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Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975), is an American actress of Scottish and Portuguese descent. She is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television show, The Wonder Years. In the pilot she gave youngster Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage) his first kiss. This on-screen kiss was the first real life kiss for both actors.
Born in La Jolla, California, McKellar and sister Crystal McKellar have maintained a friendly competition to see who gets more acting jobs. In fact, when the actress who would play Winnie had to be chosen, the last two actresses under consideration for the role were the McKellar sisters.
Danica and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 8. Soon after, she and her sister began acting.
McKellar studied at UCLA, majoring in mathematics, and graduated summa cum laude in 1998. She coauthored a scientific paper which appeared in a peer-reviewed physics journal. The paper proves a theorem that has come to be known as the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem. This paper makes her one of the very few people, and perhaps the only full-time acting professional besides Natalie Portman, with a finite Erdos-Bacon number. Referring to the mathematical abilities of McKellar and her fellow student Brandy Winn, one of her math teachers, Professor Lincoln Chayes, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, "I thought that the two were really, really first rate". McKellar even provides free online math tutoring for her fans at her official internet website. While a student at UCLA, she was a sister of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
An Australian Hip-Hop act, The Winnie Coopers, named themselves after her well known character from The Wonder Years.