Dana Welles Delany, now starring in the ABC series Body Of Proof, is popular for her portrayal of Katherine Mayfair on the hit TV series Desperate Housewives, and is also recognized for her Emmy Award winning role as Colleen McMurphy on the classic TV series China Beach which aired from 1988 to 1991.
Dana is respected as an actress with a long and full career who has taken on many challenging or controversial roles, sometimes in preference to lesser but more lucrative parts.
In feature films such as the successful Tombstone (1993), Dana was charming as Josephine Marcus, then a year later raised eyebrows as Mistress Lisa in Exit to Eden (1994).
Dana often took on TV movies as they seemed to offer more important and challenging women's roles. In Choices of the Heart (1995), Dana played the historic birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, the strong Sarah McClure in True Women (1997), and a mystical healer in Resurrection (1999).
Series TV has shown Dana in interesting roles as well. Starring in the outrageous Pasadena (2001) and the touching Presidio Med (2003), Dana showed her full range. And as a guest star on many shows such as Family Law(2001), Law & Order:SVU(2004), and Battlestar Galactica(2006), she gave us very rich performances that received a lot of recognition.
Dana has also been noted as the actress to have played Lois Lane, the classic character from the Superman franchise, longer than anyone else; in her case for the Warner Brothers animated series going from 1996 to 2006.
Also in 2006, Dana starred in another unusual show, Kidnapped, which, though shortlived, garnered a dedicated following, and marked the first time that a major television series was shown entirely on the internet.
Beyond acting, close to Dana's heart is the Scleroderma Research Foundation, started by her friend the late Sharon Monsky. Dana sits on the board, and frequently participates in their fund raising activities. She also played a scleroderma victim in the powerful ABC TV movie For Hope(1996).
Dana has also lent her name in support of many other worthy causes, going above and beyond specifically for Stand Up 2 Cancer in 2008 when she went through an eventful mammogram on camera, which was aired during a live telethon simulcast on the four major TV networks.
Dana also shows a very unique appreciation for her fans by participating in her Official Forum, answering questions and providing updates on her projects, something she's been doing for over fourteen years.
Adding to that in 2011, Dana participates on Twitter as @DanaDelany, responding to fan tweets and interacting with colleagues.