Dana Ivey

Birthday: Aug 12, 1941
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Her name may not ring any bells, but talented actress Dana Ivey has a face familiar to audiences thanks to countless supporting roles in such high-profile films as The Color Purple (1985), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Sabrina (1995), and Legally Blonde 2 (2003). And though she was almost always at least halfway down the credits list, Ivey consistently added dimension and personality to even the most minor roles. A Georgia native who got her start on-stage, Ivey appeared in numerous American and Canadian theater productions before making her home in New York during the 1980s. It wasn't long before she rose through the ranks of the New York stage scene and made her Broadway debut in Noël Coward's Present Laughter. Roles in Quartermaine's Terms and Driving Miss Daisy (as the eponymous character) earned Ivey two Obies and found her reputation as an actress growing. Subsequent work in the Broadway production of Heartbreak Hotel earned her two supporting actress Tony nominations in the mid-'80s. In 1978, Ivey made her television debut in the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow, and soon her small-screen career blossomed in such efforts as the NBC miniseries Little Gloria... Happy at Last. Though Ivey simultaneously nurtured a feature career with supporting roles in Explorers and The Color Purple, it was her performance in the 1986 sitcom Easy Street that truly found her coming into her own on the television. After recalling her previous stage exploits with Heartbreak House and Sunday in the Park With George in 1986, Ivey joined the cast of All My Children in 1989 and spent the majority of the following decade in such features as The Addams Family (1991), Sabrina (1995), and Simon Birch (1998). Although her career leaned increasingly toward feature work, Ivey also remained true to her stage roots, appearing in such plays as The Glass Menagerie in 1998 and Major Barbara in 2001.

Highest Rated Movies



76% The Help Grace Higginbotham $169.8M 2011
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Trish Pinger $29.6M 2009
85% Ghost Town Marjorie Pickthall $13.3M 2008
18% Rush Hour 3 Sister Agnes $140.1M 2007
64% Broken English Elinor Gregory $0.9M 2007
No Score Yet A Very Serious Person Betty 2006
37% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde Congresswoman Libby Hauser $89.9M 2003
42% Two Weeks Notice Ruth Kelson $93.4M 2002
46% Orange County Vera Gantner $41.1M 2002
No Score Yet Sunday in the Park with George Yvonne/Naomi Eisen 2002
49% The Kid Dr. Alexander $68.5M 2000
56% Mumford Mrs. Crisp 1999
62% The Impostors Mrs. Essendine 1999
80% A Lesson Before Dying Edna Guidry 1999
44% Simon Birch Grandmother Wenteworth 1998
65% Sabrina Mack 1995
13% The Scarlet Letter Meredith Stonehall 1995
74% Addams Family Values Margaret 1993
73% Sleepless in Seattle Claire 1993
38% Guilty as Sin Judge Tompkins 1993
No Score Yet Class of '61 Mrs. Julia Peyton 1993
73% The Adventures of Huck Finn Widow Douglas 1993
No Score Yet A Child Lost Forever Lois Jurgens 1992
32% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Desk Clerk 1992
65% The Addams Family Margaret Alford 1991
87% Postcards from the Edge Wardrobe Mistress 1990
89% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Mrs. Reed 1988
65% Another Woman Engagement Party Guest 1988
47% Heartburn Wedding Speaker 1986
No Score Yet Heartbreak House Actor 1986
85% The Color Purple Miss Millie 1985
77% Explorers Mrs. Muller 1985
No Score Yet Little Gloria...Happy at Last Actor 1984


No Score Yet Madam Secretary
Nelly Conlon
  • 2017
92% Boardwalk Empire
Mrs. McGarry
  • 2010
96% Ugly Betty
  • 2010
90% Monk
Mrs. Eels
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Practice
Judge Natalie Brown
  • 2003
94% Frasier
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
  • 1996
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Margie Bolander
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1986