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Also Known As: Dana Robins Ivey Died:
Born: August 12, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, teacher, director, disc jockey

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A handsome supporting player of stage, screen and TV, frequently cast as strong, officious women, Dana Ivey began her career on stage, appearing in numerous productions throughout the US and Canada. She settled in NYC in the 1980s, where she made her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" and won critical praise (and two OBIE Awards) for creating the roles of Melanie in "Quartermaine's Terms" (1982-83) and the title role of Daisy Werthan in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Driving Miss Daisy" (1986-87). She received two 1984 Supporting Actress Tony nominations for her work on Broadway in the play "Heartbreak Hotel," with Rex Harrison and Amy Irving and in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Sunday in the Park With George," with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.On the small screen, Ivey made her TV debut in the CBS soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1978) and appeared in the primetime NBC miniseries "Little Gloria...Happy at Last" (1982). She went on to be featured in the comedy series "Easy Street" (NBC, 1986-87) and reprised her roles from "Heartbreak House" (1984) "Sunday In the Park With George" (1985) for Showtime/American Playhouse specials. In features, Ivey made a...

A handsome supporting player of stage, screen and TV, frequently cast as strong, officious women, Dana Ivey began her career on stage, appearing in numerous productions throughout the US and Canada. She settled in NYC in the 1980s, where she made her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" and won critical praise (and two OBIE Awards) for creating the roles of Melanie in "Quartermaine's Terms" (1982-83) and the title role of Daisy Werthan in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Driving Miss Daisy" (1986-87). She received two 1984 Supporting Actress Tony nominations for her work on Broadway in the play "Heartbreak Hotel," with Rex Harrison and Amy Irving and in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Sunday in the Park With George," with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

On the small screen, Ivey made her TV debut in the CBS soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1978) and appeared in the primetime NBC miniseries "Little Gloria...Happy at Last" (1982). She went on to be featured in the comedy series "Easy Street" (NBC, 1986-87) and reprised her roles from "Heartbreak House" (1984) "Sunday In the Park With George" (1985) for Showtime/American Playhouse specials. In features, Ivey made a stern if benign mistress to Oprah Winfrey's belligerent-turned-meek character in "The Color Purple" (1985), and had memorable roles in such features as "The Addams Family" (1991) and its 1993 sequel "Addams Family Values," "Home Alone 2: Alone in New York" (1992) and "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993). Ivey also scored as Harrison Ford's tart-tongued secretary in the Sydney Pollack's remake of "Sabrina" (1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Ghost Town (2008)
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 Rush Hour 3 (2007)
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 Broken English (2007)
7.
 Orange County (2002) Vera Gantner
8.
 Two Weeks Notice (2002) Ruth Kelson
9.
 Disney's The Kid (2000) Doctor Alexander
10.
 Lesson Before Dying, A (1999) Anna Guidry
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2006:
Cast in the Broadway revival of "Butley" opposite Nathan Lane; earned a Tony award nomination
1999:
Reunited with Rosemary Harris in the stage play "Waiting in the Wings"
1991:
Starred opposite John Mahoney in the first NYC stage revival of "The Subject Was Roses"
1982:
TV debut in a miniseries, "Little Gloria...Happy at Last"
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Appeared in regional theaters in US and Canada
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Began career with Front Street Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee
1985:
Co-starred with Rosemary Harris in the Broadway drama "Pack of Lies"
1989:
Debut in a TV-movie, "Die Laughing"
1982:
Made Broadway debut in "Present Laughter"
1978:
Made TV debut on the CBS soap opera "Search for Tomorrow"
1992:
Offered an affecting turn as an abusive adoptive parent in the NBC TV-movie "A Child Lost Forever"
1987:
Originated role of Daisy Werthan in stage play, "Driving Miss Daisy"
1993:
Played the Widow Douglas in "The Adventures of Huck Finn"
1998:
Teamed with Roger Rees in the stage comedy "The Uneasy Chair"
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Worked as disc jockey at WGKA-AM in Atlanta, Georgia
1994:
Acted in the Off-Broadway play "Kindertransport"
1986:
Debut as regular on TV sitcom, "Easy Street"
1991:
Had featured role as Margaret, the love interest to Cousin It, in "The Addams Family"
1996:
Played the prudish wife of a politician in Christopher Durang's comedy "Sex and Longing"
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Served as Director of Drama Tech at Georgia Institute of Technology
1997:
Starred in Alfred Uhry's award-winning Broadway play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"
2004:
Starred in the Broadway revival of "The Rivals"; earned a Tony nomination for her role
1995:
Succeeded Eileen Atkins in the role of Leonie in "Indiscretions"
1995:
Appeared as Harrison Ford's secretary in the remake of "Sabrina"
1998:
Cast as Ashley Judd's mother in "Simon Birch"
2003:
Cast in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" as Congresswoman Libby Hauser
1984:
Earned another Tony Award nomination as featured actress in a musical for "Sunday in the Park with George"
1982:
Earned plaudits for her stage work in "Quartermain's Terms"
1985:
Essayed the role of the Countess in the play "The Marriage of Figaro"
1985:
Feature debut, "Explorers"
1983:
First stage role in Shaw's "Heartbreak House"; earned first Tony nomination as featured actress in a play
1977:
Moved to New York City
1993:
Reprised role of Margaret in the sequel "Addams Family Values"
2003:
Starred in the award winning play "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg"
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Education

Rollins College: Winter Park, Florida -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -

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father:
Hugh Daugherty Ivey. Physicist. Divorced from Ivey's mother; had taught at Georgia Tech; later worked for the Atomic Energy Commission; died of cancer in the late 1960s.
mother:
Mary Nell Santacroce. Actor, teacher. Appeared in Georgia production of "Driving Miss Daisy"; born on May 25, 1918; taught at Georgia State; died on February 17, 1999 of leukemia and bone cancer.
step-father:
Dante Santacroce. Architect. Married Ivey's mother in 1957.
brother:
John Ivey. Born c. 1945.
half-brother:
Eric Santacroce.
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