Anna Chlumsky
Birth Date:
December 3, 1980
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 2''
Famous for:
Her role as Vada Margaret Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991)
University of Chicago (majored in International Studies; graduated in 2002)
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My Girl


“When I see some of these actors that come onto the scene as children fail, it breaks my heart because they put everything into their career, not into their life. I was taught that acting is a career, not a defining factor of which I was to be judged.” Anna Chlumsky

Advertising model-turned-actress Anna Chlumsky had her first brush with fame at age 11 years old with her memorable role of Vada Sultenfuss in “My Girl” (1991), opposite “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin. A relatively newcomer, she won her first Young Artist Award and shared an MTV Movie Award for her work in the movie. The beautiful child performer picked up her second Young Artist Award in the installment “My Girl 2” (1994). A four-time Young Artist Award winner, she collected her third and forth trophies for playing the neglected tomboy in the adventure “Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain” (1995) and guest starring in the Jeremy Piven comedy series “Cupid” (1998).

Following a long hiatus, 27 year old Chlumsky headlined the Alex Orr acclaimed independent film “Blood Car,” opposite Mike Brune, and appeared in episodes of “Law & Order” and “30 Rock” (all 2007). Recently playing Chelsea in “Eavesdrop” (2008), she is set to have roles in Matthew William Jordan's “My Sweet Misery” (2009), Armando Iannucci's “In the Loop” (2009) and Julio DePietro's “The Good Guy” (2009).

5' 2” Chlumsky became engaged to Chinese-American Shaun So in October 2007. Her fiancé is an Army reserve member who once served in Afghanistan. Like her father, Shaun's father is also a chef and has a Chinese restaurant in Topsham, Maine, named “China Town.” Clumsky is very close friends with Elijah Wood.

“I pray every night. I just talk to God and I can go to sleep. I don't worry anymore.” Anna Chlumsky

Chlumsky supports the Make a Wish Foundation and the Pediatric AIDS foundation.

The Chicago native, who ranked No. 3 on the Teen People magazine's list of “20 Freshest Faces” in 2003, resides in New York City. She enjoys tennis, basketball and roller skating and mentions “The Hobbit,” “Jurassic Park,” “Genius” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” as her favorite books. She loves to watch her favorite movies like the “Star Wars” trilogy, “The Godfather,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Braveheart” and “Lonestar,” and idolizes Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Danny Glover, Judy Garland, Angela Basset, Forrest Whitaker, and Gary Sinise, among others. Chlumsky's favorite bands and singers include The Beatles, ABBA, Elton John, Alan Jackson, and Simon & Garfunkel.

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Childhood and Family:

Anna Chlumsky was born on December 3, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Frank Chlumsky, owns a restaurant in Wisconsin and is a culinary instructor in Chicago at Kendall College. Her mother is Nancy L. Chlumsky, who became her manager and coach. Her parents are divorced.

Anna attended Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest, Illinois, for grade school. She then went to Walther Lutheran High School where the active girl became involved in acting. She was also active in band and on the volleyball team. In 2002, Anna received a degree in international studies from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, Anna, who once was inspired to become a paleontologist, worked for the Museum of Natural History, in which she classified fish.

In the Loop


Anna Chlumsky broke into the entertainment industry at a very young age. Registered with an agency at age 3 months old, the cute baby modeled in print advertisements by age 10 months old and went on to sporadically pick up modeling assignments for the next six or seven years. In 1988, at age 8, she appeared with Bob Greene in a Japanese television commercial for a book.

Chlumsky moved on to the big screen a year later when she had a bit part in the John Hughes comedy “Uncle Buck” (1989), starring John Candy. Her big breakthrough arrived when director Howard Zieff selected her among thousands of aspiring actresses to play the starring role of Vada Sultenfuss in “My Girl” (1991). Starring opposite juvenile superstar Macauley Culkin, she received a lot of press coverage for her onscreen kiss with Culkin, an event which also won the two an MTV Movie award for Best Kiss. Chlumsky was also handed a Special Award for Most Promising Young Newcomer from the Young Artist Awards and two MTV Movie nominations in the categories of Best Breakthrough Performance and Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Culkin).

“I really don't like to do back-to-back movies. I concentrate on things at home. My family and school life are important to me. I try to do one movie a year.” Anna Chlumsky

Despite her success with “My Girl,” Chlumsky had no intentions of pursuing an acting career aggressively. She resurfaced three years later when she reprised the role of Vada Sultenfuss for the sequel “My Girl 2” (1994). The performance again won her a Young Artist Award, this time for Best Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture. Also in 1994, Chlumsky starred as Elizabeth Martin in the based-on-novel “Trading Mom,” opposite Sissy Spacek.

Chlumsky scored her next victory with the 1995 adventure “Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain,” in which she starred alongside Christina Ricci. She took home a Young Artist for Best Young Leading Actress - Feature Film for her performance. Two years later, Chlumsky made her TV movie debut with “A Child's Wish” (1997), a drama directed by Waris Hussein and penned by Susan Nanus. Starring as Missy, the daughter of John Ritter and Tess Harper, she was nominated for a 1998 Young Artist in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young Actress.

Still in 1997, Chlumsky appeared in television’s “Miracle in the Woods,” which was nominated for the Best Family TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Network category at the1998 Young Artist Awards. As Gina /Field Pea, she was cast opposite Meredith Baxter, Della Reese and Patricia Heaton. The impressive girl followed it up with guest spots in the TV series “Cupid” and “Early Edition” (both 1998), where she played Jill and Megan Clark, respectively. For her acting in the first show, she was handed a 1999 Young Artist for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress.

From 1999 to 2002, Chlumsky took a break from acting to attend college. She, however, managed to appear in her school's theater productions of “Words, Words, Words,” “Orestes,” “Into The Woods” and “Nine.” After receiving her degree, she moved to New York City and worked as a researcher for Zagat, a restaurant review company, and as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers. She did not resurface on screen until 2005 when she teamed up with Tyson Beckford and Deby Mazar for the short film “Wait.”

Chlumsky returned to television two years later with a part in the comedy series “Eight Days a Week,” opposite Zibby Allen, Derrex Brady and Jerrika Hinton, and in an episode of the NBC long running show “Law & Order,” playing Mary Calvin. She also played Liz Lemler in an episode of “30 Rock” called “The Fighting Irish,” which aired on March 8, 2007. On the silver screen, she starred with Mike Brune in the comedy “Blood Car” (2007).

28-year-old Chlumsky next portrayed Chelsea in Matthew Miele's “Eavesdrop” (2008), which also starred Alejandra Ambrosi, Lana Antonova and Josh Barrett. She was then spotted on stage starring in an off-Broadway production of “Unconditional,” by Brett C. Leonard, at The Public Theater.

Chlumsky has completed shooting “My Sweet Misery” (2009), which was written and directed by Matthew William Jordan. In the movie, she plays Chloe, opposite Zach Hanks as Sam. She will also costar with James Gandolfini and Steve Coogan in the BBC Films' political satire “In the Loop” (2009). Additionally, Chlumsky has a supporting role in the comedy “The Good Guy” (2009), starring Scott Porter as an emerging young star on Wall Street. Directed and written by Julio DePietro, the film also stars Alexis Bledel and Bryan Greenberg.


  • Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress, “Cupid,” 1999

  • Young Artist: Best Young Leading Actress - Feature Film, “Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain,” 1996

  • Young Artist: Best Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture, “My Girl 2,” 1995

  • Young Artist: Special Award, Most Promising Young Newcomer, “My Girl,” 1993

  • MTV Movie: Best Kiss, “My Girl,” 1992

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