Fairuza Balk Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Point Reyes, California, USA
Birth NameFairuza Alejandra Feldthouse
Nickname Ru
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Ben Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, 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 work in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was there that Fairuza began her career at age 9 on the ABC special The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983). Two years later, she went to the United Kingdom 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 11, she was chosen from 1,200 girls to star as Dorothy in Return to Oz (1985). The next year she starred, prophetically enough, as The Worst Witch (1986) a harbinger of her breakout role in The Craft (1996) 10 years later.

Fairuza and her mother remained in London until 1988, then went to Paris where the 15-year-old starred in Valmont (1989). The next year they returned to Vancouver and Fairuza enrolled in high school, but ended up doing correspondence courses after proving shy in class. Back in Hollywood she starred in a string of movies, including Gas Food Lodging (1992), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress. Following further television and film work, she achieved cult status with her starring role as a teenage witch in her breakout film, The Craft (1996). That year she also 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com and Matt Dicker

Family (2)

Parents Feldthouse, Solomon
Balk, Cathryn
Relatives Balk, Frederick Franklin (grandparent)
Balk (White), Lavergne Leone (grandparent)
Scaff, David Stanley (grandparent)
Cole, Mary Lorraine (grandparent)

Trade Mark (5)

Dark hair and pale skin
Large icy blue eyes
Petite figure
Husky voice
She often plays supernatural characters or are somehow involved with the supernatural

Trivia (19)

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 music video by ZZ Top.
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.
While her first name is Persian, Fairuza herself is not of Persian descent. Fairuza's paternal grandparents were David Stanley Scaff and Mary Lorraine Cole. Fairuza's maternal grandfather, Frederick Franklin Balk, was of German descent, while Fairuza's maternal grandmother, Lavergne Leone White, had English ancestry.
A 2002 Internet poll confirmed that fans' favorite movie she did was The Craft (1996).
Enjoys listening to punk rock, plays guitar and plays 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).
Owns several cats. Fairuza once had 5 cats named: MoMo, Scout, Oscar, Sweetpea Poteet Tennessee, Mouse.
Her natural hair color is light brown, and during the early years of her career she wore it long. She first dyed her hair in the early 90's and had it red in the films Deadly Intentions... Again? (1991) and Gas Food Lodging (1992). When she made the film Shame (1992) her hair was dyed jet black. A year later she cut it short for the film Murder in the Heartland (1993). With the exception of a few movies, her hair has stayed black with varying short hairstyles (ranging from a classic pixie to shoulder length) since.
Often takes roles that are difficult or controversial, as opposed to ones that would bring her more money or a higher status.
In a March 2001 interview with "Shout" magazine, she stated that out of all her films, Gas Food Lodging (1992) was her favorite. She indicated that "this film is very close to my heart. As a girl, I was very much like my character Shade. I was shy. I was a loner.".
In the mid-1990s had relationships with actors Crispin Glover and David Thewlis. Since then she has been guarded about her private life. As of 2022 Balk has never married.
Contrary to popular belief - stemming from her role in The Craft (1996) and onetime ownership of an occult bookstore - Balk has never been a practicing witch. She made this clear in a 2017 interview for "Entertainment Weekly", in which she acknowledged that "People are going to believe what they want to believe".
Credits Piper Laurie as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.

Personal Quotes (5)

I'm beginning to get pigeonholed as the girl who plays the crazies and weirdoes - and that's not the entirety of who I am. Hopefully, the whole point of being in this profession is that you change into anyone you want to be.
I want love, because love is the best feeling in the whole world.
I got beat up in Texas because my bootlaces were the wrong color.
[on her role in Valmont and doing her "first" bedroom scene] It wasn't really hard at all because I had a lot of support, both from the director and from Colin (Firth, who played Valmont). I had a body double, so I didn't show my body at all. So, I really wasn't nervous.
[on her religious/spiritual beliefs] I use to believe that your born, you live, you die, that's it. But I have witness things that have proven different. There are just too many unexplained things out there, and I know there are things that are bigger than us.

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