Amy Adams
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Vicenza, Italy
5' 5
Famous for:
Her performance as Ashley in Junebug (2005)
Alumna of the Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Minnesota
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“I think that I've always been attracted to characters who are positive and come from a very innocent place. I think there's a lot of room for discovery in these characters and that's something I always have fun playing.” Amy Adams

Initially gaining attention as Leonardo DiCaprio's dimwitted fiancée in Steven Spielberg's “Catch Me If You Can” (2002), two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Amy Adams obtained even more recognition with her portrayal of a pregnant southern belle in the independent film “Junebug” (2005), for which she picked up her first Oscar nomination. The role also brought her a Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, an Independent Spirit Award, and a Screen Actors Guild nomination, among other honors. Adams, however, did not score her star-making role until she was cast as Giselle in Disney's financial and critical hit, “Enchanted” (2007). For her brilliant acting, she was handed a Saturn Award and her first Golden Globe nomination. A year later, Adams took home her second Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination thanks to her role of Sister James in “Doubt” (2008), which was adapted from Jon Patrick Shanley’s award winning play of the same name.

Adams will soon star in Shawn Levy's “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009, opposite Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Owen Wilson) and Nora Ephron's “Julie & Julia” (2009, as Julie Powell).

“I didn't get into acting to have a moment. I got into it because of people who've inspired me, like Judi Dench, Holly Hunter, and Jodie Foster.” Amy Adams

One of People Magazine's “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” (2008), Adams was engaged to actor Darren Le Gallo on July 24, 2008. The couple met in 2001 in an acting class.


Childhood and Family:

One of seven children of Kathryn and Richard Adams, Amy Lou Adams was born on August 20, 1975, at the U.S. military base in Aviano, Italy, where her father was stationed with the U.S. Army. She spent part of her early years at Vicenza before her family moved back to the U.S. and settled in Castle Rock, Colorado. At the time, Amy was eight or nine years old. However, when she was 11 years old, her parents divorced. Amy, who was raised Mormon, and the rest of the family subsequently left the church after the divorce.

Amy attended Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colorado, and sang in the school choir. During high school, the aspiring ballerina also trained at a local dance company. A hard worker, Amy took jobs as a greeter at a Gap and a hostess at a Hooters restaurant to support herself before receiving a professional job as a dancer at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse. It was not until 1995 that she was discovered by Minneapolis dinner theater director Michael Brindisi and asked to move to Chanhassen, Minnesota, for dinner theater work.

“(Working at Hooters) was a short enough period of my life. I always find it fascinating that it's become my entire press career a while. I'm glad that I finally get to talk to people so they can like put a person with the Hooters girl. It's good. It was fine. It took care of me for a while.” Amy Adams



Former Gap greeter and Hooters hostess Amy Adams worked at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Minnesota for three years, during which time she appeared in a number of productions like “Brigadoon” and “Good News,” before experiencing her early break in 1999 when she landed the film role of Leslie Miller in the satirical comedy “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” opposite Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley and Brittany Murphy. She later headed to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

Within a few weeks of her arrival in L.A., she was cast in the important role of Kathryn Merteuil in the FOX television series “Manchester Prep,” a spin-off of the 1999 hit movie “Cruel Intentions,” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. Because of risky sexual content, the show was never broadcasted and was instead released to video under the title “Cruel Intentions 2” (2000). Adams also appeared in the NBC made-for TV film “The Peter Principle” and in the independent movies “Psycho Beach Party” and “The Chromium Hook,” a 36-minute length comedy directed and written by James Stanger. She also landed guest spots in such popular series as FOX's “That 70s Show,” UPN's “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” The WB's “Charmed” and NBC's “Providence.”

Adams offered a memorable guest appearance in a 2001 “Smallville” episode called “Craving” and appeared in an episode of the drama series “The West Wing,” the following year. It was also in 2002 that Adams was hired for four different films. She first supported Ryan Gosling and David Morse in the sport-themed “The Slaughter Rule,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 2002, and then worked with Christina Ricci and Hank Harris in the Sundance-screened “Pumpkin,” which was co-directed by Anthony Abrams and Adam Larson Broder. She also appeared as Kate in the Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley romantic comedy “Serving Sara” and played the fiancée of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brenda Strong, in “Catch Me If You Can,” from celebrated director Steven Spielberg.

