Next up for Danes, she reunited with Winona Ryder on the film adaptation of “How to Make an American Quilt” (1995), where she portrayed a young version of Anne Bancroft's character, Glady Joe Cleary, played the precocious daughter of Holly Hunter, Kitt, on the Jodie Foster directed and produced comedy/drama film “Home for the Holidays” (1995), from which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Young Leading Actress - Feature Film for her performance, starred as Daisy,the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor in “I Love You, I Love You Not” (1996), a romance/drama film directed by Billy Hopkins and written (also the play) by Wendy Kesselman, and was cast as Peter Gallagher's teen daughter, Rachel, in the based on play film “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday” (1996), a role that brought her a Young Artist for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress.

Also in 1996, Danes landed th plum role of Juliet opposite Leonardo Di Caprio's Romeo in the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's “Romeo Juliet,” helmed by Baz Luhrmann.

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

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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.

Danes continued to give memorable performances in “The Rainmaker” (1997), “U Turn” (1997), “Polish Wedding” (1997), “Les Misérables” (1998), “The Mod Squad” (1999), “Brokedown Palace” (1999), “Igby Goes Down” (2002), “The Hours” (2002), “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (2003), “Stage Beauty” (2004), “Shopgirl” (2005), “The Family Stone” (2005), “Evening” (2007), “The Flock” (2007), “Stardust” (2007) and “Me and Orson Welles” (2008) before returning back to the small screen with the highly acclaimed portrayal of Temple Grandin in the HBO TV film “Temple Grandin” (2010).

She won both the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Prism Award, a Gracie Allen Award and a Satellite Award for her performance.

In March 1993, a then 13 year old Danes shot the pilot for “My So-Called Life.” It would take about another year and a half before the show premiered on ABC on August 25, 1994.

Created by Winnie Holzman, “My So-Called Life” received critical acclaim but was canceled after only 19 episodes, with the final aired on January 26, 1995.

Her mother, Carla (née Hall), is a day care provider and artist and her father, Christopher Danes, is a photographer and computer consultant.

She is the granddaughter of Gibson Danes (1910-1992), who was a former dean of Yale's School of Art and Architecture.

In the years since its cancellation, the show has developed a large cult following.