Claire Danes

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Claire Danes
Claire Danes 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Danes at the 2012 Time 100
Born(1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 35)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
EducationProfessional Performing Arts School
Yale University
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Hugh Dancy (m. 2009)
Children1
 
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Claire Danes
Claire Danes 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Danes at the 2012 Time 100
Born(1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 35)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
EducationProfessional Performing Arts School
Yale University
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Hugh Dancy (m. 2009)
Children1

Claire Catherine Danes[1] (born April 12, 1979)[1] is an American actress. She has appeared as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, as Cosette in Les Misérables, as Yvaine in Stardust, and as Temple Grandin in the HBO television film Temple Grandin. She stars as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland. For her work, she has received three Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.

Early life[edit]

Danes was born in Manhattan, New York.[2] She has described her background as being "as WASPy as you can get".[3] Her mother, Carla Danes (née Hall), is a day-care provider, fine art painter, and textile designer who later served as Claire's manager. Her father, Christopher Danes (born in Austin, Texas on May 6, 1944),[4][5] is a computer consultant and former architectural photographer. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes (1910–1992 in Litchfield, Connecticut), was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University.[6][7]

Danes attended the Dalton School in New York City, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies[8] and the Lycée Français de Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. In 1998, Danes went to Yale University, her father's alma mater. Director Oliver Stone wrote her letter of recommendation to Yale.[8] After studying for two years as a psychology major, she dropped out of Yale to focus on her film career.

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Danes began her acting career as a guest star on Law & Order in the season 3 episode "Skin Deep". She also appeared in an episode of HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis entitled "The Coming out of Heidi Leiter". In March 1993, a pilot episode was shot, when Danes was 13 years old. It would be almost another year and a half before broadcast; she then starred as the 15-year-old Angela Chase in the television drama series My So-Called Life,[9] for which she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy nomination.[10] Despite being canceled after only 19 episodes, My So-Called Life has developed a large cult following.[11] In 1995, she starred in the Soul Asylum music video for "Just Like Anyone".

In 2010, Danes starred in the HBO production of Temple Grandin, a biopic about the eponymous woman with autism. She won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries award. The film was well received and Grandin herself praised Danes' performance.[12]

Since 2011, Danes has starred as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland in which she plays an agent of the CIA who, unbeknownst to her employer, has bipolar disorder. Her character believes a United States Marine Corps war hero is planning a terrorist attack while being tapped for high profile government service. The series costars Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis.[13] She won the 2013 Golden Globe and the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series for her performance.[14][15] She also won the 2012 and 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Homeland.[16] In 2012, TIME magazine named Danes one of the 100 most influential people in the World.[17]

Film[edit]

Danes played Beth March in the 1994 film adaptation of Little Women. Although ABC canceled My So-Called Life in 1995, the show helped her to receive more film roles.[18] She appeared in Home for the Holidays. She also appeared in the 1995 film I Love You, I Love You Not, and played Rachel in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. Her first leading role on the big screen came in 1996, when she portrayed Juliet in the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet.[18] Later that year, it was reported that she turned down the female lead role in Titanic.[19][20] Danes said that, while she may have been considered for the part, she was never offered the role.

Danes in Toronto, for a MuchOnDemand promotion of Stardust, 2007

In 1997, Danes worked alongside two acclaimed directors. She played abused wife Kelly Riker in The Rainmaker, directed by Francis Ford Coppola,[18] as well as the dim-witted Jenny in Oliver Stone's noir U Turn. In 1998, she played several very different roles: Cosette in Les Misérables, the pregnant teenage daughter of Polish immigrants in Polish Wedding. In 1999, she made her first appearance in an animated feature with the English version of Princess Mononoke. That same year, she played the role of Julie Barnes in the big screen adaptation of the 1970s TV show The Mod Squad, and took the lead role in Brokedown Palace.

Danes left her career temporarily to attend Yale, having made 13 films in five years.[18] In 2002, she returned to film. She starred in Igby Goes Down. Later that year, she co-starred as Clarissa Vaughan's (played by Meryl Streep) daughter in the Oscar-nominated film The Hours. 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 Shopgirl and The Family Stone. In 2007, she appeared in the fantasy Stardust, which she described as a "classic model of romantic comedy".[21] She appeared in the drama film Evening and The Flock. She was also featured in the film Me and Orson Welles.

