Leora Dana
Leora Dana in trailer for Some Came Running (1958)
Born(1923-04-01)April 1, 1923
New York City, U.S.
DiedDecember 13, 1983(1983-12-13) (aged 60)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationAmerican film, TV and stage actress
Years active1956–1983
AwardsTony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Leora Dana (April 1, 1923 – December 13, 1983) was an American film, stage and television actress.


Dana was born in New York City and graduated from Barnard College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[1][2]


In 1947, Dana made her stage debut in London.[2] In 1948, she debuted on Broadway in The Madwoman of Chaillot.[1]


After appearing in the 1957 western 3:10 to Yuma with Van Heflin and Glenn Ford, Dana had supporting roles in two 1958 Frank Sinatra films; Kings Go Forth and Some Came Running. Her other film credits included Pollyanna (1960), A Gathering of Eagles (1963), The Group (1966), The Boston Strangler (1968), Change of Habit (1969), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Wild Rovers (1971), Shoot the Moon (1982), Baby It's You (1983), and Amityville 3-D (1983).[citation needed] Dana also played Anne Fry, the wife of the patriot John Fry, played by Jack Lord in the 1957 Paramount Pictures orientation film for Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot. The film has the distinction of being the longest-running motion picture in history, having been shown continually in the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center for over five decades.[citation needed]


Dana guest-starred in three episodes of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1961, Dana appeared in an episode ("The Scott Machine") of the television series The Asphalt Jungle, and later appeared in the 1977 miniseries Seventh Avenue. In 1978–1979, Dana played the role of alcoholic clothing designer Sylvie Kosloff, the biological mother of villainess Iris Cory (Beverlee McKinsey) on the NBC daytime soap opera Another World.[citation needed]


Dana won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play in 1973 for The Last of Mrs. Lincoln and the Clarence Derwent Award for her work in The Madwoman of Chaillot.[1]


Dana died of cancer, aged 60, December 13, 1983 in New York City..[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1954 Valley of the Kings Lovely Girl Uncredited
1957 3:10 to Yuma Alice Evans
1957 Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot Anne Fry
1958 Kings Go Forth Mrs. Blair
1958 Some Came Running Agnes Hirsh
1960 Pollyanna Mrs. Paul Ford
1963 A Gathering of Eagles Evelyn Fowler
1966 The Group Mrs. Renfrew
1968 The Boston Strangler Mary Bottomly
1969 Change of Habit Mother Joseph
1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! Mrs. Kramer
1971 Wild Rovers Nell Buckman
1982 Shoot the Moon Charlotte DeVoe
1983 Baby It's You Miss Vernon
1983 Amityville 3-D Emma Caswell
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever Joyce (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Philco Television Playhouse Emmy Blanchard "Nocturne"
1951 The Philco Television Playhouse Clarice "Mr. Arcularis"
1954 The Motorola Television Hour Thea "Black Chiffon"
1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre Ruth "Man in Shadow"
1955 Studio One Laura Ford "The Incredible World of Horace Ford"
1956 Studio One Margaret Norton "The Arena"
1956 Star Tonight Mrs. Teeling "The Chevigny Man"
1956 Telephone Time Elizabeth Barrett Browning "Mr. and Mrs. Browning"
1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Irene Cole / Vera Brown "The Legacy", "John Brown's Body"
1956 Kraft Television Theatre Louise "The Sears Girl"
1957 Kraft Television Theatre Marion Hunter "The Medallion"
1957 Climax! Rose Skinner "Tunnel of Fear"
1957 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Mrs. Ditwiter "The Traveling Corpse"
1958 Suspicion Sue Carey "The Eye of Truth"
1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook Dame Van Winkle "Rip Van Winkle"
1958 The United States Steel Hour Abby Hill "The Bromley Touch"
1959 Alcoa Theatre Janet Kennedy "High Class Type of Mongrel"
1959 The Third Man Gwen Easterday "Death of an Overlord"
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Naomi Shawn "Your Witness"
1959 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre Anne Coleman "King of the Valley"
1960 Playhouse 90 Eleanor Lambert "A Dream of Treason"
1960 Startime Mrs. Tawley "Incident at a Corner"
1961 The Aquanauts Viviam "The Margot Adventure"
1961 The Asphalt Jungle Doris Scott "The Scott Machine"
1961 The Working Mother Laura Tyler TV film
1961 The Defenders Carol Clark "The Treadmill"
1962 Bus Stop Katherine Benson "The Opposite Virtues"
1962 Ben Casey Mrs. Duncan "And Even Death Shall Die"
1963 Stoney Burke Ellen Mundorf "The King of the Hill"
1964 Channing Fran "A Claim to Immortality"
1964 The Lieutenant Edith Kaine "Operation – Actress"
1964 Slattery's People Mary Sanborn "Question: What Is Truth?"
1965 The Nurses Betty Bauer "Act of Violence"
1965 For the People Betty Bauer "Act of Violence: Part 2"
1967 Judd, for the Defense Elizabeth Rossiter "Conspiracy"
1969 N.Y.P.D. Frieda Elliot "Everybody Loved Him"
1974 The American Parade Susan B. Anthony "We the Women"
1976 The Adams Chronicles Abigail Smith Adams (age 44–74) TV miniseries
1977 Seventh Avenue Mrs. Gold TV miniseries
1979–80 Another World Sylvie Kosloff TV series
1980 Nurse Celia O'Brien TV film

Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source
1952 Grand Central Station Seed of Doubt[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Leora Dana, 60, Stage Actress". The New York Times. December 14, 1983. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. New York City: Perigee Books. p. 301. ISBN 978-0-399-50601-7.
  3. ^ Kirby, Walter (February 17, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 40. Retrieved June 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access