Amy Adams

Biography

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).

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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Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 61

Birthday 1974-08-20

Place of Birth Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

Adult Actor False

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Also Known As

  • Amy Lou Adams

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 Untitled Man of Steel Sequel as Lois Lane
2017 Justice League as Lois Lane
2016 Arrival as Dr. Louise Banks
2016 Nocturnal Animals as Susan Morrow
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Lois Lane
2016 DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice League as Herself
2014 Big Eyes as Margaret Keane
2014 Lullaby as Emily
2013 Her as Amy
2013 American Hustle as Syndey Prosser
2013 Man of Steel as Lois Lane
2013 Back Beyond as Peggy Dodd
2012 Trouble with the Curve as Mickey Lobel
2012 The Master as Peggy Dodd
2012 On the Road as Jane
2011 The Muppets as Mary
2010 The Fighter as Charlene Fleming
2010 Love and Distrust as Charlotte Brown
2010 Leap Year as Anna Brady
2009 Julie & Julia as Julie Powell
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as Amelia Earhart
2009 Moonlight Serenade as Chloe
2008 Doubt as Sister James
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day as Delysia Lafosse
2008 Sunshine Cleaning as Rose Lorkowski
2007 Charlie Wilson's War as Bonnie Bach
2007 Enchanted as Giselle
2007 Underdog as Polly Purebred (voice)
2006 The Ex as Abby March
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny as Gorgeous Woman
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby as Susan
2006 Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party as Herself
2005 Junebug as Ashley Johnsten
2005 The Office(3 episodes)
2005 The Wedding Date as Amy Ellis
2005 Standing Still as Elise
2004 Dr. Vegas(10 episodes) as Alice Doherty
2004 The Last Run as Alexis
2002 Catch Me If You Can as Brenda Strong
2002 Serving Sara as Kate
2002 Pumpkin as Alex
2002 The Slaughter Rule as Doreen
2001 Smallville(1 episode)
2000 Cruel Intentions 2 as Kathryn Merteuil
2000 Psycho Beach Party as Marvel Ann
2000 The Chromium Hook as Jill Royaltuber
1999 The West Wing(1 episode)
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous as Leslie Miller
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane(26 episodes) as Dinah
1999 Providence(1 episode)
1998 Charmed(1 episode)
1998 That '70s Show(1 episode)
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer(1 episode)
1997 King of the Hill(4 episodes)
1996 Critics' Choice Movie Awards(1 episode) as Herself - Presenter
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(2 episodes)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode) as Amy Adams
1900 Sharp Objects as Camille Preaker
1900 Manchester Prep(3 episodes)

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