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M.I.S.S.Y 03-27-2007 09:18 PM

Claire Danes Appreciation # 1
:star: Welcome to the Claire Danes Appreciation Thread! :star:


# Stardust (2007) (completed) .... Yvaine
# Evening (2007) (completed) .... Young Ann
# The Flock (2007) (completed) .... Allison Laurie

1. The Family Stone (2005) .... Julie Morton
2. Shopgirl (2005) .... Mirabelle Buttersfield
3. Stage Beauty (2004) .... Maria
4. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) .... Kate Brewster
... aka T3 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Terminator 3 - Rebellion der Maschinen (Germany)
5. The Rage in Placid Lake (2003) .... Girl at Seminar
6. It's All About Love (2003) .... Elena
7. The Hours (2002) .... Julia Vaughan
8. Igby Goes Down (2002) .... Sookie Sapperstein
9. Brokedown Palace (1999) .... Alice Marano
10. The Mod Squad (1999) .... Julie Barnes
11. Misérables, Les (1998) .... Cosette
... aka Misérables, Les (Germany)
12. Polish Wedding (1998) .... Hala
13. The Rainmaker (1997) .... Kelly Riker
... aka John Grisham's The Rainmaker
14. "Saturday Night Live" .... Host (1 episode, 1997)
... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
... aka SNL 25 (USA: alternative title)
- Episode #23.6 (1997) TV Episode .... Host
15. U Turn (1997) .... Jenny
... aka U Turn - Ici commence l'enfer (France)
16. Mononoke-hime (1997) (voice: English version) .... San
... aka Princess Mononoke (USA)
17. Romeo + Juliet (1996) .... Juliet
... aka Romeo and Juliet
... aka William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (USA: complete title)
18. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) .... Rachel Lewis
19. I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) .... Daisy/Young Nana
20. Home for the Holidays (1995) .... Kitt Larson
21. How to Make an American Quilt (1995) .... Young Glady Jo Cleary
22. "My So-Called Life" .... Angela Chase (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
- In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (1995) TV Episode .... Angela Chase
- Weekend (1995) TV Episode .... Angela Chase
- Betrayal (1995) TV Episode .... Angela Chase
- Resolutions (1995) TV Episode .... Angela Chase
- So-Called Angels (1994) TV Episode .... Angela Chase
(14 more)
23. The Pesky Suitor (1995) .... Lisa
24. Dead Man's Jack (1995)
25. Little Women (1994) .... Beth March
26. "Lifestories: Families in Crisis" .... Katie Leiter (1 episode, 1994)
- More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter (1994) TV Episode .... Katie Leiter
27. Geoffrey Beene 30 (1993) .... Girl
28. "Law & Order" .... Tracy Brandt (1 episode, 1992)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Skin Deep (1992) TV Episode .... Tracy Brandt
29. Dreams of Love (1990)


A native New Yorker, Danes was encouraged to pursue her interest in acting by artistic parents and began studying modern dance at age six. By age nine, she was taking weekend acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, later starting her performing career on the off-off-Broadway stage with supporting roles in "Happiness", "Punk Ballet" and "Kids on Stage," even choreographing a solo dance piece for the latter. At age 11, Danes made her film acting debut portraying a molested child in "Dreams of Love" (released 1992), a student short from director Jeffrey Mueller and executive producer Milos Forman. The precocious actress arrived on the small screen in a memorable 1992 guest shot on the NBC crime drama series "Law & Order", playing a volatile teen who, with her mother, was involved with a sleazy photographer. She also auditioned for "My So-Called Life" in 1992, at age 13, and filmed the pilot in early 1993. (It did not air until August 1994.)

Danes won strong notices for her feature debut as the doomed Beth in a well-received remake of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women" (1994), with Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder. Indeed, Spielberg hailed her as "one of the most exciting actresses to debut in ten years" and offered her a role in his Holocaust drama "Schindler's List" (1993) which Danes declined for a variety of reasons. When "My So-Called Life" ended prematurely, though, the young thespian was quickly deluged with feature offers. Danes next popped up in a flashback sequence playing a younger version of Anne Bancroft's character in the Ryder vehicle "How to Make an American Quilt" and followed up with a small role as the wise-beyond-her-years daughter of Holly Hunter (and granddaughter of Bancroft!) in Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays" (both 1995). Reportedly, Foster's endorsement helped Danes win the plum role of Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo in "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" (1996), a highly stylized and purposefully anachronistic retelling of the classic story. By the time of that highly touted release, she had two other features in the can. Danes played leads in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" (1996) and "I Love You, I Love You Not" (1997). Respected filmmakers as Oliver Stone, cast her as a white trash princess in the odd "U-Turn" (1997), Francis Ford Coppola, hired her to play an abused wife who falls for young lawyer Matt Damon in "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker'" (1997), and Bille August, whose adaptation of "Les Miserables" (1998) appropriately featured the young actress as Cosette.

