Claire Catherine Danes

Claire Catherine Danes

Claire Catherine Danes was born on April 12, 1979. Claire Catherine Danes is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American film, television, and theater actress most known for the television series My So-Called Life and the films Romeo + Juliet, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Stardust, and Princess Mononoke. Danes was born in Manhattan, New York City. Her mother, Carla, is a day-care provider, painter, and textile designer who would later serve as her daughter’s manager, and her father, Christopher Danes, 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 A. Danes, was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University. Claire Catherine Danes has an older brother, Asa, who graduated from Oberlin College and works as a litigation attorney for the law firm of Paul Hastings.