Claire Catherine Danes (born on April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American film, television, and theater actress.
Danes was born in Manhattan to Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and former architectural photographer, and Carla, a day care provider, painter, and textile designer who would later serve as Claire's manager. Danes has described her background as being "as WASPy as you can get"; her paternal grandfather, Gibson A. Danes, was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University. She has a 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 Professional Performing Arts School in New York City, and the exclusive private high school Lycée Français de Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. In 1998, Danes went to Yale University (her father's alma mater). After studying for two years as a psychology...
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Stardust is a 2007 fantasy film directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's novella of the same name, illustrated by Charles Vess, originally published by DC Comics, and stars an ensemble cast.The film's plot begins around 150 years ago, in an English town named Wall. Wall is built beside a wall which is secretly a portal to a magical kingdom named Stormhold. After a man named Dunstan Thorne (Nathaniel Parker as the elder) crosses the wall, he meets and makes love to a woman, Una (Kate Magowan), who is the slave of the witch Ditchwater Sal (Melanie Hill). Nine months later, Una sends him a baby in a basket—their infant son, Tristan.Eighteen years later, the King of Stormhold (Peter O'Toole) is dying, and his seven sons, four alive (Septimus, Primus, Tertius, and Secundus) and three already dead and looking on as ghosts (Quartus, Quintus, and Sextus) fight for who will be the next king. Secundus appears late, and the king tricks him into being pushed off a balcony...,
The Flock is a film directed by Wai Keung Lau to be released in October of 2007 in the USA.While training his young female replacement (Claire Danes), a hyper-vigilant federal agent (Richard Gere) must track down a missing girl whom he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he's investigating. Working against the clock they unravel the twisted details to track the potential killer....
The Family Stone is a feature film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha and released on December 16, 2005. It is an ensemble piece depicting the holiday misadventures of the Stone family when the eldest son brings his girlfriend home intending to propose to her with the cherished family engagement ring. The film stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Craig T. Nelson, Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Brian J. White, Claire Danes and Dermot Mulroney. Parker was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.The title's meaning is three-fold. It refers literally to an heirloom diamond wedding ring the family owns. It also refers to the family last name of "Stone". Ultimately it alludes to the character of Sybil, the family matriarch who holds them all together.The movie is set during Christmas in the fictional town of Thayer, Connecticut. Everett (Mulroney) has brought home Meredith (Parker) to meet his family, the Stones. Even before they arrive, however,...,
Stage Beauty is a 2004 romantic drama film set in the 1660s, starring Claire Danes and Billy Crudup. It was directed by Sir Richard Eyre and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from his own play, Compleat Female Stage Beauty.It follows the fortunes of and relationship between Maria (sounds like Mariah) (Claire Danes), one of the first actresses to perform female roles on the English stage, and Edward Kynaston (Billy Crudup), one of the leading male actors of these roles. Although the Maria character and the storyline is fictional, it is based on the historical period (c. 1660) when actresses first appeared on the English stage, and includes real historical figures such as Edward (Ned) Kynaston, Samuel Pepys, Charles II and Charles II's favourite mistress, Nell Gwynne.Some of the film's scenes have a historical basis. The first English actress is indeed believed to have performed the role of Desdemona in Othello, although her name is unknown (Thomson, 206-7). The sequence in which Kynaston...,
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (commonly abbreviated as T3) is a 2003 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes and Kristanna Loken. It is the sequel to The Terminator, released in 1984, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, released in 1991. It was released in the United States on July 2, 2003.
This film was Arnold Schwarzenegger's final starring role before becoming Governor of California. Warner Home Video released the film on HD DVD on May 9 2006 in North America.After the failure of Skynet to kill Sarah Connor before her son is born, and to kill John himself as a child, it sends back another Terminator in a last attempt before Judgment Day to wipe out as many resistance officers as possible, including John and his future wife.
A fourth film in the saga has been announced, and is slated to be released in 2008 or 2009, written by T3 writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris. To date, a cast list has not been released...
