Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024
Selma Blair An American Actress Who Has Beaten Multiple Sclerosis Disease

Sometimes life can be unfair to people who besides giving full of themselves into careers and relationships, get in return some kind of disease or handicapped-ness which no one wants in their happy life. And the movie industry is very supportive and detached at the same time to its workers because of the pace at which it works.

An Actress gets a life-threatening disease and people show their concern and sympathy through social media, calls and messages but no one comes to meet her personally, except some close ones, and that hurts as a co-worker in the same industry where everyone should respect a veteran actress. 

Selma Blair Bio

Selma Blair is the actress name, whom we are talking about in this article and the struggle she has faced after battling with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She is the type of person who has gone publicly to talk about her disease to spread awareness among common people to promote prevention.

In this article, we’ll get to know more about her life, career, relationships, disease, and much more in detail. So Stay Tuned to the end. 

Who is Selma Blair?

She was born in Southfield, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan to a family of lawyers where her father Elliot used to work as a labour arbitrator, died in 2012 and her mother used to work as a lawyer too, died in 2020 and raised her as Jewish on June 23, 1972. Her parents got divorced when she was 23 and didn’t speak to each other for more than 12 years.

Who is Selma Blair

She has spent a great amount of her childhood time in Philadelphia because her maternal grandfather had started the retail giant Penn Fruit and her family used to live with him. Her father was a very active member of the democratic party in the US and used to always do promotional campaigns for the democratic party nominee.

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Selma Blair Education

She has attended two distinct schools during her school tenure both in Michigan, Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills and Cranbrook Kingswood in Bloomfield Hills. She had to move on from one to another because her family was changing their homes. She joined Kalamazoo College in 1990 for the photography course and graduated in 1992, then she wanted to become a cinematographer in films.

She moved to New York City at the age of 21 to become a photographer where she used to live at The Salvation Army and joined the New York University (NYU) for the photography degree. Simultaneously she started attending acting classes at Stella Adler Conservatory and the Column Theater.

After some time, she was transferred back to Michigan from NYU to the University of Michigan where she graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in photography, psychology and English back in 1994. But she returned to New York again to pursue a career in acting because she was determined this time to become an actress. 

Selma Blair Movies List

Early Role

During her Cranbrook Kingswood school time, she got a minor role to participate in T.S. Elliot’s Murder in the Cathedral in 1990 where she was involved with the production team but she used to consider it as a failure and moved on. But her English teacher advised her not to give up on her dream and to constantly start searching for more roles whether it is for any limit.

That was the first time she had said in various interviews that she thought of becoming an actress full of confidence. An agent spotted her when she was attending an acting class in 1993 in New York and immediately signed her by just looking at her face and the small rehearsal that she was doing at that time. 


She got her very first job in advertising, a TV ad for the theatre of Virginia after getting rejected in more than 75 auditions. She told on various occasions about the struggle she faced during those days, used to just wake up and get dressed and start roaming around for the auditions from one casting director place to another till the day off and get back to the tiny apartment where she used to live. 

Breakthrough and Success

She got her first breakthrough role in the coming-of-age drama movie Cruel Intentions which became a sleeper hit but got mixed reviews from the critics. She did a lead role in a sitcom after that and a small role in other independent movies and Vanity Fair has called her the next new wave of stars during 2001-02.

Legally Blonde gave her the fame that she had been looking for years, it was released in late 2001 and was a comedy movie with her in the lead where she portrayed a law student. It became a huge chartbuster in the US and internationally too and critics praised her acting. You can find a scene in the movie titled Selma Blair Nude.

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Selma Blair Relationships and Disease

She got married to writer-producer Ahmet Zappa in 2004 and purchased a 1920s-era design home in Los Angeles for 1.35 million dollars and began their married life and got divorced two years later in 2006 citing personal reasons.

Selma Blair Relationships and Disease

She then dated actors Jason Schwartzman and David Lyons back in 2008 and 2010 respectively and Mikey Day, co-star of Kath and Kim.  After that, she dated Jason Bleick, a fashion designer in late 2010 and their son Arthur Saint Bleick was born only that July.

Selma Blair dancing with the stars

She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2018 which has caused her brain damage and she was suffering from depression at the same time because of the break-up and the court case with Ron Carlson. But she was finally cured in 2023 because of severe medication. She had to quit her most loved show Dancing with the Stars because of deteriorated health. 


Selma Blair has been a tough actress who has fought for herself over the years and made a name for herself in the movie industry. After her diagnosis, the term used to trend by her fans on social media, Selma Blair Ms.

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