Amy Adams

BirthDay:

20 Aug 1974

BirthPlace:

Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

BirthName:

Amy Lou Adams

Bio:

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).
Filmography

Actor ( 101 credits )

Disenchanted (2018) Giselle
Justice League (2017) Lois Lane
Sharp Objects (2017)  Camille Preaker (8 episodes, 2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016) Susan
Arrival (2016) Dr. Louise Banks
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Lois Lane
Big Eyes (2014) Margaret Keane
Lullaby (2014) Emily
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2014)
73 Questions (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
American Hustle (2013) Sydney Prosser
Her (2013) Amy
Man of Steel (2013) Lois Lane
Movie Guide (2013)  Lois Lane (1 episode, 2013)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
The Frame (2013)  Lois Lane (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
On the Road (2012) Jane / Joan Vollmer
Trouble with the Curve (2012) Mickey
The Master (2012) Peggy Dodd
Vivir de cine (2012)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Rotten Tomatoes (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
The Muppets (2011) Mary
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
The Fighter (2010) Charlene Fleming
Leap Year (2010) Anna
Conan (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Julie & Julia (2009) Julie Powell
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Amelia Earhart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself / ... (4 episodes, 2010-2013)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Storymakers (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber (2009) (1 episode, 2011)
Doubt (2008) Sister James
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) Delysia
Sunshine Cleaning (2008) Rose
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Bonnie Bach
Enchanted (2007) Giselle
Underdog (2007) Polly (voice)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 2010-2014)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Herself (2 episodes, 2013)
DP/30: Conversations About Movies (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
De par en par (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
The Ex (2006) Abby March
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) Gorgeous Woman
Pennies (2006) Charlotte Brown
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Susan
30 Rock (2006)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2012)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
Standing Still (2005) Elise
Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005) Herself
The Wedding Date (2005) Amy
Junebug (2005) Ashley
The Office (2005)  Katy (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (6 episodes, 2010-2014)
The Last Run (2004) Alexis
Dr. Vegas (2004)  Alice Doherty (5 episodes, 2004)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself / ... (4 episodes, 2011-2014)
Shootout (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Catch Me If You Can (2002) Brenda Strong
Serving Sara (2002) Kate
Pumpkin (2002) Alex
The Slaughter Rule (2002) Doreen
American Idol (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Smallville (2001)  Jodi Melville (1 episode, 2001)
The Chromium Hook (2000) Jill Royaltuber (as Amy Lou Adams)
Psycho Beach Party (2000) Marvel Ann
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) Leslie Miller
The West Wing (1999)  Cathy (1 episode, 2002)
Providence (1999)  Rebecca 'Becka' Taylor (1 episode, 2000)
Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (1999)  Dinah (1 episode, 2000)
That '70s Show (1998)  Kat Peterson (1 episode, 2000)
Charmed (1998)  Maggie Murphy (1 episode, 2000)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)  Cousin Beth (1 episode, 2000)
King of the Hill (1997)  Merilynn / ... (3 episodes, 2004)
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Access Hollywood (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Herself / ... (7 episodes, 2008-2016)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Extra (1994)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2014-2015)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2014)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (3 episodes, 1999-2008)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2014)
Inside Edition (1988)  Herself (3 episodes, 2014)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (13 episodes, 2007-2014)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Ellen Pompeo / ... (1 episode, 2008)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Sesame Street (1969)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Today (1952)  Herself - Big Eyes (1 episode, 2014)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Sharp Objects (2017) executive producer (8 episodes, 2017)

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