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Overview (3)

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

Mini Bio (1)

One of our most exciting and versatile actresses, Selma Blair first gained attention for her performance in Cruel Intentions (1999), a youthful retelling of the classic novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses".

Selma was born in Southfield, Michigan, to Molly Ann (Cooke), a judge, and Elliot I. Beitner, a lawyer. She had a Jewish upbringing. After graduating from high school in Michigan, Selma moved to New York City to pursue her goal of being a photographer but found her way to acting classes at The Stella Adler Conservatory and Stonestreet Studios.

Selma starred for two seasons as the title character in the WB's Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (1999) and then appeared in the hit comedy, Legally Blonde (2001) opposite Reese Witherspoon. She then starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate in The Sweetest Thing (2002) and in two independent films that garnered her much critical acclaim: Dana Lustig's Kill Me Later (2001) and Todd Solondz's controversial Storytelling (2001).

In 2004, Selma starred in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy (2004) and appeared in John Waters's A Dirty Shame (2004). Her other film credits include Paul Weitz's In Good Company (2004), opposite Topher Grace in Pretty Persuasion (2005), opposite Stellan Skarsgård in The Killing Gene (2007), in Ed Burns's Purple Violets (2007), in Robert Benton's Feast of Love (2007) starring opposite Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.and Newton Thomas Sigel's award-winning short film, The Big Empty (2005) opposite Elias Koteas.

2008 was a busy year for Selma Blair. After My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008) (aka "Homeland Security"), Selma returned to the big screen as "Liz Sherman" in Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). She also starred in an independent film by writer and director Lori Petty, titled The Poker House (2008), starring opposite Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, Jennifer Lawrence. In the fall of 2008, Selma went to television and shot one season with NBC's Kath & Kim (2008), starring opposite Molly Shannon. In the fall of 2009, Selma took to the stage and played "Kathleen" in award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries". In 2010, Selma starred in the suspense thriller, Columbus Circle (2012), starring opposite Jason Lee, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak. Selma did some shorts during 2010, including 3 episodes of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy (2008), a Danko Jones music video starring opposite Elijah Wood, a guest episode of Fred Armisen's web TV show Portlandia (2011) and a Mollie Jones short titled Animal Love (2011). Selma completed two films in 2011. In Their Skin (2012), a home invasion thriller, starring opposite James D'Arcy, and Dark Horse (2011) - Todd Solondz's latest film starring opposite Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. Dark Horse (2011) was selected for competition and is set to have its world premiere at the 68th annual Venice Film Festival followed by the Toronto Film Festival in September of 2011. 2011 also brings Selma Blair's latest project, motherhood. Selma and her "Ever Clothing" fashion designer boyfriend, Jason Bleick, welcomed their son, Arthur Saint Bleick, on July 25th 2011.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Manager/Publicist

Spouse (1)

Ahmet Zappa (24 January 2004 - 27 November 2006) ( divorced)

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.
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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