Valentina Cortese (born January 1, 1925) is an Italian actress.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in La Nuit américaine. She also appeared in the Franco Zeffirelli miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (movie).
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Since the mid-'90s, Dana has served on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation (http://www.srfcure.org/srf/index.htm), and with her friend Sharon Monsky, she helped campaign for support in finding a cure for scleroderma. Dana also found time to get back to the stage, on and off Broadway, in Translations (1995 - Broadway), Dinner With Friends (2000 - New York City, Los Angeles, Boston), and Much Ado About Nothing (2003 - San Diego). Thus, she focused on roles in TV series, such as the shortlived Pasadena (2001) and Presidio Med (2002); TV movies like True Women (1997), Resurrection (1999), A Time to Remember (2003) and Baby for Sale (2004); and feature films by indie film producers, such as The Outfitters (1999), and Spin (2003). The latter part of the 1990s and early 2000s showed Dana's preference for projects that challenged her.
This resulted in her being one of the few to be mentioned by name in the Animaniacs theme song. animated productions of Superman in the 1990s. Dana provided voice-over work as Lois Lane in the Warner Bros. Dana took on controversial roles such as Margaret Sanger in the TV movie Choices of the Heart(1995), Mistress Lisa in the 1994 feature film adaptation of the Anne Rice book Exit to Eden, and a gun-owning mother in an episode of the TV series Family Law (1999) (which was not rerun, due to sponsorship withdrawal).
Leveraging this newfound fame, Dana appeared in feature films such as Light Sleeper (1992), Housesitter (1992), and Tombstone (1993), and TV movies such as Promise to Keep (1991), and Wild Palms (1993). The significant break for Dana occurred when she was cast as Colleen McMurphy on China Beach, airing from 1988 to 1991, bringing intense media attention to the actress. The next few years consisted of small parts in various films and TV guest spots, including 3 notable episodes on Magnum P.I. and an appearance on Moonlighting (TV series).. Her early TV work included As the World Turns and Love of Life, then going on to perform in A Life on Broadway in 1980.
After growing up in Connecticut, Dana attended Phillips Academy in Andover, then Wesleyan University. Known mainly for her 2-time Emmy Award winning performance as Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television show China Beach (1988-1991), Dana Delany has been an actress in films, television, and stage since the late 1970s. Dana Welles Delany (born March 13, 1956 in New York City, New York) is an American film, stage, and television actress.