Here are 10 actresses, including Summer Glau, who studied ballet before finding their voice in acting.
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1. Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, but injuries forced her to give up dance at 15. She's best know for her role as Sidney Prescott in the Scream films and for 1998 erotic thriller Wild Things.
2. Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo before she danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Her extraordinary charm was paired with a great sensibility and a womanliness that was always classy
3. Summer Glau
Luckily for Summer Glau fans, an ankle injury stopped her career as a ballerina and Summer moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue an acting carrer. Her stunning performances as River in Firefly and as Cameron in Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles have earned her the title of sci-fi queen but she was also incredibly convincing as Lindsey Forrest in Lifetime movie Deadly Honeymoon.
4. Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn studied under one of the leading figures of Dutch ballet. Meanwhile she started modeling and acting then she gained instant Hollywood stardom for the lead role in Roman Holiday (1953). After that, Hepburn became one of the greatest actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age.
5. Izabella Miko
Izabella Miko grew up in Warsaw, Poland, where she studied to be a ballerina. She was invited to New York by an American choreographer and made her american film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000). Summer Glau fans also know her for her role as Raia in The Cape (2011).
6. Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker studied at the American Ballet Theater in the ’70s. She is best known for her role in tv show/movies Sex And The City.
7. Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana trained at one of the most prestigious dancing schools in the Dominican Republic, where she learned ballet as well as other dance forms. Back to the United States, she began performing dance and in theater, which greatly helped her land her first big screen role as Eva, the talented and headstrong ballet dancer in the 2000 film Center Stage. She became world-wide famous for her role as Neytiri, the Na'vi princess, in James Cameron's Avatar (2009).
8. Amanda Schull
Amanda Schull learned ballet at Hawaii State Ballet then was offered a scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School; she was cast in the starring role of Jody Sawyer in the 2000 movie Center Stage, which launched her career. After various guest star spots, she could be seen in the ABC serie Pretty Little Liars.
9. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York before a knee injury turned her to acting. After appearing in a few notable films, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the serial killer in Monster (2003). She became one of the ten most paid actress in Hollywood with films like The Italian Job (2003) or Hancock (2008).
10. Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska trained as a ballerina from the age of nine to fourteen, with hopes of going professional. However, her passion for ballet had waned due to the increasing pressure to achieve physical perfection. Her early work as an actress includes HBO's acclaimed weekly drama In Treatment, but she became famous for her role as Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2008).
Most elements from the biography of the actresses come from Wikipedia.