Leelee Sobieski

  1. Kirsten Dunst, Interview With The Vampire, 1993.      At age ten, Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski was noticed by a casting agent eyeballing the cafeteria of a private school in the Big Apple. She lost Claudia to Dunst but by 13 she was in her first movie… 
  2. Mena Suvari, American Beauty, 1998.        Welcome to Hollywood…! For his first LA movie – for a producer called Spielberg! – UK stage director Sam Mendes saw all the current young Hollywood babes for Kevin Spacey’s Lolita-esque infatuation (she was even called… not Haze, but Hayes). And he was turned down by Sobieski, Kirsten Dunst, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, Brittany Murphy – and Tiffani Thiessen lost her audition. That’s not Mena on the poster, though; the hand and stomach belong to actress-model Chloe Hunter.
  3. Brittany Murphy, Girl, Interrupted, 1999.  One Flew into the Cuckoo’s nest… stems from Susanna Kaysen’s memoir. She committed herself to a psychiatric institution and was kept there for two years, although she was quite sane. Chicago critic Roger Ebert said Winona Ryder) (also exec producer) and  the support Oscar-winning Angelina Jolie – as Susanna and the sociopath Lisa – were the reasons to see the film, although “their work here deserves a movie with more reason for existing.” Most other patients were teenage girls, played by rising young Hollywood actresses in their 20s – Angela Bettie and Jillian Armenante even played 22 at age 31.Sobieski quit to play Joan of Arc on-stage.

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