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Claire Catherine Danes (born on April 12, 1979 in New York City) is an American film actress. She is perhaps most famous as "Angela Chase" in the 1994 television drama series My So-Called Life for which she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy nomination, followed by her role as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Danes attended the highly elite private school The Dalton School in New York City for one semester of her high school education and later attended Yale for two years starting in 1998.
For a number of years she and Australian singer Ben Lee dated, but their relationship ended in 2003. She is now dating Billy Crudup, who left his common-law spouse, actress Mary Louise Parker (who was 8 months pregnant with their child) for Danes. Danes and Crudup starred opposite each other in Princess Mononoke and Stage Beauty.
In 1999, while filming for Brokedown Palace, she and all material related to her were “banned” from the Philippines after she publicly criticized the capital, Manila, as "ghastly" and "smells like cockroaches".
- Mother: Carla Danes (day care provider, painter, textile designer, Claire's manager)
- Father: Chris Danes (computer consultant, former architectural photographer)
- Brother: Asa Danes (Oberlin College graduate, not-for-profit organizer)
Danes has appeared in Off-Broadway plays, including Happiness, Punk Ballet, and Kids On Stage, in which she choreographed her own solo dance.
- The Flock (2006)
- Pushers Needed (2005)
- The Family Stone (2005) - Julie Morton
- Shopgirl (2005) - Mirabelle Buttersfield
- Stage Beauty (2004) - Maria
- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) - Kate Brewster
- The Rage In Placid Lake (2003) - Girl at Seminar
- It's All About Love (2003) - Elena
- The Hours (2002) - Julia Vaughn
- Igby Goes Down (2002) - Sookie Sapperstein
- Brokedown Palace (1999) - Alice Marano
- The Mod Squad (1999) - Julie Barnes
- Polish Wedding (1998) - Hala
- Les Misérables (1998) - Cosette
- The Rainmaker (1997) - Kelly Riker
- U Turn (1997) - Jenny
- Princess Mononoke (1997) (voice)
- To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) - Rachel Lewis
- Romeo + Juliet (1996) - Juliet Capulet
- I Love You,I love you not" (1996)- Daisy/Young Nana
- Home for the Holidays (1995) - Kitt Larson
- How to Make an American Quilt (1995) - Young Glady Jo Cleary
- Little Women (1994) - Beth March
- Dreams of Love (1990)
- My So-Called Life (1994 series) - Angela Chase (1994-1995)
- Fresh Air radio interview - 26 October 2005