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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 20th, 1974 in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
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Manchester Prep
Latest Project:
Disenchanted (Mar 16th, 2018)

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MOVIES Disenchanted Giselle Mar 16th, 2018
SERIES Sharp Objects Camille Preaker Jan 14th, 2018
MOVIES Justice League Lois Lane Nov 15th, 2017
MOVIES Arrival Dr. Louise Banks Nov 10th, 2016
MOVIES Nocturnal Animals Susan Morrow Nov 4th, 2016
MOVIES Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lois Lane Mar 23rd, 2016
MOVIES DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice League Herself Jan 19th, 2016
MOVIES Big Eyes Margaret Keane Dec 24th, 2014
MOVIES Lullaby Emily Jun 13th, 2014
MOVIES Her Amy Dec 18th, 2013
MOVIES American Hustle Sydney Prosser Dec 12th, 2013
MOVIES Man of Steel Lois Lane Jun 12th, 2013
MOVIES Back Beyond Peggy Dodd Feb 26th, 2013
MOVIES Trouble with the Curve Mickey Lobel Sep 21st, 2012
MOVIES The Master Peggy Dodd Sep 7th, 2012
MOVIES On the Road Jane / Joan Vollmer May 22nd, 2012
MOVIES The Muppets Mary Nov 22nd, 2011
MOVIES The Fighter Charlene Fleming Dec 17th, 2010
MOVIES Love and Distrust Charlotte Brown Aug 16th, 2010
MOVIES Leap Year Anna Brady Jan 8th, 2010
MOVIES Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia Dec 8th, 2009
MOVIES Julie & Julia Julie Powell Aug 6th, 2009
MOVIES Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Amelia Earhart May 20th, 2009
MOVIES Moonlight Serenade Chloe Jan 1st, 2009
MOVIES Doubt Sister James Nov 27th, 2008
MOVIES Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Delysia Lafosse Mar 7th, 2008
MOVIES Sunshine Cleaning Rose Lorkowski Jan 18th, 2008
MOVIES Charlie Wilson's War Bonnie Bach Dec 19th, 2007
MOVIES Enchanted Giselle Nov 20th, 2007
MOVIES Underdog Polly Purebred (voice) Aug 3rd, 2007
MOVIES The Ex Abby March Dec 1st, 2006
MOVIES Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Gorgeous Woman Nov 22nd, 2006
MOVIES Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Susan Aug 4th, 2006
MOVIES Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Herself May 30th, 2006
MOVIES Junebug Ashley Johnsten Aug 3rd, 2005
MOVIES The Wedding Date Amy Ellis Feb 4th, 2005
MOVIES Standing Still Elise Jan 2nd, 2005
SERIES Dr. Vegas Alice Doherty Sep 24th, 2004
MOVIES The Last Run Alexis Jan 1st, 2004
MOVIES Catch Me If You Can Brenda Strong Dec 25th, 2002
MOVIES Serving Sara Kate Aug 20th, 2002
MOVIES Pumpkin Alex Jun 28th, 2002
MOVIES The Slaughter Rule Doreen Jan 1st, 2002
MOVIES Cruel Intentions 2 Kathryn Merteuil Nov 9th, 2000
MOVIES Psycho Beach Party Marvel Ann Aug 6th, 2000
MOVIES The Chromium Hook Jill Royaltuber May 13th, 2000
MOVIES Drop Dead Gorgeous Leslie Miller Jul 23rd, 1999
SERIES Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Dinah Jan 17th, 1999
MOVIES Man of Steel 2 Lois Lane
MOVIES Untitled Dick Cheney Biopic Lynne Cheney
SERIES Manchester Prep