Claire Danes

Claire Danes

Highest Rated: 100% Temple Grandin (2010)

Lowest Rated: 3% The Mod Squad (1999)

Birthday: Apr 12, 1979

Birthplace: New York City, NY

Since 1994, audiences have watched as Claire Danes has matured from awkward teen to one of the most popular actresses of her generation. Whether portraying the angst-ridden Angela Chase on My So-Called Life or trailer park trash in Oliver Stone's U-Turn, Danes has consistently displayed an uncommon maturity and insight in her performances that belies her relative inexperience. Her ability has won over countless critics and fans and has allowed her the opportunity to work with luminaries ranging from Jeanne Moreau to Jodie Foster and Francis Ford Coppola. Claire Catherine Danes was born April 12, 1979 in New York City and began acting shortly thereafter. With the support of her artistically-inclined parents (a painter mother and photographer father), Danes enrolled in an acting class at the Lee Strasberg Studio when she was nine years old. After attending the Professional Performing Arts School for the sixth and seventh grade, she went to Los Angeles in the hopes of being cast in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (Danes had previously appeared in an episode of Law and Order and in Dreams of Love, an obscure film produced by Milos Forman). While she was waiting for Spielberg's decision, serendipity struck in the form of the makers of a new TV show called My So-Called Life, who wanted Danes to star in their production. Danes agreed to do the show after turning down the role that Spielberg had decided to give her. Always someone interested in learning, Danes rejected Spielberg's offer because she wouldn't be able to receive schooling in Poland, where the movie was to be filmed.Premiering in 1994, My So-Called Life lasted only a couple of seasons, but garnered critical praise and a cult following during its brief lifetime. Moreover, it made Danes, if not a star, then a star in the making. Hollywood opened its bleary eyes and took notice, and soon Danes was being touted as the Next Big Thing. During the run of My So-Called Life, Danes starred as the saintly, sickly Beth in Gillian Armstrong's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women (1994). The film was a success, and allowed Danes to perform in the company of such well-respected actors as Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, and Gabriel Byrne (who would later play her father in Polish Wedding). Danes followed up Little Women with How to Make an American Quilt (1995), which, despite a stellar cast including Anne Bancroft, Alfre Woodard, and the great Jean Simmons, failed to make much of a critical or popular impression. Danes' next project, Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays, met with a similar fate, but afforded Danes the chance to work with Foster, who became a sort of mentor to the young actress.After making two more films, which continued Danes' pattern of starring in movies that behaved badly at the box office despite having bankable actors (Jeanne Moreau in the straight-to-video I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) and Michelle Pfeiffer in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)), Danes hit it big with Baz Luhrmann's wildly popular William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996). Her portrayal of Juliet broke the hearts and opened the tear ducts of many, while her pairing with Hot Young Thing Leonardo DiCaprio undoubtedly caused mass swooning incidents in theatres the world over. The critical and commercial success of the film meant that Danes was soon in great demand, as evidenced by the people she was able to work with over the next couple of years. After Romeo + Juliet, Danes worked with Oliver Stone on the lunatics-in-a-small-desert-town picture U-Turn (1997), a film that caused consternation among critics and at the box office. Danes' turn as Joaquin Phoenix's trashy girlfriend represented a departure from her previous, more innocent roles, something that she embellished upon in both Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker, where she played Andrew Shue's abused wife, and A Polish Wedding (1998), in which she portrayed the rebellious Hala. Neither movie was particularly su


Highest Rated Movies



52% A Kid Like Jake Alex Wheeler 2018
82% Brigsby Bear Clare $0.6M 2017
60% House of Z Actor 2017
14% As Cool As I Am Lainee 2013
No Score Yet Catch My Disease (Ben Lee: Catch My Disease) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Lemon Actor 2011
100% Temple Grandin Temple Grandin 2010
85% Me and Orson Welles Sonja Jones $1.1M 2009
No Score Yet The Flock Allison Lowry 2008
76% Stardust Yvaine $38.3M 2007
27% Evening Ann Grant $12.5M 2007
53% The Family Stone Julie Morton $59.9M 2005
60% Shopgirl Mirabelle Buttersfield $10.1M 2005
19% It's All About Love Elena 2004
64% Stage Beauty Maria $0.8M 2004
56% The Rage in Placid Lake Girl at Seminar 2004
69% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines Kate Brewster $150.3M 2003
80% The Hours Julia Vaughan $41.5M 2002
76% Igby Goes Down Sookie $4.7M 2002
No Score Yet Portrait of Leonardo: The Kid Who Took Hollywood Actor 2000
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) San [English Version] 1999
31% Brokedown Palace Alice Marano 1999
3% The Mod Squad Julie 1999
42% Polish Wedding Hala Pzoniak 1998
74% Les Miserables Cosette 1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Kelly Riker 1997
83% The Rainmaker Kelly Riker 1997
40% I Love You, I Love You Not Daisy 1997
61% U-Turn Jenny 1997
72% Romeo + Juliet Juliet 1996
14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Rachel 1996
63% Home for the Holidays Kit 1995
61% How to Make an American Quilt Young Glady Joe 1995
92% Little Women Beth March 1994


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100% Master of None
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Host Guest 1997
100% My So-Called Life
Angela Chase 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
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