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Before They Were Famous: Juliette Lewis in 'Christmas Vacation'

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Juliette Lewis has pretty much mastered the part of the slightly crazy, not so classy chick we all wish was our BFF (most of the time, anyway).

From Luke Wilson's sexually, uh, liberated wife in "Old School" to the seriously blood-splattered Mallory Knox in "Natural Born Killers," she's proven that she isn't afraid to take chances. And, for the most part, her risks have paid off big.

But Lewis wasn't always so edgy. In fact, back in 1989 she was playing what could be coined traditional roles, like her turn as Clark Griswold's daughter, Audrey, in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

Written by the iconic John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, "Christmas Vacation" will go down in history as one of the best movies ever Chevy Chase's funniest flicks. Which is still a pretty big achievement.

As Audrey, Lewis perfectly captured the surly teen, forced to share quality time with her annoying family. Not surprisingly, she spends the vast majority of her screen time being mortified by her father's ill-fated attempts to create an amazing Christmas. She puts up with her dad as best as she can… though (like most teens) she doesn't say much. But that's OK, because her masterful eye roll pretty much says it all. Audrey endures never-ending family dinners attended by senile relatives, dangerous road trips and even more dangerous sledding (on government-issued trashcan lids), all with the true-to-life quiet annoyance of nearly every teen.

So if you're used to seeing Ms. Lewis as the risk-taking bad girl — or want to know what those Old Navy commercials she's currently in are all about — take this trip down memory lane. Seeing her as a disgruntled daughter (with amazing '80s blond hair) is a holiday gift indeed.

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