Dana Dellinger was born in La Salle-Peru, a small town near Chicago IL. Ms. Dellinger was cast in her first professional play "The Second Time Around" at age seventeen. She played the role of the granddaughter and her loving grandfather was played by the legendary Hollywood actor Pat O'Brien who was a kind and generous mentor. After the play, she became the lead vocalist in a pop band, Sudden Luck, which traveled to various cities throughout the United States. In between engagements, talk show host Mike Douglas invited Ms. Dellinger to The Gaslight Club in Chicago to do a guest performance, after which she was hired.
Ms. Dellinger moved to New York City in her early twenties and began singing in nightclubs and appeared on The Joe Franklin Show as well as other late night television programs. After doing a one woman show in the West Village at The Duplex, she met producer Lloyd Brown who introduced her to Director Jag Mundrha who casted her in her first film "Night Eyes" starring Tanya Roberts and Andrew Stevens. After her second film "Down and Dirty", she became a partner in a post production company L&L Productions and soon began writing trailers for Pay-Per-View television and doing voiceovers for Hemdale Film Corp., Dreamworks and Columbia. Her voice-over credits include "Vincent and Theo", "Impromptu" and "Lethal Weapon 2" for Pay-Per-View. She also writes poetry, her own lyrics and has recorded both demos and jingles and her own work in Hollywood and New York.
Ms. Dellinger remained bi-coastal from 1989-2005 and now resides in New York City. In 2008 Dana produced and directed an anti-war film "Options". The screening was held at Overlook Lounge in New York City . Ms. Dellinger is currently working on a screenplay and other acting and singing projects.
Ms. Dellinger's acting training includes: Thomas G. Waites School of Acting (Actor's Studio Member); Sherry North; Rose Theater, Venice California; Warren Roberts, NYC and Gayle Green (Actor's Studio Member), NYC.
Ms. Dellinger's vocal training includes: Elly Stone, NYC; Anne Countryman, NYC; Jane Grace Kennedy, NYC, and Diane Sorel, former back-up singer for Peter Allen, Chaka Khan and Elton John.
"To remain in this business one has to be, and remain, a gallant soul."