Loves watching "The Golden Girls" (1985) reruns.
Flew to L.A. for the casting of Schindler's List (1993), after she was discovered for the role in "My So-Called Life" (1994). Steven Spielberg finally gave her the role but had to turn it down, because they weren't willing to give her tutoring in Poland.
Baz Luhrmann, Danes' director for Romeo + Juliet (1996), referred to her as "the Meryl Streep of her generation".
Her letter of recommendation to Yale University was written by Oliver Stone, her director on U Turn (1997).
She turned down the role of "Rose" in Titanic (1997) as she had just finished working with Leonardo DiCaprio on Romeo + Juliet (1996). Though she described working with him on that film as a "treat", she admitted in an interview later that if she had accepted the role in Titanic (1997), she would not have been able to get away from him.
Auditioned and was the first choice for the role of Rose in Titanic (1997).
Was banned from the Philippines in Sept 1998, for making derogatory remarks about the country. The President of the Philippines condemned her publicly.
Auditioned for the role of Lisa in Girl, Interrupted (1999).
Briefly attended the junior high section of the New York City Lab School from 1991-1992. Nick Valensi (guitarist, The Strokes), Charlie Hofheimer (actor, Black Hawk Down (2001)), and Max Lugavere (self, Current TV) graduated from the high school section of the same school in 1998, 1999, and 2000, respectively. It is a small public school.
Completed 2 years at Yale University pursuing a degree in psychology but never finished (2002)
Is mentioned in actor Canyon Prince's song "Life" from his 2003 album "Live and Funked Up".
Has at least 4 songs written about her. The Ataris' "My So Called Life" (album: "Look Forward to Failure" EP), Size 14's "Claire Danes Poster" (self-titled album), "The Five Mile Line"'s "Claire Danes" ("Busride Home" demo) and "Claire Danes", a low-fi indi ballad by "John Parker Music" which was released on Subversive Records Limited in 2004.
She and Billy Crudup became a couple during the filming of Stage Beauty (2004).
Awarded the Nova Award at the 2007 Maui film Festival.
Engaged to Hugh Dancy. They met on the set of Evening (2007). [February 2009]
As of Fall 2008 is the exclusive model for Gucci Jewelry, succeeding Drew Barrymore.
Married Hugh Dancy in France [September 2009].
Both Claire and her husband, Hugh Dancy, have played characters with Asperger's Syndrome, Claire in HBO's Temple Grandin (2010) (TV) and Hugh in Adam (2009/I).
Named Harvard University's 2012 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year [January 23, 2012].