At 44 years old, Dana Reeve has this physical status:
Dana Charles Reeve (née Morosini, 1961 – March 6, 2006) was an American actress, singer, and advocate for disability causes.
She was the wife of actor Christopher Reeve.
Early life and family
Reeve was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, to Charles Morosini, a cardiac surgeon, and Helen Simpson Morosini (died 2005). She was of Italian descent.
She grew up in the town of Greenburgh, New York, where she graduated from Edgemont High School in 1979.
In 1984, she graduated with a summa cum lauded and Phi Beta Kappa in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont. Christopher Reeve, a widow, received an honorary Doctorates of Humanities Letter from Middlebury in 2004.
She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London for the third year. She began additional graduate studies in acting at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, in 1984.
On April 11, 1992, she married actor Christopher Reeve of Williamstown, Massachusetts, and they had a son, William Elliot "Will" Reeve, who was born on June 7, 1992. Will now work for ABC News.
Reeve loved riding horses. "I rode my whole life" after Chris' crash, I stopped riding, mainly because he was sorely disappointed for him. I can't imagine it if I wasn't able to," she told Larry King in 2005. "It didn't mean a lot to me to lose."
Show business 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. She performed at theatres on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at numerous regional theatres.
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 had another cameo in her husband's movie The Brooke Ellison Story as a teacher.
She authored the book Care Packages: Letters to Christopher Reeve from Strangers and Other Friends. In 2004, she was performing in the Broadway-bound play Brooklyn Boy at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California when she had to rush home to reach her husband's bedside after he went into cardiac arrest and a coma. 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. It is not known how far Reeve got with writing the book before she died; the book was never published.
The children's book Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again: A Musical Storybook Inspired by Christopher Reeve was published in 2005 and included an audio to accompany the book with Mandy Patinkin reading the story as well as Reeve and Bernadette Peters singing.
On February 2, 2005, eight days before the death of her mother Helen, Reeve attended President George W. Bush's State of the Union address seated in the Capitol gallery in Washington, D.C. as the guest of Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI).
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.