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Claire Danes
by Richard David Story (Who Weekly - August 19, 1996)

"Absolutely stunning," gushes a casting agent who has viewed Hollywood's finest with a critical eye.

"A flawless beauty," enthuses a seasoned entertainment reporter.

"Kind of funny looking," chimes in another, "with a big nose, like a real kid".

All three are discussing the same actress-quirky stunner Claire Danes, who manages to transform her physical self for roles as diverse as Holly Hunter's sassy daughter in the comedy Home For The Holidays and Little Women's doomed Beth, to whom she gave dignity without feyness.

New Yorker Danes, 17, comes by her creative bent from parents Carla and Chris, former art students who encouraged her interest in dance and theatre while keeping her grounded with the family motto: "You're not the only pebble on the beach" After supporting roles in TV shows such as Law & Order, Danes starred in the acclaimed US series My So-Called Life, attracting raves from the likes of director Steven Spielberg, who called her "One of the most exciting actresses to debut in 10 years". Now Danes is starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz (Strictly Ballroom) Lurhmann's William Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet and playing daughter to Michelle Pfeiffer in the tear-jerker To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday.

All this at 17 makes for a happy starlet. Says Danes, "I'm getting to do what I love to do". As simple as that.

© 1996, Who Weekly