(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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