Name:
Madchen Amick
Birth Date:
December 12, 1970
Birth Place:
Sparks, Nevada, USA
Height:
5' 6''
Nationality:
American
Profession:
Model, Actress
Education:
Robert McQueen High School in Reno
BIOGRAPHY
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Twin Peaks

Background:

Model turned actress Madchen Amick has built a prolific career in showbiz industry since her best-known role as the sexy, abused waitress Shelly Johnson on the David Lynch hallucinatory series “Twin Peaks” (1990-1991) and its film prequel “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992). Following tremendous performances in the short-lived series “Central Park West/ CWP” (1995-1996) and the updated edition of “Fantasy Island” (1998-99), the multitalented actress increasingly re-achieved her like ”Twin Peaks” fame with recurring roles in such shows as “Gilmore Girls” (2002-2003), the hit “ER” (2004 -2005), “Jake in Progress” (2005), “Joey” (2005, “Gossip Girl” (2008), “Californication” (2008) and “Damages” (2010). She is now a regular in the Lifetime supernatural series “Witches of East End”(2013-?).  

On the big screen, Amick is perhaps remembered as the ambitious femme fatale and James Spader’s lover in the Nicholas Kazan-helmed erotic thriller “Dream Lover” (1994), for which she received a Saturn nomination for Best Actress. Other movies she has appeared in include the Stephen King horror “Sleepwalkers” (1992), the sci-fi thriller “Bombshell” (1996), “Four Corners of Suburbia” (2005) and “Priest” (2011).                       

 The American beauty of German, Norwegian and Swedish descent is happily married to musician and songwriter David Alexis, with whom she has shares her life outside the limelight since 1972. The couple has two children. Her romantic life was formerly linked to high school sweetheart Lloyd and they split up just before Amick left to become a star.
     

Versatile Madchen  

Childhood and Family:

In Sparks, Nevada, Madchen Amick was born on December 12, 1970, to Bill and Judd. Her parents separated before Madchen’s third birthday, leaving the little girl under the guidance of her medical office manager mother who later married to a musician and band leader. Influenced by her stepfather’s fondness to music, this young girl started to learn how to play the piano at age 3 and carried on for 12 years. A very intellectual girl with a wide range of artistic talents, Madchen also studied the bass, violin and guitar as well as trained in different forms of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Additionally, she took her first formal acting training with her drama teacher, Roberta Fluke, at Rino’s Robert McQueen High School. Also an excellent painter, Madchen, whose name means “maiden” or “young woman” in German, started painting in oils while in school and has since sold several of her work.

As for her marriage life, Madchen married her neighbor, aspiring singer and songwriter David Alexis, in 1992. The happy couple have two children.


Dream Lover

Career:

16 year old Madchen Amick left high school and headed for Los Angeles to become an actress. After moving to L.A, the teen girl found herself working as an Elite model, and soon was featured as a dancer in pop music videos with singers like Herb Alpert, Dweezil Zappa, Julio Iglesias and Rick Astley. Her first real acting job came in 1989 when she was hired to guest star in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” playing young girl Anya. More TV work followed, including a spot in one episode of “Baywatch” (1989) and the low budget horror movie “I’m Dangerous Tonight” (1990, starred with Corey Parker), before finally “Don’t Tell Her It’s Me,” which starred Steve Guttenberg and Jami Gertz.

Amick’s big breakthrough arrived when director David Lynch had her star as the good-natured, ill-treated coffee shop waitress Shelly Johnson in the cult-soap “Twin Peaks” (ABC, 1990-91), a memorable performance that launched the waitress role as one of the most popular characters. With the success, she was invited to reprise her part for the movie sequel “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” in 1992.

After her break out role in “Twin Peaks,” the dark-haired actress dotted her acting resume with countless projects, most notably the Stephen King popular horror movie “Sleepwalkers” (1992), where she starred as a virgin became involved with a good-looking high school student who’s secretly a soul-eating mutant, and in 1994, she earned good reviews for her fine acting opposite James Spader as Lena Mathers, the ruthless femme fatale with dark designs on her lover in the erotic thriller “Dream Lover,” which was directed and written by Nicholas Kazan. Amick was also seen in the direct-to-video release romantic comedy “French Exit” (1995) and the sci-fi thriller “Bombshell” (1996).       

