Isabelle Fuhrman

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Isabelle Fuhrman
Isabelle Fuhrman (Headshot).jpg
Born (1997-02-25) February 25, 1997 (age 18)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Residence Studio City, California
Education Stanford University, RADA
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Relatives Elina Fuhrman (mother)

Isabelle Fuhrman (born February 25, 1997) is an American actress. She is known for playing Esther in the 2009 horror/thriller film Orphan, and Clove in The Hunger Games.

Early life and education[edit]

Isabelle Fuhrman was born in Washington D.C., on February 25, 1997, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother, Elina Fuhrman (née Kozmits), is a journalist who emigrated from Soviet Russia and has worked for CNN. Her father, Nick Fuhrman, is a former political candidate and business consultant.[1][2] Fuhrman recently graduated (2015) from Stanford University Online High School.[3] For high school she was also a student at Buckley School, an exclusive private school in Sherman Oaks. Fuhrman also studied at RADA.[4]


Fuhrman's acting career began at the age of seven, when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her older sister Madeline Fuhrman and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays.[5] Fuhrman made her big screen debut just a few years later in the 2007 drama Hounddog. The same year, Fuhrman was chosen to star in the movie Orphan alongside Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard.[6] Fuhrman was cast after an exhaustive nationwide search of young actresses to portray the lead in the Warner Bros. collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment.[7][8]

Fuhrman's other credits include the role of Gretchen Dennis (also known as Girl Ghost) opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt on the hit TV show Ghost Whisperer, Grace O'Neil in the pilot episode of the 2006 television series Justice, and a number of national commercials for such brands as Pizza Hut and K-Mart. Her performance as Gretchen Dennis in Ghost Whisperer earned her a Young Artist Award nomination.[9] Fuhrman also appeared in comedy skits on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,[6] and she is known to have provided character voices for Cartoon Network's "Cartoon Fridays".[10]

In 2011, Fuhrman played Angie Vanderveer in the dark comedy Salvation Boulevard (based on the novel by Larry Beinhart), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Fuhrman was part of an ensemble cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, and Ed Harris. Also in 2011, Fuhrman voiced genetically enhanced assassin Victoria in Hitman Absolution.

In 2012, Fuhrman played Clove, a career tribute who tries to kill the main character, Katniss, in the film The Hunger Games.[11] Originally, she auditioned to play Katniss Everdeen but was too young to play the part as she was 15 at the time, she was then called back to audition for Clove, and successfully got the part.[12] On May 15, 2012 it was announced that Fuhrman would be starring in the upcoming remake of the 1977 horror classic, Suspiria.[13] However, it was announced that the film is stuck in legal woes and will be delayed or cancelled.[14]

On May 24, 2013, Fuhrman was cast as Max in Kevin Connolly's next movie, Dear Eleanor.[15] The film will be released in 2015.[16]

Charitable work[edit]

Fuhrman was approached by Save the Kids in 2010 to be a celebrity advocate for their "Caps for Good" project. She and several volunteers with Save the Children have helped knit hundreds of baby caps in an effort to reduce the death rate of newborns in developing countries.[17] Fuhrman is on the Advisory Board of the Love & Art Kids Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Justice Grace O'Neil Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Hounddog Grasshopper
2008 Ghost Whisperer Gretchen Dennis Episode: "Pieces of You"
2009 Orphan Esther Starring Role
2009 Children of the Corn Additional Voices TV movie
2010 Pleading Guilty Carrie TV movie
2010 Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage Hatchling Shelly Voice
2011 Whole Truth, TheThe Whole Truth Lyric Byrne Episode: "Perfect Witness"
2011 Salvation Boulevard Angie
2012 Hunger Games, TheThe Hunger Games Clove
2013 The Between Michelle
2013 From Up on Poppy Hill Sora Matsuzaki Voice
2013 Adventure Time Shoko Voice, Episode: "The Vault"
2013 Hitman: Absolution Victoria Voice only
2014 All the Wilderness Val
2015 Dear Eleanor Max the Wax
2015 Masters of Sex Tessa Johnson 8 episodes
2016 Cell Alice Maxwell Post-production
2016 Hellbent Danni Starring role


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  2. ^ "Page 13, Wisconsin State Journal, November 8, 1990". Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Isabelle Fuhrman: ‘The Hunger Games" Knife Assassin". Yahoo movies. March 26, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Isabelle Fuhrman". Twitter. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ Block, Jenny (July 26, 2012). "Isabelle Fuhrman's Sister Madeline Is Kickstarting Her Music Career". Huffingtonpost. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Isabelle Fuhrman- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ Stephenson, Hunter (August 3, 2009). "Will Esther Become a New Horror Icon? Orphan Has Makings of a Cult Sleeper.". Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Warner Bros. Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment Present ORPHAN". Business Wire. July 14, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Awards for Isabelle Fuhrman". imdb. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Isabelle Fuhrman on Cartoon Network Fridays (2004)". YouTube. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Vary, Adam (March 23, 2012). "'The Hunger Games': Isabelle Fuhrman on becoming Clove, and what she wants to see in 'Catching Fire' and 'Mockingjay'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (March 22, 2012). "'Hunger Games' Actress Isabelle Fuhrman Wanted To Play Katniss". mtv. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Hunger Games and Orphan Star Isabelle Fuhrman Set for Suspiria | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". May 15, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  14. ^ Sara, Castillo (January 28, 2013). "Looks Like 'Suspiria' Remake Slashed". fearnet. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dear Eleanor (2014): Isabelle Fuhrman cast in Eleanor Roosevelt Film". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dear Eleanor (2015) - IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Teen Star Isabelle Fuhrman: Knitting Caps For Good". Craft Ideas Weekly. December 21, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Love & Art Children's Foundation: ADVISORY BOARD". 

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