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Claire Danes won widespread acclaim for her
role on the critically-hailed ensemble series "My So-Called
Life." Her portrayal of the trials and times of a teenager
named Angela was recognized by an Emmy nomination and a Golden
Globe Award for Best Actress in a television drama.
Danes quickly moved into films, making her feature debut in Gillian Armstrong's version of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, "Little Women." Her portrayal of the frail third daughter, Beth, earned her rave reviews.
Danes went on to appear in Jocelyn Moorhouse's "How To Make An American Quilt," and Jodie Foster's family comedy, "Home for the Holidays." She is also starring in "To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday."
Born and raised in New York, Danes began modern dance classes at age four. However, she always aspired to be an actress, and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theater at the age of ten to pursue her dream. Additionally, she attended Dalton High School and the Professional Performing Arts School. She began performing in modern dancing theater productions, including "Happiness," at the Duo Theatre, "Kids on the Stage," at the Grand Central Partnership and "Punk Ballet," at the New Ritz Theater.
Danes recently completed "Polish Wedding" opposite Gabriel Byrne and Lena Olin. Her next film projects are Oliver Stone's "Stray Dogs" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker," based on John Grisham's novel. She performed the female lead act in Romeo and Juliet.