Dana Delany seemed to come out of nowhere when she first appeared as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy in the ABC-TV Vietnam War series "China Beach." in 1988. But she was most certainly not an overnight success; she had been working as an actress in small roles for fourteen years before then.
Despite its initial popularity - and an Emmy for its star - "China Beach" eventually suffered in the ratings and was canceled in 1991. The series was done, but Dana Delany wasn't.
Since then she's appeared in movies such as Light Sleeper and Fly Away Home. She played Katherine Mayfair in "Desperate Housewives" for 64 episodes, and she now plays Dr. Megan Hunt, a neurosurgeon who becomes a medical examiner after an accident causes loss of dexterity in her hands, in the series "Body Of Proof."