#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory), On this day, actress Selma Blair was born

Selma_Blair,_May_2010_croppedAmerican film, television, and theater actress, Selma Blair (born Selma Blair Beitner June 23, 1972) celebrates her birthday today.   Born in Southfield, Michigan, Blair attended Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school in Farmington Hills; and Cranbrook Kingswood in Bloomfield Hills soon after, she spent her freshman year (1990–91) in Kalamazoo College.

At 20 years of age,  Blair moved to NYC where she attended NYU, as well as acting classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory, the Column Theatre, and the Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop; later, she returned to Michigan to finish her studies.

After transferring from New York University, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a double major in Fine Arts and English. After graduating from Michigan, Blair returned to New York City to pursue a career in the arts.

Her breakthrough came in 1999, when she starred on The WB teen sitcom Zoe and in the coming-of-age drama Cruel Intentions. Blair continued to find commercial success with the comedies Legally Blonde (2001) and The Sweetest Thing (2002),

Blair 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).

Blair portrayed the leading role in the American remake of Kath & Kim as Kim (2008–2009), and on the sitcom Anger Management (2012–2014). Blair also appeared as socialite Kris Jenner in the first season of FX true crime anthology series American Crime Story (2016)


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