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Danielle Fishel Biography

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Birth Name: Danielle Fishel
Born: 05/05/1981
Birth Place: Mesa, Arizona, USA

Born May 5, 1981 in Mesa, AZ, Danielle Christine Fishel began her career as a child model and commercial actress before making her full-fledged acting debut with a recurring role on "Full House" (ABC, 1987-1995) as a classmate who pressures Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) to get her ears pierced. After a guest spot on "Harry and the Hendersons" (syndicated, 1991-93), she was hired for one episode of "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000) as feminist genius Topanga Lawrence, who both intimidates and fascinates her fellow students, including series star Cory Matthews (Ben Savage). So charming was Fishel in the role that she was not only brought back for additional appearances, but soon became a series regular and one of the show's true anchors. At first a brainy-but-quirky foil for the lovably chuckleheaded exploits of Cory and buddy Shawn (Rider Strong), over the course of the series Fishel's Topanga proved to be Cory's soulmate and their relationship and eventual marriage provided much of the heart and arc of the later seasons.

Winning a YoungStar Award and earning two Young Artist Award nominations for her work, Fishel achieved teen stardom for her "Boy Meets World" work, including co-authoring the book Girl Gets Real: A Teenager's Guide To Life and earning multiple magazine covers, as well as enjoying considerable gossip coverage for her real-life relationship with co-star Ben Savage, as well as her noteworthy prom date, *NSYNC member Lance Bass. After the series ended, Fishel underwent a glamorous makeover and became the spokeswoman for NutriSystem as well as a correspondent for "The Tyra Banks Show" (syndicated, 2005-09; The CW, 2009-2010). Although she still occasionally acted, including roles in "National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze" (2003) and "Game Box 1.0" (2004), hosting duties suited the quick-witted Fishel, who also helmed "Say What? Karaoke" (MTV, 1998-2003) and her own comedy current events show, "The Dish" (Style, 2008-2011).

Although Fishel earned excellent notices for her work on "The Dish," the show, which was very much in the vein of its sister series "The Soup" (E!, 2004- ), failed to attract a considerable audience, a fact Fishel poked fun at in the viral video "Child Star Psychologist" (2011). Although she had begun working towards earning her college degree in counseling, Fishel found herself making the best kind of Hollywood headlines when development of a sequel "Boy" series entitled "Girl Meets World" was announced. Happily for fans, both Fishel and Savage signed on for the show, which was set to follow the coming-of-age adventures of Riley, the 13-year-old daughter of Topanga and Cory.

By Jonathan Riggs