The actress Claire Danes was born in New York, raised in the neighborhood of Soho by a textile designer and a photographer (she attended Dalton), and now resides in the same neighborhood, in a loft with fiancé Hugh Dancy. In other words, she never really signed up for that whole Hollywood lifestyle.
Nor was Ms. Danes ever much part of "the scene" in Manhattan. Sure, she attended the Zac Posen show every season, as well as Cinema Society screenings and the annual Costume Institute gala. But after spending most of the winter-awards-show season on the West Coast, Ms. Danes and Mr. Dancy seemed to return to New York this year with a purpose: to get out there, make new friends, and become one of those New York society couples that somehow manage to pull of the perfect publicity concoction of being simultaneously “press-shy” and … constantly present. (See: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker; Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard; etc..)
A search on society photographer Patrick McMullan's Web site showed that the couple has been out at Manhattan functions at least once a week since mid-spring. On May 4, they attended the "Model as Muse" gala at the Met. The very next night the couple showed up at Time magazine's Most Influential People party. Then it was time for the American Ballet Theatre gala, where they danced alongside Caryn and Jeff Zucker and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. On June 2, during a benefit at the Longchamp store on Madison Avenue, they mingled with socialite Emma Snowden Jones and model Maggie Rizer.
As June progressed, the couple made their presence known in the Hamptons at the Montauk Yacht Club where they read together from Jay McInerney's new short-story collection, How It Ended, and Ms. Danes, wearing a pristine white pantsuit, threw her legs up in the air and performed a dramatic dip while dancing with actor James Garner.
Recently, the actress attended the CFDA awards with Narciso Rodriguez as her date, where she announced that the designer is already at work on her wedding dress.
Click through for brief slideshow of the couple's recent society outings.
Claire Danes and fiancé Hugh Dancy, at the premiere of Valentino: The Last Emperor at the Museum of Modern Art, March 17, 2009.
The couple at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 4, 2009.
Ms. Danes and Mr. Dancy at Time's 100 Most Influential People Gala at Lincoln Center, May 5, 2009.
The couple attends the 69th Annual American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 18, 2009.
Ms. Danes with Mr. Dancy on the red carpet of “Burberry Day” at the New York Palace Hotel, May 28, 2009.
The actress with designer Narciso Rodriguez, who will design her wedding gown, at the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center, June 15, 2009.