Boy Meets World
“People still recognize me from that show and that's so fine with me. Most people aren't lucky enough to work on a show that sticks in the viewers' minds for so long. I'm never going to have a hard time with that.” Danielle Fishel (on being recognized from “Boy Meets World”)
Danielle Fishel is popular for her role of Topanga Lawrence on the television comedy series “Boy Meets World,” which she played throughout the show's run from 1993 to 2000. She won a YoungStar Award for her performance. She is also known as the host of the television show “The Dish” (Style, 2008-2011). Fishel's film credits include “Longshot” (2001), “National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze” (2003), the sequel “Dorm Daze 2” (2006), and “Game Box 1.0” (2004).
On December 20, 2007, Fishel was arrested in Newport Beach, California, on a drunken driving warrant but was released soon after. Commenting about her arrest on a DUI charge, she stated, “It definitely could have been worse. Nobody was injured. In fact, when I got pulled over for my DUI, it wasn't because I was swerving or speeding. I got pulled over because I didn't have my new registration sticker on my license. I wasn't out of control; I didn't injure anybody. It definitely could have been much worse but that's a terrifying situation, being arrested for something like that. You feel so guilty.”
Fishel was once selected one of Teen People Magazine “21 of the Hottest Stars under 21” and romantically linked to “Boy Meets World” costar Ben Savage.
Childhood and Family:
Danielle Christine Fishel was born on May 5, 1981, in Mesa, Arizona. Her father, Rick Fishel, is a director of business development for a medical equipment company. Her mother, Jennifer Fishel, serves as her personal manager. She has a younger brother named Chris (born 1985). Her family moved to Yorba Linda, California, when she was a baby. Danielle graduated from Calabasas High School.
Danielle Fishel began her acting career at age 10 by appearing in a doll commercial. She went on to make guest appearances in the television shows “Full House” (2 episodes, 1992-1993) and “Harry and the Hendersons” (1993) before receiving her breakthrough role in the television sitcom “Boy Meets World,” opposite Ben Savage, William Daniels, Rider Strong, Betsy Randle and Will Friedle. Playing Topanga Lawrence, Cory's girlfriend and later wife, she began with a recurring part in the series in 1993 and became a regular cast member the following season. She would remain with the series until it ended in May 2000. Fishel won a YoungStar for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series in 1998 and earned a YoungStar nomination for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series in 2000. She also received Young Artist nominations for Best Performance by a Young Actress - TV Comedy Series in 1996 and for Best Performance in a TV Comedy - Supporting Young Actress in 1997.
While working on “Boy Meets World,” Fishel made guest appearances in “Kirk” (1996) and “ABC TGIF” (1997). In 2000, she played Sarah Miller in the TV film “Rocket's Red Glare,” which starred Robert Wagner, Marilu Henner and Ryan Merriman. The next year, she made her motion picture debut as a cheerleader named Gloria in “Longshot,” an action comedy directed by Lionel C. Martin starring Tony DeCamillis, Hunter Tylo and Joey Sculthorpe.
Fishel next landed the recurring role of Stacy in the WB sitcom “Nikki,” starring Nikki Cox. She appeared in the episodes “Vaya Con Nikki” (2001) and “Welcome to the Rest of Your Life” (2002). It was followed by guest starring roles in “The Nightmare Room” (2002) and “Yes, Dear” (2003). Fishel returned to features as Marla in the 2003 comedy “National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze,” opposite Tatyana Ali, Boti Bliss, Marieh Delfino, Cameron Richardson, Tony Denman, Patrick Renna and Chris Owen. She then starred in the film “Game Box 1.0” (2004) and reprised her role of Marla in the direct-to-video sequel “Dorm Daze 2” (2006). In 2007, she starred as Donna Goldstein in the animated film “The Chosen One,” which also starred the voices of Chad Fifer, Chris Sarandon, Tim Curry, Lance Henriksen, Laura Prepon and Debra Wilson.
In 2008, Fishel landed a hosting gig on the satirical comedy series “The Dish.” The show appeared on Style network from August 16, 2008, to March 20, 2011. “If I wasn't as self-deprecating as I am, what I say on the show may come off as bitchy or catty, but that has never been my intention and I don't have a catty bone in my body. It's all in good fun.” Danielle Fishel (on hosting 'The Dish')
In 2009, Fishel hosted “The Fuse 20.”
YoungStar: Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series, “Boy Meets World,” 1998