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Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. Named after the Norse god of thunder, she began her career as a child star in the films ''Purple People Eater'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''All I Want For Christmas'' and most memorably as Dani in ''Film/HocusPocus''. She also had significant roles in the films ''{{Film/Alaska}}'' and ''Film/NowAndThen''.

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Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) 1982 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. Named after the Norse god of thunder, she began her career as a child star in the films ''Purple People Eater'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''All I Want For Christmas'' and most memorably as Dani in ''Film/HocusPocus''. She also had significant roles in the films ''{{Film/Alaska}}'' and ''Film/NowAndThen''.


Thora Birch (b. March 11th 1982) is an American actress. Named after the Norse god of thunder, she began her career as a child star in the films ''Purple People Eater'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''All I Want For Christmas'' and most memorably as Dani in ''Film/HocusPocus''. She also had significant roles in the films ''{{Film/Alaska}}'' and ''Film/NowAndThen''.

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Thora Birch (b. (born March 11th 11, 1982) is an American actress. Named after the Norse god of thunder, she began her career as a child star in the films ''Purple People Eater'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''All I Want For Christmas'' and most memorably as Dani in ''Film/HocusPocus''. She also had significant roles in the films ''{{Film/Alaska}}'' and ''Film/NowAndThen''.


...Until the [[http://www.wetpaint.com/what-happened-thora-birch-creepy-598751/ reported antics]] of her father/manager began to cost her roles. Despite her talent and directors being keen to work with her, she gradually disappeared from the mainstream roles. Occasionally she surfaced in an independent film or voice acting role - before taking a hiatus from acting in 2012. But 2017 saw her returning with a role in the sci-fi series ''{{Series/Colony}}'', and the film ''The Etruscan Smile''. Could CareerResurrection be on the cards?

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...Until the [[http://www.wetpaint.com/what-happened-thora-birch-creepy-598751/ reported antics]] of her father/manager began to cost her roles. Despite her talent and directors being keen to work with her, she gradually disappeared from the mainstream roles. Occasionally she surfaced in an independent film or voice acting role - before taking a hiatus from acting in 2012. But 2017 saw her returning with a role in the sci-fi series ''{{Series/Colony}}'', and the film ''The Etruscan Smile''. Could CareerResurrection be on in the cards?



* DyeHard:[[invoked]] Naturally blonde but more commonly known as a brunette.
* DyeingForYourArt:[[invoked]] Gained around twenty pounds to play Enid in ''Film/GhostWorld''. She also dyed her hair green for a sequence in the film where Enid does the same.

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* DyeHard:[[invoked]] Naturally She's naturally blonde but more commonly known as a brunette.
* DyeingForYourArt:[[invoked]] Gained She gained around twenty pounds to play Enid in ''Film/GhostWorld''. She also dyed her hair green for a sequence in the film where Enid does the same.



* FakeBrit:[[invoked]] Plays the English Liz Dunn in ''Film/TheHole'', with a decent enough accent.

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* FakeBrit:[[invoked]] Plays She plays the English Liz Dunn in ''Film/TheHole'', with a decent enough accent.



* MagnumOpusDissonance:[[invoked]] She lists ''Film/HocusPocus'' as her favourite role. Although a cult favourite, she is better known for ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' and ''Film/GhostWorld''.

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* MagnumOpusDissonance:[[invoked]] She lists ''Film/HocusPocus'' as her favourite favorite role. Although a cult favourite, favorite, she is better known for ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' and ''Film/GhostWorld''.



* PlayingAgainstType:[[invoked]] As the evil hammy Empress Savina in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''.

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* PlayingAgainstType:[[invoked]] As the evil hammy Empress Savina in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''.

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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' (Season 10)


* EnforcedMethodActing:[[invoked]]
** In the dinner scene in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', Kevin Spacey felt Thora and Annette Bening weren't giving the right reactions. So he decided to throw the plate, getting an appropriately shocked reaction from them.

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* EnforcedMethodActing:[[invoked]]
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EnforcedMethodActing:[[invoked]] In the dinner scene in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', Kevin Spacey felt Thora and Annette Bening weren't giving the right reactions. So he decided to throw the plate, getting an appropriately shocked reaction from them.

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Thora Birch (b. March 11th 1982) is an American actress. Named after the Roman god of thunder, she began her career as a child star in the films ''Purple People Eater'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''All I Want For Christmas'' and most memorably as Dani in ''Film/HocusPocus''. She also had significant roles in the films ''{{Film/Alaska}}'' and ''Film/NowAndThen''.

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Thora Birch (b. March 11th 1982) is an American actress. Named after the Roman Norse god of thunder, she began her career as a child star in the films ''Purple People Eater'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''All I Want For Christmas'' and most memorably as Dani in ''Film/HocusPocus''. She also had significant roles in the films ''{{Film/Alaska}}'' and ''Film/NowAndThen''.



