Thora Birch: Latest victim of the 'American Beauty' kid-star career curse?

Remember how fantastic Thora Birch was in American Beauty? And Ghost World? It really felt like she was going to be the Next Big Thing. Read the full post.

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  • Jeff C.

    It’s all about marketing. Look at Scarlett Johanson’s career (alumni from Ghost World). Not so talented, but enhanced her breasts and lips, and voila, movie star. The early studio system days was all about marketing and selling the stars and it hasn’t changed. Thora just didn’t go that route.

  • richie

    I love her, and her ‘fivehead’ – she’ll bounce back. She’s talented and subtle. She’ll do fine, eventually.

  • Tammy

    I wondered about the “what happened to Wes Bentley” thing too until I saw a screening of “My Big Break” which is a documentary that answers that exact question. it follows Wes even before he got the part in American Beauty and then shows how it affected him. Thora probably dealt with some of the same stuff that Wes did. Too much too fast. It’s an old story in Hollywood. too bad though because Thora and Wes are both super talented.

  • Emes

    Did anyone become a star because of American Beauty? It was a creepy movie. Hope things work out for this young lady. May be a blessing things in the movies aren’t.

  • Rabbit

    Good in American Beauty? Good in Ghost World? Hell, children, I remember her on television as a toddler in a daycare and stealing the show from Doug Sheehan and Julia Louis Dreyfuss! This girl is a talent that Hollywood has yet to fully incorporate/tap/acknowledge. We can all just hope that they get their collective thumbs out of their bums and get with it!

  • Carlos Balbás-Espín

    No matter what some idiots who probably are not exactly hotties themselves say, she’s a great actress and she proved it in both ‘American Beauty’ and ‘Ghost World’.
    Maybe Alan Ball could give her a meaty part in ‘True Blood’. Or she could audition for talented cretors whose work feature interesting female characters like Tarantino, Woody Allen, or even take the Scarlett route with Sofia Coppola. Oh, or Diablo Cody!!!
    Any of those would propel her to bounce back in stronger shape.

  • hellojello

    Chris Cooper’s doing great, as are Alison Janney and Scott Bakula. But I guess the key word there was “CHILD” stars of AB.

  • Rich

    Come to think of it, Kevin Spacey’s been making nothing but crappy movies since AB too!
    As for Mena, she got the double whammy of AB curse AND American Pie curse. (Strangely immune… Alyson Hannigan, probably due to her Buffy antibiotics, and…. Stifler?!?)

  • Jason S.

    U h Mena Suvari wasn’t a child actor in that movie. She was like 22-24 range wasn’t she? Thora was 16 though
    Ghost world will never be topped. She was awesome in that but Scarlett was the one that became a superstar. I guess America and Hollywood always go for the drop dead gorgeous over the talented.

  • Byron

    I blame her appearance in Limp Bizkit’s “Eat You Alive” video. I don’t have anything to back that up, I just hate that Fred Durst is directing and appeared on “House” for two episodes, while Thora has nothing.

  • Rita

    I loved Thora Birch since Hocus Pocus, and Ghost World is one of my favorites. I too thought she would be a mega star by now. The Hole was pretty good, and is the last movie I saw her in. I agree she’d be great for a comeback on a HBO or Showtime series. Her upcoming stuff does not look promising…”Cavegirl”…no, please, no!

  • Michael

    I loved her in the 1993 Bette Midler movie, “Hocus Pocus”.

  • Bryan

    She has the talent but wasn’t she in some lame Dungeon and Dragon’s movie also? She’s been great at playing the same type of character

  • Eddy

    “Jake Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 02:13 PM EST
    You people are cruel! Thora Birch had real acting chops — unlike Scarlet the harlot who died her hair blonde and made naked magazine covers to get famous. I like both actors, but one took the hollywood route of showin’ yer tits — and one did not. Yeeea, Hollywood. You’re slimeytown.”
    Wasnt Thora the one who showed her breats on screen while Scarlett is yet to do so?? Yeah thought so too.

  • beebeedoo

    Blame it on her agents………

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