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Amy Adams

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry. Adams sang in the school choir at Douglas County High School and was an apprentice dancer at a local dance company, with the ambition of becoming a ballerina. However, she worked as a greeter at The Gap and as a Hooters hostess to support herself before finding work as a dancer at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse in such productions as "Brigadoon" and "A Chorus Line". It was there that she was spotted by a Minneapolis dinner-theater director who asked her to move to Chanhassen, Minnesota for more regional dinner theater work. Nursing a pulled muscle that kept her from dancing, she was free to audition for a part in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which was filming nearby in Minnesota. During the filming, Kirstie Alley encouraged her to move to Los Angeles, where she soon won a part in the Fox television version of the film, Cruel Intentions (1999), in the part played in the film by Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Kathryn Merteuil". Although three episodes were filmed, the troubled series never aired. Instead, parts of the episodes were cobbled together and released as the direct-to-video Cruel Intentions 2 (2000). After more failed television spots, she landed a major role in Catch Me If You Can (2002), playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. But this did not provide the break-through she might have hoped for, with no work being offered for about a year. She eventually returned to television, and joined the short-lived series, Dr. Vegas (2004). Her role in the low-budget independent film Junebug (2005) (which was shot in 21 days) got her real attention, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as other awards. The following year, her ability to look like a wide-eyed Disney animated heroine helped her to be chosen from about 300 actresses auditioning for the role of "Giselle" in the animated/live-action feature film, Enchanted (2007), which would prove to be her major break-through role. Her vivacious yet innocent portrayal allowed her to use her singing and dancing talents. Her performance garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Adams next appeared in the major production, Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and went on to act in the independent film, Sunshine Cleaning (2008), which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Her role as "Sister James" in Doubt (2008) brought her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a British Academy Film award. She appeared as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and as a post-9/11 hot line counselor, aspiring writer, amateur cook and blogger in Julie & Julia (2009). More recently, she starred with Jason Segel in The Muppets (2011) and alongside Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve (2012).

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Aug 20, 1974 In Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Movie Untitled Superman Project 2020-12-31
Known For
Poster of Trouble with the Curve
Poster of Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia
Poster of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Poster of That '70s Show
Movie Untitled Superman Project Lois Lane 2020-12-31
Series Sharp Objects Camille Preaker 2018-07-08
Movie Disenchanted Giselle 2018-03-16
Movie Vice Lynne Cheney 2018-12-25
Movie Justice League Lois Lane 2017-11-15
Movie DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice League Herself 2016-01-19
Movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lois Lane 2016-03-23
Movie Arrival Dr. Louise Banks 2016-11-10
Movie Nocturnal Animals Susan Morrow 2016-11-04
Movie Lullaby Emily 2014-06-13
Movie Big Eyes Margaret Keane 2014-12-24
Movie Man of Steel Lois Lane 2013-06-12
Movie The Master: Back Beyond Peggy Dodd 2013-02-26
Movie American Hustle Sydney Prosser 2013-12-12
Movie Her Amy 2013-12-18
Movie On the Road Jane / Joan Vollmer 2012-05-22
Movie The Master Peggy Dodd 2012-09-07
Movie Trouble with the Curve Mickey Lobel 2012-09-21
Movie The Muppets Mary 2011-11-22
Movie Leap Year Anna Brady 2010-01-08
Movie Love and Distrust Charlotte Brown 2010-08-16
Movie The Fighter Charlene Fleming 2010-12-17
Movie Julie & Julia Julie Powell 2009-08-06
Movie Moonlight Serenade Chloe 2009-01-01
Movie Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia 2009-12-08
Movie Sunshine Cleaning Rose Lorkowski 2008-01-18
Movie Doubt Sister James 2008-02-27
Movie Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Delysia LaFosse 2008-03-07
Movie Underdog Polly Purebred (voice) 2007-08-03
Movie Charlie Wilson's War Bonnie Bach 2007-12-19
Movie Enchanted Giselle 2007-11-20
Movie Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Herself 2006-05-30
Movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Susan 2006-08-04
Movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Gorgeous Woman 2006-11-22
Movie The Ex Abby March 2006-12-01
Movie The Wedding Date Amy Ellis 2005-02-04
Movie Junebug Ashley Johnsten 2005-08-03
Series The Office Unknown 2005-03-24
Movie The Last Run Alexis 2004-01-01
Movie Catch Me If You Can: Behind the Camera Herself 2003-05-06
Movie Pumpkin Alex 2002-06-28
Movie The Slaughter Rule Doreen 2002-01-01
Movie Serving Sara Kate 2002-08-23
Movie Catch Me If You Can Brenda Strong 2002-12-25
Series Smallville Jodi Melville 2001-10-16
Movie The Chromium Hook Jill Royaltuber 2000-05-13
Movie Cruel Intentions 2 Kathryn Merteuil 2000-11-09
Movie Psycho Beach Party Marvel Ann 2000-08-06
Series Providence Unknown 1999-01-08
Series That '70s Show Unknown 1998-08-23
Series Charmed Unknown 1998-10-07
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Dream Trap Co-ed 1990-01-01
Movie Witch Story Susan 1989-01-01
Movie Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer Susie 1989-01-01
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
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