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Selma Blair (born June 23, 1972) is an American actress. After numerous supporting roles in the 1990s, she starred in the film Cruel Intentions and the short-lived TV series Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane in 1999. She has since had notable roles in Hollywoodmarker feature films such as Legally Blonde (2001), The Sweetest Thing (2002), and Hellboy (2004). She also played the titular role of Kim in Kath & Kim, a remake of the popular Australian sitcom of the same name.

Early life

Blair was born Selma Blair Beitner in Southfield, Michiganmarker, the daughter of Molly Ann, a judge, and Elliot Beitner. She has three older sisters, Katherine (a book publicist), Elizabeth, and Marie. Blair attended Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Cranbrook Kingswoodmarker school in Bloomfield Hills, Michiganmarker. She attended Kalamazoo Collegemarker in Michiganmarker, then later transferred to the University of Michiganmarker, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1994.

Career

After training at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting, Blair began acting at the mid-90s. Blair began her career with small roles and guest roles in various television series. Blair appeared with co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions , for which Blair won an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss - Lesbian Kiss between Blair and co-star Gellar. Blair went on to star as Zoe Bean in two seasons of TV series Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (1999-2000), She rejoined actress Reese Witherspoon in the comedy film Legally Blonde (2001). Later, Blair appeared in Highway (2002), Dallas 362 (2003), and one of her most recognized roles, Liz Sherman in Hellboy (2004) and its sequel released in 2008, Hellboy II: The Golden Army . Blair starred opposite Molly Shannon in the TV series Kath & Kim, based on the Australian television series of the same name. Blair's upcoming projects are Happy Together (2009), as Mrs. Delbo and Columbus Circle (2010).

Her stage work includes the role of Kayleen in Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, which had its world premiere at Houstonmarker's Alley Theatremarker in October 2009.

Personal life

Blair was married to Ahmet Zappa from 2004 to 2006. She filed for divorce in2006, citing "irreconcilable differences." She is currently dating her Kath & Kim on-screen husband, Mikey Day.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Broccoli Theory Pretzel Cart Lesbian
Brain Candy Girl at rock concert Alternative title: Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
1997 Strong Island Boys Tara
Gone Again Ayla
Arresting Gena Drugged woman
Two in the Morning Shea
In & Out Cousin Linda
Scream 2 Cici's Friend on Phone Uncredited
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Tish August 1 episode
1998 Brown's Requiem Jane
Girl Darcy
Can't Hardly Wait Girl Mike Hits On #1
Debutante Nan Alternative title: Modern Girl
1999 Cruel Intentions Cecile Caldwell
2000 Down to You Cyrus
Xena: Warrior Princess Cyane 1 episode
2001 Kill Me Later Shawn Holloway
Storytelling Vi
Legally Blonde Vivian Kensington
2002 Highway Cassie
The Sweetest Thing Jane Burns
Friends Wendy 1 episode
2003 A Guy Thing Karen
Dallas 362 Peg
Coast to Coast Stacey Pierce Television movie
2004 Hellboy Liz Sherman
A Dirty Shame Caprice Stickles / Ursula Udders
In Good Company Kimberly
2005 Pretty Persuasion Grace Anderson
The Deal Abbey Gallagher
The Fog Stevie Wayne
The Big Empty Alice Short subject
2006 The Alibi Adelle Alternative titles: Lies and Alibis
Lies & Alibis
The Night of the White Pants Beth Hagan
Hellboy: Sword of Storms Liz Sherman (Voice) Television movie
2007 Purple Violets Patti Petalson
WΔZ Jean Lerner Alternative title: The Killing Gene
Feast of Love Kathryn Smith
Hellboy: Blood and Iron Liz Sherman (Voice) Television movie
2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend Emily Lott
The Poker House Sarah Writer, Director
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Liz Sherman
2008–2009 Kath & Kim Kim 18 episodes
2009 Happy Together Ms. Delbo Post-production
2010 Columbus Circle Abigail Filming


Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1999 Teen Choice Awards Nominated TV - Breakout Performance Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane
2002 Film - Choice Actress, Comedy The Sweetest Thing
2000 MTV Movie Awards Nominated Breakthrough Female Performance Cruel Intentions
Won Best Kiss Cruel Intentions (Shared with Sarah Michelle Gellar)
2000 Young Hollywood Awards Won Exciting New Face - Female
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2002 Next Generation
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2003 DVD Exclusive Awards Nominated Best Actress Highway


References

  1. Selma Blair Biography (1972-)
  2. Selma Blair bio, Yahoo Movies.
  3. j. - Celebrity Jews
  4. Selma Blair, mini bio at the Internet Movie Database
  5. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/6681362.html
  6. Selma Blair and Ahmet Zappa Divorce - Ahmet Zappa, Selma Blair : People.com


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