She also appeared in an episode of HBO's “Lifestories: Families in Crisis” called “More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter” (1994), After the cancellation of “My So-Called Life,” Danes made the switch into film.She debuted as with Elizabeth “Beth” March in the big screen adaptation of “Little Women” (1994), opposite Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Trini Alvarado, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne, Samantha Mathis, Eric Stoltz and Matthew Walker.In 1999, Danes starred in the gripping drama about getting caught with drugs in a foreign country in Brokedown Palace.

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At age 11, she had her first taste in front of the film cameras when she appeared as a molested child in “Dreams of Love” (1990), a student short directed by Jeffrey Mueller and executive produced by Milos Forman.

Two years later, she made an auspicious small screen debut with a memorable guest turn as a suspected murderer named Tracy Brandt on the hit NBC drama series “Law & Order.” She went on to appear in the made for television film “No Room for Opal” (1993), with Tyne Daly and Moses Gunn, and in a short film, “Geoffrey Beene 30” (1993), a celebration of Geoffrey Beene's 30 years in the fashion industry, which was directed and written by Tom Kalin.

They announced their engagement in February 2009 before married in a quiet ceremony in September 2009 in France.

Claire Danes started her career by performing in off-off-Broadway productions like “Happiness,” “Punk Ballet,” and “Kids on Stage,” for which she choreographed a solo dance piece.

American actress Claire Danes first gained recognition with her Golden Globe winning role as the 15 year old Angela Chase on the critically acclaimed, but short lived television series “My So-Called Life” (1994-1995).

Following notable performances in such films as “Little Women” (1994), “Home for the Holidays” (1995) and “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday” (1996), where she netted a Young Artist Award for portrayal of Peter Gallagher's daughter, she enjoyed even bigger triumph for playing Juliet in Baz Luhrman's highly stylized update of William Shakespeare's “Romeo Juliet” (1996), for which she amassed a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, London Critics Circle Film's ALFS Award, an MTV Movie Award and a Young Star Award.

Her older brother, Asa Danes (born 1972), is a corporate lawyer.

Claire was studying modern dance at age 6, and starting taking acting lessons at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York when she was nine years old.

Danes went on to romance her “Stage Beauty” co-star Billy Crudup.