Leann Hunley

Leann Hunley

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Leann Hunley
Born (1955-02-25) February 25, 1955 (age 63)
Forks, Washington
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Washington
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Bill Sheridan (m. 1980–2001)

Leann Hunley (born February 25, 1955) is an American television actress. Although she has worked in numerous productions, she is perhaps best known for portraying Anna DiMera on NBC’s Days of Our Lives and Dana Waring on the ABC primetime soap opera, Dynasty.

Personal life[edit]

Hunley was born in Forks, Washington (located 120 miles NW of Seattle near the Washington Coast), and later attended the University of Washington in Seattle.


Her first television appearance was on Hawaii Five-O. She was a regular on The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo in 1979 and 1980. Her role as Anna DiMera on Days of Our Lives from 1982 to 1986 would win her an Emmy Award at the 13th Daytime Emmy Awards for best supporting actress in 1986. For three seasons of Dynasty, Hunley portrayed Dana Waring, Adam Carrington‘s wife . She appeared on Aaron Spelling‘s short-lived Models, Inc.. In the first season of Dawson’s Creek (1998) she was Tamara Jacobs, a high school English teacher who has an tempestuous affair with her student Pacey Witter. She also played Shira Huntzberger on Gilmore Girls in 2005.

After a 21-year absence from playing the role, Hunley returned to Days of Our Lives as Anna on June 21, 2007, recurring on the series until early 2017.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Beverly Hillbillies Miss Arlington
1995 Cops n Roberts
2001 Your Guardian Tanna Hildegard
2012 Blissful Lies Addison Hamilton
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Hawaii Five-O Longworth’s Secretary Episode: “The Cop on the Cover”
1978 Hawaii Five-O Lucy Sutherland Episode: “Frozen Assets”
1978 The Islander Mac’s Wife TV movie
1978-1979 Battlestar Galactica 1st Girl Warrior 4 episodes
1979 B. J. and the Bear Dr. Winters Episode: “Crackers”
1979 Mrs. Columbo Judy Episode: “The Valley Strangler”
1979-1980 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Sarah Cumberland 17 episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Secretary Episode: “The Curse of the Moreaus/My Man Friday”
1982-1986 Days of Our Lives Anna DiMera TV series
1983 Hart to Hart Diane Episode: “As the Hart Turns”
1984 Airwolf Meryl Episode: “One Way Express”
1985 Amazing Stories Episode: “Remote Control Man”
1986 Knight Rider Liz Preston Episode: “Fright Knight”
1986 Hotel Catherine Episode: “Opening Moves”
1986-1988 Dynasty Dana Waring Carrington Series Regular (Season 7-8)Guest Role (Season 9) 47 episodes
1988 Highway to Heaven Jennifer Episode: “We Have Forever: Parts 1 & 2”
1988 Murder, She Wrote Shannon McBride Episode: “A Little Night Work”
1988 Simon & Simon Violet Harlowe / R.J. Simmons Episode: “Play It Again, Simon”
1989 Who’s the Boss? Lisa Episode: “Winter Break”
1989 Wolf Television movie
1990 Designing Women Gaby Langford Episode: “The Mistress”
1990 Matlock Leanne Wilson Episode: “The Talk Show”
1990 Murder, She Wrote Dana Darren Episode: “Murder: According to Maggie”
1990 Lucky Chances Eden TV miniseries
1990 L.A. Law Maura Fitzgerald Episode: “New Kidney on the Block”
1991 Gabriel’s Fire Gwen Kidder Episode: “Postcards from the Faultline”
1991 Princesses Andrea Sussman Episode: “Pilot”
1992 Coopersmith Laraine Sands Television movie
1993 Silent Victim Chrissy Lee Television movie
1993 Daddy Dearest Pam Episode: “The Tortoise and the Scare”
Episode: “Thanks, But No Thanks”
1994 The Nanny Bobbi Jo Episode: “I Don’t Remember Mama”
1994 Models Inc. Marcia Carson 4 episodes
1994 Heaven Help Us TV series
1994 Murder, She Wrote Lydia De Kooning Episode: “Amsterdam Kill”
1995 Murphy Brown Linda Episode: “Rumble in the Alley”
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Joan Episode: “As the Will Turns”
1995 Burke’s Law Leslie Livingston Episode: “Who Killed the Centerfold?”
1996 Hudson Street Elizabeth Owens Episode: “One for the Monet”
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Emily Channing Episode: “Swear to God, This Time We’re Not Kidding”
1997 7th Heaven Rachel Grewe Episode: “Say Good-Bye”
1998 Dawson’s Creek Tamara Jacobs 9 episodes
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Lauren Wells Episode: “Mishap”
1999 Horse Sense Jacy Woods Television movie
2003 Strong Medicine Renee Van Dyke Episode: “Blocked Lines”
2003 Just Shoot Me! Binnie Episode: “Strange Bedfellows”
2005 Gilmore Girls Shira Huntzberger Episode: “But I’m a Gilmore!”
Episode: “We’ve Got Magic to Do”
2007-2010, 2017 Days of Our Lives Anna DiMera TV series
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joyce Shepard Episode: “Sugar”
2010 NCIS Young Joann Fielding Episode: “Mother’s Day”
2012 Raising Hope Francine Episode: “The Walk for the Runs”
Actress (50 credits)
 1983-2018 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Anna DiMera

Episode #1.13278 (2018) … Anna DiMera
Episode #1.13272 (2018) … Anna DiMera
Episode #1.13270 (2018) … Anna DiMera
Episode #1.13269 (2018) … Anna DiMera
Episode #1.13266 (2018) … Anna DiMera
 2012 Raising Hope (TV Series)

The Walk for the Runs (2012) … Francine
 2012 Blissful Lies
Addison Hamilton
 2010 NCIS (TV Series)
Young Joann Fielding

