Full Name: Claire Catherine Danes
Birth Date: April 12, 1979
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 5½"
Fact: Claire was banned from the Phillipines in Sept 1998, for making derogatory remarks about the country. The President of the Phillipines condemned her publicly.
Quote: "I love that if you have a crush on a boy, you can call your agent and get to meet him. That's probably the biggest perk."
Claire Danes Biography
Born and raised in Manhattan, Claire Danes found--while very young--her talent and love for performance. At age six, Danes began dance classes. At age nine, Danes was studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. However, her father (a computer consultant) and her mother (an artist) were new to show business. Nevertheless, they supported and encouraged their daughter throughout her early career up to this day.
Danes' early film career began around age 11 when she played a molested child in a student film produced by director Milos Forman, Dreams of Love. That year Danes also found her start in television on a special appearance on Law and Order.
Still later in 1992, Danes auditioned for My So-Called Life and opted do the pilot for this short-lived television series instead of accepting Steven Spielberg's offer for a small role in his Schindler's List. Spielberg's offer was turned down due to the inconveniences and energy required to shoot in Poland; tutoring for Danes was also a logistical issue that bent her away from Spielberg's epic.
In My So-Called Life, Danes portrays a red-headed teen Angela Chase who would soon become the icon and voice of teen angst on network television. The introduction of this critically acclaimed teen drama series however, only captured a limited audience according to television ratings. ABC cancelled the series after only one season.
The cancellation of Life stirred up support from critics and hardcore fans, both of the series and Danes. Although numerous requests to bring the series back flooded the network, Danes moved on to other interesting roles in film. And her fans followed.
One such fan was actress Winona Ryder who also helped Danes obtain the role of Beth March in the cinematic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women. This role was only the stepping stone for Danes to climb into other minor, yet influential film characters.
Danes later appeared in How To Make an American Quilt (1995) with Ryder, and Home for the Holidays (1995) directed by Jodie Foster soon followed. Danes's mentor, Foster encouraged the budding, young actress to attend college--specifically Yale University.
Being cast in the role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio was no easy task for Danes. Baz Luhrmann's modern cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet had caught the eye of Alicia Silverstone. Danes of course won the part of Juliet that would later give her a MTV Best Actress award and a growing, loyal following.
After deferring for a year, Claire will became a freshman at Yale University as a psychology major in 1998. She follows in her mentor's (Jodie Foster's) footsteps eighteen years after Foster graduated from Yale. Danes's late grandfather earned his doctorate at Yale in 1949, and was the dean of the School of Art and Architecture.
Claire Danes Filmography
Evening (2007) .... Ann
Stardust (2007) .... Yvaine
The Flock (2006) .... Allison
The Family Stone (2005) .... Julie Morton
Shopgirl (2005) .... Mirabelle Buttersfield
Stage Beauty (2004) .... Maria
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) .... Kate Brewster
... aka T3 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Terminator 3 - Rebellion der Maschinen (Germany)
The Rage in Placid Lake (2003) .... Girl at Seminar
It's All About Love (2003) .... Elena
The Hours (2002) .... Julia Vaughan
Igby Goes Down (2002) .... Sookie Sapperstein
Brokedown Palace (1999) .... Alice Marano
The Mod Squad (1999) .... Julie Barnes
Misérables, Les (1998) .... Cosette
... aka Misérables, Les (Germany)
Polish Wedding (1998) .... Hala
The Rainmaker (1997) .... Kelly Riker
... aka John Grisham's The Rainmaker
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode 23.6 (1997) TV Episode .... Host
U Turn (1997) .... Jenny
... aka U Turn - Ici commence l'enfer (France)
Mononoke-hime (1997) (voice: English version) .... San
... aka Princess Mononoke (USA)
Romeo + Juliet (1996) .... Juliet
... aka Romeo and Juliet
... aka William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (USA: complete title)
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) .... Rachel Lewis
I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) .... Daisy/Young Nana
Home for the Holidays (1995) .... Kitt Larson
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) .... Young Glady Jo Cleary
"My So-Called Life" .... Angela Chase
The Pesky Suitor (1995) .... Lisa
Dead Man's Jack (1995)
Little Women (1994) .... Beth March
"Lifestories: Families in Crisis"
- More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter (1994) TV Episode .... Katie Leiter
Geoffrey Beene 30 (1993) .... Girl
"Law & Order"
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Skin Deep (1992) TV Episode .... Tracy Brandt
Dreams of Love (1990)
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