Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer and film and television actress.
Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway and choreographed Whitney Houston's international tours from 1989 to 1992. Since then, she has concentrated on film and TV, played the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio, a NBC situation comedy which ran from March 21, 1995 - July 13, 1999 for 97 episodes , and as the character Jackie Robbins on NBC's Emmy Award drama ER, based upon life in a Chicago hospital's emergency department. ER previewed in September 1994 and continues to air Thursday evenings.
She currently portrays the character Alexx Woods, a coroner on the CBS serial drama CSI: Miami which first aired September 2002.
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profile (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018554). She also dated Marilyn Manson,
but they have since split.
Since then, she has concentrated on film and TV, played the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio, a NBC situation comedy which ran from March 21, 1995 - July 13, 1999 for 97 episodes , and as the character Jackie Robbins on NBC's Emmy Award drama ER, based upon life in a Chicago hospital's emergency department. Balk was soon cast in The Craft, in which she forms a teenage coven along with Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Robin Tunney. Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway and choreographed Whitney Houston's international tours from 1989 to 1992. In 1992 she was awarded an Independent Spirit Award as Best Actress for her performance in Gas Food Lodging. Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer and film and television actress. Then she went back to Hollywood, where she began to be more and more noticed as an actress. In 1988 she moved to Paris to do more work as an actress, and by 1989 she was back in Vancouver, where she began to attend high school. Soon, however, she decided to take correspondence courses instead.
At that age also, she was picked by the Walt Disney Company to star in the movie Return to Oz. At the age of 11 she moved to London, where she attented various prestigious ballet and acting schools. Raised for the first part of her life in San Francisco, she and her mother moved to Vancouver when Fairuza counted nine years of age. Soon after her parents split, Fairuza became a world traveller.
Legend has it that she was named Fairuza because her father, an expert in Persian culture, exclaimed that word the moment she was born, Fairuza meaning Turquoise in Persian, and Balk's eyes being of that color. She is a native of Point Reyes, California. Fairuza Alejandra Balk (born May 21, 1974) is an American film actress, probably most famous for her participation in the 1996 movie The Craft. What Is It? (2003).
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002 video game), as "Mercedes Cortez". Deuces Wild (2002). Personal Velocity (2002). Almost Famous (2000).
Red Letters (2000). Family Guy (TV animated series, three episodes from 1999-2001). The Sopranos (TV, appearing in three episodes in 1999 and 2001). The Waterboy (1998).
American History X (1998). There's no Fish Food in Heaven (1998). American Perfekt (1997). The Maker (1997).
The Island of Doctor Moreau (1996). The Craft (1996). Shadow of a Doubt (1995, TV). Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), alongside Andy Garcia.
Tollbooth (1994). Imaginary Crimes (1994). Murder in the Heartland (1993, TV). The Danger of Love (1992, TV).
Shame (1992, TV). Gas Food Lodging (1992). Deadly Intentions....Again (1991, TV). Valmont (1989).
The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988). Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987, TV), as Barbara Hutton at 12. Discovery (1986). The Worst Witch (1986, TV).
Deceptions (1986, TV). The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Review (1985, video). Return to Oz (1985). The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983, TV).