself – Guest
The View 2007-2012 TV Series Herself – Guest / Herself – Co-Host
The Wendy Williams Show 2011 TV Series Herself – Guest
Good Morning America 1989-2011 TV Series Herself – Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2006-2011 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Nate Berkus Show 2011 TV Series Herself – Guest
Sé lo que hicisteis la última semana 2011 TV Series Herself
Stand Up to Cancer 2010 TV Special Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2010 TV Series Herself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
13th Annual Prism Awards 2009 TV Special Herself – Honoree
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeopardy! 2001-2009 TV Series Herself – Contestant
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien 2009 TV Series Herself – Guest
I Know Things Now: Desperate Housewives Celebrates 100 2009 Video short Herself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Annul Victory 2009 Documentary Herself
PoliWood 2009 Documentary Herself
Imagine 010: A Celebration of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself – Host
Xposé 2009 TV Series Herself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2008 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
Stand Up to Cancer 2008 TV Movie Herself
A-List Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – Winner
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2008 TV Series Herself – Guest
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series Herself – Audience Member
TV Land Confidential 2005-2007 TV Series documentary Herself / Herself – Interviewee
Kidnapped: Ransom Notes 2007 Video short Herself
James Ellroy: American Dog 2006 Video documentary Herself
The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself – Host
The Woman with the Hungry Eyes 2006 Documentary Theda Bara (voice)
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Good Day Live 2004 TV Series Herself – Guest
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 29th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2003 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Intimate Portrait 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Lifetime’s Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World 2003 TV Special Herself
CBS Cares 2003 TV Series Herself
The Making of ‘Tombstone’ 2002 Video documentary short Herself – ‘Josephine’
The 3rd Annual Women Rock! Girls and Guitars 2002 TV Movie Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2001-2002 TV Series Herself – Guest
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years 2002 TV Movie Herself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 2001 TV Series Herself – Guest
Gaia Symphony II 1999 Documentary Voice over
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Herself – Guest
Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu 1998 Documentary Herself / Actress
The 1998 Annual Kid’s Choice Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Herself – Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-1997 TV Series Herself – Guest
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
HBO First Look 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
CBS This Morning 1995 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1992 TV Special Herself – 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 Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself – Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Presenter
Late Night with David Letterman 1989-1991 TV Series Herself / Herself – Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1991 TV Series Herself – Guest
An American Saturday Night 1991 TV Movie Herself
The 43th Annual Writers Guild Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 TV Special Herself – Host and Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series – Drama
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990 TV Special Herself – 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 Special 1990 TV Special Doctor
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series – Drama
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself – Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The 15th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1989 TV Special Herself – Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Series
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself – Guest
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
E! True Hollywood Story 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
The O’Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Katherine Mayfair
China Beach 1989 TV Series Colleen McMurphy
Moonlighting 1987 TV Series Jillian Armstrong


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