Fairuza Balk

Biography

Fairuza Alejandra Balk (born May 21, 1974) is an American film actress. She is best known for her role in the 1996 movie The Craft and, more than ten years earlier, in Disney's 1985 Return to Oz. Childhood Fairuza Balk was born as Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse in Point Reyes, California to Cathryn Balk, a belly dancer of Dutch descent, and Solomon Feldthouse, a musician. It is said that when she was born her father saw her turquoise eyes and exclaimed, "Fairuza!", meaning "turquoise." Fairuza is the Persian word "??????" firouzeh. Child star Soon after her parents divorced, Balk and her mother became world travelers. She was raised for the first part of her life in San Francisco on a commune-type ranch. They then moved to Vancouver when she was nine. At 11 they moved to London, where she attended various prestigious ballet and acting schools. It was at this time that she was selected by the Walt Disney Company to star in Return to Oz, the loose sequel to 1939's The Wizard of Oz. It was not her first role (that was a television movie called The Best Christmas Pageant Ever made in 1983), but it was the one that brought her attention as an actress. The role lead to other minor roles, and in 1988 she moved to Paris to do more work as an actress. By 1989 she was back in Vancouver, where she attended high school. Successful actress However, she soon decided to take correspondence courses instead and went back to Hollywood, where she gained increasing notice as an actress. In 1992 she was awarded an Independent Spirit Award as best actress for her performance in the Allison Anders film Gas Food Lodging. A couple of years later she cast in as lead role in The Craft, in which her character forms a teenage coven with characters portrayed by Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Robin Tunney. Her casting would seem particularly appropriate as Balk studies Wicca in real life and was part owner of a store dedicated to that religion named Panpipes Magickal Marketplace. She has since sold her interest in the store and is no longer affiliated with it. Balk has continued to find roles. She had a memorable performance as a neo-Nazi opposite Edward Norton in American History X (1998) and since 2000 she has appeared in half a dozen movies. She has also done voice work for animated films and video games, including Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Private life Balk lives in Venice, California, and has an apartment in New York City. Outside her career, her interests include writing poetry and fiction, playing guitar, singing, and dancing. Over the years she has been romantically involved with a number of well known men including British actor David Thewlis who appeared with her in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and C.M. Talkington, director and writer of the cult classic, Love and a .45. She is the lead singer in a band. From Wikipedia

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The Craft

Nancy Downs

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The Waterboy

Vicki Vallencourt

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Return to Oz

Dorothy

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Deuces Wild

Annie

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

Aissa

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Moby: Play

Moby's Love (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Pick Me Up

Stacia

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Personal Velocity

Paula

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Gas Food Lodging

Shade

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Grindstone Road

Hannah

Starring In
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The Craft: Legacy

Nancy Downs

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Trespassers

The Visitor

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Beyond Clueless

Herself - Narrator

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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

Herself - Actress

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Blood Into Wine

Herself

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Heidi

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Humboldt County

Bogart

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Grindstone Road

Hannah

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Wild Tigers I Have Known

Logan's Mom

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Don't Come Knocking

Amber

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What Is It?

Screaming Snail / Insect / Monkey Girl (voice)

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Pick Me Up

Stacia

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Deuces Wild

Annie

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Moby: Play

Moby's Love (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Personal Velocity

Paula

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Almost Famous

Sapphire

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Red Letters

Gretchen Van Buren

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American History X

Stacey

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The Waterboy

Vicki Vallencourt

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American Perfekt

Alice Thomas

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

Aissa

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The Craft

Nancy Downs

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Shadow of a Doubt

Angel Harwell

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Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Lucinda

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Imaginary Crimes

Sonya Weiler

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Gas Food Lodging

Shade

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The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story

Lisa

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Valmont

Cecile

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The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick

Celia Brzjinski

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Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story

Barbara - age 12

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The Worst Witch

Mildred Hubble

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Return to Oz

Dorothy

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Beth Bradley

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