Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky


12/3/1980, Chicago, IIIilinois, U.S.A.

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Anna Chlumsky


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Anna Chlumsky was born on December 3, 1980 in Chicago, Illinois to Nancy and Frank Chlumsky. She entered show business at an early age modeling with her mother in an advertising campaign. This beautiful child actress made her film debut when chosen by director Howard Zieff over thousands…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Anna and Army reserve member Sean So are engaged and are planing to marry in 2008.

    • Anna's mother was the drama director at her high school, where she performed the lead in Pygmalion.

    • Like her father, Anna plays the saxophone. Her instrument case, at one point, had a gigantic frog sticker on it that took up an entire side.

    • Anna attended Walther Lutheran High School, where in addition to acting, she was in band and on the volleyball team.

    • Anna is a supporter of the 'Make a Wish' foundation, that grants terminally ill children a wish, and of the Pediatric AIDS foundation.

    • Anna was placed on a low-calorie diet, and ordered to exercise during her lunch breaks on the set of her movie My Girl 2. Her mother put a halt to the workouts though, when they became too tiring for her to keep up.

    • Anna studied a variety of performing arts as a child: Ballet, Tap, singing, piano, violin, and clarinet.

    • Anna played 'Mama' in her school's production of Bye Bye Birdie, and nailed the part, further interesting her in acting professionally.

    • Anna excelled in: Creative Writing, English, and her favorite course of study, German in college.

    • Anna's Talent Agency, 'David & Lee' sent a video audition to director Howard Zieff of My Girl. He flew to Chicago to meet with her personally and audition her for the part of Vada Margaret Sultenfuss himself. He was impressed by her huge smile, and crystal clear blue eyes, and flew her back to Chicago to meet with future co-star MaCauley Culkin. The two had the spark that Howard needed, and she won the part over a thousand other young ladies.

    • Anna was named #3 on the Teen People magazine's list of '20 Freshest Faces' of 2003.

    • Anna was nominated along with MacCauley Culkin, for 'Best On-Screen Duo' at the 1992 MTV Movie Awards.

    • Anna loves outdoor sports: basketball, tennis, rollerskating, and tennis are her favorites.

    • Anna was nominated for 'Best Breakthrough Performance' at the MTV Movie Awards for My Girl, in 1992.

    • Anna is an aspiring food critic, and a former restaurant guide.

    • Anna played the lead role in the play The Colonel's Holiday in New York City in 2005.

    • Anna's mother Nancy is also her acting coach, manager, and best friend.

    • Anna was screen tested for a role in the 1993 thriller Jurrasic Park, at age 13.

    • Anna would like to act alongside or opposite Winona Ryder, Elijah Wood, or Robert Sean Leonard someday.

    • Anna still runs the cash register and busses tables at her father's restaurant when she is needed.

    • Anna started to model in print advertisements at the age of ten months.

    • She currently lives in New York City where she is continuing her acting career.

    • In 2002, she graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in International Studies.

    • She is 5 feet, 2 inches tall.

    • Her Chinese astrological sign is the Monkey.

    • Her astrological sign is Sagittarius.

    • Her favorite painting is "In the Circus Fernando: The Ringmaster" by Toulouse-Lautrec.

    • Anna loves Cadbury's Flakes, which are not available in the USA.

    • Anna doesn't wear jewelery and very little if no makeup.

    • Anna's favorite movies are Singin' in the Rain, Star Wars Trilogy, Armadeus, Gone With the Wind, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Commitments, The Godfather, Braveheart, Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story, Lonesome Dove, Kid Millions, Meet Me In St. Louis, Lonestar, and Bringing Up Baby.

    • Anna's favorite books are The Hobbit, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jurassic Park, and Genius.

    • Anna's favorite cities are Chicago, Vancouver, Kyoto, and Paris.

    • Anna's favorite singers/bands are The Beatles, Alan Jackson, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, and ABBA.

    • Anna's favorite sports teams are the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Cowboys, and the Chicago Cubs.

    • Anna's favorite subjects are history, math, wind ensemble, and biology.

    • Anna's favorite actresses are Audrey Hepburn, Olivia DeHavilland, Judy Garland, Angela Basset, Katherine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Mary Louise Parker and Alfred Woodard.

    • Anna's favourite actors are: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Jason Scott Lee, Will Smith, Gregory Peck, Pete Postlethwaite, Harrison Ford, Gary Sinise, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Eddie Cantor, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Glover, Cary Grant, Derek Jacoby, Jimmy Stewart, Forrest Whitaker, and Chris Copper.

    • Her father, Frank Chlumsky is a saxophone player and owns a restaurant in Wisconsin.

    • Anna graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 and is currently working in New York City as a researcher for Zagat, a restaurant review company.

    • Her grandmother's prom dress was a costume for Frankenstein.

    • Turned down Beethoven, Lassie and a sitcom based around her.

    • Anna is very close to Elijah Wood. They met each other on Independence Day in Hollywood, CA.

    • She starred in music video for The Temptations: My Girl.

    • On stage performance in Fiddler on the Roof and The Music Man.

    • She did 2 productions of Annie.

  • Quotes

    • Anna: I don't let it bother me too much if someone doesn't like me. I just figure there's no accounting for taste. It's not me, it's my acting. It's like if someone doesn't like someone's food, they just don't like my acting.

    • Anna: 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: From the very start of all of this, my mom has read the scripts first. And if she liked something, she let me read it. She told our agent what kinds of parts that we would want.

    • Anna: I had no idea of the size of my bank account as a teen, and I didn't care to know. That was my mom's job, I figured that I would just find out when I turned 18. If you can't trust your mom, then who can you trust?

    • Anna: Keep in mind that there are computers, that do touch things up. Like when I got a hold of the poster for Gold Diggers, I said: 'Hey, wait a minute! Those aren't my teeth'.

    • Anna: I pray every night. I just talk to God and I can go to sleep. I don't worry anymore.

    • Anna: It creeped me out at first, but I guess it's nice to know I still resonate in people's minds. - about being recognized on her subway commute to work

    • Anna: I love... anything in black and white.

    • Anna: 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.