Alison Lohman

Active - 1999 - 2016  |   Born - Sep 18, 1979 in Palm Springs, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama

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Biography by Andrea LeVasseur

After a childhood of performing musical theater in Palm Springs, CA, Alison Lohman turned down a scholarship to N.Y.U. in favor of an acting career in Hollywood. She landed her film debut in the thriller The Thirteenth Floor at the age of 20 and soon was offered a role on the WB family drama Safe Harbor. Along with appearances in a couple of independent film releases, she continued working in television on the Fox prime-time soap opera Pasadena. However, her role as Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter, Astrid, in 2002's White Oleander marked her first big break. After its release, she gained a starring role as the daughter of Nicolas Cage's character in Ridley Scott's 2003 thriller Matchstick Men.

Her youthful glow still serving well to secure her a variety of high profile film roles, Lohman portrayed a younger version of Jessica Lange's character in the sentimental Tim Burton fantasy Big Fish before searching for a mysterious killer and unearthing long-buried family secrets in the Mike White-created television drama series Pasadena. By 2006 it was finally time for Lohman to come into her own on the big screen, a challenge she faced with commendable aplomb in director Michael Mayer's adaptation of the Mary O'Hara novel My Friend Flicka. On the heels of Flicka, Lohman was set to appear in a pair of high-profile releases including Tom DiCillo's Delirious and Robert Zemeckis' Beowolf. In 2009 she married director Mark Neveldine and appeared in the Neveldine/Taylor action/thriller Gamer. That same year also found the promising young actress replacing Ellen Page as the lead in Sam Raimi's supernatural horror-comedy Drag Me to Hell, though curiously she vanished from the spotlight almost immediately thereafter. With no announcements of future projects, some fans began to suspect that Lohman had quietly decided to take a break from acting.

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  • First professional role was in a local production of The Sound of Music, where she played Gretl, one of the von Trapp children.
  • At 11 won a best actress award from the Desert Theater League for the title role in Annie.
  • As a teen, sang with Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.
  • Was honored with a National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts award.
  • Offered a scholarship to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but decided to pursue acting in Los Angeles instead.
  • Shaved her head to play a leukemia patient in 2002's Dragonfly only to have her scenes cut from the film.
  • Wore wigs throughout White Oleander because her hair had not grown back from her Dragonfly role.
  • Complete with pigtails, told director Ridley Scott she was 14 at her Matchstick Men audition; eventually confessed her true age of 23 but got the teen part anyway.