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Also Known As: Larisa Romanovna Oleynik Died:
Born: June 7, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor

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With her bright smile and Everygirl aura, Larisa Oleynik became the darling of the pre-teen set playing the title role in "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (Nickelodeon, 1994-98). Her character was a typical teenager on whom some experimental chemicals were spilled causing her to develop telekinetic powers and the ability to "morph" into objects. A quiet, almost unassuming series, "Alex Mack" was a twist on the long-time standard plot of a common person put in extraordinary circumstances, albeit at a younger age and with a charming sweetness. The series became Nickelodeon's most popular and when its star decided to concentrate on her studies and end its run in 1998, fans were disheartened.The only child of medical professionals from Northern California, Oleynik broke into show business at age eight when she survived a cattle call audition and won the role of young Cosette in the San Francisco production of "Les Miserables". During the year-long run, the youngster showed her dedication by taking acting lessons and later proved how serious she was by landing roles in a 1993 episode of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and as the daughter of a divorced mother terrorized by a drug dealer while on a rafting trip...

With her bright smile and Everygirl aura, Larisa Oleynik became the darling of the pre-teen set playing the title role in "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (Nickelodeon, 1994-98). Her character was a typical teenager on whom some experimental chemicals were spilled causing her to develop telekinetic powers and the ability to "morph" into objects. A quiet, almost unassuming series, "Alex Mack" was a twist on the long-time standard plot of a common person put in extraordinary circumstances, albeit at a younger age and with a charming sweetness. The series became Nickelodeon's most popular and when its star decided to concentrate on her studies and end its run in 1998, fans were disheartened.

The only child of medical professionals from Northern California, Oleynik broke into show business at age eight when she survived a cattle call audition and won the role of young Cosette in the San Francisco production of "Les Miserables". During the year-long run, the youngster showed her dedication by taking acting lessons and later proved how serious she was by landing roles in a 1993 episode of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and as the daughter of a divorced mother terrorized by a drug dealer while on a rafting trip in "River of Rage," (CBS, 1993). She won the role of Alex Mack over 400 other aspirants. Oleynik segued to the big screen, providing the voice of the young Odette for the animated "The Swan Princess" (1994) and made a memorable acting debut as the environmentalist Dawn in "The Babysitters' Club" (1995), Oleynik also guested starred on two 1996 episodes of "Boy Meets World" (ABC), playing a girlfriend to Shawn (Rider Strong, who also appeared in the San Francisco production of "Les Miserables"), though she at first, would rather pair with the more stable Cory (Ben Savage). Oleynik's popularity with "tweens" led to an advice column published in TIGER BEAT magazine.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 BFFs (2014)
2.
4.
 Broken Windows (2009)
5.
 Time for Dancing, A (2004) Julie "Jules" Michaels
6.
 100 Girls (2001) Wendy
7.
 American Rhapsody (2001) Maria--Age 18
8.
 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Bianca Stratford
9.
 Baby-Sitters Club, The (1995) Dawn
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1989:
Endured an open casting call and won the role of young Cosette in the San Francisco production of "Les Miserables"
1993:
Made TV episodic debut, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (CBS)
1993:
TV-movie debut, "River of Rage" (CBS)
1994:
Starred on "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (Nickelodeon)
1994:
Did voice of the young Odette for the animated feature "The Swan Princess"
1995:
Feature film acting debut in "The Baby-sitters' Club"
1999:
Co-starred in the teen flick "10 Things I Hate About You"
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Joined cast of the NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun" in September
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Had co-starring role in the independent feature "A Time for Dancing" (lensed 2000)
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Notes

"If I spent too much time here in Los Angeles, I could probably get a little messed up. It's not real here, being on a set with only actors. I've worked with people who were totally cool, then once they got all the publicity and attention, it just went to their heads. If I did anything like that my friends would say, 'What's up with you? That really doesn't fly here.' I'm lucky I have a really strong network of people I'm close to, so I try to keep as grounded as possible by going home every weekend, where I'm just normal." --Larisa Oleynik in TV GUIDE, October 26, 1996

"I think Larisa would be bored [without acting]. This business is a wonderful growing opportunity for a child, and Larisa's facing a lot of life decisions. I'm grateful I can be part of that." --Oleynik's mother Lorraine quoted in TV GUIDE, October 26, 1996

"Alex is cool because a lot of people can relate to her. She's not the most popular girl in school, but she's also not a geek. I know what it's like to think you don't always fit in, and I think kids can relate to Alex's feelings about being average." --Oleynik to USA TODAY, August 7, 1995

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father:
Roman Oleynick. Physician.
mother:
Lorraine Oleynick. Nurse.

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