Dana Reeve was born on March 17, 1961, in Teaneck, New Jersey. A working actress, her career was put on hold after husband, Christopher Reeve, suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. Dana became a public figure, founding the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center. Ten months after her husband's death, Dana discovered that she had lung cancer. She died in 2006 in New York City.
Early Life and Education
Singer, actress and philanthropist Dana Reeve was born Dana Morosini on March 17, 1961, in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dana grew up with her two sisters in Scarsdale, New York, and graduated cum laude with a degree in English literature from Vermont's Middlebury College in 1984. She studied acting at the California Institute of the Arts, eventually performing at the Williamstown Theater Festival, where she met her future husband, actor Christopher Reeve.
Dana Reeve went on to perform on Broadway as well as in regional theater productions throughout the East Coast. She also appeared on television in such shows as Law and Order, Oz and All My Children. Her acting career, however, was put on hold after her husband suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic following a 1995 horseback riding accident.
Until the accident, Christopher Reeve was best known for his title role in the Superman movie franchise. His struggles, activism and much-publicized comeback soon outshined his prior celebrity, and Dana was always by his side. She became a public figure and devoted advocate for research, treatment and possible cures for spinal cord paralysis through the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
After her husband died in 2004, Dana became chairman of the foundation, establishing the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center.
Tragically, just 10 months after her husband's death, Dana discovered that she had lung cancer, though she was not a smoker. Dana Reeve died on March 6, 2006, at the age of 44, in New York City. She was survived by her son, Will, and stepchildren Matthew and Alexandra.
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