Fairuza Balk, January 2006
Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse
May 21, 1974, Point Reyes, California, U.S.
Fairuza Alejandra Balk born May 21, 1974) is an American film actress. She made her theatrical film debut as Dorothy Gale in Disney's Return to Oz. She has also appeared in The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Craft, American History X and Personal Velocity: Three Portraits. Fairuza played Mildred Hubble in the 1986 Worst Witch Telemovie.
Balk was born as Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse in Point Reyes, California. Her mother, Cathryn Balk, is of Irish and French descent and has studied, performed, and taught the ethnic and traditional dance forms of many countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Spain.  Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, is of Cherokee Native and Roma gypsy descent. He was one of the founding members of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Kaleidoscope and also a traveling folk musician. He was born in Pingree, Idaho and moved to Turkey at age 10, where he lived for six years and learned Greek, Turkish and Persian music. Fairuza's name is the Turkish equivalent of the Arabic version "Piroozeh" of the Persian name "Firoozeh", meaning "Turquoise, Victory, or Precious One".
Fairuza lived in Cloverdale, California with her mother, until age two. They then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she began acting at age six. They moved from London to Paris for another role. They remained there for six months returning to Vancouver. Fairuza then moved to Los Angeles upon signing to do The Craft.
It was during the time Fairuza was spending in London that she was selected by Walt Disney Productions to star as Dorothy Gale in Return to Oz, the loose sequel to MGM's 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz. It was not her debut role; that role had been in a television movie titled The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, produced in 1983. However, it was the one that brought her attention as an actress. The role led to other minor roles, including that of Mildred Hubble in the comedy The Worst Witch, and in 1988 she moved to Paris to work on Valmont with Miloš Forman. By 1989 she was back in Vancouver, where she attended high school. 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.
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.
Balk has continued to find roles. She co-starred in The Island of Dr Moreau in 1996, gave a performance as a neo-Nazi opposite Edward Norton in American History X in 1998, and was featured in The Waterboy, alongside Adam Sandler, in 1998. Since 2000, she has appeared in over half a dozen movies. She has also done voice work for animated films and video games, including Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Balk lives in Hollywood, California, and has an apartment in New York City. Outside her career, her interests include writing poetry and fiction, playing guitar and violin, 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 in 1996 and in American Perfekt in 1997, as well as C. M. Talkington, the director and writer of the cult classic Love and a .45.
|1985||Return to Oz||Dorothy Gale|
|1986||The Worst Witch||Mildred Hubble|
|1988||The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick||Celia Brzjinski|
|1992||Gas Food Lodging||Shade|
|1994||Imaginary Crimes||Sonya Weiler|
|1995||Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead||Lucinda|
|1996||The Craft||Nancy Downs|
|1996||The Island of Dr. Moreau||Aissa|
|1997||American Perfekt||Alice Thomas|
|1997||The Maker||Bella Sotto|
|1998||Life in the Fast Lane||Mona|
|1998||American History X||Stacey|
|1998||The Waterboy||Vicki Vallencourt|
|2000||Red Letters||Gretchen Van Buren|
|2002||Personal Velocity: Three Portraits||Paula|
|2005||What is it?||Screaming Snail / Insect / Monkey Girl (voice)|
|2005||Don't Come Knocking||Amber|
|2005||A Year and a Day||Lola|
|2006||Wild Tigers I Have Known||Logan's Mom|
|2009||The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Heidi|
|2010||Shit Year||Message Voice|
|2012||Dose of Reality||Rose||Completed|
|1983||The Best Christmas Pageant Ever||Beth Bradley||TV movie|
|1985||Deceptions||Penny Roberts||TV movie|
|1986||The Worst Witch}}||Mildred Hubble||TV movie|
|1987||Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story||Barbara Hutton- Age 12||TV movie|
|1991||Deadly Intentions... Again?||Stacey||TV movie|
|1992||Shame||Lizzie Curtis||TV movie|
|1992||The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story||Lisa||TV movie|
|1993||Murder in the Heartland||Caril Ann Fugate||TV movie|
|1994||ZZ Top: Breakaway||Vampire Girl||TV movie|
|1995||Shawdow of a Doubt||Angel Harwell||TV movie|
|2000||Family Guy||Connie D'Amico (voice)||Episode: "Let's Go to the Hop"|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Mercedes Cortez (voice)||Video game|
|2003||Justice League||Penny Dee (voice)||Episode: "Only a Dream"|
|2003||Lords of EverQuest||Lady T'Lak (voice)||Video game|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Stacia||Episode: "Pick Me Up"|
- ^ California Birth Index 1905 - 1995.
- ^ Fairuza Balk. Film Reference.com.
- ^ Actress of the Week: Fairuza Balk. askmen.com.
- ^ The Rise and Fall of the Neoprene Lizards - the Kaleidoscope Story. Pulsating Dream.com.
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