Anna Chlumsky (Actress) as Vada - My Girl
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Updated: 1/04/18

Name: Anna Chlumsky

Born: December 3, 1980, Chicago, Illinois

Claim To Fame: We all remember Anna as Macauley Culkin's gal pal Vada Sultenfuss in the 1991 movie "My Girl" and the 1994 sequel "My Girl 2."

Family Life: Parents Nancy and Frank Chlumsky. Married Shaun So, 26, an Army reserve member, in March 2008.

Info: Anna started to model in print advertisements at the age of ten months. She made her film debut in 1991's "My Girl," when director Howard Zieff chose her over thousand of competitors for the role of tomboy Vada Sultenfuss. She starred alongside Christina Ricci in Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995).

Trivia: Her great-grandfather owned a trained bear that appeared in Three Stooges movies.

Was a model from the age of 10 months.

Gave Macauley Culkin his first on-screen kiss in My Girl.

Her grandmother's prom dress was a costume for Frankenstein (1931).

Like her father, Anna plays the saxophone. Her instrument case, at one point, had a gigantic frog sticker on it that took up an entire side.

Screen tested for Jurassic Park (1993). Also turned down Beethoven (1992), Lassie (1994) and a sitcom based around her life.

Her mother was the drama director at her high school, where she performed the lead in Pygmalion.

Supporter of the 'Make a Wish' foundation, that grants terminally ill children a wish, and of the Pediatric AIDS foundation.

Was placed on a low-calorie diet, and ordered to exercise during her lunch breaks on the set of her movie My Girl 2. Her mother put a halt to the workouts though, when they became too tiring for her to keep up.

Studied a variety of performing arts as a child: Ballet, Tap, singing, piano, violin, and clarinet.

Was nominated along with MacCauley Culkin, for 'Best On-Screen Duo' at the 1992 MTV Movie Awards.

Loves outdoor sports: basketball, tennis, rollerskating, and tennis are her favorites.

Was nominated for 'Best Breakthrough Performance' at the MTV Movie Awards for My Girl, in 1992.

Was named #3 on the Teen People magazine's list of '20 Freshest Faces' of 2003.

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Where Are They Now: Anna graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 with a degree in International Studies, and went on to work in New York City as a researcher for Zagat, a restaurant review company, for a short while. She appeared on episodes of 30 Rock and Law & Order in 2007. Earlier this year, she appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Unconditional by Brett C. Leonard. She splits her time between her two loves, acting and writing, and is a member of the Poor Artist's Collective for whom she regularly performs. In a recent interview, Dan Aykroyd suggested a third My Girl movie was in the pipeline focusing on the adult Vada Sultenfuss.

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