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Belinda Balaski, born in California with acting skills instilled at birth, began working at age five. The daughter of a famous jockey, Lester Balaski, Belinda's youth was spent traveling the racetrack circuit, water skiing, or in the theatre. Her mother sang with the big bands from the '30s on. These electric energies obviously lit that special spark as throughout Belinda's career (which was prefaced by a 7-page theatrical resume) she has starred in many feature films, movies of the week, commercials along with guest-starring in dozens of TV shows.
Honored by starring in an Emmy winning Best After School Special, "The Runaways," Belinda later received two Emmy submissions for "Are You My Mother" with Michael York and "Proud Men" with Charlton Heston and Peter Strauss. Her theatre expertise earned her the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and two Robbies.
Don Knotts, Nick Nolte, Charleton Heston, and Cloris Leachman are just some of the famous actors Belinda has starred alongside with throughout her impressive career. Balaski's more memorable roles include a hippie chick in the hilariously made-for-TV hoot "The Werewolf of Woodstock" with Andy Stevens, and Lynda Carter's sweet best gal pal Essie in her first film "Bobbie Joe & The Outlaw," an imperiled pregnant woman again with Marjoe Gortner in H. G. Well's "The Food of the Gods," along with Robert Carradine's surfer girl in the cross country road race romp "Cannonball."
Belinda has starred in a dozen Joe Dante films; her best-ever Dante parts are a summer camp counselor in "Piranha," a spunky go-getter News Producer in the now-classic "The Howling," a roasting wife in "Amazon Women on the Moon," and a harried working-class mother in the wonderfully raucous "Gremlins I & II."
Among other TV shows, Belinda has guest-starred on Baywatch, Eerie, Indiana, Father Dowling Mysteries, Falcon Crest, Our House, Simon & Simon, Hunter, The A-Team, Vegas, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, S.W.A.T., Baretta, among a slew of others.
In the late '80s Belinda created BB's Kids Acting School where she teaches both kids, teenagers, and adults in theatrical, commercial, and musical workshops; passing on the knowledge she has acquired throughout her four decades in the entertainment industry.
Balaski also wrote and produced "The T-Files," with her more advanced teens, which has had three very successful theatrical productions in Hollywood, and is being mounted soon in NY and after in Virginia. Belinda also created and ran the Drama Dept in a private school for children with autism/aspergers for 3 years. With 30 years of shooting Rock n Roll, Belinda hopes to publish her "Rockin' the Causes" photo journal soon. She has also spent the last few years finishing her novel "Shadooneh", and "Eilleen", and more recently a screenplay for her favorite metaphysical writer, Dolores Cannon.