Leann Hunley

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Leann Hunley
Born (1955-02-25) February 25, 1955 (age 66)
Alma materUniversity of Washington in Seattle
Years active1977–present
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 University of Washington.


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[1] 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 a 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. She again returned to play the role of Anna DiMera for a story arc in August 2019. She continues to make appearances on the show as of September 2021.


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
1978–79 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"
1979–80 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Sarah Cumberland 17 episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Secretary Episode: "The Curse of the Moreaus/My Man Friday"
1982–86, 2007–10, 2017– Days of Our Lives Anna DiMera Soap opera
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 The Last Word Herself Game show pilot
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"
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"
2021 Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem Anna DiMera Upcoming miniseries


  1. ^ Snyder, Jen (2009-12-10). "Leann Hunley Back At DAYS". TV Source Magazine. Retrieved 2021-05-26.

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