Cynthia Daniel is an American-born actress and photographer, who is possibly best known for being the identical twin sister of the actress Brittany Daniel. She is also known for her appearance in the series “Sweet Valley High.”

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Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Cynthia Lynn Daniel was born under the Pisces zodiac sign on 17 March 1976, in Gainesville, Florida, and so is 47 years old as of 2023. She’s the daughter of Carolyn and Charlton Daniel Jr., who sadly died of cancer in 2008. Cynthia has an elder brother named Brad Raylius Daniel, who is a composer credited for his works in the 1999 documentary film “Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes.” She’s starred alongside her twin sister in various projects, including the series “Sweet Valley High.” The Gainesville native fell in love with modeling when she was a child, and began her career with an appearance in a commercial for the Wrigley Company’s Doublemint Gum alongside her twin sister when they were 11 years old.

When she was in elementary school, Cynthia and her twin sister often switched places to fool around with their friends and teachers. She attended Gainesville High School, where she was crowned the Homecoming Queen. The photographer hasn’t revealed whether she joined college after her matriculation.

Hobbies and Interesting Facts

She’s younger than Brittany by five minutes. Cynthia goes by the nicknames ‘Lu Lu’ and ‘Cyn.’

She’s an outdoorsy person who considers herself a sun chaser, and enjoys traveling to photogenic destinations with her twin sister.

The Florida native is a food connoisseur, who follows a vegan diet. Together with her sister, Cynthia manages a women-centric fashion and cooking blog called ‘The Sweet Life.’

Cynthia is also physically active, and is keen on practicing Yoga.

Modeling and Acting Careers

Cynthia signed with the New York City-based international modeling agency Ford Models when she was a child. She went on to pose for the now-defunct American teen magazines “Sassy” and “YM.” In 1997, she appeared in a commercial for the international fast-food chain, McDonald’s, and shortly after their graduation in 1998, Cynthia and Brittany relocated to Los Angeles, California, to begin their acting careers.

Cynthia made her TV debut in a 1987 episode of the sitcom “The New Leave It to Beaver,” which was a sequel to the 1957-1963 TV sitcom “Leave It to Beaver.” In 1994, Cynthia and Brittany were selected to star in the comedy-drama series “Sweet Valley High,” which is loosely based on the eponymous book series by Francine Pascal. From 1994 to 1997, Cynthia portrayed Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Wakefield in 88 episodes of the show and her sister played Liz’s twin named Jessica. Cynthia’s performance saw her scoop a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series in 1995, sharing the award with her sister. Concurrently, Cynthia and Brittany were cast in Scott Kalvert’s 1995 biographical crime drama movie “The Basketball Diary,” which was based on the 1978 eponymous novel by Jim Carroll. Cynthia portrayed Winkie and shared the screen with the accomplished actor, Leonardo Di Caprio.

In 2002, Cynthia made a one-episode appearance as Bianca in the TV sitcom “That ‘80s Show.” She then took a long hiatus from acting, and made a comeback 20 years later with the role of Michele in the 2022 family-comedy movie “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

Photography Career and Social Media Presence

Cynthia began her professional photography career after her stint in “Sweet Valley High” ended in 1997. She is the founder and CEO of the firm Five Arrows Photography. Cynthia focuses on family photography, and does everything from weddings to baby showers. She’s had various celebrity clients, including the “Gossip Girl” actress, Kelly Rutherford.

Cynthia is active on Instagram (@cynhauser) with almost 190,000 followers, largely populating her account with photos together with her family. She shares an Instagram page with her sister – (@brittanyandcynthiadaniel) – they post bikini photos, cooking videos, and travel-related stories on the profile.

Personal Life

Cynthia is a married woman, having exchanged vows with the Independent Spirit Award-nominated American actor, Cole Hauser, in December 2006. Hauser was born in California on 22 March 1975 into a family of actors. He’s possibly best known for his appearances in the series “Yellowstone” and the films “Dazed and Confused,” “A Good Day to Die Hard”, and “Good Will Hunting”, among others. The couple has three children – their first son Ryland, who is a talented American Football player, was born in September 2004, second son Colt in June 2008, and their lastborn child Steely Rose Hauser, was born in 2013. Cynthia and Hauser have been together for over a decade and a half – Hauser stated in a 2020 interview that he always makes time for his children and family, despite having a busy acting career.

Brittany and Cynthia are Cancer Advocates

Cynthia is very close with her twin sister Brittany. During an interview, she stated ‘We are so intertwined…Everything that’s hers is mine and everything that’s mine is hers.’ Previously, Brittany was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and after she learned that she might be unable to have kids on her own, she turned to Cynthia, who donated an egg to her. Eventually, Britanny and her better half, Adam Touni, were blessed with a daughter they named Hope in October 2021.

In 2014, the twin sisters attended a Stand Up to Cancer charity event, in which Brittany shed light on her cancer diagnosis with Lifescript TV, admitting that she was feeling grateful to be alive, and expressed her appreciation to the organizers of the event for raising money and awareness about cancer. Cynthia also spoke about her sister’s diagnosis, recalling how painful it was, especially because it reminded her of her father’s death. The twins are keen on donating to charities that raise awareness about cancer, and often attend cancer-related events.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Daniel is of White ethnicity, and has a set of blue eyes and long blonde hair. She has an hourglass body, weighs around 130lbs (59kgs), and is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-24-35; she wears shoe size 8 (US).

Net Worth

Cynthia has accumulated her net worth from her acting and photography careers, and is authoritatively worth around $8 million as of mid-2023. On the other hand, her sister is worth around $4 million.

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