Fairuza Balk

Actress
Blue-eyed, dark-haired Fairuza Balk weathered the storms of Oz, gradually breaking free from her fresh-faced little kid persona to plunge into dark and depressing film scenarios that ultimately reveal an optimism at her ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1974 in Point Reyes, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Dose of Reality 2014 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Beyond Clueless 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Heidi (Actor)

Humboldt County 2008 (Movie)

Bogart (Actor)

Wild Tigers I Have Known 2007 (Movie)

Logan's Mom (Actor)

Bye Bye Blackbird 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

Amber (Actor)

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

What Is It? 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Family Guy 1999, 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

Sapphire (Actor)

Red Letters 2000 (Movie)

Gretchen Van Buren (Actor)

Canned Ham: The Waterboy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

American History X 1998 (Movie)

Stacey (Actor)

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

Vicki Vallencourt (Actor)

American Perfekt 1997 (Movie)

Alice Thomas (Actor)

There's No Fish Food in Heaven 1997 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Shadow of a Doubt 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Craft 1996 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Aissa (Actor)

Tollbooth 1996 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Lucinda (Actor)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

Sonya (Actor)

The Danger of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Gas Food Lodging 1992 (Movie)

Shade (Actor)

Shame 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Milos Forman: Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick 1989 (Movie)

Celia Brzjinski (Actor)

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

Cecile DeVolanges (Actor)

Deceptions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

Dorothy Gale (Actor)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Intentions... Again? (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Donovan (Tv Show)

Actor

The Maker (TV Show)

Actor

The Worst Witch (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Blue-eyed, dark-haired Fairuza Balk weathered the storms of Oz, gradually breaking free from her fresh-faced little kid persona to plunge into dark and depressing film scenarios that ultimately reveal an optimism at her core. She worked first on TV in NBC's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" (1983) before beating out 1,200 girls to fill Dorothy's ruby slippers in Walter Murch's feature debut, "Return to Oz" (1985). Refusing to be traumatized by critics comparing her unfavorably to Judy Garland, Balk rebounded for more kid stuff as the well-meaning klutz Mildred Hubble in "The Worst Witch", a 1986 HBO movie based on the popular children's book.

Relationships

Cathryn Balk

Mother
Dutch worked as a belly dancer and teacher of Middle Eastern and Flamenco dancing divorced from Fairuza's father

Solomon Feldthouse

Father
Traveling folk musician who was born in Pingree, Idaho and moved to Turkey at the age of ten, where he lived for six years and learned Greek, Turkish and Persian music divorced from Fairuza's mother

C.M. Talkington Screenplay

Companion
Directed the cult classic, "Love and a .45." (1994) no longer together

David Thewlis Actor

Companion
Met during the filming of "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1986) no longer together

EDUCATION

Vancouver Academy of Music

Vancouver , British Columbia
Studied French, dancing and piano

The Royal Academy of Dance

Milestones

2009

Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"

2008

Cast opposite Frances Conroy in the comedy "Humboldt County" about a community of counterculture pot farmers

2006

Co-starred in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" with Sam Shepard

2002

Co-starred in the drama feature "Personal Velocity"

2000

Had supporting role as a sort of groupie, or 'band-aid' in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"

1998

Acted as a neo-Nazi opposite Edward Norton in Tony Kaye's "American History X"

1997

Co-starred in "American Perfekt" with Robert Forster, Amanda Plummer, Paul Sorvino and Thewlis

1996

Experimented with witchcraft in the supernatural thriller "The Craft"

1996

Portrayed Marlon Brando's daughter in "The Island of Dr. Moreau"; met future romantic interest, David Thewlis

1995

Played a prostitute in "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" opposite Andy Garcia and Steve Buscemi

1994

Shined as Harvey Keitel's older daughter in "Imaginary Crimes"

1993

Acted the real-life part of Caril Ann Fugate in the ABC miniseries "Murder in the Heartland"

1992

Received critical acclaim for her performance in the Lifetime movie "Shame"

1992

Co-starred in Allison Anders' "Gas Food Lodging," as the idealistic younger daughter of a truck-stop waitress (played by Brooke Adams)

1989

Portrayed a 14-year-old girl entangled in an arranged marriage to a man 30 years her senior in "Valmont"; co-starred with Jeffrey Jones, Annette Bening and Colin Firth; based on the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses

1987

Played Barbara (at age 12) in the NBC TV-movie "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story"

1985

Feature acting debut as Dorothy in "Return to Oz"

1983

First acting role, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" (ABC)

1983

Moved to Vancouver with her mother when she was nine years old

At eleven years old, moved with her mother to London, where she attended various prestigious ballet and acting schools

Bonus Trivia

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Fairuza is the Arabic word for turquoise.

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From 1995 to 2001, Balk owned Panpipes Magickal Marketplace, billed as the nation's largest occult store, in Hollywood, CA.

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"I was very depressed for a few years. I kind of sat in a basement for a long time. I seriously think I had a death wish. I'd done everything and anything to totally annihilate myself, and then I turned eighteen and it's like, Wow, I'm obviously not gonna die, so I might as well forget the self-destruction. People tell me I'm really dark. I'm not. I just don't pretend to be anything I'm not. I could have been totally famous or whatever, but that's not my thing at all. I want to make people feel. Touch people. Not just be another face." - Balk to Premiere magazine, November 1994

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