Claire Danes

     
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Real Name: Claire Danes
Birthday: April 12, 1979
Birth Place: New York City (USA)
Education: Professional Performing Arts School in New York.
Sign: Sun in Aries, Moon in Libra

 

Claire Danes Biography And Filmography:

Claire Danes is the amazing young actress who brought amazing talent to her starring role in the smash hit high school family drama "My So-Called Life" (1994-95). Her often sad role of a fifteen-year-old dealing with the problems of young angst led to the cult series flood of critical reviews and won her a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for work. 

Born in New York, Claire was encouraged to try acting by her parents, and started studying dance at age seven. By age nine, Danes was taking acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, starting her acting career on the off-off-Broadway stage with roles in "Happiness", "Punk Ballet" and "Kids on Stage.". At age twelve, Danes made her film acting debut playing a molested child in "Dreams of Love" (1992). The Claire appeared on television in a 1992 guest appearance on the NBC television crime drama series "Law & Order", playing a violent young girl who, with her mother, was involved with a sex crazed photographer. She also auditioned for "My So-Called Life" in 1992, at age thirteen, and shot the pilot in early 1993. 

Danes then took the role as the ill-fated Beth in a remake of the novel "Little Women" (1994), with Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale and Winona Ryder. Steven Spielberg hailed her as "one of the most exciting actresses to debut in ten years" and gave her a role in his Holocaust drama "Schindler's List" (1993) which she declined. When "My So-Called Life" was cancelled, though, the young actor was flooded with film and movie offers.


Danes was then cast and hired fir the lead role in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" (1996) as the young teen daughter helping her father deal with the death of her mother and "I Love You, I Love You Not" (1997) with Jude Law, as the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor. 

Claire then worked with Oliver Stone, who cast her as a white trash young teen princess in the unusual "U-Turn" (1997) with Billy Bob Thornton and Jennifer Lopez, and then Francis Ford Coppola, who hired her to play an abused wife who falls for young lawyer Matt Damon in John Grisham's "The Rainmaker" (1997), and Bille August, whose revision of "Les Miserables" (1998) featured her as Cosette. She went on to the role of a strong willed, unmarried and pregnant Polish-American next Gabriel Byrne and Lena Olin in the enchanting family story "Polish Wedding" later that year.

Starting in 1999, Claire Danes began taking on very different roles, starting with a part as a drug offender turned crime fighter in Scott Silver's feature "The Mod Squad.” While she did well in the action genre, the film was not a big hit, and flopped at the box office. Her role in "Brokedown Palace" with Kate Beckinsale also was not seen by many people. She next lent her vocal talents to the English vocal dubbing of Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed Japanese anime "Princess Mononoke". 

In 2002, Danes co-starred in the independent comedy feature "Igby Goes Down" with Ryan Phillippe, playing a young teen prep school girl caught between two considerably different brothers; and portrayed Meryl Streep's daughter Julia in "The Hours" with Nicole Kidman, before starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action-packed sequel "Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines," playing Kate Brewster, the love interest for the worlds hero in its war against the machines, John Conner (Nick Stahl).

After filming "Stage Beauty" (2004),where Danes played a 17th Century stage dresser who becomes an actress after England's king overrules the long tradition of men playing female roles in plays and becomes tangled with a displaced actor (Billy Cruddup) who specialized in portraying women, Danes got her first look at tabloid celebrity when Cruddup left his pregnant girlfriend, actress Mary-Louise Parker, for a romance with her in 2003.


Claire returned to the screen for "Shopgirl" (2005), a variation of Steve Martin's best selling 2001 book which cast her as a dejected Beverly Hills glove salesgirl who unexpectedly finds herself chased by a pair of polar opposite lovers, a successful man and dreamer.

She then co-starred in “The Family Stone” (2005), a romantic comedy about the oldest son in a family who brings his high-powered and controlling girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker) home for their annual holiday gathering, as conflicting attitudes causes embarrassment, confusion and eventually hostility. In 2005, Danes appeared in “The Flock,” a crime thriller about a vigilant federal agent who trains his young female replacement while tracking down a missing girl he’s convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender.

Danes was then hired and cast in the fantasy romance film "Stardust" (2007), set in a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. Next was the romantic drama "Evening" (2007) with Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, a drama exploring the romantic past and emotional present of Ann Grant and her daughters, Constance and Nina.  Claire Danes wrapped the year with the dramatic "Me and Orson Welles" (2009) with Zac Efron, about a young teen who is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar" directed by a young Orson Welles in 1937.

Danes next role was one of her best to date as she took the role of Temple Grandin in “Temple Grandin” (2010) - a biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. Grandin’s story would go one to be made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie and take home awards and accolades from audiences and critics alike.

Claire then turned her sights to TV with a 12 episode deal on the hit series  “Homeland” (2011) – the mystery thriller centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a driven and possibly unstable CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.

Danes wrapped her year on the big screen in a starring role for the comedy “As Cool as I Am” (2012) – about a smart teenage girl who comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.

 

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