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Fairuza Balk (actress)
Known for 'American History X', 'The Craft'

  • Birthday:May 21, 1974
  • Birth Place: Point Reyes, California
  • Birth Name: Fairuza Alejandra Balk
  • Nick Name: Ru
  • Biography: Balk is said to have been named Fairuza because her father, of Persian (and Roma) heritage, exclaimed that word the moment she was born; Fairuza (Firouzeh) meaning Turquoise in Persian and Balk's eyes being of that color. Soon after her parents split, Fairuza became a world traveller. Raised for the first part of her life in San Francisco, she and her mother moved to Vancouver when Fairuza was 9. At 11 she moved to London, where she attended various prestigious ballet and acting schools. At that age also she was picked by the Walt Disney Company to star in the movie Return to Oz. In 1988 she moved to Paris to do more work as an actress, and by 1989 she was back in Vancouver, where she began to attend high school. Soon, however, she decided to take correspondence courses instead. Then she 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. Balk was soon cast in The Craft, in which her character forms a teenage coven along with the characters portrayed by Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Robin Tunney. This was particularly appropriate casting as Balk studies Wicca in real life and was part owner of a store dedicated to that religion named Panpipes Magickal. (She has since sold her interest in the store and is no longer afilliated with it in any way.) Balk also had a memorable performance as a neo-nazi opposite Edward Norton in American History X. Balk has been romantically linked to British actor David Thewlis. She also dated Marilyn Manson, but they have since split.
    Balk is said to have been named Fairuza because her father, of Persian (and Roma) heritage, exclaimed that word the moment she was born; Fairuza (Firouzeh) meaning Turquoise in Persian and Balk's eyes being of that color. Soon after her parents split, Fairuza became a world traveller. Raised for the first part of her life in San Francisco, she and her mother moved to Vancouver when Fairuza was 9. At 11 she moved to London, where she attended various prestigious ballet and acting schools. At that age also she was picked by the Walt Disney Company to star in the movie Return to Oz. In 1988 she moved to Paris to do more work as an actress, and by 1989 she was back in Vancouver, where she began to attend high school. Soon, however, she decided to take correspondence courses instead.
    Then she 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.
    Balk was soon cast in The Craft, in which her character forms a teenage coven along with the characters portrayed by Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Robin Tunney. This was particularly appropriate casting as Balk studies Wicca in real life and was part owner of a store dedicated to that religion named Panpipes Magickal. (She has since sold her interest in the store and is no longer afilliated with it in any way.)
    Balk also had a memorable performance as a neo-nazi opposite Edward Norton in American History X.
    Balk has been romantically linked to British actor David Thewlis. She also dated Marilyn Manson, but they have since split.

Movies - View all clips

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009) 1 clips of total 2 clips Sexy 2009-12-08
Deuces Wild (2002) 1 clips of total 3 clips Sexy 2009-04-26
American History X (1998) 2 clips of total 2 clips Top Less 2009-04-02
The Craft (1996) 1 clips of total 4 clips Sexy 2011-09-10

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