Dana Charles Reeve was a famous American actress, singer, and activist for disability causes. She was the wife of actor Christopher Reeve.
Dana Reeve Early Childhood and Age
Reeve was born in 1971, March 17, in Teaneck, New Jersey. Her parents were the late Charles Morosini (died on April 24, 2018, a cardiologist), and Helen Simpson Morosini(died in February 2005).
She grew up in the town of Greenburgh, New York, where she graduated from Edgemont High School in 1979.
Also, she is a graduate from summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1984. In 2004 she and husband, Christopher Reeve, received honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Middlebury. On her studies preview, Dana was at Royal Academy Art, London.
She was together with Daryl E. Johnson, she pursued additional graduate studies in acting. This was at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California(1984). However, she died at the age of 44 years.
Dana Reeve Marriage
She married actor Christopher Reeve in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on April 11, 1992. The two had a son, William Elliot “Will” Reeve, born on June 7, 1992. Reeve loved to ride horses. In 2005, she told Larry King: “I rode my whole life, and after Chris had his accident, I stopped riding.
She did this primarily because he loved it so much, and I think it really would have been painful for him if I was going off riding and he wasn’t able to. And it didn’t mean that much to me to drop.
Sometime back, she had to rush home to reach her husband’s bedside after he went into cardiac arrest and a coma. This later caused his death.
Dana Reeve Career
Her many singing and acting credits included appearances on television, where she had guest roles on Dick Wolf’s Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, soap operas All My Children as Eva Stroupe and Loving, among others. Among many huge theaters, Dana was at Broadway, Off-Broadway. During the 1990s, when Tide laundry detergent was airing, Reeve was a long-running commercial actor.
In 2000, she co-hosted a live daily talk show for women on the Lifetime Network with Deborah Roberts called Lifetime Live and also wrote a brief column for the defunct AccessLife.com These articles can be found at the Christopher Reeve Homepage. She sang the title song on the soundtrack of the HBO drama In the Gloaming, directed by her husband. Reeve also features in The Brooke Ellison Story, as a teacher. This was a film by her husband.
Dana Reeve As an Author
She authored the book Care Packages: Letters to Christopher Reeve from Strangers and Other Friends. For plays, she is a performer at South Coast Repertory, Cosa Mesa. The play’s name was Broadway-bound play Brooklyn Boy in 2004. In April 2005, it was also announced that she signed a seven-figure book deal with Penguin Books to write about her relationship with her famous husband. However, the book was not published.
No one knows where Reeve had reached in the book writing. The children’s book Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again: A Musical Storybook Inspired by Christopher Reeve was published in 2005 and included audio to accompany the book with Mandy Patinkin reading the story as well as Reeve and Bernadette Peters singing.
Eight days prior to Reeve’s mother died, she attended George W. Bush State of Union address in Washington Dc. She was a guest for Jim Langevin(D-RI).
Dana Reeve at the Union Adress in 2003
Dana Reeve, the wife of the late Christopher Reeve, is a founding board member and leader of the Foundation’s Quality of Life Grant program which, under her leadership, has granted over $6 million since its inception and which was recognized for excellence by the Federal government. In 2003 she realized her goal of opening the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, which serves the paralyzed community as a clearinghouse for information and support.
“It is truly an honor to be present as the President outlines his agenda before the nation,” said Mrs. Reeve. “I look forward to learning what plans he has to further scientific research and improves the quality of life for millions of Americans living with paralysis and other debilitating conditions. Congressman Langevin has been a key partner in the Foundation’s efforts to increase the potential of and support for medical research. His work in Congress offers hope and the promise of a brighter future to millions of Americans.”
At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Langevin was afforded a prime-time speaking role to introduce Ron Reagan, Jr., who spoke of the importance of stem cell research. His father, President Reagan, passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease in June of 2004.
Dana Reeve Filmography / Net Worth
- Everyone’s Hero (2006)
- The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
- Above Suspicion (1995)
Reeve had a net worth of 10 million US dollars.
Dana Reeve Works Before Death
Several months before her death, Reeve taped the PBS documentary The New Medicine focusing on the growing trend in medical care combining holistic and traditional treatment. The program premiered after her death, on March 29, 2006.
She also worked on the computer-animated movie Everyone’s Hero, a project with the working title Yankee Irving when her husband was the director at the time of his death. The film was released on September 15, 2006, and is dedicated to both her and Christopher Reeve.
Dana Reeve Death
Reeve died on March 6, 2006, at the age of 44. She died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Her diagnosis states that she has lung cancer on August 9, 2005, was when Reeve first made the announcement. In addition, to that, she had it clear that she is not a cigar smoker. The National Enquirer had said to disclose on this announcement but instead, Reeve did it first.
From the American Cancer Society, Reeve got the “Mother of the Year Award”. This was for her determination and dedication for her son raising. In honor of New York Rangers hockey player, Mark Messier, she performed the Carole King song “Now and Forever” at the Madison Square Garden(January 12, 2006). This recording was played on the night of her death.
Reeve died on March 6, 2006, at the age of 44. This was at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. However, her husband died prior to her on October 10, 2004.
Two films were done in her dedication: “Hypnotic” in episode 16, the fifth season of Smallville. Also, the “Superman Returns” film was done in their memory with Christopher Reeve.