October 13, 1969
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The London-born, Australian-reared daughter of a conductor and a soprano, Tushka Bergen made her debut on stage in an opera at age nine where she was required to spit watermelon seeds at the audience. Two years later, she made her screen debut (billed as Tushka Benthaak) as a school girl in the German telefilm "Don Quichotte's Kinder/Don Quixote's Children" (1981). Returning to Australia, she worked under her birth name of Tushka Hose in small roles in the Jane Campion-directed short "A Girl's Own Story" (1984) and "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" (1985). The beauty found success on the small screen in the Australian TV miniseries "Always Afternoon," playing the daughter of Lisa Harrow. (She earned a nomination for an Australian TV award for the role).Adopting the stage name of Tushka Bergen, the blonde beauty was cast as a teenager troubled by her father's impending remarriage in "The Place at the Coast" (1987). She was a turn-of-the-century heroine torn between two lovers in the period film "Outback/Minnamurra" (1989) and rose to prominence as Robert Sean Leonard's dance partner in "Swing Kids" (1993). Whit Stillman tapped her for the pivotal role of the "too attractive" Spanish girl Montserrat, who romances Taylor Nichols' Ted Boynton while maintaining her relationship with her anti-American boyfriend in "Barcelona" (1994). Trying her hand at US TV, Bergen played a young woman who discovers that her mother and her mother's lover are plotting to implicate her in a murder in the based-on-fact "Murderous Intent" (CBS, 1995). She returned to features to play an American songstress who falls for a schizophrenic in "Voices" (1995) and then appeared as a kidnap victim in "Turning April" before undertaking a cameo appearance in "Lovelife" (both 1997).