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Overview (3)

Born in Southfield, Michigan, USA
Birth NameSelma Blair Beitner
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Throughout her diverse career, Selma Blair has been one of the most versatile and exciting actresses on screen. Blair's longstanding career began with her comedic roles in pop culture classics in the early 2000s. Blair has worked with an array of acclaimed directors including Guillermo del Toro and Todd Solodnz, to name a few. Additionally, Blair was named one of Time Magazine's Person of The Year in 2017 as one of their Silence Breakers.

Upcoming, Blair will be seen as the subject of the documentary, Introducing, Selma Blair, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2021 SXSW Festival. At the festival, the feature won the Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling. Following SXSW, DEADLINE wrote "Selma Blair's unflinching and raw vulnerability in Introducing, Selma Blair, coupled with director Rachel Fleit's almost voyeuristic chronicling of her MS diagnosis, invites us not just to feel empathy for the star. More than that, it invites us into her fight, prompting anyone watching to feel joined with her in battle." The documentary, which reveals Blair's intimate and raw journey with Multiple Sclerosis, was acquired by Discovery+ and is slated for release in Fall 2021.

Previously, Blair starred in the comedy/horror thriller Mom and Dad, alongside Nicholas Cage. The film, which follows a teenage girl and her younger brother as they must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origin causes parents to turn violently on their own kids. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and later screened at the 2017 Sitges Film Festival and the 2017 Molins Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Jury Prize for Best Film and the Audience Award for Best Films. VARIETY critic Dennis Harvey wrote "She [Blair] covers a gamut from bittersweet sympathy to farce to monstrousness, running amok like a cat on piano keys, yet hitting each note perfectly. "Mom & Dad" isn't the kind of movie they give acting awards to - but in a just world, it would be."

On television, Blair was recently seen co-starring as "Kris Jenner" in FX's The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story for Ryan Murphy.

Blair also starred in Todd Solodnz's Dark Horse in 2011 as Miranda (formerly 'Vi'), alongside Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival and was later released by Virgil Films & Entertainment. Blair also starred in Todd Solodnz's Storytelling in 2001.

In 2008, Blair reprised her role as Liz Sherman in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, after starring in the original Hellboy in 2004 (also directed by del Toro).

Blair is perhaps best well known for her scene stealing performance as 'Vivian Kesington' in MGM's hit Romantic comedy Legally Blonde, alongside Reese Witherspoon. The film was nominated in 2002 for a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

In 1999, Blair played the role of Cecile Caldwell in Cruel Intentions, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe. Columbia Pictures released the film, which was directed by Roger Kumble.

Other film credits include the YA film After (2019) and its sequel, After We Collided (2020), based on the popular romance novels of the same name. Blair also starred in Robert Benton's Feast of Love in 2007, and John Water's A Dirty Shame in 2004. In 2002, Blair reconnected with her Cruel Intentions director Roger Kumble in The Sweetest Thing for Columbia Pictures, alongside Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Jason Bateman.

Blair also starred on television as 'Kim' on Kath & Kim for NBC from 2008-2009, opposite Molly Shannon. Blair has made memorable guest star appearances including Friends, Another Life, Heathers, Portlandia and Web Therapy.

On stage, Blair starred in the World Premiere production of Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries at The Alley Theater and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word Recording" for her reading of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Blair currently resides in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ben Gaynor

Family (4)

Spouse Ahmet Zappa (24 January 2004 - 27 November 2006)  (divorced)
Children Bleick, Arthur Saint
Parents Beitner (Cooke), Molly Ann
Beitner, Elliot I.
Relatives Beitner, Katherine (sibling)
Beitner, Marie (sibling)
Beitner, Elizabeth (sibling)

Trivia (28)