Mother’s Day (2010) … Young Joann Fielding
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Joyce Shepard

Sugar (2009) … Joyce Shepard
 2005 Gilmore Girls (TV Series)
Shira Huntzberger

We’ve Got Magic to Do (2005) … Shira Huntzberger
But I’m a Gilmore! (2005) … Shira Huntzberger
 2003 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)

Strange Bedfellows (2003) … Binnie
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Renee Van Dyke

Blocked Lines (2003) … Renee Van Dyke
 2001 Your Guardian
Tanna Hildegard
 1999 Horse Sense (TV Movie)
Jacy Woods
 1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold (TV Series)
Lauren Wells

Mishap (1999) … Lauren Wells
 1998 Dawson’s Creek (TV Series)
Tamara Jacobs

Full Moon Rising (1998) … Tamara Jacobs
Tamara’s Return (1998) … Tamara Jacobs
Alternative Lifestyles (1998) … Tamara Jacobs (uncredited)
Baby (1998) … Tamara Jacobs
Hurricane (1998) … Tamara Jacobs
 1997 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Rachel Grewe

Say Good-Bye (1997) … Rachel Grewe
 1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Emily Channing

Swear to God, This Time We’re Not Kidding (1996) … Emily Channing
 1996 Hudson Street (TV Series)
Elizabeth Owens

One for the Monet (1996) … Elizabeth Owens
 1995 Burke’s Law (TV Series)
Leslie Livingston

Who Killed the Centerfold? (1995) … Leslie Livingston
 1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)

As the Will Turns (1995) … Joan
 1995 Murphy Brown (TV Series)

Rumble in the Alley (1995) … Linda
 1994 Heaven Help Us (TV Series)
Sarah Barnett

A Match Made in Heaven (1994) … Sarah Barnett
 1988-1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Lydia De Kooning / Dana Darren / Shannon McBride

Amsterdam Kill (1994) … Lydia De Kooning
Murder: According to Maggie (1990) … Dana Darren
A Little Night Work (1988) … Shannon McBride
 1994 Models Inc. (TV Series)
Marcia Carson

When Girls Collide (1994) … Marcia Carson
Strictly Business (1994) … Marcia Carson
Skin Deep (1994) … Marcia Carson
 1994 The Nanny (TV Series)
Bobbi Jo

I Don’t Remember Mama (1994) … Bobbi Jo
 1993 Daddy Dearest (TV Series)

Thanks, But No Thanks (1993) … Pam
The Tortoise and the Scare (1993) … Pam
 1993 The Beverly Hillbillies
Miss Arlington
 1993 Silent Victim (TV Movie)
Chrissy Lee
 1992 Coopersmith (TV Movie)
Laraine Sands
 1991 Princesses (TV Series)
Andrea Sussman

Pilot (1991) … Andrea Sussman
 1991 Gabriel’s Fire (TV Series)
Gwen Kidder

Postcards from the Faultline (1991) … Gwen Kidder
 1990 Lucky Chances (TV Mini-Series)

Episode #1.3 (1990) … Eden
Episode #1.2 (1990) … Eden
Episode #1.1 (1990) … Eden
 1990 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Maura Fitzgerald

New Kidney on the Block (1990) … Maura Fitzgerald
 1990 Matlock (TV Series)
Leanne Wilson

The Talk Show (1990) … Leanne Wilson
 1990 Designing Women (TV Series)

The Mistress (1990) … Gaby
 1989 Wolf (TV Series)

Wolf (1989)
 1989 Who’s the Boss? (TV Series)

Winter Break (1989) … Lisa
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Violet Harlowe / R.J. Simmons

Play It Again, Simon (1988) … Violet Harlowe / R.J. Simmons
 1986-1988 Dynasty (TV Series)
Dana Waring Carrington

Broken Krystle (1988) … Dana Waring Carrington
Colorado Roulette (1988) … Dana Waring Carrington (credit only)
The Proposal (1988) … Dana Waring Carrington
The Trial (1988) … Dana Waring Carrington
The Scandal (1988) … Dana Waring Carrington
 1988 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)

We Have Forever: Part 2 (1988) … Jennifer
We Have Forever: Part 1 (1988) … Jennifer
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Caroline Edmonds

Opening Moves (1986) … Caroline Edmonds
 1986 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Liz Preston

Fright Knight (1986) … Liz Preston
 1985 Amazing Stories (TV Series)

 1984 Airwolf (TV Series)

One Way Express (1984) … Meryl
 1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)

As the Hart Turns (1983) … Diane
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)

 1979-1980 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Sarah Cumberland / Sarah

The Haunting of Orly Manor (1980) … Sarah Cumberland
Treasure of Nature Beach (1980) … Sarah Cumberland
Who’s the Sexiest Girl in the World (1980) … Sarah Cumberland
Police Escort (1980) … Sarah Cumberland
Double Take, Double Take (1980) … Sarah Cumberland (credit only)
 1979 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series)

The Valley Strangler (1979) … Judy
 1979 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
Dr. Kelly Winters

Crackers (1979) … Dr. Kelly Winters
 1978-1979 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)
First Girl Warrior / Female Pilot / Girl Warrior

The Man with Nine Lives (1979) … Female Pilot
War of the Gods: Part 1 (1979) … Girl Warrior
Lost Planet of the Gods: Part 2 (1978) … First Girl Warrior (uncredited)
Lost Planet of the Gods: Part 1 (1978) … First Girl Warrior
 1978 The Islander (TV Movie)
Mac’s wife
 1977-1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Lucy Sutherland / Longworth’s Secretary

Frozen Assets (1978) … Lucy Sutherland
The Cop on the Cover (1977) … Longworth’s Secretary

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