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Salenger in 2008
|Born||Meredith Dawn Salenger
March 14, 1970
Malibu, California, U.S.
Meredith Dawn Salenger (born 14 March 1970) is an American actress identified by her performances while a teenager. Her best known role was the title role in the 1985 Disney film The Journey of Natty Gann. She currently portrays Lisa Sanders in the series Hollywood Heights.
Early life and career
Salenger was born and raised in Malibu, California, the daughter of Dorathy, an interior designer, and Gary Salenger, a dentist. As a child, she enjoyed performing in front of her family and friends. Her mother took her to her first acting class when she was eight years old. Her first role was a small part as a 'singing and dancing orphan' in the feature film Annie directed by John Huston. Salenger also did a number of television advertisements.
Salenger's first starring role was in the Disney film The Journey of Natty Gann co-starring John Cusack and Ray Wise, the first US movie to win the gold award at the Moscow Film Festival. The film also garnered her "Best Actress in a Drama" at the Youth in Film Awards for her portrayal of the tomboyish Natty Gann. After starring in four more films by the time she was eighteen years old, including A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, she left Hollywood for Harvard to further her education.
Salenger attended Harvard University 1988-1992 and graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology. In 2009, she graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law and currently works as a mediator for the Agency for Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Beverly Hills, California.
Return to Hollywood
Salenger resumed her acting career upon her return to Hollywood. Recent credits include Lake Placid, The Third Wheel, and the upcoming independent film Grownups. Salenger has appeared in several independent films including Quality Time and Sparkle & Charm. Other major roles include The Kiss and Dream a Little Dream (1989).
Salenger appeared in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1998. She also recorded a song entitled "Flow Through Me" with Koishii & Hush; she also appeared as a background member of the Counting Crows video for "Hanging Around".
Salenger appeared in two episodes of Dawson's Creek in 2002 as film critic Amy Lloyd and guest-starred on Cold Case playing victim Sloane Easton on the episode "Ravaged". Salenger had a cameo in the Disney film Race to Witch Mountain in 2009 in which she played a television reporter named Natalie Gann.
Recently, Salenger had done the voices of several characters in Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Padawan Barriss Offee as well as Ione Marcy (during Season 2), Che Amanwe Papanoida (during Season 3), and Pluma Sodi (during Season 4). She also stars as Lisa Sanders in the Nick at Nite series Hollywood Heights as well as several characters in MAD and Robot Chicken.