PROFILE
Name:
Azura Skye
Birth Date:
November 8, 1981
Birth Place:
Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA
Height:
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Azura Skye
Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane

Background:

“I get compared to Uma Thurman sometimes - the Uma in Pulp Fiction.” Azura Skye

American actress Azura Skye first came to prominence as the cynical Jane Cooper on the WB television sitcom “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane” (1999-2000), where she was nominated for a YoungStar Award for her performance. In a more recent time, she is known for playing Laura Kightlinger's editor in IFC's “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman” (2006-2007). Her television credits also include recurring roles in “CSI: Miami” (2003-2005) and “American Horror Story” (2011) and guest spots in “Touched by an Angel,” “Smallville,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “House M.D.,” “Bones,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Cold Case,” among other shows. Skye has starred in many films, including “28 Days” (2000), “Carolina” (2003), “The Wendell Baker Story” (2005), “Sexual Life” (2005), “Heavens Fall” (2006),  “What We Do Is Secret” (2007), “One Missed Call” (2008) and “20 Years After” (2008).

On her personal life, Skye was once romantically involved with actor Randy Spelling, the son of the late producing giant Aaron Spelling and the brother of former “90210” star Tori Spelling.


Dawn Storozynski

Childhood and Family:

“I was lucky to have really creative, artistic parents. They very much believed in education through art.” Azura Skye

Azura Skye was born Azura Dawn Storozynski on November 8, 1981, in her grandmother's home in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. Her parents were gemologists and named her for the semi precious gem, azurite. Her grandfather, Brad Johnson, who passed away before her birth, played Lofty Craig on the 1950s children's Western series “Annie Oakley.”

Azura started acting in community theater at the age of 3 and toured Europe with the Santa Monica Playhouse theatre group when she was 7. By age 15, she had added the screen to her endeavors. Azura graduated from the Brentwood High School in Brentwood, California.    


One Missed Call

Career:

Having been performing since age 3, Azura Skye made her first television appearance in an episode of Steven Bochco's “Total Security” called “A Man for Half a Season” (1997) when she was 15 years old. She followed it up with guest spots in the hit CBS series “Touched by an Angel” where she portrayed the character China in the episode “Children of the Night” (1997), and in the David E. Kelley medical drama series “Chicago Hope” (1997). The same year, she also made her television film debut in Horton Foote's  “Alone” (Showtime), opposite Hume Cronyn, James Earl Jones and Ed Begley Jr. She then portrayed Jet, a young runaway, in the CBS television film “Cab to Canada” (1998), starring Maureen O'Hara, Jason Beghe and Catherine Bell.

Skye's first big break on television arrived when she landed the starring role of Jane Cooper, Jack's sarcastic and cynical twin sister on the WB teen sitcom “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane,” opposite Selma Blair as Zoe Bean, David Moscow as Duncan Milch and Michael Rosenbaum as Jack Cooper. The show ran for two seasons between January 1999 and June 2000. She was nominated for a YoungStar Award in the category of Best Performance by a 1999 Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series for her performance. Commenting on the series, she stated, “Well, I was never really aware that we had fans. I mean, of course we had a few but the show never did as well as the WB had hoped. We did two seasons and we sort of knew it was coming to an end. They sort of tried to revamp it by making us all older and changing the name a little bit. I think that ended up confusing people more than anything. We were all ready to move on when the show was over.”

Skye ventured into the big screen with a bit part as interview teenager in Rod Howard'scomedy,  “Edtv,” opposite Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Sally Kirkland, Elizabeth Hurley, Clint Howard, and Dennis Hopper. The film was a box office bomb and earned mixed reviews from critics. Later that same year, she had a supporting role on the thriller movie “Dementia,” which was co-written and directed by Woody Keith.  She delivered a memorable turn as a 17 year old heroin addict in the Betty Thomas directed drama film “28 Days” (2000), starring Sandra Bullock. The film grossed over $62 million worldwide against a production budget of $43 million.     

