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Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
(born May 21, 1974) is an American film actress. She made her theatrical film debut as Dorothy Gale
Dorothy Gale
in Disney's 1985 film Return to Oz. Balk also made appearances in Valmont, The Craft, The Island of Dr. Moreau, American History X, The Waterboy, Almost Famous, and Personal Velocity: Three Portraits.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Balk was born as Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse in Point Reyes, California.[1] Until age two, Balk lived in Cloverdale, California with her mother. They then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she began acting at age six. They moved to London
and then to Paris for another role. They remained there for six months before returning to Vancouver. Balk moved to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
as a young woman upon signing to act in The Craft.[citation needed] Fairuza's mother, Cathryn Balk, has studied, performed, and taught the ethnic and traditional dance forms of many countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Spain.[2] Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was one of the founding members of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Kaleidoscope, and is also a traveling folk musician.[3] He was born in Pingree, Idaho
Pingree, Idaho
and between the ages of 6 and 10, he lived in Turkey where he learned Greek, Turkish, Iraqi and Iranian music.[4] Balk has stated that her father is of Romani and Cherokee
ancestry, and that her mother is of Irish and French descent.[5][6] Career[edit] Balk's debut role was in a television film titled The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, produced in 1983. While in London, Balk was cast by Walt Disney Productions to star as Dorothy Gale
Dorothy Gale
in Return to Oz, the unofficial sequel to MGM's 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz.[7] This role led to other, minor roles, including that of Mildred Hubble in The Worst Witch, and in 1988, at age 14, she moved to Paris
to work on Valmont with Miloš Forman. By 1989 she was back in Vancouver, where she attended high school.[citation needed] 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
Allison Anders
film Gas Food Lodging.[citation needed] In 1996, she appeared in a lead role in The Craft, in which her character formed a teenage coven with characters portrayed by Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Robin Tunney. Since then, Balk has continued to find roles, primarily dark ones. In 1996, she co-starred in The Island of Dr Moreau. In 1998, played a neo-Nazi goth-punk opposite Edward Norton
Edward Norton
in American History X, and was featured in The Waterboy, alongside Adam Sandler. Since 2000, she has appeared in over a dozen films. She has also done voice work for animated films, TV shows and video games, including Justice League, Family Guy, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Lords of EverQuest. The 2007 documentary Return to Oz: The Joy That Got Away was dedicated to her. In 2010, Balk released the single "Stormwinds" under the artist title "Armed Love Militia".[citation needed] In 2011, Balk began to exhibit art in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and New York. On August 4, 2012, she participated in the group show 'MiXTAPE', with other notable artists Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia, Jessicka Addams, and Marion Peck. Artists were asked to pick a song and create art inspired by that song. Fairuza chose the song “Nuages” by Django Reinhardt
Django Reinhardt
and created a 16"x20"x12" mixed-media sculpture. The eclectic mix of songs chosen were featured for digital download on iTunes.[8][9][10] In 2017, the emo puppet band Fragile Rock
Fragile Rock
performed a song entitled "Fairuza Balk" on their NPR
Tiny Desk Concert.[11] Balk tweeted that the song was "wonderful and hilarious" and made her year. [12] Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes

1985 Return to Oz Dorothy Gale

1986 The Worst Witch Mildred Hubble

1986 Discovery Molly

1988 Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick, TheThe Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick Celia Brzjinski

1989 Valmont Cecile

1992 Gas Food Lodging Shade Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead

1994 Imaginary Crimes Sonya Weiler

1994 Tollbooth Doris

1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Lucinda

1996 Craft, TheThe Craft Nancy Downs MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
(shared with Robin Tunney) Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

1996 Island of Dr. Moreau, TheThe Island of Dr. Moreau Aissa

1997 American Perfekt Alice Thomas

1997 Maker, TheThe Maker Bella Sotto

1998 Life in the Fast Lane Mona

1998 American History X Stacey

1998 Waterboy, TheThe Waterboy Vicki Vallencourt

2000 Red Letters Gretchen Van Buren

2000 Almost Famous Sapphire

2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Paula

2002 Deuces Wild Annie

2005 What is it? Screaming Snail/Insect/Monkey Girl (voice)

2005 Don't Come Knocking Amber

2005 Year and a Day, AA Year and a Day Lola

2006 Wild Tigers I Have Known Logan's Mom

2008 Humboldt County Bogart

2008 Grindstone Road Hannah

2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Heidi

2010 Shit Year Message Voice

2013 Dose of Reality Rose

2013 Another Stateside Rifka

2014 Beyond Clueless Narrator

2017 Battle Scars Rifka

2015 August Falls Anna Ellison Post-production

2018 Hell Is Where the Home Is



Year Title Role Notes

1983 Best Christmas Pageant Ever, TheThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever Beth Bradley Television film

