Dana Ivey Biography (1942?-)

Full name, Dana Robins Ivey; born August 12, 1942 (some sources cite August 14 or 1941), in Atlanta, GA; daughter of Hugh Daugherty Ivey (a physicist andprofessor) and Mary Nell Ivey Santacroce (an actress, teacher, and speech therapist); maiden name, McKoin). Addresses: Agent: Richard Schmenner, Paradigm, 500 Fifth Ave., 37th Floor, New York, NY 10010.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, teacher
Birth Details
August 12, 1942?
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Hermia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Front Street Theatre, Memphis,TN, 1964-65
  • Madame Rosepettle, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet andI'm Feeling So Sad, Front Street Theatre, 1964-65
  • Marian's mother, The Music Man (musical), Front Street Theatre, 1964-65
  • Mrs. Higgins, My Fair Lady (musical), Front Street Theatre, 1964-65
  • Mrs. Teale, Roberta, Front Street Theatre, 1964-65
  • Sara, Major Barbara, Front Street Theatre, 1964-65
  • Wife, The Seven Year Itch, Front Street Theatre, 1964-65
  • Wife and mother, Ah! Wilderness, Front Street Theatre, 1964-65
  • Mrs. Mullins, Carousel (musical), Theatre of the Stars, Atlanta, GA, 1965
  • Anna, The Firebugs, Canadian Players, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1965-66
  • Member of chorus, Murder in the Cathedral, Canadian Players, 1965-66
  • Sara Tansey, The Playboy of the Western World, Canadian Players, 1965-66
  • Kitty, Charley's Aunt, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1966
  • Margaret, Galileo, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1966
  • Mrs. Sowerberry, Oliver! (musical), Theatre of the Stars, 1966
  • Solange, The Maids, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1966
  • Title role, Antigone, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1968
  • Lucy Brown, The Threepenny Opera (musical), Hartford Stage Company, 1968
  • Amanda, Private Lives, Theatre Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada,1969-70
  • Baroness and Clea, White Liars/Black Comedy, Theatre Calgary, 1969-70
  • Fay, Loot, Theatre Calgary, 1969-70
  • Gillian, Bell, Book, and Candle, Theatre Calgary, 1969-70
  • Gwendolyn, The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatre Calgary, 1969-70
  • Mia, The Three Desks, Theatre Calgary, 1969-70
  • Mrs. Gargary, Great Expectations, Theatre Calgary, 1969-70
  • Pioneer woman and singer, You Two Stay Here, the Rest Come with Me, Theatre Calgary, 1969-70
  • Emilia, Othello, Centaur Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1970-71
  • Lill, Revenge, Centaur Theatre, 1970-71
  • Miss Moscowitz, The Electronic Nigger, Centaur Theatre, 1970-71
  • Mrs. Harford, A Touch of the Poet, Centaur Theatre, 1970-71
  • Nurse, The Death of Bessie Smith, Centaur Theatre, 1970-71
  • Ruth, The Homecoming, Centaur Theatre, 1970-71
  • Sonya, Uncle Vanya, Centaur Theatre, 1970-71
  • Claire, The Maids, Centaur Theatre, 1971-72
  • Title role, Electra, Centaur Theatre, 1971-72
  • Isabelle, Total Eclipse, Centaur Theatre, 1971-72
  • Jean, The Entertainer, Centaur Theatre, 1971-72
  • Narrator, At the Hawk's Well, Centaur Theatre, 1971-72
  • Queen, Full Moon in March, Centaur Theatre, 1971-72
  • Woman, The Exception and the Rule, Centaur Theatre, 1971-72
  • Gwendolyn Pidgeon, The Odd Couple, Theatre of the Stars, 1972
  • Helene, En pieces detachees, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1973
  • Sara, Sunrise on Sara, Festival Lennoxville, Lennoxville, Quebec,Canada, 1973
  • Sara, A Touch of the Poet, National Arts Centre, Theatre at St. Lawrence Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1973
  • Shen-Te, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Theatre London, London, Ontario, Canada, 1973
  • Stella, A Streetcar Named Desire, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1973
  • Woman, Thurber Carnival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1973
  • Jenny, Everything in the Garden, Druid Cellar Dinner Theatre, 1974
  • Nurse, Romeo and Juliet, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 1974
  • Sister woman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Alliance Theatre, 1974
  • Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible, Alliance Theatre, 1975
  • Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, Alliance Theatre, 1976
  • Catherine, Great Catherine, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1977
  • Title role, Hedda Gabler, Alliance Theatre, 1977
  • Lina, Misalliance, Alliance Theatre, 1977
  • Mary, All the Way Home, Alliance Theatre, 1977
  • Mistress Quickly, Henry IV, Part I, Alliance Theatre, 1977
  • Mona, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Alliance Theatre, 1977
  • Alma, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Anchorage, AK, 1978
  • Elaine, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Newport Actors Company, Newport, RI, 1978
  • Miss Casewell, The Mousetrap, Newport Actors Company, 1978
  • Mrs. Linde, A Doll's House, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1978
  • Pearl and Dot, Patio/Porch, Dallas, TX, 1978
