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Eliza Dushku BiographyEliza Dushku was discovered at the end of a five-month search throughout the United States for the perfect girl to play the lead role of Alice opposite Juliette Lewis in the film That Night. Since then, she has been in several films and has worked with actors such as Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Reiser, and James Belushi. Born in Boston on December 30, 1980, she has studied the piano, drums, and several types of dance (jazz, tap, and ballet). Her previous acting experience includes numerous amateur presentations at the Watertown Children's Theater where she was part of the company since she was in the first grade. In addition to acting, she is sometimes seen on stage at the Children's Theater signing for the deaf.
TriviaWas legally emancipated from her parents because of the restrictive laws that limit the hours that a minor is allowed to work. Her last name is pronounced DUSH-koo and rhymes with "push." Dushku was the only family with that surname in the United States of America in 1920 and were living in Massachusetts. Voted the 9th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002. While on location, she surrounds herself with pictures of family and friends. She used to have a German shepherd-husky-beagle mix named Korbit. Now she has 2 dogs, a golden named Max Factor and a Bernese named Rigby Idaho. Good friend of Clare Kramer. Planned to attended Suffolk University and be an English major, but she backed out at the last minute after she landed the role of Faith in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997). The tattoo she wore as Faith was fake. Stated in an interview that she is terrified of flying and will only do so if she has religious artifacts with her. Attended the San Diego Comic Convention on July 25th, 2004, for a Q&A session. She ranked #44 (2000), #13 (2001), #28 (2002) and #63 (2003) in Stuff's Sexiest Women. She ranked #76 (2002) in FHM-USA's 100 Sexiest Women. Shares a birthday with actress Kristin Kreuk, actor-model-singer Tyrese Gibson, and some famous athletes: Tiger Woods, NBA superstar LeBron James, and former Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson. According to Chinese calendar and astrology, she was born in the year of the monkey. Her favorite color is black. Named #46 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005). She went to an audition for the part of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man (2002). In one of the specials of the Spider-Man (2002) DVD you can see her reading opposite Tobey Maguire. The role later on went to Kirsten Dunst, after Kate Hudson declined the offer. Alicia Witt was actually set to play that part in the end, but when Sam Raimi saw Kirsten Dunst, she was a last minute audition, he chose her. Has been working with an acting coach, Peter Kelley, since she was a child. Ranked #11 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008). Says when she was a young child, her best friend lived in a funeral home and they would often hang out in the mortuary after school, thus desensitizing her to the image of dead bodies. She comments, "It was very "Six Feet Under"". Her devoutly religious Mormon grandmother once tried to call powerful Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz (who headed the agency that then represented Dushku) to complain about a sex scene that her granddaughter participated in on the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997). Has the words "Lead Kindly Light" as a tattoo. A hymn written in 1833 by John Henry Newman.
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