After guest starring in the television series “Batman Beyond” (2000, as the voice of Deanna Clay) and “Gideon's Crossing” (2001, as Haley), Skye starred with Rider Strong and Christine Lakin in “Buck Naked Arson” (2001), a drama/comedy film directed and penned by Amy Snow, and appeared with Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Garry Shandlin in Peter Chelsom's critically and commercially failure, “Town & Country” (2001) and then with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett in Barry Levinson's crime/drama “Bandits” (2001). She also had small parts in the D.J. Caruso neo-noir film “The Salton Sea” (2002), starring Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio, and in the popular film adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel, “Red Dragon” (2002), directed by Brett Ratner and starring Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton. 2002 also saw Skye in several television productions. She played Irish Fisher, the titular character in the ABC made for television movie “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister,” opposite Stockard Channing as Margarethe, Emma Poole as Ruth, Jenna Harrison as Clara, Jonathan Pryce as Schoonmaker, and Matthew Goode as Casper, and had a recurring role as Cassie Newton in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”She also appeared in episodes of “Smallville” (as Amy Palmer), “John Doe” (as Karen) and “Judging Amy” (as Rhonda Petty).  

In 2003, Skye landed a recurring role as Susie Barnam Keaton in the CBS series “CSI: Miami,” in which she appeared  in four episodes until 2005, and appeared as Amber in an episode of “The Handler” called “Homewrecker's Ball.” The same year, she also appeared with Matthew Modine, Sasha Alexander and Enrico Colantoni in the television film “Expert Witness” and portrayed Georgia Mirabeau in the Marleen Gorris directed romance/comedy film “Carolina,” starring Julia Stiles as the title character.

Next up for Skye, the actress portrayed May in the comedy/drama film “The Wendell Baker Story” (2005), which was directed by star Luke Wilson and his eldest brother Andrew Wilson and written by Luke, had the leading role of Lorna in Ken Kwapis' comedy/drama film, “Sexual Life” (2005), opposite Carla Gallo, Anne Heche, Elizabeth Banks, Tom Everett Scott, and Steven Weber, worked with Bruce McGill and A.J. Buckley in the short film “Why Don't You Dance?” (2005) and starred as Janet in the short “Laying Down Arms” (2005), by Carol Schreder. 2005 also saw her play Marissa in an episode of “1-800-Missing.”    

Skye returned to series television as a regular with the IFC hit comedy series “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman” (2006-2007), which was co-written, executive produced by and starring Laura Kightlinger as aspiring screenwriter Jackie Woodman. She played Skyler, Jackie's editor and a trendy, superficial bitch. 2007 saw Skye guest star in television series like “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “House M.D.” (as Irene), “Bones” (as Amber Kippler), “Ghost Whisperer” (as Sophie Owens). On the big screen, Skye appeared with Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon and Shea Whigham in “Wristcutters: A Love Story” (2006), supported  Gina Philips, Adam Rodriguez and Rachel Miner in Jessica Kavana's “Love and Debate” (2006), played Ruby Bates in “Heavens Fall” (2006), which based on the Scottsboro Boys incident of 1931, and starred as Casey Cola in “What We Do Is Secret” (2007), a biographical film about Darby Crash (played by Shane West), singer of the late 1970s Los Angeles punk rock band the Germs.

In 2008, Skye was cast as Leann Cole in the American remake of the Japanese film, “One Missed Call,” opposite Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancón and Ray Wise, and starred as Sarah in the post-apocalyptic film “20 Years After,” with Joshua Leonard and Nathan Baesel. She then appeared in the short film “Two Other Dreams,” directed and co-written by Arden Wohl, and  guest starred as in television series such as “The Mentalist” (2009, as Tamzin Dove), “Hawthorne” (2009, as Mary Barth), “Cold Case” (2010, as Claire Shepard) and “ American Dad!” (2011, as the voice of Cookie). In 2011, Skye played Fiona in four episodes of  FX's anthology horror/drama series,  “American Horror Story,” starring Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton.

Recently, in 2012, Skye has completed filming the supporting role of May in the drama film “Least Among Saints,” directed and written by star Marty Papazian.

“You constantly have to do different work and reinvent yourself and your characters as much as you can. I’d like to think I’m in it for the long haul. It’s more important to be doing this when I’m 60 than to be on the cover of Rolling Stone by the time I’m 22.” Azura Skye     


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