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Also Known As: Alison A Elliott Died:
Born: May 19, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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A native of San Francisco, Alison Elliot moved with her family to Japan when she was four years old, and did not return until she was eight. She went on to become an Eileen Ford model--for Jordache jeans, among others--at age 14. By her mid-20s, this attractive brunette with striking blue eyes was a rising leading lady after her performances in "The Underneath" (1995) and "The Spitfire Grill" (1996).Elliot first won notice in 1989 when she made her TV series debut in the short- lived ABC sitcom "Living Dolls". Along with Halle Berry, she was one of four young models living with and being groomed by Michael Learned. In some ways, the series mirrored Elliott's own life, as she had lived with agent Eileen Ford while breaking into modeling while still a teenager. In 1990, Elliot had a small role in "Perfect Date", an "ABC Afterschool Special". Her other TV roles have included Peggy Ann Buckey, the daughter of the family accused of child molestation, in "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (HBO, 1995) and as one of five Americans who launch themselves into English society in the BBC production "The Buccaneers" (shown in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" in 1995).Elliott's early forays into feature films...

A native of San Francisco, Alison Elliot moved with her family to Japan when she was four years old, and did not return until she was eight. She went on to become an Eileen Ford model--for Jordache jeans, among others--at age 14. By her mid-20s, this attractive brunette with striking blue eyes was a rising leading lady after her performances in "The Underneath" (1995) and "The Spitfire Grill" (1996).

Elliot first won notice in 1989 when she made her TV series debut in the short- lived ABC sitcom "Living Dolls". Along with Halle Berry, she was one of four young models living with and being groomed by Michael Learned. In some ways, the series mirrored Elliott's own life, as she had lived with agent Eileen Ford while breaking into modeling while still a teenager. In 1990, Elliot had a small role in "Perfect Date", an "ABC Afterschool Special". Her other TV roles have included Peggy Ann Buckey, the daughter of the family accused of child molestation, in "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (HBO, 1995) and as one of five Americans who launch themselves into English society in the BBC production "The Buccaneers" (shown in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" in 1995).

Elliott's early forays into feature films were minor, including "Monkey Trouble" and playing the wife of Morgan Earp (Linden Ashby) in Lawrence Kasdan's "Wyatt Earp" (both 1994). Director Steven Soderbergh cast her in "The Underneath" (1995), as a sultry femme fatale involved with both William Fichtner and Peter Gallagher. Good notices helped lead to Lee David Zlotoff's independent "The Spitfire Grill" (1996). Cast as Percy Talbott, an Appalachian woman recently released from a prison, the actress more than held her own with such veterans as Will Paton and Ellen Burstyn. She made a return to period pieces as an American heiress alongside Linus Roache and Helena Bonham Carter in Iain Softley's "Wings of the Dove" (1997), based on the Henry James novel. Elliott had the dual role of an Irish woman and her doppelganger in "Michael Almereyda's 'The Mummy'" (also 1997).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Magic Valley (2011)
3.
4.
 Birth (2004) Laura
5.
 Wrinkle in Time, A (2004) Mrs Who
6.
 Red Betsy (2003) Winifred Rounds
7.
 Miracle Worker, The (2000) Annie Sullivan
8.
 Trance (1998) Niamh; Nora
9.
 The Wings of the Dove (1997) Millie Theale
10.
 Spitfire Grill, The (1996) Percy Talbott
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Milestones close milestones

1984:
Began career as model
1984:
Spent summers in Tokyo and Paris on modeling shoots
1989:
TV series debut, "Living Dolls" (ABC), played model
1990:
Had small role in "Perfect Date", an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1990:
Cast in first feature role in "Colors of Love/Pretty Hattie's Baby"; film completed, but never released
1993:
Feature acting debut, "Monkey Trouble"
1994:
Portrayed Lou, wife of Linden Ashby's Morgan Earp in Lawrence Kasdan's "Wyatt Earp"
1995:
Played female lead in Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath"
1996:
Starred in "The Spitfire Grill"
1997:
Played American heiress in "Wings of the Dove"
2000:
Portrayed Annie Sullivan in the ABC remake of "The Miracle Worker"
2004:
Cast in "Birth" starring Niccole Kidman, Cameron Bright and Danny Huston; helmed by Jonathan Glazer
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Education

Urban School: San Francisco , California -

Notes

Steven Soderbergh on his first impression of Elliot: "I thought, 'Oh my God, it's Lauren Bacall!' She really had that vibe. I was lookin g for an unknown . . . I wanted no baggage. I thought she was very good at appearing opaque without being uninteresting. I sensed subtext and an inner life, and that's what I was looking for. I thought she was very good at being difficult to read, and I wanted someone who was plausibly attractive, not in that cliched sort of supermodel kind of way." --quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 18, 1996.

"One of the things I love about Alison is that her face isn't the same way twice. . . In some scenes, she looks pretty and vulnerable. In others, you think this is a tough girl. She could be dangerous." --Director Lee David Zlotoff on Elliott in "The Spitfire Grill", quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, August 18, 1996

"At the premiere (of 'Spitfire Grill') I was sitting in the back . . . and there were moments when I asked myself, 'Why did they leave me onscreen so long? Nobody wants to look at me so much'. But when at the end everyone was cheering I was in shock. I thought, Wow, if all thse supposedly jaded New York and L.A. critics are affected like this by the film, I would love for the rest of the country to see it, too." --Alison Elliot in INTERVIEW, September 1996.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Elliot. Computer executive.
mother:
Barbara Elliot. Nursing instructor.
sister:
Elizabeth Anne Elliott. Child model. Born in January 1968.
sister:
Janine F Elliott. Younger.
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