Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role in the television series My So-Called Life as Angela Chase, and for starring in films such as Romeo + Juliet (as Juliet), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (as Kate Brewster) and Stardust (as Yvaine). She has received a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination, and has also worked in theatre and as a voice actor (Princess Mononoke).Danes was born in New York City, New York. Her mother, Carla, is a day-care provider, painter, and textile designer who later served as her daughter's manager, and her father, Christopher Danes (b.1950, in Travis, Texas) 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. She has an older brother, Asa, who graduated from Oberlin College and works as a litigation attorney for the law firm of Paul Hastings.
Danes attended the Dalton School in New York City, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, 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. 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.
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