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->''"When you're making a film, you become incredibly close. It's not like you're filing away papers all day. You're creating with human emotions, so you do become very connected, so it is familial and romantic."''


Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty,'' ''ComicBook/GhostWorld,'' and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons,'' and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames,'' ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger,'' ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas,'' ''Film/MonkeyTrouble,'' ''Film/NowAndThen,'' and ''Film/HocusPocus.''

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Former child actress, born Thora Birch (b. March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty,'' ''ComicBook/GhostWorld,'' and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons,'' and in 11th 1982) is an American actress. Named after the Roman god of thunder, she began her early career as a child star in the films ''Purple People Eater'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''All I Want For Christmas'' and most memorably as Dani in ''Film/HocusPocus''. She also had significant roles in the films ''{{Film/Alaska}}'' and ''Film/NowAndThen''.

At the age of sixteen, Thora sought to pursue more adult roles, and got her wish with ''Film/AmericanBeauty''. The film's portrayal of a dysfunctional family in a [[StepfordSuburbia seemingly perfect suburb]] earned critical acclaim, and provoked lots of hype surrounding the younger actors. Thora even received a significant seven figure salary
for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames,'' ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger,'' ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas,'' ''Film/MonkeyTrouble,'' ''Film/NowAndThen,'' her part in the British thriller ''Film/TheHole''. She also received a Golden Globe nomination for ''Film/GhostWorld''. She seemed poised to become a star...

...Until the [[http://www.wetpaint.com/what-happened-thora-birch-creepy-598751/ reported antics]] of her father/manager began to cost her roles. Despite her talent
and ''Film/HocusPocus.''directors being keen to work with her, she gradually disappeared from the mainstream roles. Occasionally she surfaced in an independent film or voice acting role - before taking a hiatus from acting in 2012. But 2017 saw her returning with a role in the sci-fi series ''{{Series/Colony}}'', and the film ''The Etruscan Smile''. Could CareerResurrection be on the cards?

!!Selected Filmography:
* ''Film/PatriotGames''
* ''Monkey Business''
* ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas''
* ''Film/HocusPocus''
* ''Film/NowAndThen''
* ''{{Film/Alaska}}''
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty''
* ''Film/AnywhereButHere''
* ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''
* ''Film/TheHole''
* ''Film/GhostWorld''
* ''Silver City''
* ''{{Series/Colony}}''
* ''The Etruscan Smile''



* ContractualPurity: Presumably avoiding said purity was why she chose to go topless in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' at the age of sixteen. It seemed to work as she got a lot of critical acclaim for her role.
* DyeHard: Naturally blonde but more commonly known as a brunette.
* DyeingForYourArt: Gained around twenty pounds to play Enid in ''Film/GhostWorld''. She also dyed her hair green for a sequence in the film where Enid does the same.
* FakeBrit: Plays the English Liz Dunn in ''Film/TheHole.''

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* ContractualPurity: TheCastShowOff:[[invoked]] She did all her own stunts in ''Alaska''.
* ContractualPurity:[[invoked]]
Presumably avoiding said purity was why she chose to go topless in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' at the age of sixteen.seventeen. It seemed to work as she got a lot of critical acclaim for her role.
* DyeHard: DawsonCasting:[[invoked]] She continued to play teens even after she became an adult. She was nineteen playing sixteen in ''Film/TheHole''. In ''Film/GhostWorld'' she was also twenty-one playing Enid as a high school graduate.
* DyeHard:[[invoked]]
Naturally blonde but more commonly known as a brunette.
* DyeingForYourArt: DyeingForYourArt:[[invoked]] Gained around twenty pounds to play Enid in ''Film/GhostWorld''. She also dyed her hair green for a sequence in the film where Enid does the same.
* FakeBrit: EnforcedMethodActing:[[invoked]]
** In the dinner scene in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', Kevin Spacey felt Thora and Annette Bening weren't giving the right reactions. So he decided to throw the plate, getting an appropriately shocked reaction from them.
* FakeBrit:[[invoked]]
Plays the English Liz Dunn in ''Film/TheHole.''''Film/TheHole'', with a decent enough accent.



* TheOtherMarty: She was originally cast in ''Film/{{Election}}'' as Tammy, but Jessie Campbell replaced her.
* StarDerailingRole: ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' derailed a lot of the acclaim she had earned with ''Film/AmericanBeauty.'' She did nearly rebound with a Golden Globe nomination for ''Film/GhostWorld'' but her [[StageMom Stage Dad]]'s tendencies didn't help.
* TypeCasting: As a CoolLoser or outsider type character. Part of this is intentional, as she claimed she "wouldn't wear the [[GirlinessUpgrade frilly bows.]]"

