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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 3, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actress, model, food critic

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Although brief, Anna Chlumsky's run as Hollywood's top female child star was memorable, following her scene-stealing portrayal of the loveable mortician's daughter, Vada Sultenfuss, in the 1991 romantic family feature "My Girl." Only 11 years old when she experienced a kind of overnight stardom - and her first onscreen kiss from "My Girl" co-star and fellow child phenomenon, Macauley Culkin - the pouty-lipped young actress with a natural gift for acting and a beauty that belied her age went on to star in the less successful sequel "My Girl 2" (1994), along with appearances in a plethora of movies and television series through the end of the millennium. Unlike other child stars sucked into the spotlight who outgrew their fame and had nothing left to show for it, the bright actress put her acting career on hold in order to pursue an education - and with it, sacrificing her upward trajectory in Hollywood. After returning to the screen in 2005 and once again appearing in a variety of supporting and starring roles, it was clear that her reign as a young A-lister was over. Anna Chlumsky's fame came as quickly as it went - from brilliantly owning scenes in "My Girl," to being relegated to secondary roles in...

Although brief, Anna Chlumsky's run as Hollywood's top female child star was memorable, following her scene-stealing portrayal of the loveable mortician's daughter, Vada Sultenfuss, in the 1991 romantic family feature "My Girl." Only 11 years old when she experienced a kind of overnight stardom - and her first onscreen kiss from "My Girl" co-star and fellow child phenomenon, Macauley Culkin - the pouty-lipped young actress with a natural gift for acting and a beauty that belied her age went on to star in the less successful sequel "My Girl 2" (1994), along with appearances in a plethora of movies and television series through the end of the millennium. Unlike other child stars sucked into the spotlight who outgrew their fame and had nothing left to show for it, the bright actress put her acting career on hold in order to pursue an education - and with it, sacrificing her upward trajectory in Hollywood. After returning to the screen in 2005 and once again appearing in a variety of supporting and starring roles, it was clear that her reign as a young A-lister was over. Anna Chlumsky's fame came as quickly as it went - from brilliantly owning scenes in "My Girl," to being relegated to secondary roles in a hodge-podge of unremarkable films and television shows - but so winning was her performance as Vada, that her once-in-a-lifetime role guaranteed a certain kind of Hollywood immortality.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Pill, The (2011)
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 Good Guy, The (2009)
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 In the Loop (2009)
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 Blood Car (2007)
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 Miracle in the Woods (1997) Gina/Field Pea
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 Child's Wish, A (1997) Missy Chandler
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Appeared in first magazine ad at 10 months old
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Made stage debut as one of the singing/dancing orphans in the musical "Annie" in Chicago, IL
1988:
Appeared with Bob Greene in a Japanese TV commercial
1991:
Made feature film debut as star of "My Girl" opposite Macaulay Culkin
1994:
Reprised role of Vada Sultenfuss in the sequel "My Girl 2"
1995:
Co-starred with Christina Ricci in "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain"
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Stepped away from the spotlight to focus on her education
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After graduating from college, worked in New York City as a researcher for restaurant review guide <i>Zagat</i>
2007:
Returned to acting, appearing on an episode of the NBC drama "Law & Order"
2007:
Guest starred on an episode of NBC's "30 Rock" as the character 'Liz Lemler'
2008:
Starred in the off-Broadway production of "Unconditional" at The Public Theater in New York City
2009:
Played a State Department assistant in the political satire "In The Loop"
2009:
Cast in the off-Broadway revival of Maurine Dallas Watkins' "So Help Me God!" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
2010:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "The Good Guy"
2010:
Cast in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's hit off-Broadway comedy "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at the Westside Theatre
2012:
Co-starred on HBO's "Veep" as the chief of staff of a hapless yet well-meaning U.S. vice president (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
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Education

Walther Lutheran High School: Melrose Park , Illinois -
University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 2002

Notes

Chlumsky has studied singing, ballet, tap, jazz, piano and clarinet.

On acting school: "That's a bunch of stupid stuff. That's for people who think that they're big hotshot professional people. I just want to be a regular kid--and movies are for money."--Anna Chlumsky, quoted in PREMIERE, March 1994

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father:
Frank Chlumsky. Chef, former saxophone player. Divorced from Chlumsky's mother.
mother:
Nancy Chlumsky. Former airline reservation clerk, stage actor, singer, daughter's manager. Divorced from Chlumsky's father; born c. 1952.

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