Dana Barron

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Dana Barron
Barron at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born(1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1980–present
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Dana Barron
Barron at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born(1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1980–present

Dana Barron (born April 22, 1968) is an American actress who has starred in film and on television. Barron is best known for her role as the original Audrey Griswold in the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation which she reprised in 2003's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure for NBC television.

Early life[edit]

Barron was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Joyce McCord, a stage actress.[1] Her father, Robert Barron, was a director of commercials who founded The Weist-Barron School of Television, the first commercial and soap opera acting for television school in the world.[1][2] Barron has a sister named Allison. She is a fifth generation entertainer. Her grandfather was an opera singer, and her mother emigrated from Alabama to become an actress.[2]


Barron's sister, Allison, had been doing TV commercials at a young age, and Barron told her father that she wished to do the same. Barron began acting at age 10, doing TV commercials as well. By age 11, she was appearing with Christine Baranski in Hide and Seek on Broadway. Her first film was the horror film He Knows You're Alone, with Tom Hanks, which was also Hanks' first film.[2]

In 1983 Barron starred in the Chevy Chase comedy National Lampoon's Vacation, originating the role of Audrey Griswold. The film became a classic,[2] and Barron would reprise the role 20 years later in the NBC TV movie spinoff, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure.

Barron received a Daytime Emmy Award in 1989 for her appearance in the CBS after-school special No Means No.[3] Barron appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live from 1984–1985 as Michelle Boudin. She starred in the 1998 The Magnificent Seven as Casey.

She had a recurring role as Nikki Witt on the Fox series Beverly Hills, 90210, during which she was able to make her character's clothes and modify her lines.[2] The role won her the Youth in Film Award for as best recurring actress.[citation needed]

In 1992, she starred with JoBeth Williams and Chris Burke in the NBC movie Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted.

Barron has made guest appearances on TV shows including The Equalizer, In the Heat of the Night, Murder, She Wrote, and Babylon 5 as a telepath named Lauren Ashley in the Season 5 episode "The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father".

Personal life[edit]

Barron is in a long term relationship with writer/director/producer Michael Vickerman. They have a son, Taylor.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

1983National Lampoon's VacationAudrey Griswold
1985Heaven Help UsJanine
1987Death Wish 4: The CrackdownErica Sheldon
1988Heartbreak HotelBeth Devereux
1994Magic Kid 2Maggie
2000The Perfect NannyFawn Lewis
2001Night ClassHeather
2003National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureAudrey Griswold
2005McBride: Murder Past MidnightMarta Arnack
2006National Lampoon's PuckedTiny
2010The InvitedKristy
happythankyoumorepleaseThe Gynecologist


1983The Brass RingDarleneTV movie
1984One Life to LiveMichelle Boudin
1985The EqualizerMelinda
1987CrossbowEleanor52 appearances
1988CBS Schoolbreak SpecialMegan Wells
1989In the Heat of the NightCorrie Kroller
1998Babylon 5Lauren Ashley"The Corps Is Mother, the Corps Is Father"
2012Naughty or NiceBrenda WeirTV movie


  1. ^ a b "Dana Barron Biography (1968-)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Celebrity Parents Exclusive: Dana Barron". Celebrity Parents Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Sharbutt, Jay (June 30, 1989). "NBC's 'Santa Barbara' Is Top Daytime Emmy Winner". Los Angeles Times.

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