It's All About Love is a 2003 film by Thomas Vinterberg. It can be classified as an apocalyptic science fiction movie, but the author prefers to call it "a dream".The movie was written, directed and produced by Vinterberg over a period of five years. In difference from his earlier Danish films, this movie was entirely in English and featured among others Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn. The movie was not very successful, and critics mostly panned it.Richard Roeper called the film "like Kubrick with a talent-ectomy" and Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News declared that "Surely, Vinterberg was high on some inert gas when he embarked on it";. Dennis Lim of the Village Voice, however found some to like in the film:At a certain point during production Vinterberg called up Ingmar Bergman and asked him to come and help him finish the film, as he felt he could not complete it himself. He recalls that:(From an interview in Berlingske Tidende.)The movie also breaks every rule...,
Igby Goes Down is a 2002 film that follows the life of Igby Slocumb. It is written and directed by Burr Steers. It is rated R by MPAA for language, sexuality and drug content.Igby Goes Down follows the life of Igby Slocumb (Kieran Culkin), the disaffected son of a wealthy family who, after a series of less-than-satisfactory encounters with education and his own family, seeks solace in the SoHo section of New York City.This satirical black comedy features Susan Sarandon as Mimi Slocumb, Igby's cold and calculating mother; Ryan Phillippe as Oliver "Ollie" Slocumb, his "fascist" older brother and Columbia University student to whom the most important thing is outward affluence; Bill Pullman as Jason Slocumb, his schizophrenic father; Jeff Goldblum as D.H. Banes, Igby's extremely wealthy, morally corrupted godfather and benefactor who is later revealed to be his biological father; and Claire Danes as Sookie Sapperstein, a Bennington student who falls into a romance with Igby, only to...,
Shopgirl is a 2005 film starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman. It is based on the 2001 novella of the same name. Both the novella and the screenplay were written by Steve Martin. The film was released in the United States on October 21 2005. The DVD was released April 25, 2006. The story follows Mirabelle Buttersfield, an aspiring artist, who works at Saks Fifth Avenue (Neiman Marcus in the novella) in Beverly Hills, California. She meets two men who are romantically pursuing her at the same time. One, Ray Porter, is a wealthy, divorced logician. The other, named Jeremy, is an awkward young amplifier salesman and aspiring font artist. Mirabelle is swept off her feet by the former, who is unable to commit to her emotionally. The situation is further clouded when the latter falls madly in love with her; although she finds him somewhat less desirable than his older rival, he can offer her the promise of exclusivity. At first, Mirabelle chooses Ray over Jeremy. They...,
Brokedown Palace is an American film directed by Jonathan Kaplan, and starring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale (see 1999 in film).
Lifelong best friends Alice Marano (Danes) and Darlene Davis (Beckinsale), change their pre-college summer vacation destination from Hawaii to Thailand at Alice's insistence. While there, they meet a captivating Australian man, Nick Parks (Daniel Lapaine), who befriends them and invites them along with him to Hong Kong. However, the girls are found with large amounts of heroin at Bangkok International Airport while preparing to board their plane, and are quickly taken into custody for drug smuggling. Darlene is tricked into signing a confession in a foreign language she does not understand.
The story takes an abrupt turn as the girls find themselves sentenced to lengthy terms (33 years, plus fifteen for an escape attempt) in a grim Thai women's prison, called the Brokedown Palace by its inmates. During the first several months of their incarceration, the...,
The Mod Squad is a 1999 film directed by Scott Silver. It is based on the television show The Mod Squad. The film was nominated for "Worst Screenplay" in 1999 Golden Raspberry Awards.Julie (played by Claire Danes), Peter (Giovanni Ribisi) and Lincoln (Omar Epps) are three minor delinquents who choose to become undercover cops in place of serving their jail terms. When their superior Capt. Adam Greer (Dennis Farina) was murdered, the trio set out to find the real culprits....,
Les Misérables is a 1998 film version of Victor Hugo's classic novel of the same name, directed by Bille August. It stars Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Claire Danes and Uma Thurman.
As in the original novel, the story line follows the adult life of Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson), an ex-convict (paroled following 19 years of hard labor, for stealing bread) pursued by police Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush). The movie is relatively true to Hugo's original novel, but shortens and simplifies the story considerably, and leaves out several important characters and scenes from the book.
Through the kindness of a bishop that Valjean was robbing, Valjean starts his life anew, becoming a wealthy industrialist, and a mayor, eventually befriending Fantine, a single mother turned prostitute, played by Uma Thurman. At Fantine's death, the Mayor agrees to raise her very young daughter, Cosette, while he goes into hiding from Javert. Many years later, the adolescent Cosette, played by Claire Danes,...
