Danica McKellar: A Math “Wonder”

By | October 12, 2018

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Actress Danica McKellar on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage)

As a child actress, Danica McKellar rose to prominence for playing Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, the on-again/off-again girlfriend of the show’s protagonist, Kevin Arnold, played by Fred Savage. McKellar’s Winnie Cooper was the perfect girl-next-door and helped to make the show, which ran from 1988 to 1993 on ABC, so popular. But there is a side to Danica McKellar that you may not know…the brainy side! McKellar is a super-smart mathematician who has written academic papers on mathematics, has a theorem named for her, and has authored several mathematics books. Here is the story of Danica McKellar, the math “wonder”. 

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Danica McKellar with her The Wonder Years co-star, Fred Savage.

Danica McKellar, the Child Actress

Danica McKellar and her sister, Crystal, were both child actresses in Hollywood, but it was Danica’s role in The Wonder Years that made her famous. She was barely 13 when she landed the role of Winnie Cooper, a character she played for the next five years. Although McKellar’s parents, Christopher and Mahaila McKellar, supported their daughters’ acting careers, education was the main focus of their upbringing.