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Fairuza Balk, January 2006
|Born||Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse
May 21, 1974
Point Reyes, California,
Fairuza 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. Balk also made notable appearances in Valmont, The Craft, The Island of Dr. Moreau, American History X, The Waterboy, and Personal Velocity: Three Portraits.
Early life 
Balk was born as Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse in Point Reyes, California. Her first name is Persian for "turquoise". 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 from London to Paris for another role. They remained there for six months before returning to Vancouver. Balk moved to Los Angeles as a young woman upon signing to act in The Craft.
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. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was one of the founding members of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Kaleidoscope, and is 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. Balk claims Romani and Cherokee ancestry through her father.
While in London, Balk was cast by Walt Disney Productions to star as Dorothy Gale in Return to Oz, the unofficial 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 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.
Since The Craft, Balk has continued to find roles, primarily dark ones. In 1996 she co-starred in The Island of Dr Moreau with Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer and David Thewlis. In 1998 she gave an intense performance as a neo-Nazi goth-punk opposite Edward Norton in his Academy Award-nominated performance in American History X, and was featured in The Waterboy, alongside Adam Sandler. Since 2000, she has appeared in over half a dozen movies. She has also done voice work for animated films and video games, including Justice League and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. 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.
Personal life 
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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. She also creates and sells candles, including a line produced with wax from Neil Gaiman's bees. 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 It Is?||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 - 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||Shadow of a Doubt||Angel Harwell||TV movie|
|1999||Family Guy||Connie D'Amico (voice)||Episode: "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater"|
|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 Biography (1974-)". FilmReference.com. 2010 [last update]. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "Fairuza Balk Photos, Gossip, Bio & Reviews". AskMen.com. IGN Entertainment, Inc. 2010 [last update]. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "The Rise and Fall of the Neoprene Lizards — the Kaleidoscope Story, p. 1". PulsatingDream.com. 2006 [last update]. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- Balk, Fairuza (2010-09-10). "Persecution of the Roma". Fairuza.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- "The Wizard of Oz Production Timeline". "The Walt Disney releases an unofficial sequel to the 1939 film titled Return to Oz and starring Fairuza Balk. The film is not a musical, and is much darker in tone than the 1939 film."
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