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In the Limelight: Danica McKellar

by Ryan j Budke, posted Jan 6th 2006 8:39AM
Danica McKellarFor just about every guy growing up in the late eighties and early nineties, Winnie Cooper was your dream girl. She was gorgeous, intelligent, funny and always kind of had that "damsel in distress" aura about her. She was one of the best parts about tuning into The Wonder Years, and so was the actress who portrayed her, Danica McKellar.

Danica started acting early, with a couple of guest appearences on The Twilight Zone, before landing the role of Winnie on The Wonder Years. The show had a great, award winning five year run, but once it ended, Danica did what many child stars fail to do: bow out gracefully. Besides doing a few voiceovers for cartoons, Ms. McKellar spent the next couple of years at UCLA. In 1998, she graduated from there Summa cum Laude, with a degree in Mathematics. Remember the next time you use the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem, because she actually discovered that! Yea, I've never used it either and I have no idea what it means.

Since graduating, Danica has started returning to the small screen with a couple of notable guest appearences. Her biggest was a year-long stint on The West Wing as Elsie Snuffin. She continues to pop up here and there, but Danica has found a new love behind the camera. Her first short film, Speechless... (which she wrote, directed, produced and starred in), won much critical praise and an award at the California Independent Film Festival. She just recently finished her second movie (Broken) and has one in post-production right now. In July, Danica was featured in the guys magazine Stuff (giggidy), showing an entirely new side(s) to a guy's childhood dream girl (this reporter included). Most recently, in November, she played the mystery woman that Ted woke up in bed with after the crazy "Pineapple Incident" in How I Met Your Mother. I started writing this article on Tuesday, which happened to be Danica's 31st birthday, so "Happy belated Birthday Dainca." Here's hoping you remain around Hollywood and our TV sets for many years to come.

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Chris K

I have great respect for Danica and her intelligence, but Winnie Cooper was not THE dream girl for guys in the late eighties and early nineties.

Consider who else was young and hot...

Alyssa Milano, Christina Applegate, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Nicole Eggert, Jennie Garth and the three girls from Step by Step.

If anyone wants to react to these comments, my e-mail address is chrisuncleahmad@yahoo.com

June 14 2007 at 1:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here's an idea for Numb3rs: get rid of Amita (nothing against her, but she's pretty bland) and hire McKellar. How crazy would that be--to have someone on TV who actually knew what they were talking about?

January 06 2006 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can watch the Reality School short film that Danica was in at moviefone.
It is more a vehicle for Richard Karn and Mark DeCarlo, but she has a pretty funny part. DeCarlo is great in it. I would also recommend I am Stamos, from the same site. It's also worth a click over to
to read the section where she helps with submitted math problems. Fascinating.

January 06 2006 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think she was good on the west wing. but come on, childhood tv girlfriends, gotta go with wanda (lisa dean ryan) from doogie howser!

January 06 2006 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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