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Claire Danes

Actor

Born: 12 April 1979
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as:

Angela Chase on TV's My So-Called Life

Claire Danes made a splash as the teen heroine of My So-Called Life, a 1990s TV homage to high school angst. The show lasted for only 19 episodes in 1994-95, but became a cult favorite nonetheless. An actor since childhood, Claire Danes jumped successfully to the big screen in 1997's Romeo and Juliet, playing Juliet to Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo. She has been a regular on TV and in the movies, often in supporting roles in films like John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997, starring Matt Damon), Igby Goes Down (2002), The Hours (2002, starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman) and Me and Orson Welles (2009, with Zac Efron). Her other films include Oliver Stone's U Turn (1997, with Sean Penn), Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines (2003, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Martin's Shopgirl (2005). She won a 2010 Emmy Award for playing real-life autistic professor Temple Grandin in the HBO movie Temple Grandin, and a 2012 Emmy for playing a bipolar CIA counter-terrorism expert in the TV drama Homeland.

Extra credit:

Claire Danes married the actor Hugh Dancy in 2009. Their first child, a son named Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, was born on 17 December 2012... Following in the footsteps of Jodie Foster, Claire Danes enrolled in Yale University in 1998; she attended for two years before quitting school to continue with her acting career.

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