Eliza Dushku (full name Eliza Patricia Dushku) was born on December 30, 1980. She is an American actress who has appeared in several Hollywood movies such as Bring It On and Wrong Turn. She is also well known for her acting on television, such as her recurring appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel as Faith, as well as the main character in the series Tru Calling.
Biography and Career :
Eliza Dushku came to the attention of casting agents when she was 10. Along with her brother, she went to a commercial audition where she tripped on the stairs, bloodied her nose, and became an instant drama queen. Eliza Dushku was chosen at the end of a five month search throughout the United States for the lead role of Alice, opposite Juliette Lewis in the film That Night. In 1993,
Eliza Dushku landed a role as Pearl alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in This Boy's Life, a role that she said opened a lot of doors. Dushku says that DiCaprio taught her how to deal with bullies and other high school dangers, for which she is grateful.
The following year, Eliza Dushku played the teenage daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies. Eliza Dushku would also have parts as Paul Reiser's daughter in Bye Bye, Love, as Cindy Johnson with Halle Berry and Jim Belushi in Race the Sun, as well as roles in a television movie and a short film.
Eliza Dushku took some time off from acting to finish her junior and senior years of high school. Eliza Dushku was accepted to the George Washington University in Washington, DC and Suffolk University in Boston, where her mother serves as professor of government and previously served as dean of the campus in Dakar, Senegal.
Eliza Dushku was discovered at the age of 10, when she went along with her brother to a commercial audition, tripped on the stairs, turned into an drama queen and came to the notice of the casting agents.
Eliza Dushku was selected after a five month search throughout the US for the perfect girl to play the lead role of Alice opposite Juliette Lewis in the film "That Night" when she was 12. In the 1993 film "This Boy's Life" she was cast as Robert De Niro's daughter and it was a role that she said opened a lot of doors for her. In the following year, she played Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis' teenage daughter in "True Lies." Eliza Dushku then had parts as Paul Reiser's daughter in "Bye Bye, Love" and as Cindy Johnson with Halle Berry and Jim Belushi in "Race the Sun" as well as playing parts in a television movie and a short film.
Eliza Dushku took time off from acting to finish her junior and senior years of high school. Eliza Dushku was accepted into Boston, George Washington and Suffolk Universities (where she wants to study something other than acting.) Eliza Dushku has said in the past that she was deciding between going to college or going on with her film career, and it seems like school is on hold for now.
After high school, Eliza Dushku's foray back into acting was with the role of Faith in "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer." Though initally planned as a five episode role, Faith (and Eliza) became so popular with the fans, cast and crew that she stayed on throughout the whole of the third season.
Eliza Dushku has made guest appearances in both "Buffy" and it's spin-off "Angel" during the important May 2000 sweeps, and is currently planning on a return to both shows for the 2003 season.
Eliza Dushku's part in a show popular with both viewers and critics, made sure that Eliza won't be lacking for work any time soon. In 2000, Eliza Dushku starred with Kirsten Dunst in the cheerleading comedy "Bring It On." It was a surprising success at the box office, and Eliza Dushku played her role as the audience surrogate with particular distinction.
Eliza Dushku has since starred in a varied range of films such as "Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back," "Soul Survivors," "The New Guy" and in the Robert De Niro drama, "City by the Sea." Eliza Dushku is also currently filming another leading role in "Wrong Turn", and is sure to be in discussions for many more films. But, aside from a return to television, it is unknown where her diverse career path will take her next.
Eliza Dushku Foundation:
Eliza Dushku has started a new project with her father to help Camp Hale, a summer camp for inner-city Boston boys open since 1900, where the Dushku family are closely involved: the Eliza Dushku Foundation. Through the sale of props and fan memorabilia, the Dushkus hope to generate increased contributions in order to pay for the maintenance of Camp Hale for generations to come.
On Broadway (2006)
The Final Season (2006) - Polly Hudson
Nobel Son (2006) - Alexa
That 70's Show (2005 guest appearance, TV Series) - Sarah
Reading Rainbow (2005 guest appearance, TV Series) - Narrator
Tru Calling (2003-2005, TV Series) - Tru Davies
The Kiss (2003) - Megan
Punk'd (2003) - Herself
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds (2003, Video Game) - Faith Lehane
Wrong Turn (2003) - Jessie Burlingame
City By the Sea (2002) - Gina
The New Guy (2002) - Danielle
Soul Survivors (2001) - Annabel
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) - Sissy
Bring It On (2000) - Missy Pantone
Angel (2000, 2003 guest appearances, TV Series) - Faith Lehane
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998-2000, 2003 guest appearances, TV Series) - Faith Lehane
Race the Sun (1996) - Cindy Johnson
Journey (1995, TV) - Cat
Bye Bye, Love (1995) - Emma Carlson
True Lies (1994) - Dana Tasker
Fishing With George (1994)
This Boy's Life (1993) - Pearl
That Night (1992) - Alice Bloom
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