Danes went on to play an appealingly strong-willed, unmarried and pregnant Polish-American alongside Gabriel Byrne and Lena Olin in the charming family saga "Polish Wedding" later that year. 1999 saw her take on a vastly different role than audiences had come to expect, with a starring turn as a drug offender turned crime fighter in Scott Silver's uninspired feature update of the hit 1960s TV series "The Mod Squad". Danes performed well in the action genre. Similarly, her impressive turn in "Brokedown Palace" went largely unseen. Not unlike a feminized, updated "Midnight Express", the harrowing film starred Danes as the more daring and gregarious of two recent high school graduates duped into importing drugs into Thailand. She next contributed her vocal talents to the English dubbing of Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed Japanese anime "Princess Mononoke". Perhaps something was lost in the translation, but her lackluster performance in this capacity proved the actress' talents lie before the camera, where her proven skills and appeal would ensure her a long and illustrious career. In 2002, she co-starred in the comedy feature "Igby Goes Down," playing a prep school girl caught between two drastically different brothers; and portrayed Meryl Streep's daughter Julia in "The Hours."

Danes put her acting career on hold to enter Yale as a freshman in 1998, but as her academic career comes to a close, she has returned to the silver screen with a vengeance. In 2003, Danes appeared in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the latest edition of the popular Terminator series. The actress is also set to star in the period drama Compleat Female Stage Beauty with Rupert Everett and Billy Crudup. In 2004, Danes will join Steve Martin in the adaptations of Martin's bestselling fiction novella, Shopgirl. Danes has been romantically linked with the likes of musicians Andrew Dorff and Australian rocker Ben Lee and actors such as Matt Damon and more recently Billy Crudup.

Bio from

1. Enigma
2. nicky83
3. obthavariable
4. unless a dream
5. winchesterboyz
6. Jamie Choate

M.I.S.S.Y 03-27-2007 10:35 PM

I just rented Shopgirl. Has anyone seen that one yet?

Melissa Ann 07-16-2007 04:03 PM

I saw Shopgirl. It was a good movie.

I've seen previews for both Evening and Stardust and can't wait to see both of them!

I love Claire, she is a great actress.

xXxCaycexXx 10-04-2007 11:44 PM

OMG claire danes is such a good actress. she really needs more fans on here!
i ahve only seen two of her films but there really good and ever since i saw them im a huge fan.
I've seen Stardust (really good,she was great!) and Romeo and Juliet( she portrayed a great JUliet)
Can i be added to the list?
You've done a great job here :) she needs a board!

Star21 10-20-2007 04:43 AM

I'm going to see Stardust today. But I love Claire - ever since My So-Called Life. Cancelling that show was an absolute travesty! :D

*Lethe's Bramble* 11-21-2007 01:58 PM

I really loved Claire in Brokedown Palace. Her and Kate had such good chemistry!

Melissa Ann 08-02-2008 10:04 PM


Originally Posted by *Lethe's Bramble* (Post 19337853)
I really loved Claire in Brokedown Palace. Her and Kate had such good chemistry!

I agree. It was an awesome movie.

Not a lot of people knew that it was based on true events though, and because of that, I would really like to know what's happened to the girls now.

Claire was brilliant in Evening and Stardust! I loved her in both those films!

What has been your favorite Claire role to date?

B.Chambers 10-09-2009 03:30 PM

Add me? :flowers:

NaturalHealthMD 12-12-2009 03:20 PM

I am a huge fan of Claire Danes! please add me! been searching for this thread and finally i've found it!:D

Jamie Choate 12-31-2009 09:30 PM

Please add me?

My favorite role to date is still My So-Called Life. She simply nailed the role of Angela Chase. Romeo and Juliet is a close second with Shopgirl in third.

But I think she's given strong performances in To Gillian, U-Turn, Stage Beauty, Igby Goes Down, Stardust, Family Stone, and Me and Orson Welles.

My only complaint would be that she's settled for too many supporting roles over the years. But I like the transition she made from child to adult actor and longevity will win out over having a few hits and then be forgotten.

‘ChelsღChina 01-06-2010 11:55 PM

Jamie Choate 01-07-2010 11:59 AM

Have you seen the sneak peek to Temple Grandin which will air on HBO on February 6th? Looks absolutely amazing and inspiring.

Already talk of an Emmy nomination. Early buzz is strong.

Enigma 12-15-2011 11:52 AM

Anyone watching Homeland? Fantastic show and Claire has been phenomenal.

Congrats to her on Her GG nom! :party:

‘ChelsღChina 12-17-2011 12:30 AM

I haven't seen Homeland yet but I've heard it's great!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama:
Claire Danes for "Homeland"
Mireille Enos for "The Killing"
Madeleine Stowe for "Revenge"
Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife"
Callie Thorne for "Necessary Roughness"
I'm proud of Claire's Golden Globe nomination :thumbs_up:

Enigma 12-17-2011 08:24 PM

You must watch when you get a chance. Fantastic!!!

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