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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 January 1975La Jolla, California, USA
Birth NameDanica Mae McKellar
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Together with her younger sister, Crystal McKellar, she began acting at a young age in her mother's dance studio. In 1982 the family moved to Los Angeles and a few years later she appeared in her first commercial. A few guest appearances in The Twilight Zone (1985) was followed by her breakthrough in The Wonder Years (1988). She has had good grades in math and French. In her spare time she likes to go skiing, swimming and surfing.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mattias Thuresson

Best known as America's alluring dream girl from her days as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years (1988), Danica McKellar made her breakthrough at the early age of 12. After that show ended, she went on to graduate Summa cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics, and even proved a new math theorem, the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.

Since returning to acting, Danica became familiar again to audiences from her year-long turn as the sardonic, dry-witted Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing (1999) in its 4th season. Since then, Danica made guest appearances on shows such as NYPD Blue (1993), Jack & Bobby (2004), Eve (2003), NCIS (2003), and she played a strung-out heroin addict on Lifetime's Strong Medicine (2000).

Danica got her feet wet as a filmmaker with her award-winning short film Speechless... (2001) (co-starring The Wonder Years (1988) pal Dan Lauria), which she wrote, directed, and produced.

Danica made her debut lingerie spread in the July 2005 issue of Stuff Magazine, in which she appears on the cover. Her pictures can also be seen on its Web site. Talk about allure.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: HLR

Spouse (2)

Scott Sveslosky (15 November 2014 - present)
Mike Verta (22 March 2009 - 2013) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Youthful sounding voice

Trivia (29)

Older sister of Crystal McKellar, whom she considers her best friend.
Graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BS in mathematics in June 1998.
Had a 1998 paper published in Britain's "Journal of Physics A: Mathematics & General" with UCLA professor Lincoln Chayes and student Brandy Winn that provided a mathematical proof for a theorem dealing with magnetism in two dimensions. Her Erdos number is, at most, four; her Bacon number, by comparison, is two.
Is fluent in French.
Was a member of the Alpha Chi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at UCLA.
Attended Jason Marsden's nuptials. [October 2004]
She is of Scottish and Portuguese descent.
Celebrity Judge for UCLA Spring Sing 2005.
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 (she was the only undergraduate invited to speak at Rutgers University's biannual Statistical Mechanics) who wrote a proof at a very young age.
Stepsister of Christopher McKellar Jr. and Connor McKellar.
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953) named her "Person of the Week" for her book, "Math Doesn't Suck".
Did all her own dancing and lifts in "21 and a Wakeup" with partner Jamie Bayard, of So You Think You Can Dance (2005) fame.
Is now a two-time New York Times bestselling author with books "Kiss My Math" (2008) and "Math Doesn't Suck" (2007).
One of the few people to have both an Erdös number (the number of scientific-paper authors it takes to connect herself to the Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdös) AND a Bacon number (the the degree of separation between her and American actor Kevin Bacon). Many scientists and mathematicians have an Erdös number, and a great many actors have a Bacon number, but relatively few people have both.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a son Draco Verta on September 7, 2010. Child's father is her estranged husband, Mike Verta.
(June 4, 2012) Filed for divorce from Mike Verta, her husband of three years.
Reprised her role as Frieda Goren on the Kids WB series Static Shock (2000). [January 2004]
Continues to recur on NBC's The West Wing (1999). [October 2002]
Starring as Catherine in the stage play "Proof" at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. [October 2003]
Became engaged to attorney Scott Svelosky in July 2014.
Her least favorite school subject when she was younger was Physical Education.
Her car when she was younger was a Mercedes.
Her favorite school subjects when she was younger was Math and French.
Her favorite actresses when she was younger were Crystal McKellar and Kirstie Alley.
Her favorite TV shows when she was younger were _Cheers_, Murphy Brown (1988) and The Wonder Years (1988).
Her favorite movies when she was younger were Total Recall (1990), Ghost (1990), On the Waterfront (1954).
Her favorite actor when she was younger was Michael Keaton.
Her favorite vacation spot is Hawaii.

Personal Quotes (3)

I learned my French through school. I was lucky in that the tutor on The Wonder Years (1988) set spoke fluent French.
My main concern with the condition of mathematics 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.
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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