Amick returned to TV with a regular role in 1995 when she was cast as the sexy and scheming Carrie Fairchild in the much-publicized CBS dramatic series “Central Park West/CWP.” Aside from her dazzling acting, the nighttime soap failed to ignite audience and was canceled in 1996. Next up for Amick are roles in “Twist of Fate” (1997), “Wounded” (1997), “Heartless” (1997, TV) and “The Hunted” (1998, TV) before scoring a success with her role as the shape-shifting Ariel, assistant to Mr. Rourke, in the short-lived ABC series “Fantasy Island” (1998-99). She rounded out the decade with a recurring role on the teen cult hit “Dawson’s Creek” (as Nicole Kennedy) and a co-starring role as Judd Nelson’s wife in the NBC biopic “Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story” (1999).               

The next years saw Amick have various roles in films like “The List” (2000), “Risque” (2001), “Hangman” (2001, TV), “Face to Face” (2001), “Scenes of the Crime” (2001), “The Rats” (2002, TV) and “Global Effect” (2002). However, it was her three-episode appearance in the WB series “Gilmore Girls” (2002-03) that made her once more become a popular face. Amick gained additional eminence when she joined the cast of the NBC long-running drama “ER” in the recurring role of Wendall Meade, a social worker and romantic interest to Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle) for 2004-2005 seasons. The actress’ next recurring parts as Kylie in NBC’s “Jake in Progress” (2005) and Sara, the photographer and girlfriend of Joey Tribbian (Matt LeBlanc) in “Joey” (2005) further launched her the noticeable face on the small screen. As for film, Amick kept her presence by taking on starring roles in the drama “Four Corners of Suburbia” (2005, opposite Paul Blackthorne) and  the made-for-TV thriller “Lies and Deception” (2005, with Andrew W. Walker). From 205 to 2006, she portrayed Allison in the Freddie Prinze Jr.’s comedy “Freddie.”

Amick guest starred as  Alissa Goodwyn in an episode of “Law & Order” called “Home Sweet” in 2006. She had a recurring role as Vivian Guttman in “Kidnapped” between 2006 and 2007 and in 2007, she appeared as Natalie Holden in three episodes of “Viva Laughlin,” including the pilot. In 2008, she played the regular role of Angelica 'Angie' Spivey on “My Own Worst Enemy,” which ran on NBC from October 13 to December15, 2008. 2008 also saw her playing Duchess Catherine Beaton in “Gossip Girl” (4 episodes), Janie Jones in Showtime's “Californication” (5 episodes), Gina Romero in “Shark” (1 episode) and Christine in the made for TV film “The Verdict.”

After portraying Liz in the TV film “The Law” (2009), Amick had a recurring role as Danielle Marchetti in the third season of the FX legal drama series “Damages” and portrayed Aubrey Hunter in three episodes of “CSI: NY” both in 2010. She also appeared in the TV films “Unanswered Prayers” (2010) and “Pleading Guilty” (2010). In 2011, the actress appeared in the post-apocalyptic film “Priest,” starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q, portrayed Mary McCarthy in the TV film “Metro TV” and guest starred in an episode of “White Collar.”In the following year, she could be seen in episodes of “Psych,” “In Plain Sight,” “Mad Men,” “Ringer,” “Drop Dead Diva” (playing Gina Blunt), “Political Animals” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

In 2013, Amick was cast in the role of Joanna's mischievous witch sister Wendy Beauchamp on the supernatural drama series “Witches of East End,” starring Julia Ormond as lead character Joanna Beauchamp. The show premiered on Lifetime on October 6, 2013, and was renewed for a second of 13 episodes in November 2013. She also played Deena in two episodes of  A&E's “Longmire” (2013).
    

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