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Shana Dowdeswell (1989–2012)

Shana Elizabeth Dowdeswell (died December 12, 2012) was born on April 1, 1989 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She then moved to New York City where she attended City and Country School, PS 3, and finally PPAS High School. She also began a career as an actress, beginning at age eight. Over the years, she accumulated many credits, including playing Anne Frank ... See full bio »

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 2013/II Wish You Were Here (Short) (completed)
 2013 An Ornament of Faith
 2013 Going South (Short)
 2013 The Big Wedding
 2011 Body of Proof (TV Series)
Maxine Hall / Maxine
- Hard Knocks (2011) ... Maxine Hall
- Point of Origin (2011) ... Maxine
 2011/II Choose
 2010/I Mercy
Abby Jansen
 2010 Mercy (TV Series)
 2005-2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Nikki Sherman / Melissa
- Turmoil (2009) ... Nikki Sherman
- Hooked (2005) ... Melissa
 2009 Asylum Seekers
 2009 The Winning Season
 2009 Law & Order (TV Series)
Karen Johnson
- Chattel (2009) ... Karen Johnson
 2007 Family of the Year (TV Series)
Tatum Sue Holloway
- Pilot (2007) ... Tatum Sue Holloway
 2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Jordan Fernholz
- In the Wee Small Hours (2005) ... Jordan Fernholz
- In the Wee Small Hours (2005) ... Jordan Fernholz
 2002 The Stream (Short)
The girl
 2002 Garmento

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Spring 2002 - Starred in the off-Broadway production of Frank Higgins' play "Miracles", in which she portrayed Eve, an autistic girl who receives intensive therapy from a teacher using the method called "facilitated communication", after which she is revealed as a genius and a talented poet. Her performance was reviewed as "... See more »


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After downing several shots of whiskey over a two and a half hour period in a New York City Greenwich Village bar called The Basement, she stumbled home, but only got as far as her parents' doorstep where she passed out. A dog walker discovered her unconscious and she was rushed to Beth Israel Medical Center where she was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.39 at the time, which is five ... See more »

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