Balk in 2019
Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse
May 21, 1974
Fairuza Balk (born Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse; May 21, 1974) is an American actress and musician. She made her theatrical film debut as Dorothy Gale in Disney's 1985 film Return to Oz. Balk also appeared in Valmont, The Craft, The Island of Dr. Moreau, American History X, The Waterboy, Almost Famous, and Personal Velocity: Three Portraits.
Balk was born as Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse in Point Reyes, California. The name Fairuza is of Turkish origin meaning "turquoise" in Persian. Her father gave her the name for the color of her eyes. Until the age of 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 owned an occult shop in Los Angeles as a young woman upon signing to act in The Craft.
Fairuza's mother, Cathryn Balk, has studied, performed, and taught traditional dance forms of many countries including 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, between the ages of 6 and 10, lived in Turkey where he learned Greek, Turkish, Iraqi, and Iranian music. Balk has stated that her father is of Romani and Cherokee ancestry, and that her mother is of French descent.
Balk's debut role was in a 1983 television film titled The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 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. This role led to other, minor roles, including that of Mildred Hubble in The Worst Witch. 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. 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. Since then, Balk has continued to find roles, primarily dark ones. In 1996, she co-starred in The Island of Dr Moreau. In 1998, she played a neo-Nazi goth-punk opposite 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 and was briefly in a band called G-13. 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, Armed Love Militia, Balk's musical outlet, released the single "Stormwinds". The track was written and sung by Balk. Armed Love Militia continued, with Balk collaborating on an EP with singer and songwriter Mel Sanson.
In 2011, Balk began to exhibit art in 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 and created a 16"x20"x12" mixed-media sculpture. The eclectic mix of songs chosen were featured for digital download on iTunes.
|1983||The Best Christmas Pageant Ever||Beth Bradley||Television film|
|1985||Deceptions||Penny Roberts||Television film|
|1986||The Worst Witch||Mildred Hubble||Television film|
|1987||Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story||Barbara—Age 12||Television film|
|1991||Deadly Intentions... Again?||Stacey||Television film|
|1992||Shame||Lizzie Curtis||Television film|
|1992||The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story||Lisa||Television film|
|1993||Murder in the Heartland||Caril Ann Fugate||Mini-series|
|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; all scenes replaced)|
|2003||Justice League||Penny Dee (voice)||Episode: "Only a Dream"|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Stacia||Episode: "Pick Me Up"|
|2011–2012||Celebrity Ghost Stories||Herself||3 episodes|
|2015||Ray Donovan||Ginger||7 episodes|
|2020||Paradise City||Lizzie Thomas||Upcoming television series; TV spinoff of American Satan|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Mercedes Cortez|
|2003||Lords of EverQuest||Lady T'Lak|
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- "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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- "INTERVIEW: FAIRUZA | ARMED LOVE MILITIA X MEL SANSON". ferocemagazine.com. October 10, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2019.[permanent dead link]
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- Miller, Bridgette. Frances Bean Cobain & More Create Art That Rocks for MiXTAPE LA. Bust (magazine). August 2, 2012.
- LA MIXTAPE: AS A GESTURE OF LOVE. L.A. Record. August 3, 2012.
- Duran, Amy. IN L.A.: LA MIXTAPE @ LEBASSE PROJECTS CHINA TOWN. juxtapoz magazine. Monday August 20, 2012.
- NPR Music (July 25, 2017), Fragile Rock: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, retrieved August 6, 2017
- Balk, Fairuza (July 16, 2017). "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 August 7, 2017.
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