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Actress Claire Catherine Danes was born on April 12, 1979, in New York, New York, with a natural attraction to acting developing at the age of 6. With the support of her parents, Danes began attending acting classes and soon found herself represented by an agent. She made her first on-screen appearance in NBC's Law & Order in 1992, and later earned her big break as Angela Chase in the TV series My So-Called Life (1994 - 95), which resulted in her first Golden Globe for Best Actress.
During this time, Danes made her film debut in the romance drama Little Women (1994) alongside fellow rising stars Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst and Winona Ryder. In 1996, Danes shot up to stardom when she performed opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and later in Francis Ford Coppola's crime thriller The Rainmaker (1997) alongside Matt Damon.
Despite her growing success, Danes took a break from acting to pursue a Bachelor degree at Yale University in 1998. She then returned to the big-screen in the Oscar-winning drama The Hours (2002) with Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman before landing a lead role in the box office hit Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
During the next couple of years, Danes was attached to a variety of films that showed off her array of acting chops, including the romance drama Shopgirl (2005), the dramedy The Family Stone (2005) alongside Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel McAdams, the fantasy film Stardust (2007) and the TV movie Temple Grandin (2010).
Danes' popularity soon reached new heights in 2011, when she was cast as the lead role in Showtime's hit crime mystery series Homeland, which continues to gain national attention. She has most recently completed shooting the comedy drama As Cool as I Am (2013) alongside James Marsden and Thomas Mann.