  • Claire, The Taking Away of Little Willie, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1979
  • Elvira, Blithe Spirit, Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1979
  • Katherine, The Taming of the Shrew, California Shakespeare Festival, Visalia, CA, 1979
  • Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, California Shakespeare Festival, 1979
  • Miss Giddens, The Innocents, Vancouver Playhouse, 1979
  • Regina, The Little Foxes, Alliance Theatre, 1979
  • Julia, The Philanderer, Shaw Festival, 1980
  • Lucienne, A Flea in Her Ear, Shaw Festival, 1980
  • Andrea, Twinkle, Twinkle, Hartford Stage Company, 1981
  • Ellie, Bing and Walker, Peterborough Players, Peterborough, NH, 1981
  • Gentlewoman, lady, and witch, Macbeth, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1981
  • Hilda, Am I Blue?, Hartford Stage Company, 1981
  • Isabel, A Call from the East, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1981
  • Lizzie Borden and actress, Blood Relations, Centaur Theatre, 1981
  • Madwoman, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Miss Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest, Peterborough Players,1981
  • Renata, Forbidden Copy, Hartford Stage Company, 1981
  • Miss Tendesco, Vivien, Arc Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Monica Reed, Present Laughter, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1982-83
  • Melanie Garth, Quartermaine's Terms, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, and Playhouse 91, New York City, both 1983
  • Nanny, Kate, and principal, Baby with the Bathwater, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Lady Ariadne Utterword, Heartbreak House, Circle in the Square, 1983-84
  • Helen Kroger, Pack of Lies, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Naomi Eisen and Yvonne, Sunday in the Park with George (musical),Booth Theatre, New York City, 1984-85
  • Countess, The Marriage of Figaro, Circle in the Square, 1985
  • Daisy Werthan, Driving Miss Daisy, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1987, then John Houseman Theatre, 1987-89
  • One of the women, Wenceslas Square, New York Shakespeare Festival,Public Theatre, Martinson Hall, New York City, 1988
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Gertrude, Hamlet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Ma-Noreen, Beggars in the House of Plenty, Manhattan Theatre Club,City Center Theatre Stage II, New York City, 1991
  • Nettie Cleary, The Subject Was Roses, Roundabout Theatre Company,New York City, 1991
  • Julia Budder, It's Only a Play, Center Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, 1992
  • Evelyn, Kindertransport, Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Theatre Stage I, New York City, 1994
  • Naomi Eisen and Yvonne, Sunday in the Park With George (concert performance), St. James Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Sonia, It Changes Every Year [and] Sons and Fathers (two one-acts), Malaparte Theatre Company, New York City, 1994
  • Leonie (Leo), Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles), Royal National Theatre, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Bridget McCrea, Sex and Longing, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Boo Levy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1997-98
  • Mrs. Malaprop, The Rivals, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1998
  • Ms. Amelia Pickles, The Uneasy Chair, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1998
  • The Glass Menagerie, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown,MA, 1998
  • Madame Pernelle, Tartuffe, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • The Death of Papa, Hartford Stage Company, 1999
  • Sylvia Archibald, Waiting in the Wings, Skylight Productions, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, 1999, then Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000, later Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Mademoiselle Colombe (staged reading), Theatre Ten Ten, New York City, 2000
  • Lady Britomark Undershaft, Major Barbara, Roundabout Theatre Company, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Big Mama, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Tennessee Williams Explored, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 2003
  • Grace, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Roundabout Theatre Company,American Airlines Theatre, 2003
  • Under Milk Wood, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 2003
  • Lady Northumberland and Mistress Quickly, Henry IV, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, 2003-2004
  • Jubilee: Williamstown Theatre Festival's 50th Anniversary Bash, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 2004
  • Lettice and Lovage (benefit performance), Coronet Theatre, West Hollywood, CA, 2004
  • Mrs. Malaprop, The Rivals, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, 2004-2005
  • Appeared as the seventh fairy and a palace guard, Sleeping Beauty,Children's Civic Theatre, Atlanta, GA. Appeared in In the Summerhouse, London production; in Richard III, regional production; and in various concerts, including Candida in Concert.
