Real name: Claire Catherine Danes
Birthdate: April 12, 1979
Partner: Ben Lee
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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 major, she dropped out of Yale to focus on her film career.
Danes appeared in Off-Broadway plays including Happiness, Punk Ballet, and Kids On Stage, in which she choreographed her own solo dance. She also wrote the introduction to Neil Gaiman's Death: The Time of Your Life. Danes also auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns before the role went to Kate Bosworth.
In March 2007, Danes appeared with Patrick Wilson in a television commercial for the Gap in which the pair dances to the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical Annie Get Your Gun. Danes has recently appeared onstage at Manhattan's PS122, an iconic avant-garde performance space, in a series of dance pieces by the choreographer Tamar Rogoff. Danes made her stage debut at PS122 as a child.
Starting in September, Danes will make her Broadway debut in the revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion starring as Eliza Doolittle.
After meeting at her birthday party, she and Australian singer Ben Lee dated for almost six years, but their relationship ended in 2003. Since 2004 she dated her Stage Beauty and Princess Mononoke co-star Billy Crudup, but this resulted in bad publicity for both, as he had left his previous longtime partner, actress Mary-Louise Parker, 7 months pregnant. Even though both vehemently denied that they had gotten involved at this point, the pressure was too much for a long time and eventually the pair split in December 2006. Additionally, she has dated Andrew Dorff, actor Stephen Dorff's younger brother, and Matt Damon. Danes stated on the 27 June 2007 episode of Late Show with David Letterman that she is dating Evening co-star Hugh Dancy.
In 1998, just after the filming of Brokedown Palace in Manila, she was quoted in Vogue as saying that Manila was a "ghastly and weird city". She further remarked in Premiere that the city, "smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over and that there is no sewage system and the people do not have anything -- no arms, no legs, no eyes". Kim Atienza, son of then-Mayor of Manila, Lito Atienza, responded to the comments by saying that, "those are irresponsible, bigoted and sweeping statements that we cannot accept". Her films were subsequently banned from being screened in the Philippines. Joseph Estrada, then-President of the Philippines, condemned her publicly, and she was declared persona non grata. Shortly after the incident, Danes issued an apology in Entertainment Weekly to the City of Manila.