Dina Spybey (born August 29, 1965), also known as Dina Waters and Dina Spybey-Waters, is an American actress. She has appeared in more than 20 films, including John Q., subUrbia and The Haunted Mansion. She is perhaps best known for her role as Tracy Montrose Blair on the first season of Six Feet Under. She played "young Elise Eliot" in The First Wives Club and a ghost named Emma in Disney's film The Haunted Mansion.

Dina Spybey
Born (1965-08-29) August 29, 1965 (age 57)
Other namesDina Waters
Dina Spybey-Waters
Alma materOhio State University
Rutgers University (MFA)
Years active1992–present
(m. 2000)


Spybey attended undergraduate studies at Ohio State and then received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Spybey's early career focused on theater. In 1993 she appeared in the Off-Broadway play Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.[1] After three more Off-Broadway productions, from 1994 to 1996, she made her Broadway theatre debut in a 1999 production of The Iceman Cometh, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Her first television role, in a 1992 episode of the after school special series Lifestories: Families in Crisis, predated her first Off-Broadway role. This performance, as Becky Bell in "Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story", earned Spybey the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special.[2]

Her appearances in film and on television escalated from 1996 onward. Spybey was the character Dottie in Greg the Bunny, was in the main cast for the first season of Remember WENN, and also played a stripper colleague of Demi Moore's in Striptease. She played a supporting role in her husband Mark Waters' film Just Like Heaven (2005). Spybey portrayed a ghost named Emma in the 2003 Disney movie The Haunted Mansion. She had a small role in Waters' Freaky Friday.

She also appeared in the ninth-season premiere of Frasier ("Don Juan in Hell”) in 2001 in the role of Nanette Guzman, Frasier Crane's first wife.[3] She was one of three actresses – after Emma Thompson and before Laurie Metcalf – to play a specific point-in-time version of the character over the course of Cheers and Frasier.


Note: credited as Dina Spybey through end of 2000, credited as Dina Waters from 2001 onward, except a single 2019 film credit as Dina Spybey-Waters.


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Big Night Natalie
1996 Striptease Monique, Jr.
1996 SubUrbia Bee-Bee
1997 Julian Po Dee
1997 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Allessandra
1998 Getting Personal Liz Carderelli
1999 Advice from a Caterpillar Young Woman
2000 Isn't She Great Bambi Madison
2002 John Q. Debby Utley starts using Dina Waters credit hereafter
2002 Full Frontal Third Fired Employee
2003 Freaky Friday Dottie Robertson
2003 The Haunted Mansion Emma
2005 Just Like Heaven Abby
2008 Yoga Matt Bonnie Putterman Short film
2019 Chasing Molly Janet credited as Dina Spybey-Waters


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Becky Bell Episode: "Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story"
1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Leanne Strauss Episode: "If I Die Before I Wake"
1996 The X-Files FBI Archivist Episode: "Pusher"
1996 Remember WENN Celia Mellon Main role (season 1)
1996–1997 Men Behaving Badly Brenda Mickowski Main role
1997 Gun Genny Episode: "All the President's Women"
1998 Conrad Bloom Nina Bloom #2 TV series
1998 Suddenly Susan Gina Episode: "Don't Tell"
1998 Fantasy Island Tina Episode: "Let Go"
1999 Oh Baby Shelly Episode: "Lamaze"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Megan Episode: "Hostess to Murder"
1999 Cold Feet Jenny Lombardi Main role
2000 Stark Raving Mad Katherine Yates Episodes: "The Crush", "The Grade"
2001 Six Feet Under Tracy Montrose Blair Recurring role (season 1); starts using Dina Waters hereafter
2001 Frasier Nanette Episode: "Don Juan in Hell: Part 2"
2002 Warning: Parental Advisory Receptionist TV film
2002–2004 Greg the Bunny Dottie Sunshine Main role
2005 Joey Judy Episode: "Joey and the Valentine's Date"
2007 Family of the Year Barbara Anderson Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Neighbors from Hell Marjoe Saint Sparks Regular role
2011 CPA Holes Annette Wicks TV film
2013 Modern Family Art Teacher Episode: "Best Men"
2013 Witches of East End Woman in Hospital Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Salem Rogers Karen TV film
2016 Speechless Jennifer Episode: "Pilot"


  1. ^ Metz, Nina (November 13, 2017). "My worst moment: Ally Walker on tippling and acting". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Lucci Loses Emmy for 14th Time : Television: She's beat out of best actress honors by 'Another World's' Linda Dano. CBS' 'Young and Restless' wins the best drama series award". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. May 28, 1993. Archived from the original on February 22, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  3. ^ Muchira, Christine (January 20, 2018). "Kim Cattrall suggests Sex and the City replacements". Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on September 21, 2021. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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