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Danica McKellar

Danica McKellarDanica McKellar, born on January 3rd, 1975 in La Jolla, California is an American actress, film director, academic, book author and education advocate. Known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years, she later became a New York Times bestselling author of four popular non-fiction books. Her books, Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape encouraged middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics. Though born in La Jolla, California, McKellar moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was eight years old. Her mother Mahalia is a homemaker; her father Christopher is a real estate developer.

She claims her family is "a big mix of Western Europe" as her mother's ancestry is Portuguese, via the Azores and Madeira islands, with her father's ancestry being Scottish, Irish, French, German and Dutch. McKellar and her sister Crystal McKellar both maintained professional acting careers during their childhood, but their parents insisted that there be a strong emphasis on education as their priority. As a result of this, Crystal became a corporate lawyer, while Danica majored in mathematics. Danica and Crystal also have two half-brothers named Chris Junior and Connor McKellar.

Danica McKellarMcKellar had a major role in the American television comedy-drama, The Wonder Years, that ran from 1988 to 1993 for six seasons on the ABC Network. She played Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, the main love interest of Kevin Arnold who was played by actor Fred Savage on the show. Her first kiss was with Fred Savage in an episode on The Wonder Years of which she later said:

"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."

McKellar also had a role in the film named Sidekicks which was directed by Aaron Norris. McKellar has admitted the transition from being a child actor to being an adult actor was a little bumpy. Since leaving The Wonder Years, McKellar has had several guest roles in television series, including one with former co-star Fred Savage on a show called Working, and has written and directed two short films. She appeared in two Lifetime TV movies in the Moment of Truth series, playing Kristin Guthrie in the 1994 Cradle of Conspiracy and Annie Mills Carman in the 1996 Justice For Annie. She briefly returned to regular television with a recurring role in the 2002–03 season of The West Wing, portraying Elsie Snuffin, the stepsister and assistant of Deputy White House Communications Director Will Bailey.

Danica McKellarMcKellar appeared in lingerie in the July 2005 edition of Stuff magazine after readers voted her the 1990s star they would most like to see in lingerie. McKellar explained that she agreed to the shoot in part to obtain what she deemed as grittier roles. In June 2006, Lifetime Television announced that McKellar would star in a Lifetime movie and web-based series titled Inspector Mom about a mother who solves mysteries. In an interview in the November 17th, 2006 issue of TV Guide, McKellar said that two TV movies and ten webisodes of Inspector Mom were being produced.

On the August 1st, 2007, edition of the Don and Mike Show, a WJFK-FM radio program out of Washington, D.C., McKellar announced plans that the producers of How I Met Your Mother were planning to bring her back for a recurring role - she had guest-starred on the show in late 2005 in The Pineapple Incident and again in early 2007 in Third Wheel. She also made an appearance on the show The Big Bang Theory, in the episode called The Psychic Vortex.

In 2008, she starred in Heatstroke, a Sci-Fi Channel original movie production about searching for alien life on Earth. McKellar, as of June 23rd, 2008, is one of the stars commenting on the occurrences of the new millennium in VH1's I Love the New Millennium, and as of 2009 is the math correspondent for Brink, a program by the Science Channel about upcoming technology.

Danica McKellarMcKellar has also worked as a voice actress and is the voice of Miss Martian in Young Justice. She has also provided the voices for two characters in three video games: Jubilee in X-Men Legends in 2004, and Invisible Woman in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance in 2006 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 in 2009.

McKellar studied mathematics at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude in 1998. As an undergraduate, she co-authored a scientific paper with Professor Lincoln Chayes and fellow student Brandy Winn. Their results are termed the 'Chayes–McKellar–Winn Theorem'. Referring to the mathematical abilities of his student coauthors, Chayes was quoted in The New York Times as saying,

"I thought that the two were really, really first-rate."

McKellar's Erdős number is four. She is one of the few people with an Erdős-Bacon number, which combines an Erdős number with a Bacon Number, as in the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, since she also has a Bacon number of 2, making her Erdos-Bacon number a 6.

Danica McKellarMcKellar is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, which encourages girls in middle school to enjoy and succeed at mathematics. The book was favorably reviewed by Tara C. Smith, the founder of Iowa Citizens for Science and a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa. In an interview with Smith, McKellar said that she wrote the book in order to show girls that math is accessible and relevant, and can be even a little glamorous and to counteract damaging social messages telling young girls that math and science aren't for them. McKellar was named Person of the Week on World News with Charles Gibson for the week ending August 10th, 2007. The news segment highlighted her book Math Doesn't Suck and her efforts to help girls develop an interest in mathematics, especially during the middle school years.

