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Dana Barron
Barron at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born (1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 58)
Years active1980–present

Dana Barron (born April 22, 1966) is an American actress who 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 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure for NBC television.

Early life[]

Barron was born in New York City, New York. Her mother, Joyce McCord, is a stage actress.[1] Her father, Robert Weeks Barron, was a director of commercials and a Congregationalist church pastor; Robert founded The Weist-Barron School of Television, the first commercial and soap opera acting for television school in the world.[1][2][3] Barron has a sister named Allison. She is a fifth generation entertainer. Her grandfather was an opera singer, and her mother moved 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. She 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.[4] Barron appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live from 1984 to 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[]

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


Feature films[]

Year Title Role
1980 He Knows You're Alone Diane Jensen
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Audrey Griswold
1985 Heaven Help Us Janine
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Erica Sheldon
1988 Heartbreak Hotel Beth Devereux
1994 Magic Kid 2 Maggie Patterson
1997 City of Industry Gena
2000 The Perfect Nanny Fawn Lewis
Python Kristin
2001 Night Class Heather
2005 McBride: Murder Past Midnight Marta Arnack
2006 National Lampoon's Pucked Tiny
2010 The Invited Kristy
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Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Brass Ring Darlene Movie
1984 One Life to Live Michelle Boudin
1985 The Equalizer Melinda
1987 Crossbow Eleanor 52 appearances
1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special Megan Wells
1989 In the Heat of the Night Corrie Kroller 1 episode
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Nikki Witt Recurring role, 9 episodes
1998 Babylon 5 Lauren Ashley "The Corps Is Mother, the Corps Is Father"
1998–2000 The Magnificent Seven Casey Wells Recurring role, 6 episodes
2003 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure Audrey Griswold Television film
2012 Naughty or Nice Brenda Weir Movie


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dana Barron Biography (1968-)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Celebrity Parents Exclusive: Dana Barron". Celebrity Parents Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. Sharbutt, Jay (June 30, 1989). "NBC's 'Santa Barbara' Is Top Daytime Emmy Winner". Los Angeles Times.

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