Dana Reeve

Dana Reeve

Posted on January 11, 2015

March 17, 1961
Born as Dana Morosini in Teaneck, New Jersey to Helen and Charles Morosini.

1984
Graduates cum laude in English Literature from Middlebury College.

1992
Meets Christopher Reeve in Williamstown where she is part of a cabaret. Four months later they move in together.

April 11, 1992
Marries Christopher Reeve.

June 7, 1992
Gives birth to Will Reeve.

May 21, 1995
Plays a detective in Above Suspicion with Christopher Reeve.

May 27, 1995
Christopher Reeve is thrown from a horse in Culpeper, Virginia and is paralyzed.

1998
Procter & Gamble awards her with the Shining Example Award.

1999
Random House publishes her book Care Packages.

2000
Plays Wendy Schulz in four episodes of Oz.

2000
In a Caregiver.com interview she speaks about how her husband’s accident has changed her life: “I don’t take a romantic view of life at all anymore … ‘Happily ever after,’ is like, ‘Ha-Ha-Ha.’ However, the other side of that is entering into a world where you see the gift behind disability. … I think there’s a lot of truth to the adage, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.'”

March 13, 2002
Appears on the Howard Stern Show.

2003
The AAFA awards her with the American Image Award.

Oct. 9, 2004
Her husband goes into a coma from a severe systemic infection caused by a pressure wound.

Oct. 2004
Endorses John Kerry for president.

Oct. 10, 2004
Christopher Reeve dies.

Oct. 25, 2004
Appears in The Brooke Ellison Story.

Late 2004
Takes over as chairperson of the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Feb. 16, 2005
Appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Aug. 9, 2005
Announces that she has lung cancer, though she was never a smoker. She says: “Now, more than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge … As always, I look to him as the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage, and hope in the face of life’s adversities.”

2005
The American Cancer Society names her “Mother of the Year.”

2005
Her mother Helen dies of ovarian cancer.

Jan. 12, 2006
She sings Carole King’s “Now and Forever” at Madison Square Garden for hockey great Mark Messier’s retirement.

March 6, 2006
She dies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

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