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Date of birth 27 July 1957, New York City, New York, USA.
Nana Visitor grew up in and around the theater thanks to her performing family. Her mother was a ballet teacher in a dance studio in New York and her father choreographed many Broadway musicals. In fact this is where he met Nana's mother .

Nana was seven studying ballet at the dance studio her mother ran, and by age 14 she was in her high school musicals. soon finding regular work at her chosen craft.

Nana appeared in productions of "Gypsy" "My One And Only", "42nd Street", A Musical Jubilee, and The Ladies Room. As a young actress she secured an early film role in the 1977 film The Sentinel, a horror movie filmed in New York City. Nana had regular roles on the New York based soap operas "Ryan's Hope" and "One Life to Live". In Deep Space Nine for 7 years was one of the leading actors in this series.