Dana Ivey has worked in the U.S. and Canada since 1965. She has received five Tony nominations: for Heartbreak House and Sunday in the Park in the same year, and for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Rivals, and Butley. She received an Obie Award for creating the role of Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, for Mrs. Warren's Profession, and for Quartermaine’s Terms.
On Broadway she also appeared in Present Laughter, Waiting in the Wings, Pack of Lies, Henry IV, Sex and Longing, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She played Gertrude to Kevin Kline’s Hamlet, and was Big Mama at the Kennedy Center in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. In 2008, she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and received an honorary doctorate from Rollins College.
Among her films are Addams Family, Legally Blonde 2, Rush Hour 3, Ghost Town, Sabrina, Two Weeks Notice, The Color Purple, and The Help.