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Vana O'Brien

Vana O'Brien was born on June 20, 1943 in Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA as Vana Gay Heflin. She is an actress, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Soulmate (2000). She has been married to Mike O'Brien since August 22, 1964. They have three children. See full bio »

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Known For

Elephant P.E. Instructor
My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho Sharon Waters
Soulmate Landlady
Wee Sing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion


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 2016 Adoptable (TV Series) (post-production)
Lois Fishman
- They Do (2016) ... Lois Fishman
- When You Realize (2016) ... Lois Fishman
 2009 Transmorphers: Fall of Man (Video)
 2006 Raising Flagg
Aunt Edith
 2003 Elephant
P.E. Instructor
 2000 Soulmate (Short)
 1999 Birddog
 1999 Where the Truth Lies (TV Movie)
 1995 Dead by Sunset (TV Mini-Series)
Mary Cunningham
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Mary Cunningham
 1993 Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (TV Movie)
Judge Turkell
 1993 The Wee Sing Train (Video)
Old Grey Mare (voice)
 1992 Chrome Soldiers (TV Movie)
 1992 Wee Sing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion (Video)
Aunty Annabella / Rachel
 1991 My Own Private Idaho
Sharon Waters
 1991 Child of Darkness, Child of Light (TV Movie)
Mrs. Gallagher
 1990 Dangerous Pursuit (TV Movie)
 1989 The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (TV Movie)
Aunt Caroline
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 1992 Wee Sing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion (Video) (performer: "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain", "The Doodle-Det Quintet!", "The Marching Song", "Vive La Compagnie", "The Melody Song", "The Magic of Music", "Reuben and Rachel", "Hey Diddle Diddle", "When the Saints Go Marching In")
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 1991 My Own Private Idaho (walla group)
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 1955 This Is Your Life (TV Series)
- Van Heflin (1955) ... Herself

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Vana is the daughter of actor Van Heflin and actress Frances E. Neal. She is the sister of actress Kate Heflin and Tracy Heflin. Her cousins are actress Marta Heflin, director Jonathan Kaplan and actress Mady Kaplan. Her daughter is actress Eleanor O'Brien. See more »



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