Audtioned for the role of Buffy on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) which eventually went to Sarah Michelle Gellar, whom she appeared opposite in Cruel Intentions (1999).
Was supposed to be a regular on the TV show Getting Personal (1998), but was fired after the original pilot.
Originally moved to New York to pursue photography. Her plans soon changed, however, as she wound up studying at the Stella Adler Conservatory and Column Theater.
Before heading to New York, spent her freshman year (1990-91) at Kalamazoo College, where she did a play called "The Little Theater of the Green Goose" and studied photography.
Throughout high school she disliked her first name and went by just Blair.
Attended Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield, MI, at the same time as Elizabeth Berkley. Another graduate was Jaime Ray Newman.
Engaged to Ahmet Zappa (October 2003)
Former sister-in-law of Moon Unit Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, and Diva Zappa.
Wore a very large pair of fake breasts to play a stripper in the movie A Dirty Shame (2004), directed by John Waters.
Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1994 (BFA in Photography).
Wore a pale pink wedding dress for her wedding and had an identical dress made in black for the reception.
She has a one-eyed dog named Wink.
She and Ahmet Zappa were married at the Beverly Hills mansion of Carrie Fisher.
Went to camp at Black River Farm and Ranch, a horseback riding camp for girls.
References Sissy Spacek, Julie Hagerty, and Judy Davis as her influences.
Her mother was a judge and her sister was a police officer for 11 years.
Developed a fear of the water and sharks after seeing Jaws (1975).
Was in a relationship with Jason Bleick from 2010 to 2012. They have a son together, Arthur Saint Bleick (b. July 25, 2011), who was born 21 days late and weighing in at 7 lb. 12 oz.
Was five months pregnant with her son Arthur when she completed filming on Dark Horse (2011).
Was in consideration for the role of Susan Johnson in Arthur (2011), but Jennifer Garner was cast instead.
Returned to work eight months after giving birth to her son Arthur in order to begin filming Anger Management (2012).
Was delivered via Caesarean section.
Her paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants, from Poland and Russia, and her maternal grandfather was from a Jewish family from Ukraine/Russia. Her maternal grandmother was of Scottish, from Lanarkshire, and English, from Warwickshire, ancestry. Selma was raised Jewish.
Auditioned for the part of Joey in Dawson's Creek (1998).
(October 20, 2018) Was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on August 16th this year. She probably had this disease for at least 15 years before being diagnosed.
Inadvertently guest starred in the season five episode of Xena Warrior Princess, "Lifeblood" when the scenes and story from the unreleased TV Movie/Pilot "Amazon High" (made by the producers of Xena) were used as part of the episode's story line via flashbacks.
Uses a cane while walking due to multiple sclerosis.
(February 26, 2019) Has spasmodic dysphonia, which affected her voice.

Personal Quotes (48)