McKellar's second book, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, was released on August 5th, 2008. The book's target audience is girls in the 7th through 9th grades. Her third book, Hot X: Algebra Exposed! was published on August 3rd, 2010, and is aimed at girls in the 8th through 10th grades - or even adults who want to learn algebra. Her fourth book Girls Get Curves - Geometry Takes Shape, shows her readers how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master the core concepts of high school geometry. Three of of the books by McKellar made it to The New York Times children's bestseller list.

Danica McKellarShe married composer Mike Verta on March 22nd, 2009, in La Jolla, California after the couple had dated since 2001. They had their first child on September 7th, 2010 - a boy they named Draco. McKellar filed for divorce from Verta in June 2012, with the dissolution becoming final in February 2013.


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Danica McKellar Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Twilight Zone Nola Segment: "Her Pilgrim Soul"
1987 The Twilight Zone Deidre Dobbs Episode: "Shelter Skelter"
1988 The Wonder Years Winnie Cooper 88 episodes (1988–1993)
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Patty Episode: "Day of the Orphan/King Mario of Cramalot"
1990 Camp Cucamonga Lindsey Scott TV movie
1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Lisa (voice) Episode: "A Formula for Hate"
Sidekicks Lauren
1994 Babylon 5 Aria Tensus Episode: "The War Prayer"
Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy Kristin Guthrie TV movie
Walker, Texas Ranger Laurie Maston Episode: "Stolen Lullaby"
Sirens Allison Trent Episode: "Victims"
1996 Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie Annie Mills Carman TV movie
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Mary Dutton Episode: "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
Working Jolie Episode: "As Bad as It Gets"
1999 Episode: "She Loves Me Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
Random Play Daughter Episode: 1.4
2000 Static Shock Freida Goren (voice) 14 episodes (2000–2004)
2001 Good Neighbor Molly Wright
The Division Wendy Episode: "Don't Ask"
XCU: Extreme Close Up Sarah
Speechless... Dana Woodman
Even Stevens Sandrine Episode: "Sibling Rivalry"
2002 Black Hole Rachael
Sex and the Teenage Mind Debbie
Reality School Sexy Sally
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Tiffany
The Year That Trembled Pam Hatch
Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool Sissie
Justice League Sapphire Stagg (voice) Episode: "Metamorphosis: Part 1"
Episode: "Metamorphosis: Part 2"
The West Wing Elsie Snuffin 8 episodes (2002–2003)
2004 King of the Hill Sharona (voice) Episode: "My Hair Lady"
Misty (voice) Episode: "Cheer Factor"
Raising Genius Lacy Baldwin
Game Over Elsa / Renee (voice) TV series
Century City Sally Episode: "Without a Tracer"
Intermission Sleepwalker
Quiet Kill Pet Shop Girl
Eve Claudia Episode: "Friend or Foe?"
X-Men Legends Jubilee/Jubilation Lee Video game
EverQuest II Lolla Cotgrove / Pona Video game
2005 NCIS Erin Kendall Episode: "Witness"
Jack & Bobby Keirsten Episode: "And Justice for All"
NYPD Blue Rosemary Wyatt Episode: "Moving Day"
Strong Medicine Natalie Pascal Episode: "Feeling No Pain"
Path of Destruction Katherine Stern TV movie
How I Met Your Mother Trudy Episode: "The Pineapple Incident"
2006 Cyberchase Wanda Episode: "Designing Mr. Perfect"
Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm' Brittany (The Flower Shop Lady)
Inspector Mom Maddie Monroe 10 episodes (2006–2007) + TV movie
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Invisible Woman/Susan Storm Richards Video game
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Additional Voices Video game
2007 Inspector Mom: Kidnapped in Ten Easy Steps Maddie Monroe TV movie
Random! Cartoons Katerina "Kat" Metropoulos (voice) Episode: "Girls on the Go!"
How I Met Your Mother Trudy Episode: "Third Wheel"
Hack! Emily
2008 Heatstroke Caroline
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Invisible Woman/Susan Storm Richards Video game
2009 21 and a Wake-Up Jenny Valentine
2010 The Big Bang Theory Abby Episode: "The Psychic Vortex"
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Madelyn Dinkley (voice) Video
Young Justice Miss Martian/M'Gann M'orzz/Megan Morse Voice
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Sally Video
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Sister Leah Episode: "Brothers of Light"
2011-2012 Generator Rex Claire Bowman 4 episodes
2012 Mancation Rebecca
2012 Love at the Christmas Table Kat Patton TV movie
2013 Tazmanian Devils Alex TV movie
Young Justice: Legacy Miss Martian/M'Gann M'orzz/Megan Morse Video game
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Herself Episode: "Interference"

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