From originating the titular role in the stage version of “Driving Miss Daisy” to playing a key part in “The Addams Family” films, there’s quite a lot of variety on Dana Ivey’s resume.
"It’s funny, but a lot of people don’t recognize me so much from the movies — here in New York, a lot of people know my theater work," she said. "The trouble is, I’m frequently mistaken for Maggie Smith. I wish I had her career. I get complimented on all kinds of things, but they’re not what I’ve done … I want to say it’s the bane of my existence, but she’s a wonderful actress and I’ve met her several times and I suppose I should take it as a compliment. But of course one wants to be known as oneself and have one’s own name known. It’s been kind of a mixed bag."
Catch Dana Ivey on “The Big C” next Monday at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.
"She was a great shot in the arm for everybody. But when she talks about some of her stranger theories, you just listen. She told us in Santa Fe, there were UFOs up in the mountains and the bears were coming down to visit the local Starbucks as a result. I asked if they were all drinking green skinny lattes, but she never answered me."