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* TheOtherMarty: MagnumOpusDissonance:[[invoked]] She lists ''Film/HocusPocus'' as her favourite role. Although a cult favourite, she is better known for ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' and ''Film/GhostWorld''.
* TheOtherMarty:[[invoked]]
She was originally cast in ''Film/{{Election}}'' as Tammy, but Jessie Campbell replaced her.
* StarDerailingRole: PlayingAgainstType:[[invoked]] As the evil hammy Empress Savina in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* StarDerailingRole:[[invoked]]
''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' derailed a lot of the acclaim she had earned with ''Film/AmericanBeauty.'' She did nearly rebound with a Golden Globe nomination for ''Film/GhostWorld'' but her [[StageMom Stage Dad]]'s tendencies didn't help.
* TypeCasting: TimeShiftedActor: She plays the younger version of Melanie Griffith in ''Film/NowAndThen''.
* TypeCasting:[[invoked]]
As a CoolLoser or outsider type character. Part of this is intentional, as she claimed she "wouldn't wear the [[GirlinessUpgrade frilly bows.]]"]]"
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:[[invoked]]
** Christina Ricci was originally attached to star as Enid in ''Film/GhostWorld''. By the time the film got produced, Christina was too old to play Enid, so Thora replaced her. Thora had been offered the part of Rebecca, but wanted to be Enid.
** She was cast as Lucy in an Off-Broadway revival of ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'' but was fired after her father had too many clashes with the rest of the cast and crew.

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* ContractualPurity: Presumably avoiding said purity was why she chose to go topless in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' at the age of sixteen. It seemed to work as she got a lot of critical acclaim for her role.
* DyeHard: Naturally blonde but more commonly known as a brunette.
* DyeingForYourArt: Gained around twenty pounds to play Enid in ''Film/GhostWorld''. She also dyed her hair green for a sequence in the film where Enid does the same.
* FakeBrit: Plays the English Liz Dunn in ''Film/TheHole.''
* FormerChildStar: A zigzagged example. She transitioned very well from child to adult, as the only one of her childhood films to be remembered these days is ''Film/HocusPocus''. But her famous roles came in her late teens, and her career slowly declined into adulthood.
* TheOtherMarty: She was originally cast in ''Film/{{Election}}'' as Tammy, but Jessie Campbell replaced her.
* StarDerailingRole: ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' derailed a lot of the acclaim she had earned with ''Film/AmericanBeauty.'' She did nearly rebound with a Golden Globe nomination for ''Film/GhostWorld'' but her [[StageMom Stage Dad]]'s tendencies didn't help.
* TypeCasting: As a CoolLoser or outsider type character. Part of this is intentional, as she claimed she "wouldn't wear the [[GirlinessUpgrade frilly bows.]]"


Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty,'' ''ComicBook/GhostWorld,'' and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons,'' and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames,'' ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger,'' ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas,'' ''Film/MonkeyTrouble,'' ''Now & Then,'' and ''Film/HocusPocus.''

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Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty,'' ''ComicBook/GhostWorld,'' and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons,'' and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames,'' ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger,'' ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas,'' ''Film/MonkeyTrouble,'' ''Now & Then,'' ''Film/NowAndThen,'' and ''Film/HocusPocus.''


[[caption-width-right:300:Thora Birch does not think very highly of you.]]
Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'', and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas'', ''Film/MonkeyTrouble'', ''Now & Then'', and ''Film/HocusPocus''.

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Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'', ''Film/AmericanBeauty,'' ''ComicBook/GhostWorld,'' and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons,'' and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas'', ''Film/MonkeyTrouble'', ''Film/PatriotGames,'' ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger,'' ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas,'' ''Film/MonkeyTrouble,'' ''Now & Then'', Then,'' and ''Film/HocusPocus''.''Film/HocusPocus.''


Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''Film/GhostWorld'', and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas'', ''Film/MonkeyTrouble'', ''Now & Then'', and ''Film/HocusPocus''.

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Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for movies like ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''Film/GhostWorld'', ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'', and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas'', ''Film/MonkeyTrouble'', ''Now & Then'', and ''Film/HocusPocus''.


Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for such movies as ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''Film/GhostWorld'', and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas'', ''Film/MonkeyTrouble'', ''Now & Then'', and ''Film/HocusPocus''.

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Former child actress, born March 11, 1982, best known for such movies as like ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''Film/GhostWorld'', and ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', and in her early career for movies such as ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', ''Film/AllIWantForChristmas'', ''Film/MonkeyTrouble'', ''Now & Then'', and ''Film/HocusPocus''.

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