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Dana Reeve: Biography

Dana Reeve

Dana Morosini Reeve

As a founding board member of the Christopher Reeve Foundation, Dana Reeve succeeded her late husband, Christopher Reeve, as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2004.

Ms. Reeve established the Foundation's Quality of Life initiatives: the Quality of Life grants program and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center. Since its inception in 1999, the Quality of Life grants program has provided 2,300 grants totaling more than $17 million to support programs and projects that improve the daily lives of people living with paralysis.

In addition to her work with the Reeve Foundation Ms. Reeve also served on the boards of The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, TechHealth, and The Reeve-Irvine Center for Spinal Cord Research and as an advisory board member to the National Family Caregivers Association.

She received numerous awards for her work, most notably the Shining Example Award from Proctor & Gamble in 1998 and an American Image Award from the AAFA in 2003.  In addition, the American Cancer Society named her Mother of the Year in 2005. Ms. Reeve authored the book Care Packages, which was published by Random House in 1999.

First and foremost an actress, Ms. Reeve's many singing and acting credits included appearances on television, where she had starring roles on "Law & Order", "Oz", and "All My Children", among others. She  performed in plays on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at numerous regional theatres, and performed as a singer on national television and at various New York venues. In 2000 she co-hosted a live daily talk show for women on the Lifetime Network.

Ms. Reeve graduated cum laude from Middlebury College where she also later received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and she pursued graduate studies in Acting at the California Institute of the Arts.

Dana Reeve passed away of lung cancer at the age of 44 on March 6, 2006. Reeve is survived by her father, Dr. Charles Morosini, sisters Deborah Morosini and Adrienne Morosini Heilman, her son Will and two stepchildren, Matthew and Alexandra. 

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