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Name: Claire Catherine Danes                                                         
Born: 12 April 1979 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA                         
Claire Catherine Danes (born on April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award-winning     
and Emmy Award-nominated American film, television, and theater actress most         
known for the television series, My So-Called Life, and the films, Romeo +           
Juliet, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Stardust.                             
Danes was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her mother, Carla, is a       
day-care provider, painter, and textile designer who would later serve 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 A. Danes,         
was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University. She             
has a 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). After studying for two years as a         
psychology major, she dropped out of Yale to focus on her film career.               
An early role for Danes was that of Angela Chase in the 1994 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           
adaption of Little Women. She also appeared as Holly Hunter's daughter in Home       
for the Holidays, which was directed by Jodie Foster. This was followed by her       
role as Juliet Capulet in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo +     
Juliet, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The same year she turned down the lead       
role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic because she had been exhausted by working     
on Romeo + Juliet. She made her first appearance in an animated feature in 1999     
with the English version of Princess Mononoke. During the same year, she took       
the lead role in Brokedown Palace, alongside Kate Beckinsale and Bill Pullman.       
In 2002, Danes starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Kieran Culkin 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 with 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 epic Stardust, which she described as a "classic model of romantic           
comedy", opposite Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and Sienna         
Miller, and will appear 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 also               
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.