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Fairuza Alejandra 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. She has also appeared in The Craft and The Waterboy.

"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi) her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born, May 21, 1974. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician, and her mother Cathryn Balk was a belly dancer. Her parents split up soon after. Fairuza grew up just north of San Francisco, California, on a commune-type ranch. Her mother later found some work in Vancouver, British Columbia. it was there that Fairuza got her first acting job in a TV movie, at the age of nine.

Two years later it was off to the UK where she attended the Royal Academy of Ballet, the Ramona Beauchamp Agency and the Bush Davies Performing Arts School. Fairuza worked for The Walt Disney Company for a while - at age 11 she was chosen from out of 1,200 girls to play the part of Dorothy, starring in Return to Oz (1985). A year later she starred as, prophetically enough, The Worst Witch (1986) (TV), a harbinger of her breakout role in The Craft (1996) ten years later.

Fairuza and her mother remained in London until 1988, then headed to Paris where the 15-year-old starred in Valmont (1989). The next year they returned to Vancouver, where Fairuza enrolled in high school, but despite being a movie star, she was shy in class - she ended up doing correspondence courses. Back in Hollywood Fairuza starred in a string of movies, including Gas, Food Lodging (1992), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress.

Following further TV and film work, she achieved cult status with her starring role as a teenage witch in The Craft (1996), her breakout film. The same year she appeared in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), in which she did some belly dancing and attracted the attention of Lancashire, England-born co-star David Thewlis. They did another movie together, American Perfekt (1997).

Fairuza was also the love interest in the wildly popular The Waterboy (1998) and had a major role in American History X (1998). With a half-dozen movies for 2000, Fairuza is much in demand. Her interests are writing poetry and stories, playing the guitar, singing (her main enjoyment) and dancing. She lives in Venice, California, and has an apartment in New York City.


When she was born, her father took one look at her eyes and exclaimed "Firuze!" which is Farsi for "turquoise."

Once appeared as a vampire in a ZZ Top video

Born at 3:00am-PDT

She once fully owned her own Occult Craft shop in California called Panpipes. In 2001, she sold 50% of the business to a co-owner. Later, she sold her remaining share of the store to the current owners.

Has nine tattoos and a nose ring.

Has a triangle-shaped tattoo on her shoulder because the soldiers of the Nazi regime branded the symbol on the Romany in concentration camps. This is her way of paying respect to her culture and remembering the suffering her ancestors endured.

Is of Persian and Romany heritage.

A 2002 Internet poll confirmed that fans' favorite movie she did was The Craft (1996)

She is dyslexic.

Enjoys listening to punk rock

Plays guitar and piano

Loves to read, and her favorite authors are William S. Burroughs, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Carl Jung, Isabel Allende, Mikhail A. Bulgakov, Ernest Hemingway, and Honoré de Balzac.

Ranked #88 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)

Has Irish ancestry


1.Thicker (2009).... Lonely

2.Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

3.Grindstone Road (2008) .... Hannah

4.Humboldt County (2008) .... Bogart

5."Masters of Horror" .... Stacia (1 episode, 2006)

6.Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006) .... Logan's Mom

7.Orpheus (2006) (TV) .... Karen

8.A Year and a Day (2005) .... Lola

9.Don't Come Knocking (2005) .... Amber

10.What Is It? (2005) (voice) .... Snail

11.Lords of Everquest (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Lady T'Lak

12."Justice League" .... Penny

13.Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) (VG) (voice) .... Mercedes Cortez

14.Deuces Wild (2002) .... Annie

15.Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) .... Paula

16."Family Guy" .... Connie

17."The Sopranos" .... Agent Deborah Ciccerone

18.Almost Famous (2000) .... Sapphire

19.Red Letters (2000) .... Gretchen Van Buren

20.The Waterboy (1998) .... Vicki Vallencourt

21.American History X (1998) .... Stacey

22.There's No Fish Food in Heaven (1998) .... Mona

23.The Maker (1997) .... Bella Sotto

24.American Perfekt (1997) .... Alice Thomas

25.The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) .... Aissa

26.The Craft (1996) .... Nancy Downs

27.Shadow of a Doubt (1995) (TV) .... Angel Harwell

28.Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) .... Lucinda

29.Imaginary Crimes (1994) .... Sonya Weiler

30.Tollbooth (1994) .... Doris

31.ZZ Top: Breakaway (1994) (TV) .... Vampire Girl

32.Murder in the Heartland (1993) (TV) .... Caril Ann Fugate

33.The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story (1992) (TV) .... Lisa

34.Shame (1992) (TV) .... Lizzie Curtis

35.Gas, Food Lodging (1992) .... Shade

36.Deadly Intentions... Again? (1991) (TV) .... Stacey

37.Valmont (1989) .... Cecile

38.The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988) .... Celia Brzjinski

39.Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987) (TV) .... Barbara at Age 12

40.The Worst Witch (1986) (TV) .... Mildred Hubble

41.Discovery (1986) .... Molly

42.Return to Oz (1985) .... Dorothy

43.Deceptions (1985) (TV) .... Penny Roberts

44.The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983) (TV) .... Beth Bradley


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Since I said she looked much better in video I thought i'd give an example. This is a clip from the movie 'The Island of Dr. Moreau", where Fairuza plays the Doctors most human looking creation. It should be noted that she has cat DNA, hence the character's sensual affectionate nature. The clip is a 10 minutes long, but I won't make ya guys watch it all just to see the small part with Fairuza. Fairuza Balk makes her appearance at 4:30.

Fairuza Balk in "The Island of Dr. Moreau".

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