Danes at the 2012 Time 100
April 12, 1979 |
Manhattan, New York, USA
|Spouse(s)||Hugh Dancy (m. 2009)|
Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) 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 currently stars as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland. For her work, she has been awarded three Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.
Danes was born in Manhattan, New York. Her mother, Carla (née Hall), is a day-care provider, painter, and textile designer who later served as Danes' manager. Her father, Christopher Danes (born in Austin, Texas on May 6, 1944), 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.
Danes attended the Dalton School in New York City, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies (where one of her classmates was actress Morena Baccarin), 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. Director 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.
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, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy nomination. Despite being canceled after only 19 episodes, My So-Called Life has developed a large cult following. 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.
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. She won the 2013 Golden Globe and the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series for her performance. She also won the 2012 and 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Homeland. In 2012, TIME magazine named Danes one of the 100 most influential people in the World.
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. 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. Later that year, it was reported that she turned down the female lead role in Titanic. Danes said that, while she may have been considered for the part, she was never offered the role.
In 1997, Danes worked alongside two acclaimed directors. She played abused wife Kelly Riker in The Rainmaker, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, as well as the trashy and dim-witted Jenny in Oliver Stone's noir U Turn. In 1998, she played several very different roles: Cosette in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, and 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. 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, 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". She appeared in the drama film Evening and The Flock. She was also featured in the film Me and Orson Welles.
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.
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." Danes was praised for her dance skills and the acting talent that she brought to the project.
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."
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.
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 will host the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.
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. Later on, she met Australian singer Ben Lee at her birthday party, and they dated for almost six years. Their relationship ended in 2003. She dated actor Billy Crudup, who she met while filming Stage Beauty, from 2003 to 2006.
Danes met actor Hugh Dancy on the set of Evening in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2006. They began dating, and announced their engagement in February 2009. They married in France in a secret ceremony, sometime in late August or early September 2009. They have a son, Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, born on December 17, 2012.
|1994||Little Women||Beth March|
|1995||How to Make an American Quilt||Glady Jo Cleary|
|1995||Home for the Holidays||Kitt Larson|
|1996||I Love You, I Love You Not||Daisy / Young Nana|
|1996||To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday||Rachel Lewis|
|1996||Romeo + Juliet||Juliet Capulet|
|1997||The Rainmaker||Kelly Riker|
|1999||The Mod Squad||Julie Barnes|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Alice Marano|
|2002||Igby Goes Down||Sookie Sapperstein|
|2002||The Hours||Julia Vaughan|
|2003||It's All About Love||Elena|
|2003||The Rage in Placid Lake||Girl at seminar|
|2003||Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines||Kate Brewster|
|2005||The Family Stone||Julie Morton|
|2009||Me and Orson Welles||Sonja Jones|
|2013||As Cool As I Am||Lainee Diamond|
|1992||Law & Order||Tracy Brandt||Episode: "Skin Deep"|
|1994||Lifestories: Families in Crisis||Katie Leiter||Episode: "More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter"|
|1994–1995||My So-Called Life||Angela Chase|
|2010||Temple Grandin||Temple Grandin|
|2000||The Vagina Monologues||Westside Theatre|
|2005||Christina Olson: American Model||Christina Olson||Performance Space 122|
|2007||Edith and Jenny||Edith||Performance Space 122|
|2007||Pygmalion||Eliza Doolittle||American Airlines Theatre|
Awards and nominations
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- Claire Danes Emmy Award Winner
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- "MSCL cast reunited in Our Town (2000)". MSCL.com. May 15, 2002. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- "Christina Olson: American Model". Performance Space 122. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Stern, Carrie (October 2, 2005). "Christina Olsen: American Model". Dance Magazine. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- Deborah Jowitt (September 20, 2005). "A Star Dances". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- "Performance Space 122 > Performance Page". Ps122.org. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- "Claire Danes honored by Hasty Pudding Theatricals". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- "Death: The Time Of Your Life Collection". Neilgaimanbibliography.com. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- "Homeland-stjerne skal lede Nobelkonserten". nrk.no. October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
- "DVD Report – Being 15 isn't all it's cracked up to be". Boston Globe. 2007-10-28.
- Blackman, Guy (2005-05-15). "Tomorrow belongs to Ben". The Age.
- Zuckerman, Blaine (February 6, 2009). "Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy Are Engaged!". People. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
- "Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy Wed". People. September 28, 2009. "... tied the knot in a quiet ceremony in France a few weeks ago ..."
- Garcia, Jennifer; Messer, Lesley (December 19, 2012). "Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy Welcome Son Cyrus Michael Christopher". People. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
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