Danica McKellar

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Danica McKellar

Born

1/3/1975, La Jolla, California, USA

Birth Name

Danica Mae McKellar

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Danica M. McKellar, Danica McKeller
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Biography

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Danica and her sister Crystal, younger by one year, are both actresses and dancers. They both began their careers at a very young age as child stars.
McKellar, together with her sister, began acting in her mother's dance studio. In 1982, the family moved to Los Angeles and…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Danica's latest book Kiss My Math was issued in August of 2008. It is a follow up to her first book Math Doesn't Suck.

    • Danica was the voice behind the characters Jubilee for the video game "X-Men Legends" and Invisible Woman for the video game "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance".

    • An Australian Hip-Hop group named themselves "The Winnie Coopers" after Danica's character in The Wonder Years.

    • Danica has partnered with Tutor.com, a site giving online, on-demand assistance to Math students.

    • Danica is also a supporter of environmental causes, doing various work for EarthTrust, Earth Communication Office, and the Environmental Association. She also participated in Wild Kingdom Kids' Summit on Conservation.

    • Danica has been active in children's causes including Figure This Campaign, Famous Fone Friends, and Youth with a Mission charity. She was also a voice talent for the highly-publicized Captain Planet episode "A Formula for Hate which touched on the AIDS issue for children.

    • In November 2005, Danica showed up at the "Old Bags" Lupus fund-raiser for the third year in a row. It was hosted by In Style Magazine. Other attendees included Sharon Stone, Paula Abdul, Melissa Joan Hart among others.

    • In December 2005, Danica attended a fundraiser for Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation which grants wishes to terminally ill children.

    • Danica's theatrical credits include Vagina Monologues, Aven'u Boys, and Grease.

    • Danica's other film credits include Hack!, The Killer Next Door, and Path of Destruction.

    • In Fall 2007, Danica became the official National Spokesperson for "Math-a-thon", a math program aimed to help children enjoy math while raising money for cancer-stricken kids at the St.Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    • Danica, along with world-renowned meditation instructor Mahaila McKellar and certified yoga instructor Christy Marsden, created a DVD on yoga and meditation called "Daily Dose of Dharma".

    • In 2005, Danica produced, wrote, and directed a short film called "Broken". She also produced, wrote, and co-directed the 2001 short film "speechless..." which won "Best Short" in the 2002 California Independent Film Festival.

    • Danica was reunited with her The Wonder Years co-star Fred Savage in a 1998 episode of his series Working: "As Bad As It Gets." She would make a second appearance as the same character of Jolie in the 1999 episode, "She Loves Me Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."

    • Danica is 5'4" tall.

    • In Summer 2007, Danica published the book, "Math Doesn't Suck" which attempts to promote math skills in middle school girls. Aside from being named among Amazon's "100 Best Books of 2007", the book hit #6 on the LA Times bestseller list and #4 on Amazon's best selling new releases.

    • Danica is very close to her The Wonder Years co-star Fred Savage.

    • Danica is fluent in French.

    • She is of Scottish and Portuguese descent.

    • Danica was celebrity judge for the UCLA Spring Sing 2005.

    • Danica played the role of Catherine in a San Diego production of David Auburn's play "Proof". Catherine is an unlikely mathematical genius who writes a groundbreaking proof at a very young age. McKellar is also an unlikely mathematical genius who wrote a proof at a very young age. She was the only undergraduate invited to speak at Rutgers University's bi-annual Statistical Mechanics.

    • Danica bears an uncanny resemblance to the star of Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless.

    • She sticks to a macrobiotic diet.

    • Danica appeared in the video for Debbie Gibson's song, "No More Rhyme."

  • Quotes

    • Danica: I think that being girly, and playing with glamorous make-up and fashion is fun. I don't see anything wrong with it, as long as you don't think that it's the most important thing.

    • Danica: I certainly want to do my part to show girls that the more you develop your intelligence, the better equipped you're going to be able to handle the decisions you'll be making in your life.

    • Danica: (on deciding to write "Math Doesn't Suck") I realized that it isn't very socially acceptable to be a sexy, glamorous girl who is also smart. I wanted to break the stereotype of the math 'nerd,' so I started looking at girls in Middle School, because that's when math gets harder.

    • Danica: I am definitely a serial monogamist. I can count on one hand the number of guys I've been with. For whatever reason, I'm just more private. It takes longer to get on the inside.

    • Danica: (on how a guy can win her over) I love surprises. So, champagne and strawberries, all that pampering, romantic stuff. Guys ought to know how to pamper their women.

    • Danica: I was a total nerd. I was actually kind of uppity. And the boys [of Wonder Years] were pranksters. I never had little brothers, so I was totally not used to hearing a lot of cussing at a young age!

    • Danica: People talk about "getting rid of the old image," and I guess there's some merit in that. But the truth is that people loved The Wonder Years, and I can't turn my back on it.

    • Danica: (on her Stuff Magazine pictorial) I've never even taken pictures in a bathing suit! This is a rite of passage for me. I'm not a little girl anymore.

    • Danica: (on kissing Fred Savage) My first kiss was a pretty nerve-wracking experience! But we never kissed off screen, and pretty quickly our feelings turned into brother/sister, and stayed that way.

    • Danica: Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding!

    • Danica: I'm having such a good time that it's hard for me to say that I prefer directing to acting. I love acting - I always have and I always will. Directing is just something else that I love.

    • Danica: When you do a lot of acting your entire life, you see the entire set from one point of view. To have a chance to step back and pull it all together is really exciting. You want to do it all; you want to have a hand in everything.

    • Danica: I learned my French through school. I was lucky in that the tutor on the The Wonder Years set spoke fluent French.

    • Danica: My main concern with the condition of mathmatics in high school is that there's a lot of fear involved! Math is not, generally speaking, presented in a fun way. The concepts, as I see them, ARE fun, and that's the way I'd like to convey them myself.

    • Danica: When I originally entered UCLA, I had planned to go for a film major, but I kept finding myself taking math classes for fun, cause I missed them from high school!

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    I thought Danica was great when I first saw her on The Wonder Years. She was so georgeous. I liked all of her episodes. I also saw her in Sidekicks with Jonathon Brandis. I think who was his friend or girlfriend. I don\\\\\\\'t know if she was the bully\\\\\\\'s girlfriends at first before she met Jonathon. I saw how she was grown up with her co-star Fred Savage in the NBC T.V. series Working. I also saw her on The ABC 50th Anniversary Special. She also starred in The West Wing. I think Danica is stunning. She is very talent. I liked her in T.V. movies she starred in. I\'d give Danica 4 stars and 2 thumbs up.moreless
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