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Danica Mae McKellar is an American actress and mathematical education advocate. She is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years, and now as author of the two New York Times bestsellers, "Math Doesn`t Suck," and "Kiss My Math" that encourage and empower middle-school girls with mathematics know-how.
Born in La Jolla, California, McKellar moved with her family to Los Angeles, when she was eight. McKellar and sister Crystal McKellar both maintained professional acting careers as kids, but with a strong emphasis on education as a priority. As a result, Crystal became a lawyer, and Danica majored in mathematics in college.
In response to a fan letter, McKellar states on the "Fan Email" section of her web site that, with regards to her ancestry, she is "a big mix of Western Europe." Her mother`s ancestry is Portuguese via the Azores and Madeira islands (previously uninhabited islands in the Atlantic settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century), and her father`s ancestry is Scottish, German, French, and Dutch.
McKellar had a leading role in The Wonder Years, an Emmy Award winning American television Comedy-drama that ran for six seasons on ABC, from 1988 to 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988 after ABC`s coverage of Super Bowl XXII.
McKellar played Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, Fred Savage`s main love interest 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 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. She briefly returned to regular television with a recurring role in the 2002–03 season of The West Wing, portraying Elsie Snuffin the sister and assistant of Deputy White House Communications Director Will Bailey.
In June 2006, Lifetime Television announced that McKellar will 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.
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). She appeared in the October 8, 2007, episode titled "Third Wheel".
In 2008, she starred in Heatstroke, a Sci-Fi Channel original movie about searching for alien life on Earth.
McKellar has provided the voices for characters in two video games: Jubilee in X-Men Legends (2004), and Invisible Woman in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006).
McKellar currently (as of June 23, 2008 (2008 -06-23) is one of the stars commenting on the occurrences of the new millennium in VH1`s I Love the New Millennium.
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. Referring to the mathematical abilities of his coauthor students, Chayes was quoted in the New York Times as saying, "I thought that the two were really, really first-rate."
As a result of her role in the publication, McKellar has an Erdõs number of 4. Because she also has a Bacon number of 2 through her acting career, she is one of the few individuals with a finite Erdõs–Bacon number; in her case, 6.
McKellar is the author of the book Math Doesn`t Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail (ISBN 1594630399), 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
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Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress, academic, and education advocate. She is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years, and later as the New York Times bestselling author of four popular non-fiction books: Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, which encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics.
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