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Thora Birch

Biography

Actress who have gave an unforgettable efficiency while Jane Burnham within the 1999 film American Beauty. The next year, she made an appearance in Dungeons & Dragons as well as the Smokers. She was presented in Burger Ruler, California Raisins and Quaker Oats advertisements through the 1980s. In 2001, she co-starred with Scarlett Johansson within the humor drama Ghost Globe. She dated Expenses Maher in 2004. She’s a younger sibling called Bolt who is an acting professional. She starred in Hocus Pocus with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Quick Facts


Full Name Thora Birch
Date Of Birth March 11, 1982
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Parents Carol Connors, Jack Birch
Siblings Bolt Birch
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Young Hollywood Award for Best Onscreen Chemistry, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Young Hollywood Talent for Charity Award
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, MTV Movie Award for Best Dressed, MTV Movie Award for Best Line, Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Movies American Beauty, Ghost World, Hocus Pocus, Now and Then, Monkey Trouble, The Hole, Patriot Games, Dungeons & Dragons, Clear and Present Danger, All I Want for Christmas, Winter of Frozen Dreams, Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, Dark Corners, The Pregnancy Pact, The Smokers, Purple People Eater, Alaska, Silver City, Anywhere but Here, Deadline, Above Suspicion, Train, Escape from Cluster Prime, Petunia, Slingshot, Paradise, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Capitalism: A Love Story, Night Ride Home, Dark Avenger, The Dot ... and More Stories to Make You Feel Good, The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, Sound of Mind, Shadow Realm
TV Shows Parenthood, Day by Day
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#Fact
1She was scheduled to make her NY stage debut in an off-Broadway revival of "Dracula". Four days before the play was supposed to open, Birch was fired and asked to leave the theater immediately, due to interference from her manager/father. He had been supervising every detail of his daughter's performance during rehearsals. When he saw another actor giving Birch a back rub, he demanded that the actor stop. The actor in question explained that he was following directions from the play's director. Reportedly, he told the actor, "Listen, man, I'm trying to make this easier on you - don't touch her". The actor felt that Birch's tone was threatening. This led to her being terminated.
2She was originally cast as Tammy Metzler in Election (1999), but was fired due to creative differences with Alexander Payne. Jessica Campbell replaced her.
3She was originally cast in the lead role in The Quiet (2005), but dropped out. Camilla Belle replaced her.
4She auditioned for the role of Natalie in Evil Dead (2013).
5She bested 4,000 young hopefuls to land the role of Billie Pike in Paradise (1991).
6Her parents, Jack Birch and Carol Connors, both appeared in supporting roles in Deep Throat (1972).
7She got her first role at the age of 6 in the short-lived sitcom Day by Day (1988).
8The family's surname was originally "Biersch," coming from their German Jewish ancestors.
9Appeared in Moby's video "We Are All Made Of Stars" (2002) and "Eat You Alive" by Limp Bizkit (2003).
10Was a contributing director for sketch comedy group The Doomed Planet.
11Is a vegetarian.
12She is of German, Scandinavian, and Italian descent.
13Has co-starred with Chris Cooper in two movies, Silver City (2004) and American Beauty (1999), but has never appeared onscreen together with him.
14Was actually only 16 years old at the time she was filmed nude for a scene in American Beauty (1999). She told TV talk show host Craig Kilborn when she appeared on his show in 2002 that her parents didn't have a problem with her doing a nude scene, despite her being under age, and they encouraged her to go ahead and do it. They agreed that her character's nude scene was so important to the development of her character that they gave their approval.
15Gained 20 pounds for her role in Ghost World (2001).
16Older sister of Bolt Birch.
17Was fired from Election (1999) due to differences with director Alexander Payne.
18Used to live on her family ranch in East Los Angeles.
19Does her own stunts.
20Her parents, Jack Birch & Carol Connors, thought that she would be a boy, and planned on naming the child Thor, after the Norse God of Thunder and Lightning. When she was born, however, her parents feminized the name and called her Thora.
