Began acting at the age of 4 in a series of commercials for California Raisins.
Landed her first film role at 6, playing Molly in Purple People Eater (1988); she won a Youth Film Award for her performance.
For her role in the film Ghost World (2000), she earned a Golden Globe nomination, a Best Actress Award at the Seattle Film Festival and the title of "Actress of the Year" from both the Toronto and San Diego Film Critics Societies.
Appeared in Moby's video "We Are All Made of Stars" (2002) and Limp Bizkit's "Eat You Alive" (2003).
Supports the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Best Buddies International, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Hollywood Cookbook.
2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
2003, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
Carol Connors — Mother
Jack Birch — Father
Bolt Birch — Brother
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States