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