Name:
Eliza Dushku
Birth Date:
December 30, 1980
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height:
5' 5
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Profession:
actress
Education:
Watertown High
BIOGRAPHY
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Faith

Background:

"I love leather and it's great to be a bad girl at times. But there is a time and place for everything. When I'm with Grandma it's flowers, and when I'm out on the town scoping guys, you know..." Eliza Dushku.

In the WB huge hit series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spin off "Angel," Eliza Dushku was widely recognized for playing the reoccurring role of Buffy's sexy, crooked fellow slayer Faith. First noticed while costarring with Juliette Lewis in her debut film That Night (1992), Dushku recently starred on the Fox television series Tru Calling (2003). She is also credited with such films as This Boy's Life (1993, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio), True Lies (1994, with Arnold Schwarzenegger), Bring It On (2000, costarring Kirsten Dunst) and City by the Sea (2002, starring Robert DeNiro).

"You know, I really am probably one of the sweetest, most sensitive people you'll ever meet." Eliza Dushku

On a personal note, this rising actress reportedly has a sweet relationship with Ralph Lauren model Colby. 5' 5" tall and a brunette, Dushku, who is a good friend of Clare Kramer, was listed as one of Australian Empire Magazine's Sexiest Female Movie Stars and Maxim's 100 Sexiest Women (all in 2002). She was also voted as one of Stuff's Sexiest Women (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003), FHM-USA's 100 Sexiest Women (2002) and FHM's 100 Sexiest Women (2001 and 2002).

Duck Shoot

Childhood and Family:

"I love my family, my fam is the greatest. Any chance I can get to see them, is the coolest thing." Eliza Dushku

Albanian and Danish descendant Eliza Patricia Dushku was born on December 30, 1980, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents are Judy, a university administrator/professor at Suffolk University, and Philip, an administrator/teacher in the Boston Public School system, whom divorced before Eliza was born. The youngest daughter of four siblings, Eliza has three older brothers, Nate Dushku (actor; born on June 8, 1977), Aaron and Ben.

Growing up with her three brothers, Eliza was a tomboy who liked to play football. She also studied the piano, drums and dance (jazz, tap and ballet) as well as performed at the Watertown Children's Theatre.

As for her education, Eliza attended Watertown High School in Watertown, Massachusetts and planned to study English at Suffolk University, which she backed out after winning the role of Faith.

Eliza Dushku, nicknamed Duck Shoot (received the nickname from actor Kevin Smith), is a fan of women's ice hockey. Off screen, she did a political, social and economic study of women in post-apartheid South Africa alongside her mother and started a summer camp, Camp Hale: the Eliza Dushku Foundation, with her father. She also sometimes acts on stage at the Children's Theatre signing for the deaf. The owner of a German shepherd/husky/beagle mix named Korbit (lives in Utah), Eliza currently resides with her Golden-Retriever (Max Factor) in Vancouver, Canada.

Tru Calling

Career:

"There's a lot of actresses out there who are the girl next door. I relate more to characters who have an edge." Eliza Dushku

Discovered by a commercial producer when she followed brother Nate to an audition, 10-year-old Eliza Dushku debuted on the silver screen playing Alice Bloom in the 1961 coming-of-age drama That Night (1992), costarring Juliette Lewis. She followed it up with the feature role of Robert De Niro's daughter and Leonardo DiCaprio's younger stepsister in Michael Caton-Jones' This Boy's Life (1993) and became Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis' daughter in James Cameron's blockbuster action film True Lies (1994).

On the small screen, Dushku was cast as Cat in the CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Journey" (1995). In that same year, she portrayed Paul Reiser's troubled teen daughter, Emma Carlson, in the family comedy feature Bye Bye, Love. She also acted as Cindy Johnson in the Hawaii-set teen comedy-drama Race the Sun (1996), with Halle Berry and Jim Belushi.

A few months after graduating high school in 1998, Dushku landed her breakout role as Buffy's sexy and crooked fellow slayer Faith in the WB's cult hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Originally written in for only a few episodes, character Faith turned out to be a reoccurring role. On winning the role of Faith, Dushku said, "It was just supposed to be for a couple of shows, but then I went bad and hooked up with the evil mayor and became Buffy's enemy. The next thing I know, I'm a regular."

Dushku added to her acting resume such films as Switch (1999, a.k.a. The Last Nine Months), the cheerleading comedy Bring It On (2000, opposite Kirsten Dunst), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001, with Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck) and the teen horror flop Soul Survivors (2001). She also appeared in the teen comedy The New Guy (2002) and reunited with former costar actor Robert DeNiro and director Michael Caton-Jones in the crime drama City by the Sea (2002), playing James Franco's junkie girlfriend.

2003 saw Dushku sharing the screen with Jeremy Sisto and Desmond Harrington in the teen thriller Wrong Turn (as Jessie) and with Billy Zane and Terence Stamp in Gorman Bechard's independent comedy/drama The Kiss (played Megan). She also nabbed the titular role of Tru Davies, a medical grad student who works at a city morgue and has the power to relive the past, in Fox's 2003 TV series "Tru Calling."

Dushku then appeared as a guest in Ashton Kutcher's "Punk'd" in March 2003 and in an episode of "That '70s Show" in February 2005.

"Go big or go home. Because it's true. What do you have to lose?" Eliza Dushku

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