[on husband Ahmet Zappa's noteworthy proposal] I said, "I need something to make sure that this is real", a Ferrari or something, and so he gave me a highlighter pen. It was a yellow highlighter pen . . . He told me that his father, Frank Zappa, had asked his mother to marry him with a pen.
[on performing in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)] I loved being surrounded by monsters and I guess it goes back to my childhood. I loved fairy tales--Aesop's Fables, Grimm's Fairy Tales. I was a big fan of Little Matchstick Girl.
I used to wear a lot of red lipstick, and when I got a pimple, I'd cover it up with eyeliner to turn it into a beauty mark.
I'm one of those hovering mothers and I know it's really important to have an independent child, so I'm trying to back off, but it's hard. I love him so much, and he's so funny and cute to me.
I will do almost anything for the sake of a joke or for the sake of someone's real belief in something to help tell a story. I will not do something shocking for the sake of being nasty. If it's not hurting anyone's feelings, I'm in on the joke.
God knows, I never want to hurt someone's feelings.
I think we all feel like misfits when we open our mouth sometimes, you know?
I think I'm more approachable with long hair. When it's short, I come across as being artsy and weird.
A wedding is such a girl thing.
I'm pretty much a loner and I've lived under the radar.
I think Vegas is the answer for pregnant people because of insomnia. It's open all the time and you go down and play your silly slots.
Bathroom humor, fart and poo-poo humor in movies gets a laugh. It's a pretty easy audience, and that's been around for ages.
I have very little faith that I'll ever find someone. I've had some bad luck and I've made some bad choices--not in men, but in how I've chosen to deal with relationships.
I think getting married gave me a focus. It gave me a focus and direction I want to have in my life. And I think having another person that you make such a purposeful bond with has given me the opportunity to see how that can be with all the other aspects of my life.
I'm flat-chested, I'm short, I'm brunette, I have droopy eyes, and so people have a hard time casting me as a "beauty".
My first crush was Spock. I thought it didn't get any better than Spock.
I have no ego, I'll make fun of myself, and I'll make fun of being humiliated. I get it.
I don't have the pressure of being a world-famous bombshell that has detonated.
I can't afford security. I can't afford a gated house. So, I feel a little vulnerable. I wish some laws would come into play.
I go from being hugely hopeful and entertaining to . . . really not. I'm not manic depressive, but I can really go to the darker side.
Part of me would love to have been a leading lady because there's a lot of glamor that goes with that and a lot of applause, but I've been very blessed.
The problem with paparazzi is that it makes you question your boundaries, like, how do I say, "That's enough, guys!'
I never want to be a show-off or attention-getter or something that, truthfully, is kind of repulsive to me, but I get uncomfortable.
I don't always know how to communicate. I think I get a bit unfiltered and a bit strange to people.
I have no fears when it comes to my hair or clothes.
I love to laugh and well, who doesn't?
I have three sisters, that's it for the family.
I'm a working actress able to make choices based on characters rather than what I "should" do for my career.
I'm open to anything. I would love to play someone completely off the wall.
It was like I had a baby and I suddenly started to feel I could play anything.
It's fun to go to the movies and be scared.
In high school I would mess with my hair and makeup all the time.
I do turn down things that I feel aren't right for me, like when it's some kind of adolescent thing that might typecast me, but I'm not worried about it.
It's fun to play mom. Last I knew I was playing a 17-year-old who graduated.
Jason Lee made me laugh all the time because he's so big, and I love how goofy bodies can be.
My mother dressed me always very conservatively.
My sister, I have a sister who's 12 years older, she was always the party girl, the outrageous one.
I think it's been confusing for people because I haven't had a linear career.
I put my foot in my mouth every time I'm interviewed.
I went through a period of pulling away from everything--acting, people--not sure if I would ever have a voice in this business.
I think I'm under the radar enough where I don't think I'm typecast as anything yet, so I'm pretty free and clear.
I was a smoker for about 20 years.
If I get married, it's something you really have to work at. It's hard enough to work at having a relationship with best friends and girls that are in the business.
Perhaps I have managed some sort of longevity because I haven't won the lead roles.
I don't like slugs and tentacles and calamari or anything. Actually, tentacles made me turn into a vegetarian in high school. I'm not anymore, but in high school, we were dissecting squid.
I played teen roles until high definition came out, and I could never understand it. I would go in for adult roles and be older than many of the people auditioning, but they'd cast the girl without a line on her face.
[interview in "Vanity Fair", Oct. 2017, on being sexually harassed by director James Toback during an audition in his hotel room in 1999] I felt trapped. I did not know how to get out and save face and not make a scene. Was I imagining it? He dropped some names [of actresses] that he did some really dark sexual things with. These felt like lies and dark gossip and that he would add my name to the list. I went to leave and he got up and blocked the door. He said, "You have to do this for me. You cannot leave until I have release." I said, "What do I have to do? I cannot touch you. I cannot have sex with you." He said, "It's O.K. I can come in my pants. I have to rub up against your leg. You have to pinch my nipples. And you have to look into my eyes." I thought, "Well, if I can get out of here without being raped . . .". He walked me back to the bed. He sat me down. He got on his knees. And he continued to press so hard against my leg. He was greasy and I had to look into those big brown eyes. I tried to look away, but he would hold my face. So I was forced to look into his eyes. And I felt disgust and shame, and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean again after being this close to the devil. His energy was so sinister. After he finished, he told me, "There is a girl who went against me. She was going to talk about something I did. I am going to tell you, and this is a promise, if she ever tells anybody, no matter how much time she thinks went by, I have people who will pull up in a car, kidnap her and throw her in the Hudson River with cement blocks on her feet. You understand what I'm talking about, right?" He looked at me with those bug eyes that had just raped my leg. And I said, "Yes. I understand." I left. I was shaking and scared . . . I would like to see Toback admit this happened. None of us are asking for money, for jobs, or for fame. We don't want to be threatened on social media or called whistleblowers by people who don't know what it means to be defiled and degraded and made to feel worthless. What I do want, in my dreams, is for someone bigger than me to call him out. I want to light the pyre of public opinion.
I'm a character actress. I don't bleach my teeth, I chain-smoke, I'm flat-chested, I don't mind being nude, I'm not precious, I'm pale as a ghost, I have crow's feet, and I believe I can play anybody.

Salary (1)

Anger Management (2012) $40,000 per episode (2012-2013)

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