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Remember the Little Girl from 'Hocus Pocus'? Here's What She's Up to Today


Oct. 1 2019, Updated 5:22 p.m. ET

It's officially October, which means Pumpkin Spice Latte season for some, and for others, the perfect time to unearth our favorite Halloween classics. 

When it comes to the spooky genre, we're not short on recommendations, but have to admit Hocus Pocus kind of takes the cake.

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The Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker comedy-horror is a timeless classic, even though it came out what feels like centuries ago in 1993.

And while the adults on the show went on to continue their illustrious careers — Bette Midler stars in Netflix's The Politician, for example — what happened to the little girl from Hocus Pocus?

Keep reading for everything you need to know about the star today.

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Where's the little girl from Hocus Pocus now? Thora Birch might have disappeared from the public eye, but she hasn't stopped working.

37-year-old Thora Birch got her acting start when she was just four years old, and Hollywood quickly took notice. 

Before her 10th birthday, the Los Angeles native already had six TV show roles under her belt, including Doogie Howser, M.D. and Parenthood — and that was just the beginning. Soon, she started booking roles alongside stars like Melanie Griffith, and in 1992, she played Harrison Ford's daughter Sally in Patriot Games.

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All that was before stealing our hearts as the adorable Dani in Hocus Pocus, the headstrong 8-year-old who has no problem standing up to her adversaries — be it her brother Max who refuses to take her trick-or-treating, or the three witches she hurls insults at over the course of the movie.

Judging from her prolific roles as a child, you might expect to see more of the Now and Then star these days. Especially after her show-stopping roles in Ghost World and American Beauty, which earned her critical acclaim and even some prestigious nominations, including a Golden Globe nom in the best actress category. 

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But according to an interview with The Guardian, the early aughts mark her peak. "I didn't step back," she said. "I was always working, it's just that no one was paying attention."

Thora Birch recently got married.

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A quick glance at Thora's IMDb page proves as much. Since her stint as Enid on Ghost World, Thora has gone on to act in over 20 films and TV series, including one called Petunia, which she tells The Guardian "got in, like, two cinemas."

The more recognizable of her recent projects include The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which has received a lot of praise in the box office.

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"My life? I'm really lucky!" she tells The Guardian. "I'm just cognizant that I wanna move forward, and people will let me or not, who knows." 

Outside of her Hollywood career, Thora seems to have found joy with her husband Michael Benton Adler, whom she married in San Francisco last Dec. 22.

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"It's done! I'm a married woman now," she shared with her 10k followers on Twitter, the only social media, along with her Facebook fan page, that she has. "Thank you to all my fans for their positive energy! I felt it every second!!"

While we hope that her role on The Walking Dead propels Thora into more well-known projects, we know we'll be revisiting Hocus Pocus this Halloween.

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