'Hocus Pocus': Where is "Dani Dennison" Today?

Bette Midler and Thora Birch star in the 1993 film, Hocus Pocus.

October 12, 2019 - 08:30 / Cynthia Springer

With Halloween season in place, we're taking a look at our favorite spooky stars and movies! One of those is a Halloween classic: Hocus Pocus. Actress Thora Birch plays "Dani Dennison", a young girl who moves to creepy Salem, Massachusetts with her family from sunny Los Angeles. As this was one of Thora's most famous roles of the '90s, let's take a look at what she's been up to today!

Although Hocus Pocus was a huge hit for child actress Thora Birch, she had actually previously starred in a sci-fi flick alongside Neil Patrick Harris titled, Purple People Eater (1988). It was this film where she began her initial rise to fame, winning a Young Artist Award for 'Best Young Actress Under Nine Years of Age'. She would then be cast to play "Dani Dennison" in Hocus Pocus just 4 years later.

An 11-year old Thora Birch in Hocus Pocus

Thora Birch in the 1993 film, Hocus Pocus.

After the success of the iconic Halloween film, she pursued other comedy and adventure films, like Monkey Trouble (1994) and Alaska (1996). Her identity as the sweet, young and innocent child star changed when she played Kevin Spacey's daughter in the 1999 drama, American Beauty. Her role landed her a nomination for a BAFTA for 'Best Supporting Actress'.

Thora Birch in the 1999 film, American Beauty.

She continued to star in further prominent roles, like Ghost World (2001) and Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003), where she received a Golden Globe nomination and Emmy nomination. From then on, Birch shifted her acting career towards horror and drama films, where she clearly seemed to thrive in. Perhaps Hocus Pocus was just a foreshadow of the horror-based films she would star in later throughout her career!

Thora Birch attends the season 10 premiere of The Walking Dead on September 23, 2019.

Thora Birch Today

Today, Thora is still actively on the silver screen and will be in season 10 of AMC's The Walking Dead. Her next upcoming film with a TBA release date, Above Suspicion, will also star Game of Thrones actress, Emilia Clarke, as well as Johnny Knoxville. You can also catch Thora in the new drama film with Danny Glover, The Last Black in San Francisco, released this summer of 2019.