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CLAIRE DANES (Alice Marano) made an impressive introduction into both the television and film worlds. Danes's exceptional work has been recognized with an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe award for her role in the critically-acclaimed drama "My So-Called Life," and by being named the 1997 ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow.

In 1996 Danes starred in Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. for Twentieth Century Fox, and in Michael Pressman's To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer.

Other films include Jocelyn Moorehouse's How to Make an American Quilt, opposite Winona Ryder, and Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays, opposite Holly Hunter. Danes received rave reviews for her work in Gillian Armstrong's classic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Starring opposite Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon, Danes portrayed the frail third daughter, Beth. Danes most recently starred in the feature film adaptation of the hit television series The Mod Squad, which also starred Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps.

Some of her other recent film credits include Theresa Connelly's Polish Wedding, opposite Gabriel Byrne and Lena Olin for Fox Searchlight Pictures; and Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, in which she starred opposite Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman and Geoffrey Rush. She was also seen starring opposite Matt Damon in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker, based on the John Grisham novel, and in Oliver Stone's U-Turn. Born and raised in New York, Danes always wanted to become an actress.

Therefore, she enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute when she was ten years old. In addition, she attended Dalton and the Professional Performing Arts School. Danes's extensive training led to a variety of theater roles, including "Happiness" at the Duo Theatre, "Kids On Stage" at the Grand Central Parnership, and "Punk Ballet" at the New Ritz Theater.

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