Theater[edit]

Danes got her start in New York City theater appearing in performances of Happiness, Punk Ballet, and Kids Onstage, for which she choreographed her own dance. In April 2000, she appeared off Broadway in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. In November of that same year, she appeared as Emily Webb in a one night only staged reading of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. The production was staged by Bess Armstrong, who had played the mother of Danes' character on My So-Called Life.[22]

In September 2005, Danes returned to New York's Performance Space 122, where she had performed as a child. She appeared in choreographer Tamar Rogoff's solo dance piece "Christina Olson: American Model", where she portrayed the subject of Andrew Wyeth's famous painting Christina's World. Olson suffered from muscular deterioration that left her weak and partially paralyzed. "Tamar Rogoff uses her unique body-centric methodology to explore the ideas, spirit and physicality of a woman both rejected and revered."[23] Danes was praised for her dance skills and acting in the project.[24][25]

In January 2007, Danes performed in Performance Space 122's Edith and Jenny. In the two person dance performance, Danes and Flavin revisited their film and dance roots: "Danes and Flavin encounter their eleven year-old selves on screen, captured in their respective film debuts, Claire as Edith in Dreams of Love, and Ariel as Jenny in Coyote Mountain. Rites of passage unfold in fragments revealing the complexities of two fictional families. The lines between screen and stage, life and art, are blurred as Edith and Jenny, Danes and Flavin, form an alliance, stepping through and beyond their films and the fates of their families."[26]

Later in 2007, Danes made her Broadway theatre debut as Eliza Doolittle in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, directed by David Grindley at the American Airlines Theatre. In January 2012, Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals announced that they would honor Danes as their 2012 Woman of the Year.[27]

Other work[edit]

In 1997, Danes wrote an introduction to Neil Gaiman's Death: The Time of Your Life.[28]

In 2012, Danes's audiobook recording of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale was released at Audible.com. Her performance was nominated for a 2013 Audie Award in the Fiction category. She hosted the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Danes has an older brother, Asa (born 1973). Before she had her first kiss in real life, she had her first on-screen one in an episode of My So-Called Life.[30] Later on, she met Australian singer Ben Lee at her birthday party, and they dated for almost six years. Their relationship ended in 2003.[31] She dated actor Billy Crudup, who she met while filming Stage Beauty.

Danes met actor Hugh Dancy on the set of Evening in 2006 in Newport, Rhode Island. They began dating[32] and announced their engagement in February 2009.[32] They married in France in a secret ceremony in late August or early September 2009.[33] They have a son, Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, born on December 17, 2012.[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Little WomenBeth March
1995How to Make an American QuiltGlady Jo Cleary
1995Home for the HolidaysKitt Larson
1996I Love You, I Love You NotDaisy / Young Nana
1996To Gillian on Her 37th BirthdayRachel Lewis
1996Romeo + JulietJuliet Capulet
1997U TurnJenny
1997The RainmakerKelly Riker
1998Les MisérablesCosette
1998Polish WeddingHala
1999The Mod SquadJulie Barnes
1999Brokedown PalaceAlice Marano
1999Princess MononokeSanVoice (English dub)
2002Igby Goes DownSookie Sapperstein
2002The HoursJulia Vaughan
2003It's All About LoveElena
2003The Rage in Placid LakeGirl at seminar
2003Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesKate Brewster
2004Stage BeautyMaria
2005ShopgirlMirabelle Buttersfield
2005The Family StoneJulie Morton
2007EveningYoung Ann
2007StardustYvaine
2007The FlockAllison
2009Me and Orson WellesSonja Jones
2013As Cool As I AmLainee Diamond

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Law & OrderTracy BrandtEpisode: "Skin Deep"
1994Lifestories: Families in CrisisKatie LeiterEpisode: "More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter"
1994–1995My So-Called LifeAngela Chase
2010Temple GrandinTemple Grandin
2011–presentHomelandCarrie Mathison

Stage[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000The Vagina MonologuesWestside Theatre
2005Christina Olson: American ModelChristina OlsonPerformance Space 122
2007Edith and JennyEdithPerformance Space 122
2007PygmalionEliza DoolittleAmerican Airlines Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1994Golden Globe AwardGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaMy So-Called LifeWon
1994Primetime Emmy AwardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
1994Young Artist AwardsYoung Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Television SeriesWon
1994Chicago Film Critics AssociationChicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressLittle WomenNominated
1994Chicago Film Critics AssociationChicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising ActressNominated
1994Young Artist AwardsYoung Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion PictureNominated
1995Young Artist AwardsYoung Artist Award for Best Young Leading Actress – Feature FilmHome for the HolidaysNominated
1996Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – RomanceRomeo + JulietWon
1996London Film Critics Circle AwardsLondon Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the YearWon
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie Award for Best Female PerformanceWon
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss(Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio)Nominated
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio)Nominated
1996Young Artist AwardsYoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama FilmWon
1996Young Artist AwardsYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young ActressTo Gillian on Her 37th BirthdayWon
1997Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – DramaThe RainmakerNominated
2002Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsPhoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best CastThe HoursNominated
2002Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
2005Satellite AwardSatellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyShopgirlNominated
2005St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association AwardsSt. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best ActressNominated
2010Primetime Emmy AwardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or MovieTemple GrandinWon
2010Satellite AwardSatellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmWon
2010Golden Globe AwardGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmWon
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieWon
2011Satellite AwardSatellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series: DramaHomelandWon
2012Golden Globe AwardGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series: DramaWon
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
2012TCA AwardTCA Award for Individual Achievement in DramaWon
2012Primetime Emmy AwardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
2012Satellite AwardSatellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series: DramaWon
2013Golden Globe AwardGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaWon
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
2014Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated

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