21Has a Green Belt in Karate.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Etruscan Smile2017post-productionEmily
Above Suspicion2017completedJolene
Public Affairs2017post-production
3 Livespre-productionEmma
The Competitionpost-productionLauren
Colony2016TV SeriesMorgan
World Gone Water2015ShortNarrator (voice)
Petunia2012Vivian Petunia
Pregnancy Pact2010TV MovieSidney Bloom
Deadline2009/ILucy
Winter of Frozen Dreams2009Barbara Hoffman
Train2008/IAlex
Dark Corners2006Susan Hamilton / Karen Clarke
My Life as a Teenage Robot2005TV SeriesVega
Escape from Cluster Prime2005TV MovieVega (voice)
Slingshot2005April
The Dot2004ShortNarrator (voice)
Silver City2004Karen Cross
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story2003TV MovieLiz Murray
Night Visions2002TV SeriesSusan Thornhill
Shadow Realm2002TV MovieSusan Thornhill
Ghost World2001Enid
The Hole2001Liz
Dungeons & Dragons2000Empress Savina
The Smokers2000Lincoln Roth
Anywhere But Here1999Mary (uncredited)
American Beauty1999Jane Burnham
Night Ride Home1999TV MovieClea Mahler
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesErin
Promised Land1997TV SeriesAllison Rhodes
Alaska1996Jessie Barnes
Blackbird Hall1995TV Movie
Now and Then1995Teeny
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesAggie Travers
Clear and Present Danger1994Sally Ryan
Monkey Trouble1994Eva
Monty1994TV SeriesAnn Sherman
Hocus Pocus1993Dani
The Itsy Bitsy Spider1992ShortLittle Girl (voice)
Patriot Games1992Sally Ryan
All I Want for Christmas1991Hallie O'Fallon
Paradise1991Billie Pike
Parenthood1990-1991TV SeriesTaylor Buckman
Amen1991TV SeriesBrittany
Married People1990TV SeriesEmily
Dark Avenger1990TV MovieSusie Donovan (as Thora)
Doogie Howser, M.D.1989TV SeriesMegan
Day by Day1988-1989TV SeriesMolly Farrell
Purple People Eater1988Molly Johnson (as Thora)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
3 Livesproducer pre-production
The Competitionproducer post-production
Petunia2012producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Day by Day1988-1989TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
i, WITNESS2006Video short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Art and Dialogue2017Video documentary shortHerself
[email protected]2017TV SeriesHerself
Cinerama Dome's 50th Anniversary Celebration2013Video shortHerself
Petunia LA Premiere at OUTFEST 20122012TV MovieHerself
Tom Green's House Tonight2006TV SeriesHerself / Karen Clarke / Susan Hamilton
Headline News2006TV SeriesHerself
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up2005TV Movie documentaryHerself / Little Girl
The Girls Next Door2005TV SeriesHerself
Punk'd2005TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Greats2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The John Walsh Show2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Making of 'Ghost World'2002Video documentary shortHerself / Enid
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHerself
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2002TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
The Big Show2001TV MovieHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Politically Incorrect2001TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2000-2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live Lunch2001TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (uncredited)
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored2001Video documentaryHerself
MTV Europe Music Awards 20002000TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (uncredited)
American Beauty: Look Closer...2000Video documentary shortHerself / Jane Burnham
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself / Jane Burnham
Entertainment Tonight2000TV SeriesHerself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Brit Awards 20002000TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Donny & Marie1999TV SeriesHerself / Jane Burnham
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hocus Pocus: Begin the Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
Movie Magic1994TV Series documentaryHerself / Dani
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Samsung AACTA Awards2012TV SpecialSally Ryan
Forbes 20 Under 25: Young, Rich and Famous2007TV MovieEnid (uncredited)
20 to 12007TV Series documentaryJane Burnham
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHerself
Celebrities Uncensored2004TV SeriesHerself
Patriot Games: Up Close2002TV MovieSally Ryan (uncredited)
The Making of 'Dungeons and Dragons'2001Video documentaryEmpress Savina (uncredited)
Gomorron2000TV SeriesHerself
The Secret World of Spying1992TV MovieSally Ryan

