Claire Danes

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Claire Danes
Claire Danes 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Danes at the 2012 Time 100
Born Claire Catherine Danes
(1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 35)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Education Lycée Français de Los Angeles
Yale University
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Hugh Dancy (m. 2009)
Children 1

Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979)[1] is an American actress best known as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life,[2] as Temple Grandin in the HBO television film Temple Grandin, and as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland.[3][4] She has received three Emmy Awards (and 5 nominations),[5] four Golden Globe Awards,[6] and two Screen Actors Guild Awards (6 nominations).[7]

Early life[edit]

Danes was born in Manhattan, New York,[8] the daughter of a sculptor and printmaking artist, Carla Danes (née Hall),[9] and a photographer, Christopher Danes.[10] She has an older brother named Asa Danes, born in 1972, who is a lawyer.[1][11][12]

Danes's parents met when they were both studying at the Rhode Island School of Design.[8] Danes's mother was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1945 and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Education from Rhode Island School of Design (1967), an Associate of Applied Science in Textile Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (1971), a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College (1987), and a Masters of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design (2002).[11] During Danes's childhood her mother ran a small toddler day-care center called Danes Tribe out of the family's SoHo loft to supplement her work as a painter and textile designer, later serving as Danes's manager.[13] Danes's mother was always interested in art and early childhood development and education, stemming from being the eldest of five children, who she helped raise.[8]

Danes's father was born in Austin, Texas in 1944 and, after initially studying Biology and Civil Engineering at Brown University, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design (1968), where he studied with Harry Callahan.[14] During Danes's childhood her father worked as a general contractor for 20 years, working on residential buildings in a company he ran called Overall Construction in New York.[8] He also worked as a photographer and computer consultant.[8] He is the son of Gibson Andrew Danes,[15] a former dean of Yale School of Art and Architecture from 1958 to 1968.[13] Danes is named after her paternal grandmother, Claire Danes (née Tomowske),[16] who died in 1953.[17]

The family lived in an artist's loft on Crosby Street.[18][19] Danes attended P.S. 3 and PS 11 for elementary school and Professional Performing Arts School for junior high school (during its first year of existence).[20] She attended Dalton for one year of high school before moving with her parents to Santa Monica, California for the role in My So-Called Life – her brother was at Oberlin College at this point.[8] Danes said they moved two days after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, experiencing "all of those aftershocks – which were kind of strange but kind of felt like the subway was rumbling." She described it as a time of transition, somewhat like a metaphor for the shift in family direction as the family adjusted to a new life in California.[8]

Danes also attended the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in New York City (which her Homeland co-star Morena Baccarin also attended -- and who also experienced bullying by a girl there).[8] Danes eventually graduating from the Lycée Français de Los Angeles in 1997, but said that this involved "a lot of tutoring,"[8] that her more regular high school experiences and references came from her time at Dalton.[21][22]

In 1998, Danes went to Yale University. Director Oliver Stone wrote her letter of recommendation. After studying for two years as a psychology major, she dropped out of Yale to focus on her film career.[8]

She has described her background as being "as WASPy as you can get".[23]

Career[edit]

Danes initially started studying dance when she was six years old.[24] Danes took dance classes from Ellen Robbins at Dance Theater Workshop and acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute at the age of ten.[24] From the Dance Theater Workshop class with Robbins, Danes got cast by theater scouts for local avante-garde New York City theater and video productions.[8] Although she continued to dance, Danes said that her focus shifted to acting by the time she was nine years old.[13]

Her best friend Ariel Rogoff (whose mother is choreographer Tamar Rogoff) did a student film under the tutelage of Miloš Forman who was teaching at Columbia University and they needed child actors; young Rogoff was not interested in another film but Danes was. That was her first audition, at age 11, with Forman. This led to work on a cluster of other student films.[8]

Growing up Danes thought she wanted to be a therapist. She says that being an actress is ideal because it merges her interest in psychology and being an artist.[8] She got signed by agent Karen Friedman at the Writers & Artists talent agency at the age of 12.[8]

Television[edit]

At age 13, Danes's first big job was working on the Dudley Moore TV sitcom pilot called Dudley, which was shot at Silvercup Studios in Astoria, Queens.[8]

Danes played a teenage murderer in a guest starring role on Law & Order in the season three 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,[25] 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.[26] 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's performance.[27]

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.[28] 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.[29] In 2012, TIME magazine named Danes one of the 100 most influential people in the World.[30]

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.[19] 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,[19] inspiring director Baz Luhrmann to call her, at age 16, "the Meryl Streep of her generation."[28] Later that year, it was reported that she turned down the female lead role in Titanic.[31][32] 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,[19] 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, 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.[19] 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".[33] 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's character on My So-Called Life.[34]

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."[35] Danes was praised for her dance skills and acting in the project.[36][37]

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."[38]

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.[39] In January 2012, Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals announced that they would honor Danes as their 2012 Woman of the Year.[40]

Other work[edit]

In 1997, Danes wrote an introduction to Neil Gaiman's Death: The Time of Your Life.[41]

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.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Before she had her first kiss in real life, she had her first on-screen one in an episode of My So-Called Life.[43]

Danes met Australian singer Ben Lee at her birthday party in 1997 -- they dated for almost six years. Their relationship ended in 2003.[44] In 2004, Danes was in a relationship with former Stage Beauty co-star, Billy Crudup, for four years.[4][45][46][39][47]

Danes met actor Hugh Dancy on the set of Evening in 2006 in Newport, Rhode Island. They began dating and announced their engagement in February 2009.[48] They married in France in a secret ceremony in late August or early September 2009.[49] They have a son, Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, born on December 17, 2012.[50]

Danes and her mother are supporters of the charity Afghan Hands, "a non-profit organization that supports disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan gain independence, education, and livable wages."[51]

Danes is an avid runner and embroiders.[8] She lives in the West Village neighborhood of New York City.[52]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 U Turn Jenny
1997 The Rainmaker Kelly Riker
1998 Les Misérables Cosette
1998 Polish Wedding Hala
1999 The Mod Squad Julie Barnes
1999 Brokedown Palace Alice Marano
1999 Princess Mononoke San Voice (English dub)
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
2004 Stage Beauty Maria
2005 Shopgirl Mirabelle Buttersfield
2005 The Family Stone Julie Morton
2007 Evening Young Ann
2007 Stardust Yvaine
2007 The Flock Allison
2009 Me and Orson Welles Sonja Jones
2013 As Cool as I Am Lainee Diamond

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
1997 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Claire Danes/Mariah Carey"
2010 Temple Grandin Temple Grandin
2011–present Homeland Carrie Mathison Also Producer

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1994 Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama My So-Called Life Won
1994 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
1994 Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Won
1994 Chicago Film Critics Association Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Little Women Nominated
1994 Chicago Film Critics Association Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress Nominated
1994 Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Nominated
1995 Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award for Best Young Leading Actress – Feature Film Home for the Holidays Nominated
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Romance Romeo + Juliet Won
1996 London Film Critics Circle Awards London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year Won
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance Won
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss(Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio) Nominated
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio) Nominated
1996 Young Artist Awards YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Won
1996 Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Won
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama The Rainmaker Nominated
2002 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast The Hours Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2005 Satellite Award Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Shopgirl Nominated
2005 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Temple Grandin Won
2010 Satellite Award Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Won
2010 Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Won
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series: Drama Homeland Won
2012 Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series: Drama Won
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
2012 TCA Award TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
2012 Satellite Award Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series: Drama Won
2013 Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

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