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Claire Danes

Claire DanesAKA Claire Catherine Danes

Born: 12-Apr-1979
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: My So-Called Life

Claire Danes started taking acting lessons at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute when she was 11, and quickly won a role as a molested child in a film student's short film, Dreams of Love. At 14, she turned down a small role in Schindler's List to star in the TV teen drama, My So-Called Life. The show attracted a small but loyal audience but hovered near the bottom of the ratings, as Danes made her feature film debut playing Winona Ryder's younger sister in the 1994 remake of Little Women. After several supporting roles, she starred in I Love You, I Love You Not opposite Jude Law and Romeo + Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

In 1998, after filming Brokedown Palace in the Philippines, Danes told reporters on the film's promotional tour that Manila was a "ghastly and weird city" that "smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over, and there is no sewerage system, and the people do not have anything -- no arms, no legs, no eyes." Oddly, these remarks did not go over well in the Philippines, where most people actually do have arms and legs and flush toilets.

Father: Christopher Danes (software consultant, industrial photographer)
Mother: Carla Danes (painter, daycare provider)
Brother: Asa Danes (b. 1973, editor, Brooklyn Journal of International Law)
Boyfriend: Andrew Dorff (rock musician, brother of Stephen Dorff, together 1994-96)
Boyfriend: Matt Damon (together 1996)
Boyfriend: Ben Lee (Australian musician, together 1997-2003)
Boyfriend: Billy Crudup (together 2003)
Husband: Hugh Dancy (together 2006-09, m. Sep-2009, one son)
Son: Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy (b. 17-Dec-2012)

    Conservatory: Lee Strasberg Institute
    High School: Los Angeles Lycee Francais, Los Angeles, CA
    High School: Dalton School, Manhattan, NY
    University: Yale University (three years)

    Golden Globe 1995, Best Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series, for My So-Called Life
    Emmy 2010, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, for Temple Grandin
    Golden Globe 2011, Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, for Temple Grandin
    Golden Globe 2012, Best Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series, for Homeland
    Endorsement of Allergan Latisse eyelash extension (2010-)
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    TELEVISION
    Homeland Carrie Mathison (2011-)
    My So-Called Life Angela Chase (1994-95)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    As Cool As I Am (21-Jun-2013)
    Temple Grandin (6-Feb-2010) · Temple Grandin
    Me and Orson Welles (5-Sep-2008)
    The Flock (13-Sep-2007) · Allison Lowry
    Stardust (9-Aug-2007) · Yvaine
    Evening (9-Jun-2007) · Ann Grant
    The Family Stone (2-Dec-2005)
    Shopgirl (9-Sep-2005)
    Stage Beauty (8-May-2004)
    The Rage in Placid Lake (28-Aug-2003) · Girl at Seminar
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (30-Jun-2003) · Kate Brewster
    It's All About Love (10-Jan-2003) · Elena
    The Hours (18-Dec-2002) · Julia Vaughan
    Igby Goes Down (23-May-2002)
    Brokedown Palace (13-Aug-1999) · Alice Marano
    The Mod Squad (17-Mar-1999) · Julie
    Les Miserables (1-May-1998) · Cosette
    Polish Wedding (16-Jan-1998) · Hala
    The Rainmaker (21-Nov-1997) · Kelly Riker
    U Turn (27-Aug-1997) · Jenny
    Romeo + Juliet (1-Nov-1996) · Juliet
    To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (18-Oct-1996) · Rachel Lewis
    I Love You, I Love You Not (28-Aug-1996) · Young Nana
    Home for the Holidays (3-Nov-1995)
    How to Make an American Quilt (6-Oct-1995) · Young Glady Jo
    Little Women (21-Dec-1994) · Beth March


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