White Oleander's Daughter
Palm Springs native actress Alison Lohman became famous after portraying Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter, Astrid Magnussen, in White Oleander (2002). She was also noticed in Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men (2003, opposite Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell) and Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003, played a young Jessica Lange). Lohman dots her resume with such recent and upcoming films as Where the Truth Lies (2005, also starring Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Rachel Blanchard), The Big White (2005, with Robin Williams and Giovanni Ribisi) and Flicka (2006).
On stage, young Lohman garnered praised after portraying the title character in a production of "Annie" (1991). Due to her bright performance, she took home the Desert Theater League's award.
Initially, she was seen in "The Sound of Music" at Palm Desert's McCallum Theater and had also appeared in 12 different stage productions by the time she was 17.
The Sound of Music
Childhood and Family:
In Palm Springs, California, Alison Marion Lohman was born on September 18, 1979. Alhough she was raised in a family with no connection to the entertainment industry, Alison always wanted to perform. To help fulfill her desire, she studied acting, ballet and dance.
As a young girl, Alison started her acting career in local theater when she played the youngest daughter, Gretyl, in a production of "The Sound of Music" at Palm Desert's McCallum Theater, and went on to perform in a number of other productions. In her senior year of high school, Alison won an award from the National Foundation of the Advancement of the Arts and received a scholarship to the New York University School of the Arts. Upon graduation, however, she turned down the scholarship and relocated to Los Angeles for an acting career. She attended a session of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Alison currently resides in Los Angeles, but travels home frequently to visit her family in Palm Springs. In her free time, she enjoys such hobbies as ballet, horseback riding and playing guitar.
Alison Lohman initiated acting at the Palm Desert's McCallum Theater at age nine when she landed her first professional stage role as the youngest daughter, Gretyl, in a production of "The Sound of Music" (1988). By age 11, Lohman had already made a name for herself on stage after portraying the title character in "Annie" (1991), in which she netted the Desert Theater League's award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Lohman continued to hone in on her acting in 12 different productions before she left her hometown for Hollywood.
1998 was Lohman's breakaway year. After guest starring roles in the television series "Pacific Blue" and "7th Heaven," she landed her feature-acting debut in the unremarkable alien film Kraa! The Sea Monster (1998). The following year, Lohman played bit parts in The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Auteur Theory (1999) and Planet Patrol (1999), and had a recurring role in "Safe Harbor" (1999).
Lohman moved on to a more prominent role when she was cast as lead Beth Moss, a teenager suffering from anorexia, in the made-for-TV film Sharing the Secret (2000). She next was seen as a series regular in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Tucker" (2000) after portraying Courtney Hunter in the motion picture The Million Dollar Kid (2000).
In the year 2001, Lohman was involved in the festival screened films Delivering Milo (2001) and Alex in Wonder (2001, as Camelia). The same year saw her costarring as young daughter Lily McAllister in the Fox television series " Pasadena" (2001).
After a role in the forgettable White Boy (2002), Lohman's big break eventually arrived with White Oleander (2002). Allison portrayed Michelle Pfeiffer's troubled daughter, Astrid Magnussen.
Her turn as a teenager who sees her mom arrested for murder and lives through a series of foster homes, attracted the heart of audiences.
Lohman followed her success with a costarring role, opposite Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell, in Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men (2003). In the film, she portrayed 14-year-old Angela who wants to meet the father she never knew. She next portrayed the young version of Jessica Lange in director Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003).
Disappearing from the screen for almost two years, Lohman made her return in 2005 with a starring role, opposite Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Rachel Blanchard, in the adaptation of Rupert Holmes' novel Where the Truth Lies (2005). She also played the lead of Tiffany in The Big White (2005, also starring Robin Williams and Giovanni Ribisi). The actress will soon star in the upcoming Flicka (2006, plays Katie).