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Also Known As: Eliza Patricia Dushku Died:
Born: December 30, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

An alluring lead with a knack for playing dangerous females, actress Eliza Dushku rose to popularity on the strength of her performances on youth-oriented television series like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2003) and features like "Bring It On" (2001) and "Wrong Turn" (2003). Dushku began her professional career as an adolescent with supporting roles in "True Lies" (1995) and "Bye Bye Love" (1996), but "Buffy" producer Joss Whedon gave her a defining role as rebellious Slayer Faith on his popular horror-adventure show. Its success translated into a string of features in the early part of the new millennium, but television appeared to hold more interest for the actress. However, both of her turns as series star struggled mightily to find audiences; "Tru Calling" (Fox, 2003-05) folded after just two seasons, while "Dollhouse" (Fox, 2009- ), which marked her reunion with Whedon, barely escaped cancellation after its debut. Despite these setbacks, Dushku remained exceptionally popular with audiences, and assured her status as one of Hollywood's most appealing young performers.

An alluring lead with a knack for playing dangerous females, actress Eliza Dushku rose to popularity on the strength of her performances on youth-oriented television series like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2003) and features like "Bring It On" (2001) and "Wrong Turn" (2003). Dushku began her professional career as an adolescent with supporting roles in "True Lies" (1995) and "Bye Bye Love" (1996), but "Buffy" producer Joss Whedon gave her a defining role as rebellious Slayer Faith on his popular horror-adventure show. Its success translated into a string of features in the early part of the new millennium, but television appeared to hold more interest for the actress. However, both of her turns as series star struggled mightily to find audiences; "Tru Calling" (Fox, 2003-05) folded after just two seasons, while "Dollhouse" (Fox, 2009- ), which marked her reunion with Whedon, barely escaped cancellation after its debut. Despite these setbacks, Dushku remained exceptionally popular with audiences, and assured her status as one of Hollywood's most appealing young performers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Eloise (2014)
2.
 Scribbler, The (2013)
3.
 Coverup, The (2011)
4.
 Bottle Shock (2008)
5.
 On Broadway (2008)
6.
7.
 Coverup, The (2008)
8.
 Nobel Son (2007)
9.
10.
 Wrong Turn (2003) Jessie Burlingame
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Appeared on stage at the Watertown Children's Theater
1991:
Feature debut in the coming-of-age drama "That Night" opposite Juliette Lewis (released in 1993)
1993:
Had a featured role in "This Boy's Life" as the daughter of Robert De Niro's character
1994:
Cast as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis' daughter in "True Lies"
1995:
Had an early TV credit in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Journey"
1995:
Played Paul Reiser's troubled daughter in the divorce-themed feature "Bye Bye, Love"
1996:
Acted in the ensemble of the Hawaii-set teen comedy-drama "Race the Sun"
1998:
Had a recurring role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB) as a morally corrupt fellow slayer named Faith
2000:
Reprised the role of Faith in a two-episode arc on the "Buffy" spin-off "Angel" (WB)
2000:
Co-starred with Kirsten Dunst in the cheereading comedy "Bring It On"
2001:
Cast in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2002:
Re-teamed with Robert De Niro in the crime drama "City By the Sea"
2002:
Acted in the teen comedy "The New Guy"
2003:
Co-starred in the indie horror thriller "Wrong Turn"
2003:
Cast as a city morgue worker who relives the past in "Tru Calling" (FOX)
2005:
Starred in the off-Broadway production, "Dog Sees God"
2007:
Co-starred with Macaulay Culkin in the dark comedy, "Sex and Breakfast"
2008:
Co-starred in "Nobel Son" opposite Alan Rickman, Danny DeVito and Bill Pullman
2008:
Co-starred in the independent feature, "On Broadway"
2008:
Re-teamed with Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman in "Bottle Shock"
2009:
Played the main character in Joss Whedon's short-lived FOX series, "Dollhouse"; also executive produced
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Education

Watertown High School: Watertown , Massachusetts -

Notes

"There's a lot of actresses out there who are girl next door. I relate more to characters who have an edge." --Eliza Dusku quoted in Movieline, August 2000.

"It's my apology to Mormons." --Dushku on her grandmother-pleasing role as a cheerleader in "Bring it On", following her decidedly dark supernatural turn on "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer", quoted in Interview, September 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Colby. Model. Featured in Ralph Lauren advertisements.
companion:
Scott Sartiano. Restaurateur. Co-owner of the trendy East Village restaurant Butter; dated summer 2003.

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brother:
Nate Dushku. Actor. Older; featured in "Antitrust" (2001).

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