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Also Known As: Neve Adrianne Campbell Died:
Born: October 3, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Guelph, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, dancer, producer, model

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This sloe-eyed brunette began her career as a teenage performer in her native Canada, singing and dancing in the chorus of the Toronto production of "The Phantom of the Opera" from 1988 to 1990. After a brief modeling stint, Neve Campbell landed a one-season (1992-93) regular role as one of the aspiring musicians in the Canadian-produced series "Catwalk", which aired on MTV in the USA. Her small screen breakthrough came when she was cast as Julia Salinger, as the headstrong older sister, in the award-winning drama series "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000). Over the course of the series' run, her character experienced numerous trials and tribulations from an unwanted pregnancy to a busted marriage, all while coping with her family and their problems (which included alcoholism and cancer, among others). Throughout it all, Campbell acquitted herself proving to be a fine dramatic player. The actress was a bit slower to translate her appeal on the big screen. She made her film debut in the forgettable direct-to-video outing "The Dark" (1994) before finding success in a supporting role as a teenager dabbling in witchery in "The Craft" (1996), although co-stars Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney had the showier...

This sloe-eyed brunette began her career as a teenage performer in her native Canada, singing and dancing in the chorus of the Toronto production of "The Phantom of the Opera" from 1988 to 1990. After a brief modeling stint, Neve Campbell landed a one-season (1992-93) regular role as one of the aspiring musicians in the Canadian-produced series "Catwalk", which aired on MTV in the USA. Her small screen breakthrough came when she was cast as Julia Salinger, as the headstrong older sister, in the award-winning drama series "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000). Over the course of the series' run, her character experienced numerous trials and tribulations from an unwanted pregnancy to a busted marriage, all while coping with her family and their problems (which included alcoholism and cancer, among others). Throughout it all, Campbell acquitted herself proving to be a fine dramatic player.

The actress was a bit slower to translate her appeal on the big screen. She made her film debut in the forgettable direct-to-video outing "The Dark" (1994) before finding success in a supporting role as a teenager dabbling in witchery in "The Craft" (1996), although co-stars Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney had the showier roles. Campbell achieved her breakthrough as the put-upon heroine Sidney Prescott in the post-modern box-office smash "Scream" (also 1996). "Scream," directed by Wes Craven and scripted by Kevin Williamson, both parodied and emulated the slasher films of the early 80s and spawned the inevitable sequel "Scream 2" (1997), with Campbell's character now a college student. She fared less well with this outing, playing an aspiring actress targeted by a copycat killer (One set piece had Campbell "acting" in a school production that was unintentionally hilarious). Nevertheless, she returned to close out the trilogy with "Scream 3" (2000), this time returning from self-imposed exile to visit the set of a movie based on her experiences.

Attempting to distance herself from the horror genre, Campbell was seemingly miscast in the role of a white-trash vixen (a former prison inmate no less!) in the uneven "Wild Things" and further floundered as a soap actress enjoying the nightlife of Studio "54" (both 1998). She debuted as a producer with the romance "Hair Shirt" (premiered at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival) in which she appeared as an egotistical movie star alongside her brother Christian. Campbell also landed the role of the mistress of an advertising executive in the triangular romantic comedy "Three to Tango" (1999) as well as a stint in the ensemble of the dismal comedy "Drowning Mona" (2000), but neither did much to add to her star power or build her acting resume, but she equated herself well in a series of less pop audience minded projects, including "Panic" (2000) playing the dark, edgy muse of an older man (William H. Macy) leading a stalled life; Alan Rudolph's frankly refreshing dramedy "Investigating Sex" (2001) as one of two female stenographers assisting two male sex researchers; and as F. Scott Fitzgerald's young protege, writer Frances Kroll Ring, opposite Jeremy Irons in the cable telepic "Last Call" (2002).

