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Fairuza Balk Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: May 21, 1974
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Former child actress Fairuza Balk started her screen career at the age of 11 when she starred as Dorothy in [[Feature~V41132~Return to Oz~returntooz]] (1985). A sweet-faced child with dark hair and striking blue eyes, Balk -- whose first name means "turquoise" in Persian -- was summarily typecast in sugary roles in television movies. She spent some time in England making films and got a chance at more adult fare in 1989 when she played easily deflowered convent girl Cecile DeVolanges in [[Performer~P90166~Milos Forman~milosforman]]'s [[Feature~V52152~Valmont~valmont]]. Balk subsequently returned to the U.S. and, at the age of 18, she earned some of the greatest acclaim of her young career for her portrayal of Shade, a sensitive girl growing up in a dead-end New Mexico town, in [[Feature~V143669~Gas, Food, Lodging~alodgingforthenight]] (1992), the esteemed directorial debut of [[Performer~P79587~Alison Anders~allisonanders]]. Following further TV and film work, Balk earned a certain degree of cult status with her starring role as a psychotic teenage witch in [[Feature~V135915~The Craft~thecraft]] (1996). In keeping with the goth image fostered by her role in the film, Balk subsequently bought Panpipes, a famed Hollywood occult shop. In 1998, the actress ventured into more mainstream territory as the girlfriend of [[Performer~P62990~Adam Sandler~adamsandler]] in the smash comedy [[Feature~V173675~The Waterboy~thewaterboy]]. That same year, she earned plaudits playing another girlfriend, this time in [[Feature~V173569~American History X~americanhistoryx]], which cast her as the love interest of a neo-Nazi ([[Performer~P215904~Edward Norton~edwardnorton]]). As the 2000's unfolded, Balk would continue to appear on screen in movies like Almost Famous, Wild Tigers I Have Known, and Humboldt County. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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