Next week, I'm making out with my daughter's boyfriend and the week after that, it's his brother. She has been cast as the mysterious Katherine Mayfair, Bree’s new rival in the red-haired ice-queen department.Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater.
Ironically, Dana (pronounced Dayna) was originally offered the part of Bree before her great friend Marcia Cross, but she turned it down because she wanted to avoid typecasting after playing a similar character in a TV drama called ’ creator Marc Cherry was so keen on wooing this two-time Emmy award-winner, however, that he came back with the offer of the new character of Katherine, explaining that he wanted her to ‘out-Bree Bree’.
What actress could resist such a bitchfest challenge?
Not Dana, who started her career at 21 playing a professional virgin (‘quite a stretch,’ as the straight-talking star drily remarks) on a daytime TV soap, won her Emmys for tough army nurse Colleen Mc Murphy in the 1988-91 TV mini-series ‘It was very clever of Marc to make Bree and Katherine clash because we’re the two control freaks in the story – and he was building on the history of me being offered the role of Bree first,’ says Dana, laughing at the mischief-making. ‘I thought, “This concept is so retro, what happened to feminism?
” And in fact a lot of people had doubts about the show to begin with, because they thought that female-friendship thing had already been done with The paradox, however, is that in real life this self-possessed 52-year-old who has never married or had children is as far from being a housewife – and especially a desperate one – as you can possibly get.
Starred in ''Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)'' alongside Teri Hatcher with whom she shares the role of Lois Lane.