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Claire Danes

   

Birth name:

Claire Catherine Danes

Born:

12-Apr-1979

Birthplace:

New York City, New York, USA

Gender:

Female

Race or Ethnicity:

White

Sexual orientation:

Straight

Occupation:

Actress

Nationality:

United States

Executive summary:

My So-Called Life

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)

 
 

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Claire Danes - Biography

 

Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Angela Chase in the television series My So-Called Life, and for starring in films such as Romeo + Juliet (as Juliet), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (as Kate Brewster) and Stardust (as Yvaine). She has received a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for My So-Called Life, and has also worked in theatre and as a voice actor (Princess Mononoke).

Danes was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her mother, Carla, is a day-care provider, painter, and textile designer who later served as her daughter's manager, and her father, Christopher Danes, is a computer consultant and former architectural photographer. Danes has described her background as being "as WASPy as you can get"; her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, (1910-1992 in Litchfield, Connecticut) was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University. She has an older brother, Asa, who graduated from Oberlin College and works as a litigation attorney for the law firm of Paul Hastings.
Danes attended the Dalton School in New York City, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, the Professional Performing Arts School, and the Lycée Français de Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. In 1998, Danes went to Yale University, her father's alma mater. Oliver Stone wrote her letter of recommendation to Yale. After studying for two years as a psychology major, she dropped out of Yale to focus on her film career.

In 1994, 15-year-old Danes starred as the 15-year-old Angela Chase in the television drama series My So-Called Life, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy nomination. She played Elizabeth "Beth" March in the 1994 movie adaptation of Little Women. She also appeared as Holly Hunter's daughter in Home for the Holidays, which was directed by Jodie Foster. In 1995 she appeared in a Soul Asylum music video for the song "Just Like Anyone" as an Angel. She portrayed Juliet Capulet in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo Montague. Later that year, she was cited as having turned down the lead role in Titanic. Danes, however, said that while she may have been considered for the part, she was never offered the role. In 1999, she made her first appearance in an animated feature with the English version of Princess Mononoke, and took the lead role in Brokedown Palace, alongside Kate Beckinsale and Bill Pullman.
In 2002, Danes starred alongside Susan Sarandon, Kieran Culkin, and Bill Pullman again, in Igby Goes Down. She later co-starred as Meryl Streep's daughter in the Oscar-nominated, The Hours, with Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The following year, she was cast in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, followed by Stage Beauty in 2004. She earned critical acclaim in 2005 when she starred in Steve Martin's Shopgirl alongside Martin and Jason Schwartzman, and in The Family Stone opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton. In 2007, Danes appeared in the fantasy Stardust, which she described as a "classic model of romantic comedy", with Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and Sienna Miller, and appeared in The Flock, opposite Richard Gere.
Danes appeared in Off-Broadway plays including Happiness, Punk Ballet, and Kids On Stage, in which she choreographed her own solo dance. She also wrote the introduction to Neil Gaiman's Death: The Time of Your Life. Danes auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns before the role went to Kate Bosworth.
In March 2007, Danes appeared with Patrick Wilson in a television commercial for Gap in which the pair dances to the song " Anything You Can Do" from the musical Annie Get Your Gun. Danes has recently appeared onstage at Manhattan's PS122 an avant-garde performance space, in a series of dance pieces by choreographer Tamar Rogoff. Danes made her stage debut at PS122 as a child.
On October 19, 2007, Danes made her Broadway debut in the revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, starring as Eliza Doolittle.

Danes had her first onscreen kiss in an episode of My So-Called Life before she had one in real life. After meeting at her birthday party, she and Australian singer Ben Lee dated for almost six years, their relationship ending in 2003. She also dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio whom she met while filming Romeo + Juliette for 2 years. She has dated Andrew Dorff, actor Stephen Dorff's younger brother, and Matt Damon. Beginning in 2004, she dated her Stage Beauty and Princess Mononoke co-star Billy Crudup, which generated negative publicity due to rumors that their relationship caused the end of Crudup's relationship to then-pregnant Mary-Louise Parker. Both denied that they were involved prior to the end of Crudup's relationship with Parker. Danes's relationship with Crudup ended in December 2006, amid rumors of an affair by Danes with Hugh Dancy, her co-star in Evening. Danes confirmed on the June 27, 2007 episode of Late Show with David Letterman that she was dating Dancy. Danes, 30, and Dancy, 34, were married in a quiet ceremony in France in 2009.

 

Claire Danes - Personal Quotes

 

(On co-star Kate Beckinsale on hoping to become friends) "That was wrong. We didn't. She's complicated. She's prickly".

"I live in an adult World, but I'm a kid. I love the work. But I no longer have a group of friends to hang out with regularly."

(on education vs. career) "I was told that my going to college wouldn't be good for my career. I think that's nonsense. It's good to empower yourself by cutting yourself off from this business every once in a while."

"I have a huge, active imagination, [and] I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman."

"My line about Arnold is that he doesn't get in his own way. He is not apologetic about achieving his goals. And when you have that attitude, it's amazing what one can accomplish. He wanted to give me relationship advice. I was having trouble with a female friend, and he said, be really forthright and do not accommodate her needs excessively. I took his advice and we're not friends anymore. So there you go."

"I was intimidated. There was the accent, the period of the film, and I had to act badly. I kept laughing during those scenes because I was god-awful. I've worked so hard to be good, and now I had to work even harder to be bad" [On Stage Beauty (2004)].

"It's very difficult to judge yourself. Extreme self-doubt is only attractive when it's fictionalized. Which is why people love the movies. They are so reassuring."

"I had an unwavering focus. My parents never condescended to me. As a child, I always sat at the head of our dinner table. I was always given a lot of responsibility. It was all rather amazing when I think about it now."

"I was a very confident child. I knew I wanted to be an actress from the age of 5. Madonna was my original muse -- around 5, I saw her perform on TV, and I realized that performing could be one's vocation. Then, at 7 or 8, I realized that most actors don't make a lot of money, and I amended my plan. But at 9, I seized my destiny. I made a formal announcement to my parents that I had to be true to my art. Money or no money, acting is my calling".

"I never thought of myself as a child actor. I knew I was a kid, but they weren't related. There was nothing I could do about being a kid, and meanwhile I was an actress, and I had something to say in my acting."

"I think that everybody wants to create, to do something that feels genuine and kinetic and spontaneous. I think actors want to surprise themselves. When it's really good, you kind of transcend yourself, and that happens infrequently. Very, very rarely. You might get one or two of those moments on a film, say, and sometimes they don't even use the takes where that happens. And I'm not really that moralistic about how you get there."

"I would like to have a family, but I'm trying not to make any plans, because when I do, everything goes wrong." [On having children, December 21, 2005]

"I'll never wear a thong again. I'm a Speedo gal" - on her shocking swimsuit scene in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996).

"Usually, my social life and my sanity and my health are the things that are sacrificed" -on her non-stop work schedule.

"The point of acting is to share, to connect. That's why I act. Acting is the greatest answer to my loneliness that I have found."

 

Claire Danes - Filmography

 

Temple Grandin (2010) (TV) .... Temple Grandin
Me and Orson Welles (2008) .... Sonja Jones
Stardust (2007) .... Yvaine
The Flock (2007) .... Allison Lowry
Evening (2007) .... Ann Grant
... aka Spuren eines Lebens (Germany)
The Family Stone (2005) .... Julie Morton
Shopgirl (2005) .... Mirabelle
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
Brokedown Palace (1999) .... Alice Marano
The Mod Squad (1999) .... Julie
Les misérables (1998) .... Cosette
... aka Les misérables (Germany)
Polish Wedding (1998) .... Hala
The Rainmaker (1997) .... Kelly Riker
... aka John Grisham's The Rainmaker (USA: complete title)
U Turn (1997) .... Jenny
... aka U Turn - Ici commence l'enfer (France)
Mononoke-hime (1997) (voice: English version) .... San
... aka Princess Mononoke (UK) (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 (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
- In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (1995) TV episode .... Angela Chase
- Weekend (1995) TV episode .... Angela Chase
- Betrayal (1995) TV episode .... Angela Chase
- Resolutions (1995) TV episode .... Angela Chase
- So-Called Angels (1994) TV episode .... Angela Chase
(14 more)
Dead Man's Jack (1995)
The Pesky Suitor (1995) .... Lisa
Little Women (1994) .... Beth March
... aka Les quatre filles du Docteur March (Canada: French title)
"Lifestories: Families in Crisis" .... Katie Leiter (1 episode, 1994)
- More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter (1994) TV episode .... Katie Leiter
Geoffrey Beene 30 (1993) .... Girl
"Law & Order" .... Tracy Brandt (1 episode, 1992)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Skin Deep (1992) TV episode .... Tracy Brandt
Dreams of Love (1990)

 

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