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Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk

While still in her twenties, Fairuza Balk has appeared in 39 films, for which she has earned many nominations and awards for her performances. Most recently, she co-starred in Deuces Wild, with Stephen Dorff and Brad Renfro. Balk played Sapphire in Cameron Crowe's award-winning Almost Famous, for which she earned Blockbuster and SAG Award nominations. She is best known for her role as Nancy, the cunning and treacherous leader of the witches in the 1996 film The Craft, followed by her riveting performance as a skinhead in American History X, with Edward Norton, and her portrayal of Adam Sandler's girlfriend in the box-office hit Waterboy.

Balk's earlier screen credits include the role of Cecile de Volange in Milos Forman's Valmont, as well as the telefilm Shame, which earned her a nomination for the Cable Ace Award as Best Supporting Actress. The following year, Balk won the 1993 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in Allison Anders' Gas Food Lodging.

Balk's other feature film credits include Imaginary Crimes, starring opposite Harvey Keitel, Tollbooth, and The Island Of Doctor Moreau, opposite Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer and David Thewlis. She also starred in American Perfekt with Amanda Plummer, Great Sex, and Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, with Christopher Walken, Andy Garcia, Steve Buscemi and Christopher Lloyd.

On television, Balk appeared as a guest on the season finale of the HBO award-winning show The Sopranos. She also starred in the ABC Mini-series Murder In the Heartland, for which she won critical praise, and Brian Dennehy's Shadow of a Doubt.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Fairuza Balk Facts

Birth NameFairuza Alejandra Balk
OccupationActress
BirthdayMay 21, 1974 (43)
SignGemini
BirthplacePoint Reyes Station, California, USA
Height5' 3" (1m60)  How tall is Fairuza Balk compared to you?
Awards1997 MTV Movie Awards: Best Fight (for The Craft)

Selected Filmography

American History X
The Waterboy
Almost Famous
The Craft
Return To Oz
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Blood into Wine
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