Campbell's accumulated credits sufficiently impressed legendary director Robert Altman to turn the Campbell-penned story (ultimately co-written with screenwriter Barbara Turner) of a young ballet dancer poised to become a fictional Chicago troupe's next big thing into his next film, "The Company" (2003). The actress, who trained at the National Ballet of Canada as a girl, was cast as the rising prima ballerina Ry, around who Altman built a trademark multi-character tale filmed inside the famed Joffrey Ballet--Campbell's authentic knowledge of the inside world of ballet and her always convincing dancing allowed her to deliver her best, most nuanced performance to date. She followed up with the equally ambitious "When Will I Be Loved?" (2004), a noir-ish intellectually and erotically-charged tale of a indulged, sexually adventurous femme fatale artist (Campbell) who uses her powerful sexuality to advance her aims and control those who seek to use her. Although it was a daring--even brash--choice for Campbell, the movie suffered from writer-director James Toback's largely improvisational approach and characteristic--and slightly disturbing-- fetishization of his leading lady.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Walter (2013)
2.
3.
 Amish Murder, An (2013)
4.
 Scream 4 (2011)
5.
 Glass Man, The (2011)
6.
 Dirty Oil (2010)
7.
 Antonio Vivaldi (2009)
8.
 Partition (2008)
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10.
 Agent Crush (2007)
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Performed with National Ballet of Canada
1988:
Made acting debut in "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Canon Theatre in Toronto
1992:
First starring role was Daisy in the Canadian youth series, "Catwalk" (Shown on MTV in the U.S.)
1994:
Made her TV-movie debut in "I Know My Son is Alive" (NBC)
1994:
First film role was in the direct-to-video Canadian release, "The Dark"
1994:
Played eldest daughter Julia Salinger in the Fox drama, "Party of Five"
1996:
Had a supporting role in the supernatural teen horror film, "The Craft"
1996:
Had breakthrough role of Sidney Prescott in Wes Craven's "Scream"
1997:
Reprised role as Sidney Prescott in "Scream 2"
1998:
Took a dark turn as a Southern temptress in "Wild Things"
1998:
Had small role as a soap opera actress in "54"
1998:
Made producing debut with "Hair Shirt"; also co-starred in the film along with brother Christian; shown at the Toronto Film Festival
1999:
Starred in the romantic comedy "Three to Tango," opposite Matthew Perry and Dylan McDermott
2000:
Co-starred in "Panic," alongside William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland
2000:
Once again played the role of Sydney Prescott in "Scream 3"
2003:
Utilized her dancing background to co-star in Robert Altman's "The Company"; also co-wrote and co-produced the film
2004:
Starred as a young woman exploring the limits of her sexual and intellectual power in "When Will I Be Loved"
2006:
Made her West End debut, in a version of Arthur Miller's "Resurrection Blues" at the Old Vic theatre
2009:
Returned to television in a starring role on NBC's short-lived series, "The Philanthropist"
2011:
Re-teamed with Wes Craven to again play Sidney Prescott in "Scream 4"
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Education

National Ballet School of Canada: Toronto , Ontario -

Notes

Campbell's first name, pronounced "Nev", comes from her mother's maiden name.

"I've always been open and respectful of everybody, but now I'm at a place where that's harder. I don't want to put up barriers, but I find myself in circumstances where some people try to be your friend because of who you are, instead of who you are inside. It's hard to believe that a job can cause that to happen in life, but it does." --Neve Campbell quoted in The New York Post, December 19, 1996.

"Lighting candles and believing that you can create a white light around you wards off evil ... I don't believe in set spells or any set religion, but I believe we all have energy we can focus." --Neve Campbell in Interview, January 1997.

"I don't want to be typecast as just one character, and if I find another really fantastic script and it's a choice between that and 'Scream 3', I'll do the other script." --Campbell to The Boston Globe, March 15, 1998.

"I broke a rib three days before I got here to start training with the Joffrey. I was so angry, but there was nothing I could do but rehearse. So now I have a souvenir - a huge calcification on my rib." ---Campbell on rehearsing for "The Company." Premiere December 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Jeff Colt. Actor. Born c. 1964; met c. 1990; married on April 3, 1995; separated in July 1997; filed for divorce in November 1997; divorced on May 8, 1998.
companion:
Matthew Lillard. Actor. Worked together in "Scream" (1996); dated c. 1997-98.
companion:
John Cusack. Actor. Reportedly dating as of late fall 1998; no longer together as of December 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Gerry Campbell. Drama teacher. Divorced from Campbell's mother; remarried; Scottish.
mother:
Marnie Campbell. Yoga instructor. Divorced from Campbell's father; remarried; Dutch.
brother:
Christian Campbell. Actor, producer. Born on May 12, 1972; appeared on "Malibu Shores"; acted together in "Hair Shirt" (1998).
half-brother:
Damian McDonald. Born c. 1982; mother, Marnie Campbell.
half-brother:
Alex Campbell. Actor. Born c. 1984; father, Gerry Campbell.
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