Fairuza Balk was born Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Fairuza's mother, Cathryn Balk, has studied, performed, and taught the ethnic and traditional dance. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse [1940- ], was one of the founding members of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Kaleidoscope.
Her debut role was a television movie titled ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’(1983). While in London, Balk was cast by Walt Disney Productions to star as Dorothy Gale in “Return to Oz”, the unofficial sequel to MGM's 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz. This role led to other, minor roles, including that of Mildred Hubble in “The Worst Witch”, and in 1988 she moved to Paris to work on “Valmont” with Miloš Forman. By 1989 she was in Vancouver, where she attended high school. However, she soon decided to take correspondence courses instead and went back to Hollywood, where she gained increasing notice as an actress. In 1992 she was awarded an Independent Spirit Award as best actress for her performance in the Allison Anders film “Gas Food Lodging”
In 2010, Balk released the single "Stormwinds" under the artist title Armed Love Militia.
In 2011, Balk began to exhibit art in Los Angeles and New York.
Fairuza has appeared in one Euro-western “Don’t Come Knocking” (2004) as Amber.
Today we celebrate Fairuza Balk’s 40th birthday.