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Bonnie Aarons is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her roles as the bum in Mulholland Drive (2001), Baroness Joy von Troken in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and the demon nun known as Valak in The Conjuring 2 (2016) and its subsequent spinoff, The Nun (2018). She appeared in the 2018 movie Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets.
Aarons attended acting school in New York City, but was frequently told that she would not have an acting career, due to her look and her nose. She found work in Europe doing short films and commercials. Her first American film was 1994's Exit to Eden, portraying a prostitute. She then appeared in the Roger Corman-produced "woman in prison" film, Caged Heat 3000.
|1994||Exit to Eden||The Prostitute|
|1995||Caged Heat 3000||Mac|
|1996||Dear God||Prophet Woman|
|2001||Mulholland Drive||The Bum|
|The Princess Diaries||Baroness Joy von Troken|
|Shallow Hal||Spastic Friend #1|
|2003||Specter's Rock||Verna Frenz|
|2004||The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement||Baroness Joy von Troken|
|2006||Wristcutters: A Love Story||Messiah Worshipper|
|2007||I Know Who Killed Me||Fat Teena|
|InAlienable||Blue Skinned Woman|
|2008||Hell Ride||Mud Devils Ref|
|One, Two, Many||Lastima in the Bathroom|
|2009||Drag Me to Hell||Mother and Daughter at Decathlon Fest|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Strange Lady|
|Dahmer vs. Gacy||General Abogados|
|The Fighter||Crackeado Bonnie|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook||Rocky D'Angelo's Mother|
|2015||Accidental Love||Reporter #2|
|2016||The Conjuring 2||Valak /
|Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets||Actress|
|2021||Jacob's Wife||The Master|
|The Nun: Rise||Valak /
|Night of the Witch||Marioara /
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