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Nellie Tayloe Ross AwardJackson Hole Film Festival
2004Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a TV Movie or MiniseriesHomeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
2003Young Hollywood AwardSavannah Film Festival
2002Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsTalent for Charity
2001Acting PrizeDeauville Film FestivalGhost World (2001)
2001SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressGhost World (2001)
2001Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActressGhost World (2001)
2001TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, FemaleGhost World (2001)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion PictureAmerican Beauty (1999)· Annette Bening
· Wes Bentley
· Chris Cooper
· Peter Gallagher
· Allison Janney
· Kevin Spacey
· Mena Suvari
2000Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsBest On-screen ChemistryAmerican Beauty (1999)· Wes Bentley
2000YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Young Actress/Performance in a Motion Picture DramaAmerican Beauty (1999)
1999SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressAmerican Beauty (1999)
1994Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture ComedyHocus Pocus (1993)
1992Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Motion PictureParadise (1991)
1989Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Under Nine Years of AgePurple People Eater (1988)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieHomeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
2003DVD Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Smokers (2000)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalGhost World (2001)
2002Cinescape Genre Face of the Future AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USAFemaleDungeons & Dragons (2000)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressGhost World (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest LineGhost World (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest DressedGhost World (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressGhost World (2001)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalGhost World (2001)
2002VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ActressGhost World (2001)
2001Davis AwardAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleGhost World (2001)
2001Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actress of the YearGhost World (2001)
2001Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressDungeons & Dragons (2000)
2000BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - DramaAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Youth PerformanceAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressDungeons & Dragons (2000)
1997Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressAlaska (1996)
1996Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Perfomances by a Young Ensemble - Feature Film or VideoNow and Then (1995)· Christina Ricci
· Gaby Hoffmann
· Ashleigh Aston Moore
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Under Ten in a Motion PicturePatriot Games (1992)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Motion PictureAll I Want for Christmas (1991)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressParadise (1991)
1991Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV SeriesParenthood (1990)
1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress Under Nine Years of AgeDay by Day (1988)
1989Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or SpecialDay by Day (1988)· Christopher Finefrock
· Robert Chavez
· Garrett Taylor
· Anthony McConnell
· Gino De Mauro
· Mark Gordon

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleAmerican Beauty (1999)· Kevin Spacey
· Annette Bening
· Chris Cooper
· Wes Bentley
· Mena Suvari
· Peter Gallagher
· Allison Janney
· Scott Bakula


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#Quote
1I just felt like I was making people angry, because I wouldn't wear the frilly bows. I just didn't take advice and I think people got pissed off at me for not taking advice.
2(On being fired from Election (1999)) I read the script one way and it became clear that he (Alexander Payne) had seen something else, so that was it. I just thought, this is ridiculous: why is it written this way?
3I pissed a lot of people off over a long period of time and they found a way to upset me, hoping that upset would bring a change in my behavior. Like a distancing ... But I'm done, I'm done. People wanted me to be not fine. A lot of it was bullshit.
4I tried to walk a fine line between being alluring and somewhat glamorous but maintain a strong identity and pursue things that were a little more thoughtful, and I guess nobody really wanted women to do that at that time.
5[on her nude scene in American Beauty (1999)] It was very, very difficult for me to come to terms with it in a personal way. Creatively, I was solid. I understood the importance and significance of that scene and I had known in advance that it was going to happen. As you can imagine, I had spoken with the director, Sam Mendes, and we both agreed it was not a gratuitous scene, rather a very realistic moment in Jane and Ricky's relationship.
6If I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I look in the mirror and see the most vile creature. But if I'm feeling comfortable about myself, then I'm more accepting. I'm not like, "Oh my God! look at that gorgeous person." It's just like, "Yeah, okay. That's doable."
7For me, romance isn't an over-the-top act. It's someone offering to help and to support me. Or if that person thinks I'm making the wrong decision, he'll tell me. I want him to be honest, because being that honest takes a lot of guts.
8I admire Jodie Foster. Her head is screwed on really well. It's not loose at all.


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