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    • Alison has twice played a character with the surname Burns- once in Dan in Real Life (Jane Burns), and once in Pieces of April (Beth Burns).

    • Besides her work in TV series, Alison also worked as an actress in the following movies:
      - Dan in Real Life (2007) as Jane Burns (as of Mar 07 this movie is completed)
      - One Way to Valhalla (2007) as Dale (as of Mar 07 this movie is completed)
      - Dear Wendy (2005) as Susan
      - Plain Truth (2004 - TV movie) as Katie Fitch
      - A Separate Peace (2004 - TV movie) as Beth
      - The Crypt Club (2004) as Liesl
      - Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) as Ella
      - An Unexpected Love (2003 - TV movie) as Samantha Mayer
      - Fast Food High (2003) as Emma Redding
      - Pieces of April (2003) as Beth Burns
      - Perfect Pie (2002) as Marie at the age of 15
      - The Pilot's Wife (2002 - TV movie) as Mattie Lyons
      - What Girls Learn (2001 - TV movie) as Tilden
      - Midwives (2001 - TV movie) as Constance 'Connie' Danforth
      - Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001 - TV movie) as Young Lorna Luft
      - Baby (2000 - TV movie) as Larkin Malone
      - The Other Me (2000 - TV movie) as Allana Browning
      - The Dinosaur Hunter (2000 - TV movie) as Julia
      - Skipped Parts (2000) as Chuckette Morris
      - Redwall: The Movie (2000 - TV movie) as Cornflower
      - A Holiday Romance (1999 - TV movie) as Fern
      - Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999) as Shapiro/Marfa
      - The Life Before This (1999) as Jessica
      - Different (1999 - TV movie) as Sally
      - God's New Plan (1999 - TV movie) as Samantha Hutton
      - What Katy Did (1999 - TV movie) as Katy Carr
      - Locked in Silence (1999 - TV movie) as Lacey
      - Dear America: A Journey to the New World (1999 - TV movie) as Remember Patience Whipple/Mem
      - Stranger in Town (1998 - TV movie) as Hetty
      - Degas and the Dancer (1998 - TV movie) as Marie von Goetham
      - You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Camping Party (1998) as Friend #2

    • Alison studied dance in the National Ballet School and was part of the Toronto's Children's Chorus.

    • In 2000, Alison was nominated and won the Burbank International Children's Film Festival Film Award for Best Child Actress Performance for her part in the 2000 TV movie The Dinosaur Hunter.

    • She goes by the nicknames of Ali and Al.

    • In 2000, Alison was nominated for the Young Artist Award in the category Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot - Supporting Young Actress for her part as Marie von Goetham in the 1998 TV movie Degas and the Dancer.

    • Alison is a big fan of the band Coldplay.

    • In the 2004 movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Alison plays Ella. When auditing for the director, in the first audition she was turned down as the director had a more androgynous appearance for the character of Ella. She auditioned a second time, after taking some picture of herself as a boy, and finally got the part.

    • She knows and is good friend with the Lorna Luft. She played her, in the 2001, in the TV movie Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (where she plays a Young Lorna Luft).

    • In the movie Pieces of April (2003), she had the opportunity to work with her favourite actress, Patricia Clarkson.

    • She received a 2006 Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Tony Award nomination for her role in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. This was her Broadway debut.

    • Alison is 5' 6.5" (1.69 m).

  • Quotes

    • (about her perseverance to get a part in a movie of Lars von Trier)
      Alison: I remember thinking, 'I'm not giving up that easily'.

    • (about about learning to handling a gun for a Lars von Trier movie)
      Alison: It was a religious experience to pick up a gun. I'd never understood the attraction before. But when you're shooting, it's almost sexual. There's an automatic physical change.

    • (about her nomination for a Tony)
      Alison: That was quite a nice wake-up call. I really wasn't expecting it at all. To come down here from Toronto and be so warmly welcomed by the people of New York is absolutely amazing.

    • (about her auditions)
      Alison: For every part I get, there are probably three that I don't get. There is no real reason to get discouraged if you enjoy it enough, and if you remind yourself not to take it personally. It can be a challenge to avoid getting upset, but there is absolutely nothing you can do. There are often moments when I feel it's necessary to yell and cry over losing a role, but there's always something else around the corner... I've gotten to a point where I forget completely about an audition after it's over (or at least I try to), and I move on as if I know I didn't get it. It may sound like a defeatist attitude, but it's important for the survival of your sanity as an actor.

    • Alison: When I meet people I'm not usually freaked out. I guess the first big name I worked with was Sissy Spacek and that was really interesting just because she's so incredible and I learned so much from just watching her. But she's also so unassuming that I loved working with her. It wasn't like working with a star, it was Sissy. Not a big deal.

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