1985 Deceptions Penny Roberts Television film

1986 Worst Witch, TheThe Worst Witch Mildred Hubble Television film

1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton
Barbara Hutton
Story Barbara—Age 12 Television film

1991 Deadly Intentions... Again? Stacey Television film

1992 Shame Lizzie Curtis Television film

1992 Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story, TheThe Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story Lisa Television film

1993 Murder in the Heartland Caril Ann Fugate Television film

1994 ZZ Top: Breakaway Vampire Girl Television film

1995 Shadow of a Doubt Angel Harwell Television film

1999 Family Guy Coco (voice) Episode: "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater"

2000 Family Guy Connie D'Amico (voice) Episode: "Let's Go to the Hop"

2001 The Sopranos Agent Deborah Ciccerone Episode: "Army of One" (original airing only)

2003 Justice League Penny Dee (voice) Episode: "Only a Dream"

2006 Orpheus Karen Television film

2006 Masters of Horror Stacia Episode: "Pick Me Up"

2011–2012 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself 3 episodes

2015 Ray Donovan Ginger 7 episodes

Video games

Year Title Voice role

2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Mercedes Cortez

2003 Lords of EverQuest Lady T'Lak


^ California
Birth Index 1905–1995. ^ " Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
Biography (1974-)". FilmReference.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-12.  ^ " Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
Photos, Gossip, Bio & Reviews". AskMen.com. IGN Entertainment, Inc. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-12.  ^ "The Rise and Fall of the Neoprene Lizards — the Kaleidoscope Story, p. 1". PulsatingDream.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-08-12.  ^ Balk, Fairuza (2010-09-10). "Persecution of the Roma". Fairuza.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20.  ^ " Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
on Twitter". Twitter.  ^ "The Wizard of Oz Production Timeline". The Walt Disney releases an unofficial sequel to the 1939 film titled Return to Oz
Return to Oz
and starring Fairuza Balk. The film is not a musical, and is much darker in tone than the 1939 film.  ^ Miller, Bridgette.Frances Bean Cobain & More Create Art That Rocks for MiXTAPE LA Bust (magazine)
Bust (magazine)
Aug 02, 2012 ^ LA MIXTAPE: AS A GESTURE OF LOVE L.A. Record August 3, 2012 ^ Duran, Amy.[1] IN L.A.: LA MIXTAPE @ LEBASSE PROJECTS CHINA TOWN juxtapoz magazine Monday August 20, 2012 ^ NPR
Music (2017-07-25), Fragile Rock: NPR
Music Tiny Desk Concert, retrieved 2017-08-06  ^ Balk, Fairuza (2017-07-16). "You guys just made my year:)! You are wonderful an hilarious:) I am honoured to have been sung to by a puppet band!!". @fairuza. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 

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Awards for Fairuza Balk

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead

Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1985) Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini
(1986) Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland
(1987) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1988) Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
(1989) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1990) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1991) Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
(1992) Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd
(1993) Linda Fiorentino (1994) Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue
(1995) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(1996) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(1999) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(2000) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(2001) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2002) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
(2003) Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno
(2004) Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman
(2005) Shareeka Epps (2006) Ellen Page
Ellen Page
(2007) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2008) Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
(2009) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2010) Michelle Williams (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Brie Larson
Brie Larson
(2015) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2016) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand

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MTV Movie Award for Best Fight

Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
vs. Bob Barker
Bob Barker
Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore
(1996) Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
vs. Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
– The Craft (1997) Will Smith
Will Smith
vs. Cockroach – Men in Black (1998) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
vs. Puffy the Dog – There's Something About Mary
There's Something About Mary
(1999) Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
vs. Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix
The Matrix
(2000) Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi
vs. Entire bar – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2001) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
vs. Hong Kong gang – Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2
(2002) Yoda
vs. Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
– Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2003) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Chiaki Kuriyama
Chiaki Kuriyama
– Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2004) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah
– Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2005) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
vs. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
– Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2006) Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
vs. Robert Maillet
Robert Maillet
– 300 (2007) Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
Never Back Down
Never Back Down
(2008) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
– Twilight (2009) Beyoncé
Knowles vs. Ali Larter
Ali Larter
– Obsessed (2010) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard
and Xavier Samuel
Xavier Samuel
– The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
and Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson
vs. Alexander Ludwig
Alexander Ludwig
– The Hunger Games (2012) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
and Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
vs. Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
– The Avengers (2013) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
and Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly
vs. Orcs – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014) Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
vs. Will Poulter
Will Poulter
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
(2015) Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
vs. Ed Skrein
Ed Skrein
- Deadpool (2016)

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