Selma Blair (born Selma Blair Beitner; June 23, 1972) is an American film, television, and theater actress. Blair started her professional acting career in 1995. During her early years, she played a large number of supporting roles in film and television, before obtaining recognition for her leading role in the film noir Brown’s Requiem in 1998.
Selma was born in Southfield, Michigan, to Molly Ann (Cooke), a judge, and Elliot I. Beitner, a lawyer. She had a Jewish upbringing. After graduating from high school in Michigan, Selma moved to New York City to pursue her goal of being a photographer but found her way to acting classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory and Stonestreet Studios.
Blair was considered to have a breakthrough in 1999; first, for her leading role on The WB teen sitcom Zoe and soon after for her starring role in the teen drama Cruel Intentions. Later, Blair starred in other notable films including Down to You (2000), Legally Blonde (2001) and The Sweetest Thing (2002).
She achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of the heroine Liz Sherman in the fantasy films Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). Other notable films include The Fog (2005), Purple Violets (2007), The Poker House (2008), Columbus Circle (2012) and Mothers and Daughters (2016).
Blair also portrayed the leading role in the American remake of Kath & Kim as Kim (2008–2009), and on the sitcom Anger Management (2012–2014). In 2016, Blair returned to television portraying socialite Kris Jenner in the first season of FX true crime anthology series American Crime Story.
In 2011, Blair lent her voice to narrate the Holocaust-related audio documentary The Diary of Anne Frank.
Selma completed two films in 2011. In Their Skin (2012), a home invasion thriller, starring opposite James D’Arcy, and Dark Horse (2011) – Todd Solondz’s latest film starring opposite Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. Dark Horse (2011) was selected for competition and is set to have its world premiere at the 68th annual Venice Film Festival followed by the Toronto Film Festival in September of 2011. 2011 also brings Selma Blair’s latest project, motherhood. Selma and her “Ever Clothing” fashion designer boyfriend, Jason Bleick, welcomed their son, Arthur Saint Bleick, on July 25th 2011.
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