Anna Chlumsky Biography

Anna Chlumsky is a critically acclaimed American actress who rose to fame as a child actor. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts related to her life.

Anna Chlumsky
Quick Facts

Birthday: December 3, 1980

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'2" (157 cm), 5'2" Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Shaun So (m. 2008)

father: Frank Chlumsky

mother: Nancy L. Chlumsky

children: Clara Elizabeth So, Penelope Joan So

U.S. State: Illinois

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Anna Chlumsky is a critically acclaimed American actress who rose to fame as a child actor in the films 'My Girl' and its sequel 'My Girl 2'. She continued to charm the audience with lead roles in films like 'Trading Mom' and 'Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain'. Her performance in these movies earned her a number of prestigious awards early on in her career. The girl, who always missed her friends back at school during film shoots, started to get alienated from the show business in her high school years. She started to lose interest in acting and focused on her education. While she aspired to become a food writer, the best she got was the job of a fact-checker for Zagat restaurant guides. Even her next assignment as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins made her feel miserable. She decided to return to acting and following the advice of her agent, she started afresh by taking acting classes to polish her skills. Soon after, she bagged the role of Liza in 'In the Loop' and started to feature in Off Broadway plays. While she often ponders how things would have been different had she not taken a break from acting, she is happy that she did take the break.

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Anna Chlumsky
Childhood & Early Life
  • Anna Chlumsky was born on December 3, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois, to Nancy and Frank Chlumsky, Jr. Her father is a chef and her mother previously worked as a flight attendant. Both her parents are gifted artists; while her mother is a singer and actress, her father can play the saxophone.
  • She appeared as a child model for Marshall Field's ads at the age of 10 months. Her parents separated when she was two, after which she was raised by her single mother.
  • She appeared as a child model for Marshall Field's ads at the age of 10 months. Her parents separated when she was two, after which she was raised by her single mother.
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Early Career
  • Anna Chlumsky started her career at an early age as a child model and appeared in various advertising campaigns for the next 6-7 years. However, her big-screen debut came in 1989 when she landed a small role in the movie 'Uncle Buck'.
  • In 1991, she shot to fame for portraying Vada Sultenfuss, the death-obsessed daughter of a widowed Pennsylvania mortician, in 'My Girl'. The film was a success, which resulted in the 1994 sequel 'My Girl 2', in which she reprised her role and played the 13-year-old protagonist.
  • Chlumsky, who was praised for her previous roles, secured lead roles in 'Trading Mom' and 'Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain'. Even though the films received mixed reviews, her performance was once again praised.
  • In 1997, she was cast in two made-for-television movies: 'A Child's Wish' and 'Miracle in the Woods'. She played a terminally ill 16-year-old girl in the former movie. The next year, she made guest appearances in two television drama series, 'Cupid' and 'Early Edition', following which she took a break from acting.
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Return To Acting
  • After completing her graduation, Anna Chlumsky looked for alternative career choices, including working in the publishing field. However, she realized that she was not enjoying her 9-to-5 job and soon rediscovered her love for acting. While acting happened to her naturally as a child, her agent advised that she gets formal training. She joined Atlantic Acting School in Manhattan to study acting for a year.
  • She returned to acting with a lead role in the 2005 short film 'Wait'. For the next few years, she appeared in movies like 'Blood Car' and 'Eavesdrop', and the television series '30 Rock' and 'Law & Order'.
  • Her breakthrough role came in 2009 when she was cast in the satirical black comedy film 'In the Loop', which was a spin-off of the BBC Television series 'The Thick of It'. The film was critically successful, receiving an 'Academy Award' nomination in 2010. After 'My Girl', this was the first movie that gave her public recognition.
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  • In 2009, she appeared in two more feature films, 'The Good Guy' and 'My Sweet Misery', and acted in the television movies, 'House Rules' and '12 Men of Christmas'. That year, she also appeared in four episodes of the revived ABC TV series 'Cupid'.
  • She continued to feature in a number of movies throughout the years, the most recent being the 2015 film 'The End of the Tour'. However, she has been more successful on television, landing a major role in the 2012 political satire 'Veep'. The hit series has recently been renewed for a sixth season starting in April 2017.
  • Among her other television works, she made guest appearances in the series 'Army Wives' and 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' in 2012. She also bagged the recurring role of an FBI trainee, Miriam Lass, in the television series 'Hannibal'.
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Major Works
  • 'My Girl' was a success at the box office, and was received with mix to positive reviews by critics. Anna Chlumsky was praised for her portrayal of "an 11-year-old girl's painful maturation".
  • In the second phase of her acting career, her portrayal of Amy Brookheimer, the Vice President’s chief of staff, in ‘Veep’, the political satire comedy television series, has received much praise from critics. The series, which received generally positive reviews on its first season, continued to better its ratings in the following seasons, with a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for season 5.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 1991, at the age of 11, Anna Chlumsky shared the 'MTV Movie Awards' for 'Best Kiss' with co-star Macaulay Culkin for her role in 'My Girl'. The same year, she was also nominated the 'Most Promising Actress' by 'Chicago Film Critics Association'.
  • In 1991 and 1994, she received two 'Young Artist Awards' for portraying Vada Sultenfuss in 'My Girl' and 'My Girl 2'. She won 'Best Young Leading Actress – Feature Film' for her role in 'Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain'. She won another 'Young Artist Award' in 1998 for her guest role in the TV series 'Cupid'.
  • For the last five years, she has received numerous awards and nominations for her role in the critically hit television series 'Veep'. She has been nominated for 'Primetime Emmy Awards' for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series' four times straight between 2013 and 2016.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Anna Chlumsky got engaged to Shaun So, a business executive who previously served in the military, in October 2007 and got married the next year, on March 8, in Brooklyn, New York. The couple has two girls, Penelope Joan So and Clara Elizabeth So.
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Trivia
  • Both Anna Chlumsky's father and her father-in-law are in the culinary business. While her father is a culinary instructor at Kendall College in Chicago, her husband Shaun's father owns a Chinese restaurant called China Town in Topsham, Maine.
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1. In the Loop (2009)

  (Comedy)

2. The End of the Tour (2015)

  (Drama, Biography)


3. Uncle Buck (1989)

  (Comedy)

4. My Girl (1991)

  (Romance, Family, Comedy, Drama)



5. Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995)

  (Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Family)

6. The Good Guy (2009)

  (Romance, Comedy)




7. Trading Mom (1994)

  (Comedy, Family, Fantasy)

8. The Pill (2011)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)





Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards
1992 Best Kiss My Girl (1991)

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