Who is Dana Barron?
When the adventure comedy “National Lampoon’s Vacation” was released in 1983, besides the lead roles portrayed by Chevy Chase, Imogene Coca and Beverly D’Angelo, one specific character caught the eye of the audience; that of Audrey Griswold, with most people commenting on how funny she was. If you ever wondered who the actress who portrayed this character is, let us introduce you to Dana Barron.
She is an actress with over 40 credits to her name, and besides the mentioned role, she is perhaps known best for her roles in movies such as “The Perfect Nanny”, “Night Class”, and “The Invited”, while to the television audience, Dana is well-known for her recurring role as Nikki Witt in “Beverly Hills, 90210”, which in 1993 brought her the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Recurring in a Television Series,.
Early life and education
Dana Barron was born under the zodiac sign of Taurus on 22 April 1966, in New York City USA; she holds American nationality, and comes from a family of Ashkenazi Jewish, Scottish, and English descent.
She was raised in New York City alongside her sister Allison, by their parents, mother Joyce McCord, a stage actress, and father Robert Weeks Barron, a director, and a Congregationalist church pastor. Dana’s sister had been doing TV commercials, directed by their father, so Dana told her father that she would also like to act, and at the age of 10, Dana began doing commercials. Speaking of her educational background, she attended Hunter High School, and upon matriculating in 1984, enrolled at Stern School of Business, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, in 1988.
Roles in movie
Dana made her acting debut portraying Diana in the 1980 movie “He Knows You’re Alone”, also starring Don Scardino, Elizabeth Kemp, and Tom Hanks, followed by her role as Audrey Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” in 1983, and the same year, she was seen as Darlene in the TV movie “The Brass Ring”. In 1985, Dana was cast to play Janine in “Heaven Help Us”, and next was seen starring as Erica Sheldon in “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown” in 1987, followed by her role as Beth Devereux in “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1988.
In the following year, Dana appeared in the TV movie “High”, and then in 1992, she starred as Laurie Moore in another television movie “Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted”, which brought her a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Television Movie. The early ‘90s saw Dana in “Magic Kid II” and “In the Living Years” in 1994, and then three years later, she portrayed Gena in “City of Industry”, followed by her role as Louise de la Valliere in the 1998 movie “The Face of Alexandre Dumas: The Man in the Iron Mask”.
In 2000, she was seen as Kristin in “Python” and as Renee Bloomer in “Stageghost”, and in the following year, she starred as Fawn Lewis in “The Perfect Nanny”, and as Heather in “Night Class” before she reprised her role as Audrey Griswold in “Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure” in 2003. Dana made an appearance in the 2004 movie “Wild Roomies”, followed by her roles in “McBride: Murder Past Midnight” (2005), “Pucked” (2006), and “Saving Angelo” in 2007. In 2010, she was cast to play The Gynecologist in the romantic comedy drama “Happythankyoumoreplease”, and the same year, she was seen as Kristy in “The Invited”, while in 2011 she starred in the TV movie “Naughty or Nice”, while her most recent role was her portrayal of Doria in the 2013 movie “Snow Bride”.
Roles in series
Dana made her first television appearance portraying Michelle Boudin in an episode of the series “One Life to Live” in 1984, and was then seen as Melinda in “The Equalizer” in 1985, followed by her role as Megan Wells in “CBS Schoolbreak Special”, winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special for the episode “No Means No” in 1988. One of the most notable television roles which Dana was cast to play is that of Eleanor in “Crossbow”, which was broadcast until 1989, and then she was seen as Nikki Witt in “Beverly Hills, 90210” in 1992, while in the following years, she guest-starred in series such as “Dream On” (1994), “Murder, She Wrote” (1995), and “Babylon 5” in 1998. when she was cast to play Casey Wells in “The Magnificent Seven” until 2000.
In 2007, Dana portrayed Lindsey Mastrapa in the TV mini-series “Pandemic”, also starring Faye Dunaway and French Stewart, and then five years later, she guest-starred as Betty in an episode of the series “Leverage” while her most recent television role was her portrayal of Security Guard #2 in “The Goldbergs” in 2019.
Where is she today, and what is she doing?
After her last appearance on television and in movies, people wanted to know what happened to her, many assuming that she’d retired from acting, which seems to be the truth. Dana focused on her career as a restaurant manager, and also spentseveral years as a volunteer teacher for the organization United in Harmony, after she took up an Early Childhood Education course at Santa Monica College, in California.
Today, Dana lives a peaceful life away from the media’s attention.
Love life and relationships
Dana hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning her love life – it’s widely known that she was in a long-term relationship with Michael Vickerman, a producer and director, and they have a son together named Taylor Barron Vickerman, who was born in 2006. As of May 2022, Dana broke up with Michael Vickerman, and it seems that she’s single, hasn’t been married or engaged, and she has a son.
Age, height, and net worth
Dana’s age is 56, and has brown hair and brown eyes; she weighs around 115lbs (52kgs) and is 5ft 4ins (1.65m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-24-33. According to sources, as of early 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.