Dana Ivey (Mrs. Paige) made her Broadway debut playing two small roles in a 1981 production of Macbeth; the following year she was cast in a major supporting role in a revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter, for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. She was nominated for two Tony Awards in the same season (1984) - as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and Best Featured Actress in a Play for a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House - a feat repeated by only two other actresses. Ivey's performances in Driving Miss Daisy (in the title role) and Quartermaine's Terms won her Obie Awards, an annual award presented by the newspaper The Village Voice for Off-Broadway productions. She also was nominated for Tony Awards (all for Best Featured Actress in a Play) for her appearances in The Rivals The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Butley. Ivey was also seen on Broadway in Henry IV Waiting in the Wings, Major Barbara, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Sex and Longing, Indiscretions, The Marriage of Figaro, Pack of Lies and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Ivey's first major screen appearance was in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Her many film credits include The Help, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sabrina, Postcards from the Edge, The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Scarlet Letter, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Sleepless in Seattle, Two Weeks Notice, Rush Hour 3, and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. She will be seen in the upcoming film, “We’ll Never Have Paris” opposite Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina and Simon Helberg.
Ivey made her television debut in the daytime soap opera “Search for Tomorrow”. Her television credits include the miniseries “Little Gloria... Happy at Last,” and guest appearances on “The Big C,” “Ugly Betty,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order,” “Oz,” “The Practice,” “Sex and the City,” , “Monk,” “Frasier,” and had a recurring part on the hit HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire”.