Thora Birch Biography
Name - Thora Birch
Date of Birth - 11 March 1982
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height - 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Thora Birch photo gallery
From Monkey Trouble (1994) to American Beauty (1999)-- that's Hollywood "Hocus Pocus"! Thora Birch was born on Thursday (as in Thor's Day) March 11, 1982. Her father Jack, and mom Carol, named her after the Norse God Thor ("Thora" being the feminine), the God of thunder; she has a younger brother named Bolt. Thora appeared in one of the "classic" California raisin commercials in 1986 (at age 4), and later did other commercials. At age 6, Thora appeared in Purple People Eater (1988) and won a Youth in Film Award for her performance. Then she appeared in the television series "Parenthood" (1990), which co-starred a not-yet-discovered Leonardo DiCaprio. Thora's breakout movie was Paradise (1991) with bona fide stars Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith; Thora bested 4,000 young hopefuls to land the role, and she again got great reviews. Thora appeared in Hocus Pocus (1993) with major stars; however, she got real recognition by having a starring role in Monkey Trouble (1994), in which her affection for her pet (and sometimes scene-stealing) monkey basically carried the entire movie (she and the monkey did their own stunts). All grown up, this petite beauty (5' 4") with green eyes had a major role in American Beauty (1999) which won 5 Oscar awards. Thora delivered a strong, effective performance as the alienated daughter of parents whose mid-life crises drive them to affairs and destruction; her acting was convincing and inspired, and once again received good reviews. A down-to-earth young woman in real life, she loves Italian food and diet root beer.
More information on Thora Birch
Has a Blue Belt in Karate.
Her 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.
Does her own stunts.
Used to live on her family ranch in East Los Angeles, but now lives in an apartment in LA.
Was fired from Election (1999) due to differences with director Alexander Payne.
Brother is Bolt Birch.
Gained 20 pounds for her role in Ghost World (2001).
Was 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.
Has co-starred with Chris Cooper in two movies, Silver City (2004) and American Beauty (1999), but has never appeared onscreen together with him.
She is of German, Scandinavian, and Italian descent.
Is a vegetarian.
Is a contributing director for sketch comedy group The Doomed Planet.
Appeared in Moby's video "We Are All Made Of Stars" (2002) and "Eat You Alive" by Limp Bizkit (2003).
Personal quotes from Thora Birch
"For 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."
Thora Birch Filmography
Cavegirl (2008) .... Cavegirl
Crossmaglen (2008) .... Nulla McGarvey
Train (2008) .... Alana Maxwell
Winter of Frozen Dreams (2008) .... Barbara Hoffman
Dark Corners (2006) .... Karen Clarke/Susan Hamilton
Tainted Love (2006) .... Mia
Slingshot (2005) .... April
The Dot (2004) (voice) .... Narrator
Silver City (2004) .... Karen Cross
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003) (TV) .... Liz Murray
"Night Visions" .... Susan Thornhill (1 episode, 2002)
- The Maze (2002) TV episode .... Susan Thornhill
Shadow Realm (2002) (TV) .... Susan Thornhill
Ghost World (2001) .... Enid
The Hole (2001) .... Liz Dunn
... aka After the Hole (USA)
Dungeons & Dragons (2000) .... Empress Savina
... aka Dungeons & Dragons: The Movie (UK: promotional title)
The Smokers (2000) .... Lincoln Roth
Anywhere But Here (1999) (uncredited) .... Mary
American Beauty (1999) .... Jane Burnham
Night Ride Home (1999) (TV) .... Clea Mahler
"Touched by an Angel" .... Erin (1 episode, 1997)
- The Pact (1997) TV episode .... Erin
"Promised Land" .... Allison Rhodes (1 episode, 1997)
... aka Home of the Brave
- Running Scared (1997) TV episode .... Allison Rhodes
Alaska (1996) .... Jessie Barnes
Now and Then (1995) .... Teeny
"The Outer Limits" .... Aggie Travers (1 episode, 1995)
... aka The New Outer Limits (USA: promotional title)
- The Choice (1995) TV episode .... Aggie Travers
Blackbird Hall (1995) (TV)
Clear and Present Danger (1994) .... Sally Ryan
Monkey Trouble (1994) .... Eva
... aka Pet
"Monty" .... Ann Sherman (1 episode, 1994)
- Here Comes the Son (1994) TV episode .... Ann Sherman
Hocus Pocus (1993) .... Dani
Patriot Games (1992) .... Sally Ryan
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (1992) (voice) .... Additional Voices
All I Want for Christmas (1991) .... Hallie O'Fallon
Paradise (1991) .... Billie Pike
"Amen" .... Brittany (1 episode, 1991)
- Nothing Says Lovin'... (1991) TV episode (as Thora) .... Brittany
"Married People" .... Emily (1 episode, 1990)
- To Live and Drive in LA (1990) TV episode (as Thora) .... Emily
Dark Avenger (1990) (TV) (as Thora) .... Susie Donovan
"Parenthood" (1990) TV series .... Taylor Buckman (unknown episodes)
"Doogie Howser, M.D." .... Megan (1 episode, 1989)
- Vinnie Video Vici (1989) TV episode (as Thora) .... Megan
"Day by Day" .... Molly (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
- Father Knows Best (1989) TV episode (as Thora) .... Molly
- The Lost Weekend (1989) TV episode (as Thora) .... Molly
- The Reunion (1989) TV episode (as Thora) .... Molly
- Foul Play (1989) TV episode (as Thora) .... Molly
- Three Men and a Babe (1989) TV episode (as Thora) .... Molly
Purple People Eater (1988) (as Thora) .... Molly Johnson