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Dana Ivey

Highest Rated:   90% Postcards from the Edge (1990)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
75% The Help
  • Grace Higginbotham
$169.8M 2011
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  • Trish Pinger
$29.6M 2009
86% 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
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde
  • Congresswoman Libby Hauser
$89.9M 2003
42% Two Weeks Notice
  • Ruth Kelson
$93.3M 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
No Score Yet A Lesson Before Dying
  • Edna Guidry
1999
44% Simon Birch
  • Grandmother Wenteworth
1998
64% Sabrina
  • Mack
1995
14% The Scarlet Letter
  • Meredith Stonehall
1995
78% Addams Family Values
  • Margaret
1993
72% Sleepless in Seattle
  • Claire
1993
40% Guilty as Sin
  • Judge Tompkins
1993
No Score Yet Class of '61
  • Mrs. Julia Peyton
1993
71% The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • Widow Douglas
1993
No Score Yet A Child Lost Forever
  • Lois Jurgens
1992
27% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Desk Clerk
1992
60% The Addams Family
  • Margaret Alford
1991
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Wardrobe Mistress
1990
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Mrs. Reed
1988
67% Another Woman
  • Engagement Party Guest
1988
47% Heartburn
  • Wedding Speaker
1986
No Score Yet Heartbreak House
  • Actor
1986
88% The Color Purple
  • Miss Millie
1985
77% Explorers
  • Mrs. Muller
1985
No Score Yet Little Gloria...Happy at Last
  • Actor
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Nelly Conlon
  • 2017
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Mrs. McGarry
  • 2010
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Roberta
  • 2010
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Mrs. Eels
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Judge Natalie Brown
  • 2003
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Shore
  • 1996
No Score Yet Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
  • Margie Bolander
  • 1995

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