'Wonder Years' actress Danica McKellar files for divorce
June 7th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

'Wonder Years' actress Danica McKellar files for divorce

Actress Danica McKellar and her husband Mike Verta are going their separate ways.

The 37-year old, known for playing the lovable girl-next-door Winnie Cooper in the popular late '80s dramedy “The Wonder Years," told CNN that she's divorcing her husband after three years of marriage.

The actress-turned-author said in a statement Wednesday, "I am saddened by the end of my marriage to Mike."

McKellar, who has written three books on math, including “Math Doesn’t Suck” and “Kiss My Math," reportedly cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for her split from her composer husband.

She added in a statement that the two are "committed to raising our son together and we are focused on remaining the best parents we can be."

McKellar, who has also appeared in “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother," has reportedly sought joint custody of their one-year-old son Draco.

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  2. RG

    So you're saying there's a chance....

    July 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Quagmire

    Gigity, gigity, goo!

    July 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    I STILL have a crush on her!

    July 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fritz

    Total bombshell! Too bad about the divorce. She'll be just fine.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. pjoe

    Sad to hear about anyone getting divorced. I hope they can work it out & get back together before things go down that road too long. Good luck to both of them and their family.

    I bought her first math book for my daughter and it helped a lot. Gettng my daughter to read it took some time, but once she started reading it ... she loved it and really helped her excel in math. Highly recommended.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. nursingstudentbyday

    She looks like a teenager. I am amazed that she is 37!

    June 23, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eman de Riuqer

    That photo they have of her... she's beautiful, but she looks sad, and that smile looks really forced. With a hand or sheet of paper, cover her mouth and look at her eyes... you'll see what I mean. Was this photo from when she filed for divorce, and someone snapped a picture of her, and she just tried to smile for the camera out of habit? On the flip side, she named her son, (or allowed him to be named) Draco, so I don't know... cool that she's a pretty lady, and into math, that seems relatively rare.

    When it comes to math, most Hollywood types can only seem to divide a pair of legs... their own or someone else's... which is very rudimentary arithmetic. So rudimentary that it's practically biology, really.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |


    June 21, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. j

    she looks like a Xenomorph is about to bust out of her chest or something...

    June 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironfray

      lmao.. but that aside, this is the first time I've seen how she looks all grown up! I grew up watching that show.. started watching it again on netflix starting with the pilot about a month ago. Really brings back memories.. especially the intro song. Hope the best for her.

      June 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sandusky Sandwich

    Finally... Winnie Cooper is back on the market!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonfromLI

      Had a crush on her as Winnie, and she still looks as cute as ever.

      June 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • me too

      Me too!!! Big crush!!! She doesn't stir up the same feelings, but she's still attractive and I'd love to carry out that boyhood fantasy. Now that she's single I hope she'll give an out-of shape lower middle class not-so-good looking guy a shot. If so- I'll be taking her out on a date soon.

      June 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Samuel

    Forehead + 1 = Fivehead

    June 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cheekylass

    Poor Danica... crawled up from the B list to share her sad news with the world. Join the rest of us who got a divorce this year... at least we aren't crying to the tabloids hoping to sell more books. Maybe I'll start a support group for all the unfortunate children of stars that have been saddled with ridiculously stupid names, clearly with parents like those they will need all the help they can get. But who can fault them... only the San Andreas (fingers crossed)

    June 14, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Maybe you should have joined the ones that stayed married and stopped being selfish......

      June 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Wow! Who knew! You're an idiot. Well, we do now.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ironfray

      Yeah.. because she's the one that wrote this article and sent it in right Cheekylass? Or perhaps maybe the media wanted to cover it and that's why it was written and that's why you're reading it? Just a thought.

      June 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alice

    very smart girl. bummer on the split.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bill

    She has a doctorate is mathematics so she should be addressed as Dr. McKellar.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I believe she has a Master's. Lincoln Chayes speaks very highly of her talent, and I think she could easily have gotten the doctorate if she'd wanted to go that way, but I don't believe she did.

      June 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Shelby

    Winnie is 37? How did that happen? She was 12 last week.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  18. Adam

    Oh Winnie Cooper. Soooooo hot

    June 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  19. citizenUSA

    I'm sorry her marriage couldn't be worked out and for all the crap she has to go through now.

    I'm sure she has fans who are concerned about her but this is a perfect example of a useless article. Are whatever fans she has really watching her marital status? Even if not is it really big news? Where was all the fuss when she got married?

    June 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mkaftor

      Clearly you cared enough to read this article and comment on it...

      June 12, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  20. Scott Wallace

    Gorgeous and smart. I'm sure he wasn't good enough for her.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  21. Cinchy

    She's one of these "kinda hot, kinda odd looking" people.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      How is she odd looking? She's kind of a brunette and younger Laura Linney.

      June 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Peter

    Smart girls are hot. Hot girls are ..well.. hot. Hot squared.
    Regardless divorce sucks for kids.

    June 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. chris516

    Another Hollywood marriage kaput. So what else is new on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

    June 10, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  24. boop

    Oh that's to bad.good luck with the child rearing.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Reptillian

    What's this?...my dream girl is single yet again? I'd better buy some breath mints and get a haircut. Mike's loss is my gain. 😉

    June 9, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  26. gatecrasher1

    Let's go make out in Harper's Woods.

    June 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Gumby

    Danica you are a total hottie! And you're brilliant too!

    June 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Josh

    She should have married Kevin Arnold. Now, that marriage would have lasted.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tom

    Three years of marriage... why even bother getting married??? This is news, only of a failure.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  30. Bob

    Still a babe – hubba-hubba

    June 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. seven

    Wounder who cheated on who ?

    June 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jeff

    I believe that her marriage started breaking down when she decided to go back into acting after being away for 20 years. It caused the marriage to have a whole new dynamic that her husband didn't want. He married a math genius, not an actress.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  33. heather

    i feel sorry for her and her son. i always like the wonder years

    June 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. bad name

    She named her son Draco? Yikes...

    June 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      Draco... middle name Malfoy

      June 12, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • fritz

      Maybe she got the name from that dragon movie with Dennis Quaid? Sean Connery played the voice of Draco. Or maybe she got it from the constellation? Kinda curious to find out.

      June 28, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  35. Albert E

    Ouch.......Hey Danica...you know the square ROOT of 69?.......Eight-something..........ouch....

    June 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  36. sassysticks53

    Where have the years gone to! I can't believe she's 37! Time flies! And to Leigh, Danica is a college graduate. I forget what college she graduated from. Funny how some people assume the worse in others.
    Good luck in your future endeavors, Danica.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Ray

    Marry me Danica !!!

    June 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • blessedgeek

      You would need to know the square root of the square root of -1, first.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  38. Michael Calaizzo

    She is getting into movies.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Michael Calaizzo

    She is wonderful.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  40. warimashi

    Hang in there, Danica! It gets better!

    June 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. T

    Geez, that sucks.
    Hope she'll do better next time with someone who'll last a lifetime.

    Aside from that, I like to see her back on the "THE BIG BANG THEORY" show.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Leigh

    She is a prime example of why a woman should have college or something to fall back on if a marriage fails. I hate that her marriage failed because I still believe in marriage and see it as something beautiful.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Suzanne

    Winnie Cooper has grown into a beautiful woman.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Observer

    Sorry to see this. She seems like a class act. I hate seeing anyone's marriage end.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |

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