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Danica McKellar Biography

Birth Name:
Danica Mae McKellar
Birth Place:
La Jolla, California, United States
Actor, mathematician, writer, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Along with her sister Crystal, began acting at a young age at her mother's dance studio
  • Her breakthrough role came at age 12 as Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years; her sister had originally auditioned for the part
  • Graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics; co-authored a new math theorem, the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem
  • Wrote, directed and produced the 2001 short Speechless
  • ; the film won Best Short in the 2002 California Independent Film Festival
  • Authored the 2007 book Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail