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Also Known As: Claire Catherine Danes Died:
Born: April 12, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Claire Danes was barely in her teens when she made a significant impact on primetime television with the startling authenticity, intelligence and complexity she brought to her starring role on the landmark drama "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95). Following the beloved show's early demise, Danes headed straight for dramatic feature films, maintaining her "thinking teen" persona in Baz Luhrman's "Romeo + Juliet" (1996) and the Academy Award-nominated "The Hours" (2002). While Danes branched out with comedies including "The Family Stone" (2005) and the fantasy "Stardust" (2007), it was character-driven dramas like "Shopgirl" (2005) that best showcased the actress' skillful embodiment of a vulnerable female on the verge of an empowered breakthrough. She once again found wide critical acclaim on television for her Emmy-winning performance in the title role of the biopic "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010), followed by a return to episodic series work as one of the stars of the espionage thriller "Homeland" (Showtime, 2011- ). Having successfully made the transition from small screen to feature films and back again, Danes remained one of the more impressive performers in either medium. ...

Claire Danes was barely in her teens when she made a significant impact on primetime television with the startling authenticity, intelligence and complexity she brought to her starring role on the landmark drama "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95). Following the beloved show's early demise, Danes headed straight for dramatic feature films, maintaining her "thinking teen" persona in Baz Luhrman's "Romeo + Juliet" (1996) and the Academy Award-nominated "The Hours" (2002). While Danes branched out with comedies including "The Family Stone" (2005) and the fantasy "Stardust" (2007), it was character-driven dramas like "Shopgirl" (2005) that best showcased the actress' skillful embodiment of a vulnerable female on the verge of an empowered breakthrough. She once again found wide critical acclaim on television for her Emmy-winning performance in the title role of the biopic "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010), followed by a return to episodic series work as one of the stars of the espionage thriller "Homeland" (Showtime, 2011- ). Having successfully made the transition from small screen to feature films and back again, Danes remained one of the more impressive performers in either medium.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 As Cool As I Am (2013)
2.
 Catch My Disease (2010)
3.
 Temple Grandin (2010)
4.
5.
 Stardust (2007)
6.
 Evening (2007)
7.
 Flock, The (2007)
8.
 Family Stone, The (2005) Cast
9.
 Shopgirl (2005) Mirabelle
10.
 Stage Beauty (2004) Maria
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Milestones close milestones

1985:
Began studying modern dance at age six
:
Started acting career on the Off-Off-Broadway stage in productions of "Happiness" and "Kids on Stage"; choreographed a solo dance piece for the latter
1992:
Made film acting debut at age 11 playing a molested child in the student short "Dreams of Love"
1992:
Made her TV debut, playing a suspected murderer on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order"
1992:
Auditioned for the role of Angela in "My So-Called Life" (ABC) at age 13
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Turned down a role in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"
1993:
Shot the pilot for "My So-Called Life"
1994:
Appeared in "More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter," an installment of HBO's "Lifestories: Families in Crisis"
1994:
Starred as Angela Chase in the acclaimed but short-lived ABC series "My So-Called Life"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in 1995
1994:
Made feature acting debut playing Beth March in the remake of "Little Women"
1995:
Appeared in the music video for "Just Like Anyone" by Soul Asylum
1995:
Played a young version of Anne Bancroft's character in "How to Make an American Quilt"
1995:
Cast as Holly Hunter's precocious daughter in "Home for the Holidays"; directed by Jodie Foster
1996:
Starred as a teenager whose father (Peter Gallagher) continues to struggle with the untimely death of her mother (Michelle Pfieffer) in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday"
1996:
Played Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo in Baz Luhrmann's highly stylized update of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"
1997:
Played Joaquin Phoenix's tarty lover in Oliver Stone's "U-Turn"
1997:
Featured in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker" as an abused wife who falls for lawyer Matt Damon; adapted from the John Grisham novel
1998:
Portrayed Cosette in Bille August's take on the Victor Hugo classic "Les Miserables"
1998:
Starred as an unmarried and pregnant young Polish-American girl in "Polish Wedding"
1999:
Played the female lead in the big screen version of the 1960s TV show "The Mod Squad"
1999:
Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in the gripping Thailand prison-set drama "Brokedown Palace"
2000:
Played one of Richard Gere's daughters in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women"
2002:
Had a small supporting role as Meryl Streep's daughter in the Academy Award-nominated "The Hours"
2002:
Co-starred with Susan Sarandon, Kieran Culkin and Bill Pullman in "Igby Goes Down"
2003:
Played John Connors' love interest in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"
2003:
Teamed romantically with Joaquin Phoenix in "It's All About Love"
2004:
Co-starred with Billy Crudup in Richard Eyre's "Stage Beauty"
2005:
Starred in Steve Martin's "Shopgirl" alongside Martin and Jason Schwartzman
2005:
Played Sarah Jessica Parker's younger sister in the holiday comedy "The Family Stone"
2007:
Played a young Vanessa Redgrave in the ensemble drama "Evening"
2007:
Cast in the Matthew Vaughn-directed fantasy epic "Stardust"
2007:
Made her Broadway debut, playing Eliza Doolittle, in George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"
2009:
Co-starred with Zac Efron in the Richard Linklater-directed period film "Me and Orson Welles"
2010:
Portrayed the title role of an autistic woman in the HBO film "Temple Grandin"
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("Temple Grandin")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("Temple Grandin")
2011:
Starred as CIA Agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime drama thriller "Homeland"
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Education

Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute: New York , New York -
Professional Performing Arts School: New York , New York -
Le Lycée Français: Los Angeles , California -
Dalton School: New York , New York -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1998 - 2001

Notes

The Danes family motto is "You're not the only pebble on the beach."

Tom Shales from The Washington Post described her as "deep and mercurial and strikingly complex... "---From People, October 3, 1994.

"Claire Danes has a face of pure cream, and the heart and soul to match. At times beatific, the 16-year-old actress looks like she's lit from within. Given that she's best known as a girl named Angela on television's 'My So-Called Life', this seems more than serendipitous."---From US, May 1995.

"I want to keep playing teen parts that are honest enough to say. 'Sorry, these ain't the wonder years.'"---Danes to Harper's Bazaar, July 1995.

"You're always nervous before you start. No matter what your reputation, it's completely nervewracking. So I had a little breakdown before I went to Mexico City. I couldn't sleep, my heart was pounding at three in the morning. So I walked to my mother's room and tried to cuddle with her. Then I watched 'Grease 2' and that totally pacified me. You can really escape with that."---Danes relating her pre-shoot jitters for "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" to New York Post, October 30, 1996.

"It was just so hard. The place just fucking smelled of cockroaches. There's no sewage system in Manila, and people have nothing there. People with, like, no arms, no legs, no eyes, no teeth. We shot in a real [psychiatric] hospital, so takes would be interrupted by wailing women, like, 'Cut! Screaming person.' Rats were everywhere."---Danes' controversial comments regarding the "Brokedown Palace" Philippines location shoot to Premiere, October 1998.

"As an actor, you just remove yourself from reality completely for three months, and then when it's all over, you're left with few friends who are really angry because you haven't called, and a dusty home that's been neglected. That's utterly depressing. So my goal now is to integrate my life in to my work. I try to adapt to the various changes that have occurred in my life and evolve, but it does become quite scary sometimes. Some people feel a little claustrophobic when fame hits but you have to take it as it comes. It's really important not to be afraid of people. That's too damaging.

The perks are lovely, you know. It's really great to have success and money because suddenly you have all these choices. You can say 'I'm curious about Italy, let's go there this summer.' You get an incredible amount of access to so much."---Danes on the downsides and privileges of her chosen career to Empire, December 1998.

"I've never tackled this genre before. I was craving some levity. A huge motivation for me to do the project was people's surprised reaction to my decision. They were practically appalled!"---Danes on taking a role in the action-adventure "The Mod Squad" to USA Today, April 9, 1999.

"There's certainly something very uncomfortable about the voyeurism involved in being in the press, being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about, you. However, I'm at a very comfortable place in my career and celebrity, in that I don't have to audition as extensively as I used to for roles but yet I'm not immediately recognizable. So I walk around, ride the subway and occasionally there's a paparazzi lurking in the shadows but it's not very injurious. I haven't been threatened in the way that has crippled me, emotionally or physically."---Danes quoted to Paul Fischer of Film Monthly, June 15, 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Andrew Dorff. Musician. Born c. 1977; younger brother of actor Stephen Dorff; met in 1995; no longer together.
companion:
Matt Damon. Actor. Dated during filming of "The Rainmaker"; no longer together.
companion:
Ben Lee. Musician. Introduced by Winona Ryder; dating from 1997; rumored to have split as of November 2003; reps confirm they are still together December 2003.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Gibson Danes. Educator. Former dean of Yale's School of Art and Architecture; suffering with Alzheimer's disease, committed suicide in 1992 in a pact with his third wife.
grandmother:
Claire Danes. Died c. 1955; Danes is named after her.
father:
Chris Danes. Computer consultant, former architectural photographer. Born c. 1945 met wife at the Rhode Island School of Design.
mother:
Carla Danes. Day care provider, painter, former textile designer. Born c. 1946; met husband at the Rhode Island School of Design.
brother:
Asa Danes. Born c. 1972; graduated from Ohio's Oberlin College.
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