Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress, author and education advocate. She is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years, and later as author of the two New York Times bestsellers, Math Doesn't Suck, and Kiss My Math, which encourage middle-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics.
Born in La Jolla, California, McKellar moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was eight. Her mother Mahalia is a homemaker; her father Christopher is a real estate developer. Her family is "a big mix of Western Europe": her mother's ancestry is Portuguese (via the Azores and Madeira islands); her father's ancestry is Scottish, Irish, French, German and Dutch. McKellar and her sister Crystal McKellar (who is loosely named after their dad) both maintained professional acting careers as children, but with a strong emphasis on education as a priority. As a result, Crystal became a corporate lawyer (her family nicknamed her "Legally Blonde" because of her hair color), while Danica majored in college mathematics. Danica and Crystal also have two half-brothers, Chris Junior and Connor McKellar.
The Wonder Years and early acting career
McKellar played Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, the main love interest of Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage) on the show. In an episode entitled "The Accident" and in the final episode, it is stated that every important event in Kevin's life somehow involved Winnie. She lives on the same block as Kevin. Their first kiss plays an important part of the pilot episode, as does her older brother's death while serving as a soldier in the Vietnam War. In one episode, her parents decide to get separated because of their grief over the death of their son. According to the epilogue in the final episode, Winnie studies art history in Paris. Kevin and Winnie write one letter to each other every week for eight years until her return. Despite their life-long romance, they never marry.
McKellar's first kiss was with Fred Savage in an episode of The Wonder Years. 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 Sidekicks, directed by Aaron Norris.
McKellar has admitted the transition from "child actor to 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 Working), and has written and directed two short films. In 1996, she played the character Annie Mills Carman in the Lifetime Moment of Truth movie 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.
McKellar appeared in lingerie for a pictorial in the July 2005 edition of Stuff magazine after readers voted her the '90s star they would most like to see in lingerie. McKellar explained that she agreed to the shoot in part to obtain "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 17, 2006 issue of TV Guide, McKellar said that two TV movies and ten webisodes of Inspector Mom were being produced.
McKellar has provided the voices for two characters in three video games: Jubilee in X-Men Legends (2004), and Invisible Woman in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006) and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009).
On the August 1, 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 guest-starred on the show in late 2005 in "The Pineapple Incident"). She appeared in the October 8, 2007, episode titled "Third Wheel". as well as an appearance on the show the Big Bang Theory.
McKellar, as of June 23, 2008[update], 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.
McKellar studied at UCLA, majoring in mathematics. While at UCLA, she became a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She graduated summa cum laude in 1998. As an undergraduate, she coauthored 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.
McKellar 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 has been 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 "to show girls that math is accessible and relevant, and 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 10, 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 (ISBN 978-1-59463-049-1), was released on August 5, 2008. The book's target audience is girls in the 7th through 9th grades. Both of McKellar's first two books made it to the New York Times children's bestseller list.
|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"|
|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|
|Even Stevens||Sandrine||Episode: "Sibling Rivalry"|
|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"|
|Quiet Kill||Pet Shop Girl|
|Eve||Claudia||Episode: "Friend or Foe?"|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
- Chayes, L., McKellar, D. & Winn, B. (1998), Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin–Teller models on . Journal of Physics A: Mathematics and General, Vol. 31, pp. 9055–9063. Full text as PDF
- McKellar, Danica (2007), Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle—School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail. Hudson Street Press (Penguin Group). ISBN 978-0-452-28949-9
- McKellar, Danica (2008), Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss. Hudson Street Press (Penguin Group). ISBN 978-1-59463-049-1
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094582
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Children's Books". The New York Times. September 28, 2008. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
- ↑ http://www.danicamckellar.com
- ↑ http://www.filmreference.com/film/38/Danica-McKellar.html
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 danicamckellar.com
- ↑ http://www.maxim.co.uk/girls/celebrity/2860/danica_mckellar.html
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Where are they now? – Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116735/
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005211
- ↑ Danica McKellar pictures and bio on STUFF MAGAZINE DOT COM:
- ↑ "Winnie Cooper Goes Digital:McKellar to star in movies, webisodes for Lifetime". Zap2it. 2006-06-12. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- ↑ Interviews & Features|TVGuide.com
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925245
- ↑ Chayes, L., McKellar, D. & Winn, B. (1998) Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin–Teller models on . Journal of Physics A: Mathematics and General, 31, 9055–9063. Full text as PDF
- ↑ "USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2006: College Flashback: Danica McKellar". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- ↑ Blog post by mathematician Terence Tao, a former instructor of McKellar's, complimenting her book and explaining the theorem.
- ↑ Kenneth Chang, "Between Series, an Actress Became a Superstar (in Math)," New York Times, July 19, 2005.
- ↑ McKellar's coauthor L. Chayes published a paper with E.H. Lieb, who in turn coauthored a paper with D.J. Kleitman, a coauthor of Paul Erdős.
- ↑ September 21, 2007, Hour Two: Women, Girls, and Math
- ↑ Smith, Tara (2007-07-24). "Aetiology:Danica McKellar's "Math Doesn't Suck"". Aetiology. ScienceBlogs. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- ↑ Smith, Tara (2007-07-25). "Interview with math whiz, author, and actress Danica McKellar". Aetiology. ScienceBlogs. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- ↑ "ABC News: Person of the Week: Danica McKellar". Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- ↑ "New York Times Children's Best Sellers: Sunday, September 28th 2008". The New York Times. September 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- ↑ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129031017#transcript
- ↑ http://www.danicamckellar.com/hotx/extras/
- ↑ Danica McKellar is Married! People, March 22, 2009
- ↑ Danica McKellar is Pregnant! People, March 17, 2010
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- Official website of her book, Math Doesn't Suck
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- Science Friday for September 21, 2007 with McKellar among the guests
- Public School Insights Interview with McKellar about girls and math