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Alison Marion Lohman

(1979-09-18) September 18, 1979 (age 39)
Years active1998–present
Mark Neveldine (m. 2009)

Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979) [1] [2] [3] is an American actress. She starred as Astrid in White Oleander (2002), and has appeared in Matchstick Men (2003), Where the Truth Lies (2005), The Big White (2005), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (2005), Flicka (2006), and Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell (2009); as well as smaller parts in Big Fish (2003), Beowulf (2007), and Gamer (2009). She has also been on television shows such as Tucker and Pasadena .

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Early life

Lohman was born and raised in Palm Springs, California, the daughter of Diane (née Dunham), a patisserie owner, and Gary Lohman, a Minnesota-born architect. [3] [4] She has one younger brother, Robert (born 1982). [5] At age nine, she played Gretl in The Sound of Music at the Palm Desert's McCallum Theater. Two years later, she won the Desert Theater League's award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the title role in Annie . She went on to perform locally as a child singer, which included alongside Frank Sinatra at a benefit event in Palm Springs. [6]

Palm Springs, California City in California, United States

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<i>The Sound of Music</i> musical

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Lohman excelled in high school, and obtained A letter grades in all her school subjects except drama, because she suffered from shyness. [7] During her senior year, Lohman was an awardee of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. [8] She was offered a full scholarship to attend New York University but declined, opting instead to directly pursue an acting career. [8]

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In 1997, after graduating from high school, Lohman moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screen acting career. [9] For the next few years, her work consisted of science fiction B-movies (such as Kraa! The Sea Monster and Planet Patrol ), television productions (including the television film Sharing the Secret ) and children's films (such as Delivering Milo and The Million Dollar Kid ). Also included was the dark urban drama White Boy.

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Sharing the Secret is a 2000 American television drama film about a teenage girl's struggle with bulimia and its effect on her parents and friends. Originally airing on CBS television networks in the United States, the film has also aired on cable television's Lifetime Network. In 2001, the film received a Peabody Award for "an impressive, moving, and candid portrait of a teenager in crisis."

Lohman starred in White Oleander , an adaptation of Janet Fitch’s novel, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn and Renée Zellweger and directed by Peter Kosminsky. Though the film was unsuccessful at the box office (it opened to $5.6 million in 1,510 theaters), [10] it received generous reviews and her performance met with wide critical acclaim, being described as her "breakthrough role" by media sources. [9]

Janet Fitch American writer

Janet Fitch is most famously known as the author of the Oprah's Book Club novel White Oleander, which became a film in 2002. She is a graduate of Reed College, located in Portland, Oregon.

Michelle Pfeiffer American actress

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Renée Zellweger American actress and producer

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The following year, Lohman appeared in Matchstick Men , directed by Ridley Scott, starring with Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell. And though it was a moderate box office success, Lohman continued to receive critical praise. Later that year, she appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Fish , which continued her trend of appearing in acclaimed but also a moderate success.

Ridley Scott English film director and film producer

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Sam Rockwell American actor

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In 2005, Lohman appeared in Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies . The film originally received an NC-17 rating for its graphic sexual content, [11] and failed at the box office afterwards. [12] Some critics (such as Roger Ebert) felt that she was well-suited for the role. [13] Her next feature, The Big White , featured her alongside actors Robin Williams, Holly Hunter and Tim Blake Nelson, but nevertheless went direct-to-video. In the same year, Lohman voiced the title character in the English language re-dubbing of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind .

Lohman's next film was the drama Flicka , which was released on October 20, 2006. At the age of 25, she played a 16-year-old girl who befriends a wild mustang in the film. Lohman had never ridden a horse prior to filming and trained rigorously for a month. She said that she was "constantly thrown emotionally and physically" while working with the horses for this role. [9] Flicka went on to become a surprise hit in the DVD market. She then played a recovering heroin addict in Things We Lost in the Fire .

Lohman was then signed to replace Ellen Page in Sam Raimi's critically acclaimed horror film, Drag Me to Hell , which was released on May 29, 2009. [14]

Lohman, who is frequently cast as a teenager, has said that she believes she "look[s] younger, but act[s] older" than her age. [9]

Personal life

Lohman married filmmaker Mark Neveldine [15] in Watertown, New York on August 19, 2009, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. [16]

In 2010, Lohman gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, named Billy, in Bucharest, Romania, where Neveldine's 2012 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was filming (starring her 2003 Matchstick Men co-star, Nicolas Cage). News of the child's birth was not revealed until August 2011. [17] She has since given birth to a second child. [18]

Lohman is a fan of Nirvana, Paramore, and Keane [19]



1998Kraa! The Sea MonsterCurtis
1999Planet PatrolPatrolman Curtis
1999The Auteur TheoryTeen Rosemary – Elliot's Film
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Honey Bear Girl
2000The Million Dollar KidCourtney Hunter
2001Alex in WonderCamelia
2001 Delivering Milo Ms. Madeline
2002 White Oleander Astrid Magnussen Young Hollywood Award for Superstar of Tomorrow
Nominated–Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer
2002White BoyAmy
2003 Big Fish Young Sandra Templeton
2003 Matchstick Men Angela
2005 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaä (voice)English dub
2005 The Big White Tiffany
2005 Where the Truth Lies Karen O'Connor
2006 Delirious K'harma Leeds
2006 Flicka Katy McLaughlin
2007 Beowulf Ursula
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Kelly
2009 Gamer Trace
2009 Drag Me to Hell Christine BrownNominated–Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated–MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
2015 The Vatican Tapes Psych Patient
2016 Urge Mother
2016 Officer Downe Sister Blister


1998 Pacific Blue MollyEpisode: "Seduced"
1998 7th Heaven BarbaraEpisode: "Let's Talk About Sex"
1999 Crusade ClaireEpisode: "The Long Road"
1999 Safe Harbor Hayley4 episodes
2000 Sharing the Secret Beth MossTelevision film
2000–2001 Tucker McKenna Reid13 episodes
2001–2002 Pasadena Lily McAllister13 episodes

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