Alison Lohman

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Alison Lohman
Alison Lohman 2011.jpg
Lohman in 2011
Born Alison Marion Lohman
(1979-09-18) September 18, 1979 (age 34)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Mark Neveldine (m. 2009)
Children 2

Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979)[1][2][3] is an American actress. Perhaps her most notable role was as Astrid in White Oleander (2002). Other lead roles have been in the films Matchstick Men (2003), Where the Truth Lies (2005), The Big White (2005), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (2005), Flicka (2006), and Drag Me to Hell (2009); as well as smaller parts in Big Fish (2003), Beowulf (2007), and Gamer (2009). She has also been on television shows such as Tucker and Pasadena.

Early life[edit]

Lohman was born and raised in Palm Springs, California, the daughter of Diane (née Dunham), a patisserie owner, and Gary Lohman, a Minnesota-born architect.[3][4] She has one younger brother, Robert (born 1982).[5] She has two cats, Monk and Clint.[6] In her first school year, Lohman was diagnosed with combined type attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and put on medicine for it, which she still uses as an adult. Afterwards, she had straight As in all her school subjects, except in drama, because she was too shy.[7] At age nine, she played Gretyl in The Sound of Music at the Palm Desert's McCallum Theater. Two years later, she won the Desert Theater League's award for "Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical" for the title role in Annie. By the age of 17, Lohman had appeared in 12 different major productions and had been a backing singer for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and the Desert Symphony.

As a senior, Lohman was an awardee of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and was offered the chance to attend the Tisch School of the Arts, but declined.

Career[edit]

In 1997, after graduating from high school, Lohman moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screen acting career.[6] For the next few years, her work consisted of science fiction B-movies (such as Kraa! The Sea Monster and Planet Patrol), television productions (including the made-for-TV movie Sharing the Secret) and children's films (such as Delivering Milo and The Million Dollar Kid). Also included was the dark urban drama White Boy.

Lohman starred in White Oleander, an adaptation of Janet Fitch’s novel, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn and Renée Zellweger and directed by Peter Kosminsky. Though the film was unsuccessful at the box office (it opened to $5.6 million in 1,510 theaters),[8] it received generous reviews and her performance met with wide critical acclaim, being described as her "breakthrough role" by media sources.[6]

The following year, Lohman appeared in Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott. She starred with Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell, and though it was not a box office success either, Lohman continued to receive critical praise. Later that year, she appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Fish, which continued her trend of appearing in acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful films.

In 2005, Lohman appeared in Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies. The film originally received an NC-17 rating for its graphic sexual content,[9] and failed at the box office afterwards.[10] Some critics (such as Roger Ebert) felt that she was well-suited for the role.[11] Her next feature, The Big White, featured her alongside actors Robin Williams, Holly Hunter and Tim Blake Nelson, but nevertheless went direct-to-video. In the same year, Lohman voiced the title character in the English language re-dubbing of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Lohman's next film was the drama Flicka, which was released on October 20, 2006. At the age of 25, she played a 16-year-old girl who befriends a wild mustang in the film. Lohman had never ridden a horse prior to filming and trained rigorously for a month. She said that she was "constantly thrown emotionally and physically" while working with the horses for this role.[6] Flicka went on to become a surprise hit in the DVD market. She then played a recovering heroin addict in Things We Lost in the Fire.

Lohman was then signed to replace Ellen Page in Sam Raimi's critically acclaimed horror film, Drag Me to Hell, which was released on May 29, 2009.[12]

Lohman, who is frequently cast as a teenager, has said that she believes she "look[s] younger and act[s] younger" than her age.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Lohman married filmmaker Mark Neveldine[13] in Watertown, New York on August 19, 2009, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.[14]

In 2010, Lohman gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, Billy Neveldine in Bucharest, Romania, one of the settings of Neveldine's 2012 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. News of the child's birth, which appears to be the reason behind her acting absence, was not revealed until August 2011.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Kraa! The Sea Monster Curtis
1999 Planet Patrol Patrolman Curtis
1999 The Auteur Theory Teen Rosemary – Elliot's Film
1999 Thirteenth Floor, TheThe Thirteenth Floor Honey Bear Girl
2000 The Million Dollar Kid Courtney Hunter
2001 Alex in Wonder Camelia
2001 Delivering Milo Ms. Madeline
2002 White Oleander Astrid Magnussen Won – Young Hollywood Award for Superstar of Tomorrow
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer
2002 White Boy Amy
2003 Big Fish Young Sandra Templeton
2003 Matchstick Men Angela
2005 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaä Voice, English re-release
2005 The Big White Tiffany
2005 Where the Truth Lies Karen O'Connor
2006 Delirious K'harma Leeds
2006 Flicka Katy McLaughlin
2007 Beowulf Ursula
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Kelly
2009 Gamer Trace
2009 Drag Me to Hell Christine Brown Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Saturn Award for Best Actress
MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Pacific Blue Molly Episode: "Seduced"
1998 7th Heaven Barbara Episode: "Let's Talk About Sex"
1999 Crusade Claire Episode: "The Long Road"
1999 Safe Harbor Hayley 4 episodes
2000 Sharing the Secret Beth Moss Movie
2000–01 Tucker McKenna Reid Series regular
2001–02 Pasadena Lily McAllister Series regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alison Lohman's pixie face masks the inner adult", By Ron Dicker, Baltimore Sun, September 18, 2003
  2. ^ "Alison Lohman Biography" By Rebecca Murray, About.com.
  3. ^ a b Alison Lohman Biography (1979–), Film Reference
  4. ^ Lammers, Tim (September 11, 2003). "@ The Movies Interviews: Ridley Scott, Alison Lohman". Lifewhile.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ Alison Lohman Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  6. ^ a b c d e Hart, Hugh (October 22, 2006). "San Francisco Chronicle". Horse sense helps Lohman in 'Flicka'. Retrieved October 22, 2006. 
  7. ^ Improving the brain - Alison Lohman didn't like drama at school
  8. ^ White Oleander (2002), Box Office Mojo
  9. ^ Movie & TV News @ IMDb.com – Studio Briefing – August 22, 2005
  10. ^ Where the Truth Lies (2005), Box Office Mojo
  11. ^ "Where the Truth Lies ", Roger Ebert review, October 28, 2005.
  12. ^ 2010 MTV Movie Awards Nominees Announced; New Category for Horror
  13. ^ Weiner, Jonah (August 30, 2009). "The Fast and Furiously Lampooned". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Celebrity wedding in Watertown". MyABC50.com. August 19, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Benardello, Karen (August 19, 2011). "Alison Lohman Secretly Gave Birth to a Son Months Ago". Shockya.com. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 

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