Thora Birch

Thora Birch is an American actress, producer, and director. She made her feature film debut in 1988 with a starring role in Purple People Eater, for which she received a Young Artist Award for "Best Actress Under Nine Years of Age". Birch rose to prominence as a child star during the 1990s through a string of parts in films such as Paradise, Patriot Games, Hocus Pocus, Monkey Trouble, Now and Then, and Alaska. Her breakthrough into adult-oriented roles came with her portrayal of Jane Burnham in American Beauty, for which she earned a nomination for that year's BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. Birch received further acclaim—and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress—for starring as Enid Coleslaw in the cult hit Ghost World, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work in the television film Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story. Subsequent film credits included Dungeons & Dragons, The Hole, Silver City, Dark Corners, and Petunia.

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