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Also Known As: Dana Robins Ivey Died:
Born: August 12, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, director, teacher, 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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Two Weeks Notice (2015) Ruth Kelson
4.
 Ghost Town (2008)
5.
 Rush Hour 3 (2007)
6.
 Broken English (2007)
8.
 Orange County (2002) Vera Gantner
9.
 Disney's The Kid (2000) Doctor Alexander
10.
 Mumford (1999) Mrs Crisp
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Milestones close milestones

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

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

Family close complete family listing

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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