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I started thinking about how long I’d been a fan of Fairuza, and I couldn’t really calculate it any closer to “since sometime in high school”. The first movie I watched with her was The Craft, and like many others, I was instantly drawn to Ru’s dark, gothic character. It took a while before I found out who she even was (this wasn’t “before the internet”, but well before everyone had a computer with internet access at home), but when I did, my first trembling highs turned into full-blown addiction. I started looking for more movies she’d starred in, and I wanted to share my obsession with everyone else in the world. Well, what better two hobbies to combine than Hollywood star fandom and computer geekery?
It turns out that, upon reading some of the oldest entries I still have saved, the very first website I ever created in Fairuza’s honor went live 10 years ago this year. Unfortunately, I don’t have the actual site, nor do I know when exactly it went up, but I’d say it’s still worthy of a mention, if not celebration. 10 years of admiring Fairuza’s acting, her energy and her charisma. A whole decade’s worth of movies and interviews, articles and photos. It really is fantastic.
I really hope you all share this jubilation with me, because I know you’re all even greater fans than I am. This site exists because I’m not alone in my opinion, and that makes me endlessly grateful.
So, with that I want to give a great, big thank you to everyone who visited this site, who still keeps visiting. Thank you for making this site what it is: not much, but something. I think I can honestly claim this is the only something I’ve ever really accomplished in life, so far.
I have to say, seeing Fairuza enter the social networks and opening her own, proper website has been fantastic. Finally, we get a glimpse into her life and what she’s up to, and not only that, we can even communicate with her about it, and her with us. The days of having a staff of people answer hand-written letters is long past, and just shooting off a question or comment to on Facebook or Twitter is the new reality.
That said, Fairuza is, perhaps, a sentimentalist. You’ll know that I ordered the limited edition copy of her new single a few weeks back, but what you may not know is that the printing is running a bit late (Ru admitted to being a bit of a perfectionist). So what does Ru do? Tweet it? Blog it? No, she sent me a beautiful, hand-written letter in an equally beautiful, hand-sealed envelope.
The envelope first came in another, bigger and more anonymous white envelope, postmarked in California.
In the letter, Fairuza thanked me for ordering her record and expressed her wish to sometime get to visit the home country of Ingmar Bergman (the famous Swedish director). She also thanked me for supporting her work and her artistic endeavors. I hereby thank her for being such a thoughtful and caring person to send personal letters to fans in this manner, when she no doubt has tons of important stuff to do already (I also made sure to thank her on Twitter), and I’m absolutely certain if she only had the addresses, she’d thank everyone in this community for continually supporting her.
From Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 Ru will be attending Fangoria’s Trinity of Terrors convention in Las Vegas. Other guests will include Roger Corman, Malcolm McDowell, George Romero, John Waters and more. For tickets and more info: http://www.trinityofterrors.com/
UPDATE: Balk has reportedly cancelled her appearance at the convention “…due to accepting a film role which will be shooting as the convention”. Whether this schedule conflict relates to Thicker or another as yet unknown project is unclear.
Is there any other kind. The next in what is now officially a string of convention appearances for Balk will be in Orlando Florida from October 9 to the 11th for Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend. other guests include Adrienne Barbeau, Tippi Hedren, Sid Haig, George Romero and HG Lewis
It seems Fairuza will be making a personal appearance at Monster Mania horror convention in Cherry Hill, NJ in March. For tickets, more info, click here.
It seems a band called “The Lawnmowers” have written and recorded a song about our dear Fairuza. Quite logically titled “Fairuza Balk”, it involves the singer wanting to talk with her, and also wanting Ru to “take off her skin and send it to me” (huh?)
For those who want to hear it, go to the website and navigate your way to the music section, and thereafter clicking the song. The site requires Flash (get it here).
The tip came from forum user Morgoth.