Despite this major boost, Adams briefly disappeared from the screen and did not resurface until 2004. She then costarred with Fred Savage in the Jonathan Segal directed comedy “The Last Run” and voiced characters in two episodes of the cartoon series “King of the Hill.” She also made her debut as a series regular in the CBS medical drama “Dr. Vegas,” which was soon axed after failing to find an audience.

Adams' big breakthrough arrived the following year when director Phil Morrison cast her in the supporting role of Ashley Johnsten in the southern drama “Junebug” (2005), opposite Embeth Davidtz as Madeleine. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2005, with the talented actress taking home a Special Jury Prize for her applauded performance. Adams continued to win a string of awards like an Independent Spirit, a National Society of Film Critics, a Broadcast Film Critics Association, a Vancouver Film Critics Circle, a Southeastern Film Critics Association, a Florida Film Critics Circle, a San Francisco Film Critics Circle and a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a Central Ohio Film Critics Association and a Gotham for Breakthrough Film Artist. She also collected many nominations, most notably an Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nomination. Talking about her character in Junebug,” she said, “I think a lot of times we don't pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled. But what if she sees the truth about her life, understands it all and ultimately makes the choice that this is what she wants? Is she goofy? Yes, but she could ultimately be the most intelligent person in the movie.”

Adams boosted her success with noteworthy roles in the romance film “The Wedding Date” (2005), based on Elizabeth Young's book “Asking for Trouble,” and as Adam Garcia's lover in the independent comedy “Standing Still” (also 2005). She also began her recurring role of Katy in the well-liked TV sitcom “The Office” the same year.

After appearing in the musical “Moonlight Serenade” (2006), Adams played Will Ferrell’s assistant in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006). She then starred as Charlotte Brown in the short “Pennies” (2006), was featured with Jack Black and Kyle Gass in the musical “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” (2006) and was seen in the flops “Fast Track” (2006) and “Underdog” (2007), where she voiced Polly.

Adams' film career gained another boost when she landed the starring role of Princess Giselle in Disney's fairy tale “Enchanted” (2007), alongside Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden. Directed by Kevin Lima, the movie grossed more than $400 million worldwide and collected three Oscar nominations, among other honors. As for Adams, she won a Saturn for Best Actress and received such nominations as a Golden Globe nomination, three MTV Movie nominations, a Satellite nomination, a Teen Choice nomination, a National Movie nomination and two Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations.

The strawberry blonde-haired actress returned as a supporting actor in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), a refreshing political satire directed by Mike Nichols, scripted by Aaron Sorkin and starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. She was then cast as Jason Spevack’s mother and Emily Blunt's sister in “Sunshine Cleaning” (2008), a dark comedy about a crime scene clean-up crew. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In the Frances McDormand vehicle “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” (2008), she played an American actress and singer Delysia Lafosse, who hires Miss Pettigrew as her social secretary.

Adams won a second Oscar nomination when she was cast as a nun in the big screen version of Jon Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Doubt” (2008). Her scene stealing performance also brought Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Chicago Film Critics Association nominations. Among her costars in the movie were Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis.

Recently, Adams completed filming “Julie & Julia,” which reunited her with “Doubt” costar Meryl Streep. Directed and scripted by Nora Ephron, the biopic is based on Julie Powell's book, “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.” It is set to be released in August 2009. The thirty-something actress will star as Amelia Earhart in “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” a sequel to the 2006 Ben Stiller hit “Night at the Museum.” The film is scheduled to be launched in May 2009.


  • Saturn: Best Actress, “Enchanted,” 2008

  • Independent Spirit: Best Supporting Female, “Junebug,” 2006

  • National Society of Film Critics (NSFC): Best Supporting Actress, “Junebug,” 2006

  • Broadcast Film Critics Association: Critics Choice Award, Best Supporting Actress, “Junebug,” 2006

  • Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA ): Breakthrough Film Artist, “Junebug,” 2006

  • Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize-Dramatic, “Junebug,” 2005

  • Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC): Best Supporting Actress, “Junebug,” 2005

  • Gotham: Breakthrough Award, “Junebug,” 2005

  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actress, “Junebug,” 2005

  • Southeastern Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress, “Junebug,” 2005

  • Vancouver Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actress, “Junebug,” 2005

  • Washington DC Area Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress, “Junebug,” 2005

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