Alison Marion Lohman is an American actor who began her acting career as a child artist. She played ‘Gretl’ in the stage production of ‘The Sound of Music’ at Palm Desert's ‘McCallum Theater’ at age 9. At age 11, she played the title role in ‘Annie’ and won the ‘Desert Theater League' award for the ‘Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical.’ She also performed locally as a child singer and featured as a solo vocalist for Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and ‘The Desert Symphony.’ She received an award from the ‘National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.’ She also earned a full scholarship to attend ‘New York University’ but chose to pursue a film career and moved to Los Angeles instead. Her initial appearances include science-fiction B-movies such as ‘Planet Patrol’ and children films such as ‘The Million Dollar Kid.’ She has also appeared in TV series such as ‘Tucker’ and ‘Pasadena.’ One of her most noteworthy TV movies was ‘Sharing the Secret.’ She earned immense critical acclaim with her performance as ‘Astrid Magnussen’ in the drama film ‘White Oleander,’ which was considered her breakthrough role by media sources. Lohman furthered her fame with films such as ‘Matchstick Men,’ ‘Big Fish,’ ‘Where the Truth Lies,’ ‘The Big White,’ ‘Flicka,’ and ‘Drag Me to Hell.’
Childhood & Early Life
Alison Marion Lohman was born on September 18, 1979, in Palm Springs, California, US, to Minnesota-born architect Gary Lohman and patisserie owner Diane (née Dunham). She grew up with her younger brother, Robert.
When Lohman was 9 years old, she performed at Palm Desert's ‘McCallum Theater,’ essaying the role of ‘Gretl’ in ‘The Sound of Music.’ At 11, Lohman won the ‘Desert Theater League' award for the ‘Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical’ for portraying the titular character in ‘Annie.’ She also made her mark as a child singer. She performed with Frank Sinatra at a benefit event in Palm Springs. She also performed as a solo vocalist for Bob Hope and ‘The Desert Symphony.’
Lohman was a bright student in high school and earned A letter grades in all subjects, except drama, as she was too shy. While in her senior year, Lohman became an awardee of the ‘National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.’ She also got an offer for a full scholarship to attend ‘New York University’ but did not accept it and chose to pursue acting instead. After completing graduation in 1997 she relocated to Los Angeles to achieve her dreams.
She suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the treatment for the same started during her childhood.
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After relocating to Los Angeles, Lohman started appearing in both big-screen flicks and various TV productions. Her initial films include the science-fiction family film ‘Planet Patrol’ (1999), the neo-noir science-fiction crime thriller ‘The Thirteenth Floor’ (1999), and the children’s films ‘The Million Dollar Kid’ (2000) and ‘Delivering Milo’ (2001). Among her TV works, the most noteworthy are the TV film ‘Sharing the Secret’ (2000) and the series ‘Tucker’ (2000–2001) and ‘Pasadena’ (2001–2002).
She garnered huge critical acclaim playing the central role of ‘Astrid Magnussen’ in the American drama film ‘White Oleander.’ It was considered Lohman’s “breakthrough role” by media sources. The 2002-released film won her the ‘Young Hollywood Award’ for the ‘Superstar of Tomorrow.’ She also bagged a ‘Best Newcomer’ nomination from the ‘Phoenix Film Critics Society’ for her performance.
She garnered critical acclaim again when she played ‘Angela,’ alongside Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell, in the Ridley Scott-directed black comedy/crime film ‘Matchstick Men.’ The film premiered at the 60th ‘Venice International Film Festival’ on September 2, 2003, and then released all over the US on September 12, 2003. That year, she also featured in the Tim Burton-directed critically and commercially successful fantasy comedy–drama film ‘Big Fish,’ starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney.
The then-25-year-old Lohman furthered her fame by starring as a 16-year-old girl named ‘Katy McLaughlin,’ who befriends a wild mustang, in the 2006 British–American family adventure film ‘Flicka.’ Lohman, who never rode a horse before, underwent rigorous training in horse riding for a month for the film. ‘Flicka’ was successful in the US, both in the theaters and in the DVD market, where it became a surprise hit.
The 2009 American supernatural-horror film ‘Drag Me to Hell’ saw her replace Ellen Page as ‘Christine Brown.’ The film, directed by Sam Raimi, garnered critical acclaim and became a huge commercial success. It fetched Lohman several award nominations, including a ‘Saturn Award’ nomination for the ‘Best Actress.’
Other notable film appearances of the diva include in the 2005 black comedy ‘The Big White,’ which featured her with Robin Williams; the 2005 British–Canadian erotic thriller ‘Where the Truth Lies’; and the 2007 drama ‘Things We Lost in the Fire,’ which featured her as a recovering heroin addict.
Lohman also lent her voice to the titular character, ‘Nausicaä,’ in the English-dubbed version of the 1984 Japanese animated fantasy–adventure film ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ and to the character of ‘Ursula’ in the 2007 British–American 3D computer-animated fantasy–adventure film ‘Beowulf.’
Family & Personal Life
Lohman married American director, producer, screenwriter and camera operator Mark Neveldine on August 19, 2009, at ‘St. Anthony's Catholic Church’ in Watertown, New York. They have two children. Their first child, their son Billy, was born in 2010 in Bucharest, Romania, during the filming of Neveldine's film ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.’ Billy’s birth was not revealed until August 2011.