The Bold and the Beautiful
American actress and singer Adrienne Frantz is best known to soap opera fans as Amber Moore in “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1997-2005), from which she took home a Daytime Emmy Award and a Young Artist Award. She also appeared in “The Young and the Restless” (2006-present) and in several films, including “Speedway Junky” (1999, executive produced by Gus Van Sant), “Hack” (2007), “Act Your Age” (2008) and “Donna on Demand” (2009). She provided her voice to the TV shows “The Wild Thornberrys” and “Rugrats” and released her first album in 2007. She said, “The album is called 'Anomaly,' which by definition is a deviation or departure from anything normal, and the album is definitely not normal. All the songs kind of meld together but they are all different. One song in particular that makes me cry every time I hear it is called 'Seren.' I wrote it for my goddaughter.”
An animal lover, Frantz has worked with PETA and other organizations that support animal causes, including Save the Horses, the Humane Society's Genesis Awards, Actors & Others for Animals, Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve and The Rescue Cat Association. Frantz has also worked with the Pancreatic Cancer Society and the Diabetes Society and many organizations that help children and women.
On a more personal note, Frantz is currently single. She stated, “If I met someone and it was great and I was in love then I went away on tour, I would be sad to leave them. I want to go out and enjoy my time on the road.”
Childhood and Family:
Adrienne Danielle Frantz was born on June 7, 1978, in Mount Clemens, Michigan, to a psychologist and a chef. Her parents divorced when she was 12 years old. An only child, she was outgoing and was interested in performing at an early age. She subsequently took dance, voice and drama lessons and by age 13, was popular among sports fans throughout the Detroit area for her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which she performed at a number of Piston, Neon, and Viper games.
Adrienne graduated from high school at age 16. Shortly after, she headed to New York City to pursue her career. She continued her studies at Marymount College in New York City, but soon left the university.
In her free time, Adrienne loves skiing, playing softball and staying at home with her three cats, all of whom are from a rescue shelter. She also owns two dogs. Adrienne enjoys composing music, attending concerts and writing poetry. She is a skilled pianist.
After arriving in New York, Adrienne Frantz began acting in commercials and worked with the sound department for a TV production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” (1995), which starred Vanessa Williams and Jason Alexander. In addition, she performed in the New York Youth Theatre production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” where she played Hermia.
As a freshman in college, Frantz entered the soap opera realm when she landed the role of Tiffany Thorne in “Sunset Beach” (1997), which was co-produced by NBC and Spelling TV. She moved to Los Angeles for the job but left the show later that year when she was cast in the role of Amber Moore in the popular CBS daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She stayed with the series until April 2005 and was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (won one in
2001) and two Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Day Time Serial - Young Performer (won one in 1999). She also landed two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress and showcased her singing talent in several episodes. While working on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Frantz also lent her voice to the animated TV series “The Wild Thornberrys” (2000), “Rugrats” and “As Told by Ginger” (both 2001).
Frantz made her big screen debut in “Speedway Junky” (1999), a drama directed and written by Nickolas Perry and starring Jesse Bradford, Jordan Brower, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Daryl Hannah. She also wrote and performed the song “Way to Go” for the film's soundtrack. The same year, Frantz worked with Brendan Fletcher in Robert McGinley's “Jimmy Zip,” which won the Hollywood Discovery Award for Best Feature Film (under $1 million). Originally, “Jimmy Zip” was a 1996 short film starring Alyssa Milano, Spalding Gray and Justin Whalin. It was remade into a full length film three years later with Frantz starring as Sheila. She then played Sandy in a 1999 episode of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” called “Egg Lessons.”
In October 2006, Frantz made a guest appearance in the Fox sitcom “That '70s Show,” in which she played Kelly, the girlfriend of Fez (played by Wilmer Valderrama). It was in November of that year that she reprised her role of Amber in the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” She is currently with the show.
In 2007, Frantz was cast as Maddy in the film “Hack,” which was written and directed by Matt Flynn and also starred Danica McKellar, Jay Kenneth Johnson and William Forsythe. She then costarred with Kane Hodder in the direct to video movie “Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield” for director/writer Michael Feifer. It was also in 2007 that Frantz launched her debut album “Anomaly.” On recording her album, she stated, “It was an amazing experience but a lot harder than I thought it would be. I thought that once you write the album, that's the hardest part done. But the recording process takes months and months. I wrote over 30 songs and then recorded 14, but only 12 made it to the album. It was so hard. It’s like killing off your children.
Frantz returned to film the next year in the comedy “Act Your Age.” Directed by Robin Christian, the film picked up an Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2008 Breckenridge Festival of Film and an Award of Excellence for Feature Film at the 2008 Accolade Competition. She next played Donna in “Donna on Demand” (2009), a thriller helmed and written by Corbin Bernsen. The film cast also included Bernsen, Lyndsay Brill, Charles Dennis, Joseph DeVito and Steve Fite.
“I can't have a choice! I miss acting when I’m not acting and I miss singing when I’m not singing. I have to have both in my life.” Adrienne Frantz
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” 2001
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Day Time Serial - Young Performer, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” 1999
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (won twice)