The Rainmaker is also a 1995 novel by John Grisham that was made into a 1997 motion picture starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place and Red West.
Matt Damon plays Rudy Baylor, a law graduate from the University of Memphis Law School. Unlike most of his fellow graduates, he has no well-paying job lined up and is forced to apply for part-time and poorly-paid law positions.
Desperate for a job, he reluctantly allows "Prince" Thomas, the crooked owner of a sleazy bar where he's been working part-time, to introduce him to J. Lyman "Bruiser" Stone (Mickey Rourke), a ruthless but successful ambulance-chasing lawyer, who makes him an associate. But to earn his fee, Rudy is required to hunt for potential clients at the local hospital where he must pick up injury cases and sign them up. He is introduced to Deck Shifflet (Danny deVito), a less-than-ethical former insurance assessor and now paralegal, who has failed the Bar exam six times. However, Deck is...,
I Love You, I Love You Not is a 1996 romantic drama film directed by Billy Hopkins and written (also the play) by Wendy Kesselman. It was released in the US on October 31, 1997.The film is told through the stories of two women: Nana, a grandmother, and Daisy, her granddaughter. Daisy tells Nana of her romance with a young man named Ethan and her problems at school because she's Jewish; Nana tells the story of her young life when she was sent to a ghetto and then a concentration camp.The region 1 DVD was released February 15, 2000....,
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.This film is a transposition of Shakespeare's play into the present day, with swords replaced by guns and castles with skyscrapers, and was directed to a younger, modern audience. However, the film retains Shakespeare's original dialogue for each of the characters. The plot of the film stays true to the play for the most part, with the exception of some minor changes in line locations and, even, giving lines to different people.Much of the film's story takes place in the fictional "Verona Beach". At the center of the city are two skyscrapers, one topped with "Montague" and the other topped with "Capulet", suggesting that the warring patriarchs are the heads of successful corporations of some sort.Most of the film was shot in Mexico City, Mexico. This was due to the background and culture of the Capulet...,
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a 1996 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Gallagher, Claire Danes, Kathy Baker, and Wendy Crewson. It was directed by Michael Pressman. The screenplay by David E. Kelley was based on the play by Michael Brady. The original music score was composed by James Horner. The film's tagline is: "Some love lasts a lifetime. Real love lasts forever."
David Lewis spends most of his time swimming, dancing, and frolicking on the beach with the spirit of his dead wife Gillian. After Gillian's death due to falling from the mast pole of their boat, David made their summer cottage on Nantucket Island into a permanent home. He lives there with his teenage daughter Rachel, who is being neglected because her father spends so much time with her dead mother's ghost. On the second anniversary of Gillian's death, over Labor Day weekend, he invites Gillian's sister Esther Wheeler and Esther's husband Paul for the weekend.
David's in-laws bring with them a beautiful...,
Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Jodie Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. The music score was by Mark Isham and the cinematography by Lajos Koltai.
The film stars Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson with Claire Danes, Austin Pendleton and David Strathairn.
The story is about Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter), a single mom who spends Thanksgiving at the home of her parents, Adele (Anne Bancroft) and Henry Larson (Charles Durning) while her only child Kitt (Claire Danes) decides to spend the holiday with her boyfriend. It also does not help that Claudia has just lost her job. The family gathering also includes Claire's sister, Joanne Larson Wedman (Cynthia Stevenson), her husband (Steve Guttenberg) and children; Claire's brother Tommy (Robert Downey, Jr) and his...,
Little Women is the 1994 film version of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, Little Women adapted by Robin Swicord and directed by Gillian Armstrong. It stars Susan Sarandon as Marmee March, Winona Ryder as Josephine 'Jo' March, Claire Danes as Beth March, Kirsten Dunst as Younger Amy March, and Christian Bale as Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence.
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Winona Ryder, Best Costume Design, and Best Music, Original Score for composer Thomas Newman.
The movie follows the March children as they grow up during and after the American Civil War. The family is faced with major and minor problems that they confront head on sharing laughter, tears, and some awkward moments. With their father away fighting in the Civil War, the girls are lead by their strong-willed mother whom they affectionately call Marmee. One of the ways the girls find to deal with all that is going on is to create their own attic theater company...,
Claire Danes was born in Manhattan, New York, New York