• Dana Barron is an American actress with an estimated net worth of over $500,000
• She is a fifth generation entertainer, her mother a stage actress and father a director
• She is best known for her role in the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation”
• She has appeared in numerous films, TV series, and Broadway shows throughout her career
• She is a founding member of Children Uniting Nations and volunteers for United in Harmony

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Date Of BirthApril 22, 1966
FactStudied sculpture at The Art Students League of New York.

Who is Dana Barron?

Dana Barron was born on 22 April 1966, in New York City, USA, and is an actress, perhaps still best known for her role in the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation” in which she played the original Audrey Grisworld. She later reprised the role in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure” for NBC.

The Riches of Dana Barron

How rich is Dana Barron? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $500,000, earned through a successful career in acting. She’s also been a part of other acting projects throughout her career, and as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Dana was exposed to the entertainment industry at a young age, as her mother was a stage actress while her father worked as a commercial director; he was also a church pastor, and founded The Weist-Barron School of Television, the first soap opera acting and commercial acting television school in the world. Her grandmother was an opera singer, so Dana is a fifth generation entertainer. Growing up, she watched her sister act in television commercials, and her father inspired Dana to do the same. At 10 years old, she started doing television commercials, and the following year appeared in a Broadway production of “Hide and Seek”, alongside Christine Baranski. In 1980, she made her feature film debut in the slasher film “He Knows You’re Alone”, alongside Tom Hanks, which was also his film debut. The film follows a soon-to-be bride who is stalked by a killer the weekend before her wedding, and was inspired by the success of 1978’s “Halloween”.

National Lampoon’s Vacation and Prominence

In 1983, Barron was cast in the comedy film “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, originating the role of Audrey Griswold, and starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. It was a box office hit and received favorable reviews from critics, leading to numerous sequels, and is considered a cult film today. Dana then worked on several projects, including “One Life to Live” and “The Equalizer”, concurrently having a regular role in the series “Crossbow” which aired for two years.

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She also had roles in other films, including “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown” and “Heartbreak Hotel”, which tells of the fictional kidnapping of Elvis Presley and his subsequent redemption. In 1989, Barron received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work with the CBS after-school special entitled “No Means No”. She also appeared in the soap opera entitled “One Life to Live” in the role of Michelle Boudin which she held for a year. She continued her television work over the next few years, appearing as a guest in “Dream On’, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “The Watcher. She also appeared in the television film entitled “Jailbreakers”, which starred Shannen Doherty.

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Later Projects

In the 1990s, Dana had a few notable roles, including in “Magic Kid 2” and “City of Industry”, which is a neo-noir crime film starring Harvey Keitel. In 1998, she was cast in the recurring role of Casey Wells in “The Magnificent Seven”, a series based on the 1960 movie of the same name, in turn based on the Japanese film “Seven Samurai”. She played the role from 1998 to 2000, and was then cast in several television films, so her popularity resurfaced once more, plus when she was cast in the television movie entitled “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure”, reprising her role of Audrey Grisworld – it is a spin-off sequel to the film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.

Later in her career, her acting work started to lessen though it was still consistent. She played the role of Tiny in the 2006 film “National Lampoon’s Pucked”, and also had a support role in the film “Happythankyoumoreplease” the directorial debut of Josh Radnor. A few of her recent television projects include the miniseries “Pandemic”, and the television movie “Naughty or Nice” which starred George Lopez. She also appeared as a guest in the show “Leverage”.

Personal Life

For her personal life, it is known that Barron was in a long-term relationship with filmmaker Michael Vickerman, but the relationship apparently ended even after they had a son together. She spent many years as a volunteer teacher for the organization United in Harmony which organizes summer camps for underprivileged and homeless children. She is also a founding member of Children Uniting Nations which is an organization dedicated to creating mentoring events for foster children. Later in her career, she enrolled in a restaurant management course at New York University, and she also took up an Early Childhood Education course from Santa Monica College.

General Info

Full NameDana Barron
Date Of BirthApril 22, 1966
Height1.6 m


ChildrenTaylor Vickerman
ParentsJoyce McCord, Robert Barron
SiblingsAllison Barron
PartnerMichael Vickerman, Michael Vickerman


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special
MoviesNational Lampoon's Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2, City of Industry, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, The Perfect Nanny, Happythankyoumoreplease, Python, Magic Kid 2, He Knows You're Alone, Naughty or Nice, National Lampoon's Pucked, The Invited, Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted, A Let...
TV ShowsThe Magnificent Seven, Crossbow, Money Power Respect

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1In a long-term relationship with writer/director/producer Michael Vickerman and they have a son, Taylor.
2Studied sculpture at The Art Students League of New York.
3Older sister of Allison Barron.
4Her mother is stage actress Joyce McCord.




Snow Bride2013TV MovieDoria
Leverage2012TV SeriesBetty
Naughty or Nice2012TV MovieBrenda Weir
The Invited2010Kristy
Happythankyoumoreplease2010The Gynecologist
Saving Angelo2007ShortMom
Pandemic2007TV MovieLindsey Mastrapa
McBride: Murder Past Midnight2005TV MovieMarta Arnack
Wild Roomies2004/IJunky Applicant'
Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure2003TV MovieAudrey Griswold
Night Class2001Heather
Stageghost2000Renee Bloomer
The Perfect Nanny2000Fawn Lewis
Python2000TV MovieKristin
The Magnificent Seven1998-2000TV SeriesCasey Wells
Babylon 51998TV SeriesLauren Ashley
The Man in the Iron Mask1998/IILouise de la Vallière
City of Industry1997Gena
Murder, She Wrote1995TV SeriesSarah Tyler
The Watcher1995TV SeriesMary
In the Living Years1994Kathy
Magic Kid II1994Maggie
Rebel Highway1994TV SeriesSue
Dream On1994TV SeriesReo Saunders
At Home with the Webbers1993TV Movie2nd Girl On Street
Beverly Hills, 902101992TV SeriesNikki Witt
Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted1992TV MovieLaurie Moore
In the Heat of the Night1989TV SeriesCorrie Kroller
Crossbow1987-1989TV SeriesEleanor
High1989TV Movie
CBS Schoolbreak Special1988TV SeriesMegan Wells
Heartbreak Hotel1988Beth Devereux
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown1987Erica Sheldon
The Equalizer1985TV SeriesMelinda
Heaven Help Us1985Janine
One Life to Live1984TV SeriesMichelle Boudin
The Brass Ring1983TV MovieDarlene
National Lampoon's Vacation1983Audrey Griswold
He Knows You're Alone1980Diana


Pucked2006associate producer
Clover Bend2002co-producer
Night Class2001co-producer

Casting Department

Lucy's Piano2006Short casting assistant / casting associate


Above Suspicion2000assistant: Mr. Greenblatt


The Family Truckster2003Video documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialAudrey Griswold (uncredited)
Crossbow: The Movie1989VideoEleanor
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1983TV SeriesAudrey Gridwald from film NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION


Won Awards

1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Recurring in a Television SeriesBeverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
1989Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)

Nominated Awards

1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Television MovieJonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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