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Danielle Harris, an American actor, and filmmaker is most known for her roles in several slasher movies, notably the well-known “Halloween” series. She was born in New York and spent her formative years there. She competed in beauty pageants as a young girl, which led to multiple modeling offers. Danielle began appearing in TV and movie roles after returning to New York with her family. At the age of 7, she made her acting debut in a minor role in the soap opera “One Life to Live.” She remained a cast member for three years. She landed a pivotal role in her career in 1988 when she was chosen for “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” She was a significant character in the film. She later made another three appearances in the well-known horror movie series. She became well-known in the 1990s after appearing in the comedy “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.” She built a successful career over the following two decades, acting in a number of gruesome movies like “Left for Dead,” “Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet,” and “Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer.”

Early Life & Childhood

On June 1st, 1977, Danielle Andrea Harris was born in Plainview, New York. Fran Harris, her mother, raised her alone. Fran and Danielle soon relocated to Florida for work. Danielle attended an elementary school thereafter enrolling. Alongside Ashley, her younger sister, she grew up.

Danielle competed in and won a beauty contest when she was in Florida. She won a 10-day trip to her birthplace of New York as the prize. Several modeling gigs were presented to Danielle when she was in New York, but she turned them all down since she did not want to leave Florida.

But a few years later, Danielle’s mother received a transfer, which brought the family back to New York. Before she started showing an interest in acting, Danielle quickly accepted modeling offers and posed for a number of companies and publications. She also began putting herself up for TV and movie jobs. When she was asked to audition for a part in the soap series “One Life to Live” in 1985, she had her big break.

Danielle received the part out of the hundreds of girls from across the nation who were invited to the audition. She then started working in the entertainment business.

Career of Danielle Harris

After landing her first TV appearances, she went on to audition for a crucial part in “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” the fourth installment of the popular “Halloween” film franchise. She was given the character of “Jamie Lloyd” in the movie. The 1988 movie was a huge critical and financial hit. It eventually turned into a cult favorite.

In “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” the very next year, Danielle returned to the role of “Jamie.” She was now portrayed as a girl who was silent due to the events in the previous movie’s plot. The movie still generated enough money even though it did not do as well as its forerunner. It also helped ‘Jamie Lloyd’ become a well-liked recurrent character.

The role of the lead character’s niece was played by Danielle in the action movie “Marked for Death” in 1990. The movie received terrible reviews. It became a commercial triumph in spite of that. Danielle had a fair amount of success in 1991 with the movies “City Slickers,” “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” and “The Last Boy Scout.” She additionally made TV appearances on “Growing Pains” and “The Killing Mind.”

She portrayed a significant role in the television show “Roseanne” in 1992. She acted in movies and television less frequently in the years that followed. With the debut of her movie “Free Willy” in 1993, she experienced tremendous popularity. She had appearances in TV shows like “Boy Meets World” and “The Commish” in the middle of the 1990s.

She found out in 1995 that even though the second “Halloween” movie was being developed, her request to repeat her part as “Jamie Lloyd” was not being taken into consideration. She was informed by the producers that an actor who was older than 18 was preferred. Danielle was 17 years old at the time. She was given her freedom, but she did not like the pay that was given to her. She decided to skip the film as a result.

In the 1996 television movie “Wish Upon a Star,” Danielle played “Hayley Wheaton,” a little girl who switched bodies with her more popular older sister. She also appeared in “Shattered Image” and “Back to Back” that same year. She finished the year by seeing the Sylvester Stallone-starring movie “Daylight.” Even though it received poor reviews, “Daylight” ended up being one of the year’s biggest box office hits.

She appeared in television programs like “ER” and “Diagnosis: Murder” in the late 1990s. She also starred in the drama movie “Dizzyland” from 1998 in which she played the part of an adolescent victim of sexual abuse. She made her acting debut in the acclaimed slasher movie “Urban Legend” the same year, marking her first horror movie since “Halloween 5”.

The Wild Thornberrys, an animated television series, cast Danielle in one of the lead vocal roles in 1998. Danielle kept up her role as “Debbie Thornberry” throughout the five seasons of the show. Additionally, she provided the voice of Donnie in each of the series’ two film adaptations, “The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie” and “The Wild Thornberrys Movie.”

During her time on “The Wild Thornberrys,” Danielle appeared in a number of movies, including “Poor White Trash,” “Killer Bud,” and “Goosed.” She continues to make appearances on television in the shows “Charmed” and “That’s Life.”

She landed a major voice role in the animated sitcom “Father of the Pride” in 2004 and participated in all 14 episodes before the show was canceled.

The remake of the cult favorite horror movie “Halloween” was started by director Rob Zombie in January 2007. He had originally planned to cast no actors from the first movie franchise, but after seeing Danielle’s audition, he decided otherwise. One of the movie’s major characters, “Annie Brackett,” was played by Danielle. The movie was a huge financial hit at the box office.

Danielle focused on horror movies more than any other genre in the following few years. In addition to “Halloween II,” she also made an appearance in “Left for Dead.” Her roles in Hatchet II, Stake Land, ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, Shiver, and The Victim showed that she was still fascinated by the horror subgenre. With the 2013 horror-comedy movie “Among Friends,” she made her directorial debut.

Private Life of Danielle Harris

Danielle Harris is referred to as the “scream queen” because of her frequent involvement in horror movies. She has been referred to as the “Natalie Portman of Horror” by director Sylvia Soska. Several newspapers have referred to her as “horror’s reigning scream queen.”

Before being married to him in Hawaii in 2014, Danielle dated David Gross for a while. She gave birth to Carter Davis Gross in 2017.

A man who claimed to be Danielle’s fan began stalking her in 1995. When he carried a gun to her residence and made threats to kill her, the police detained him.

Danielle Harris’s Net Worth

Danielle Harris has a net worth of $10 million and works as both an actor and a director in the United States. Danielle Harris was raised in Florida after being born in Queens, New York. She started out in modeling before branching out into the commercial world. She played Samantha Garretson on “One Life to Live” in her debut lead role. For three years, she performed in the part. After that, she spent the following few years working mostly in the film industry. Her role as Jamie Lloyd in “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” helped her become well-known. Later, she went on to make appearances in the movie’s sequel as well as other feature and television films like “Don’t Touch My Daughter” and “Marked for Death”. She has alternated between cinema and television roles since the early 1990s, making appearances in shows like “Eerie, Indiana,” “Roseanne,” “ER,” “Brooklyn South,” and “Cold Case.” She is well known for her work on the television program “That’s Life”. She acted as Debbie Thornberry in “The Wild Thornberrys” as well.