  • Major Tours
  • Anna, The Firebugs, Canadian Players, Canadian cities, 1966
  • Member of chorus, Murder in the Cathedral, Canadian Players, Canadian cities, 1966
  • Sara Tansey, Playboy of the Western World, Canadian Players, Canadian cities, 1966
  • Avdotya, The Government Inspector, Stratford Shakespearean Festival Centennial tour, Canadian cities, 1967
  • Lady-in-waiting, Twelfth Night, Stratford Shakespearean Festival Centennial tour, Canadian cities, 1967
  • Androgyne, Volpone, National Shakespeare Company, U.S. cities, 1967
  • Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, National Shakespeare Company, U.S. cities, 1967
  • Viola, Twelfth Night, National Shakespeare Company, U.S. cities, 1967
  • Miss McCormack and Mimsey, Plaza Suite, U.S. cities, 1969
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Canadian schools, 1970
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. Maria Thompson, Search for Tomorrow, CBS, 1977-78
  • Eleanor Stander, Easy Street, NBC, 1986-87
  • All My Children, ABC, beginning 1989
  • Miniseries
  • Little Gloria ... Happy at Last, NBC, 1982
  • Movies
  • Gabrielle Harwood, "Die Laughing," B. L. Stryker, broadcast as part of The ABC Saturday Mystery, ABC, 1989
  • Lois Jurgens, A Child Lost Forever (also known as A Child LostForever: The Jerry Sherwood Story), NBC, 1992
  • Mrs. Julia Peyton, Class of '61, ABC, 1993
  • Anna Guidry, A Lesson before Dying, HBO, 1999
  • Beatrice Vernon, Walking across Egypt, Hallmark Channel, 1999
  • Specials
  • Witch, Macbeth, 1982
  • Lady Ariadne Utterword, "Heartbreak House," American Playhouse, PBS and Showtime, 1984
  • Naomi Eisen and Yvonne, "Sunday in the Park with George," American Playhouse (musical), PBS and Showtime, 1985
  • Newscaster, Steven Wright in "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings"(also known as The Appointments of Dennis Jennings), HBO, 1989
  • Gertrude, Hamlet, PBS, 1990
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 59th Annual Tony Awards, 2005
  • Episodic
  • Kahlana, "Tribal Law," The Beachcomber, syndicated, c. 1961
  • Margie Bolander, "Dead End," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide and Homicide: LOTS), NBC, 1995
  • Margie Bolander, "End Game," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide and Homicide: LOTS), NBC, 1995
  • Margie Bolander, "Law and Disorder," Homicide: Life on the Street(also known as Homicide and Homicide: LOTS), NBC, 1995
  • Shore, "Girlfriends," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Ms. Langer, "Three Days of the Condo," Frasier (also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, 1997
  • Patricia Nathan, "The Bill of Wrongs," Oz, HBO, 2000
  • Patricia Nathan, "Obituaries," Oz, HBO, 2000
  • Dr. Camille Willoughby, "Bottlecaps," 100 Centre Street, Arts andEntertainment, 2001
  • Judge Natalie Brown, "Cause of Action," The Practice, ABC, 2003
  • Trudy Stork, "Out of the Frying Pan," Sex and the City, HBO, 2004
  • Mrs. Eels, "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective," Monk, USA Network,2005
  • Also appeared in Under Fire.
  • Film Appearances
  • Mrs. Freda Mueller, The Explorers (also known as Explorers), Paramount, 1984
  • Miss Millie, The Color Purple, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Wedding speaker, Heartburn, Paramount, 1986
  • Engagement party guest, Another Woman, Orion, 1988
  • Mrs. Reed, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Orion, 1988
  • Wardrobe mistress, Postcards from the Edge, Columbia, 1990
  • Margaret Alford/Margaret Addams, The Addams Family, Paramount, 1991
  • Mrs. Stone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (also known as HomeAlone II), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Claire, Sleepless in Seattle, TriStar, 1993
  • Judge Tompkins, Guilty as Sin, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Margaret Addams, Addams Family Values, Paramount, 1993
  • The widow Douglas, The Adventures of Huck Finn (also known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Mack, Sabrina, Paramount, 1995
  • Meredith Stonehall, The Scarlet Letter, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Grandmother Wenteworth, Simon Birch (also known as Angels and Armadillos), Buena Vista, 1998
  • Mrs. Essendine, The Imposters, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Mrs. Crisp, Mumford, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Dr. Suzanne Alexander, The Kid (also known as Disney's "The Kid"), Buena Vista, 2000
  • Ruth Kelson, Two Weeks Notice, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Vera Gantner, Orange County, Paramount, 2002
  • Congressperson Libby Hauser, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (also known as Legally Blonde 2 and Legally Blonde 2: Bigger,Bolder & Blonder), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Audiobooks
  • Larry McMurtry, The Evening Star, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  • Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Life, Penguin HighBridge, 1992
  • Barbara Delinsky, For My Daughters, Harper, 1994
  • Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1995
  • Belva Plain, Legacy of Silence, Bantam, Doubleday Dell Audio, 1998
  • Jan Karon, A Common Life: The Wedding Story, Penguin Audiobooks, 2001

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • American Theatre, April, 1997, pp. 24-29
    • Playbill, January 18, 2005

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