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Amy Adams



An actress with a knack for light comedy, Amy Adams was born in Italy and raised in Castle Rock, Colorado. After high school, she studied dance and worked in regional dinner theater until age 20, when she moved to Minnesota with her family after being spotted by a visiting Minneapolis producer and recruited to work in his dinner theater there. She landed her first film role in the satiric 1999 comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous, which was, appropriately enough, set in Minnesota. After appearing in the independent comedy Psycho Beach Party, Adams made guest appearances on a number of television series, including That 70s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The West Wing; she was also cast as a regular in Manchester Prep, a TV spin-off of the hit film Cruel Intentions. Manchester Prep, however, was never aired when its network decided that the show's sexual content was too strong for television, although several episodes were eventually re-edited into a direct-to-video feature entitled Cruel Intentions 2. 2002 proved to be a very busy year for Adams, who appeared in no fewer than four features, including the eagerly anticipated Catch Me if You Can, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.



Adams took a 2 year break following Catch Me If You Can, reemerging in 2004 to appear with Fred Savage in the low-key comedy/drama The Last Run. The next year she took a substantial role in the romantic comedy The Wedding Date, but the part that proved to be a career-shaping one was the very innocent, very pregnant Ashley in Phil Morrison's independent film Junebug. Adams was adored by audiences and praised by critics for her quirky, sensitive performance, and she netted a Best Supporting Actress nomination in the process.



The young actress rounded out 2005 with a brief series of regular appearances on the wildly popular TV comedy The Office. In 2006 Amy co-starred in the NASCAR comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, alongside Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen. 2007 provided a big boost to her lead-actress stock in the form of Disney's Enchanted, a Splash-like confection in which Adams played a fairytale princess inadvertently plopped into the alternate universe of modern-day New York City. The family-friendly Thanksgiving release racked up considerable praise and millions of box-office dollars. Adams picked up her second Academy Award nomination in 2008 for her work in John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his award winning play Doubt. In addition to that honor, she scored nods from the Screen Actors Guild, and the Hollywood Foreign Press. The following year, Adams teamed with Doubt star Meryl Streep again, to play a young amateur chef who attempts to cook every recipe in a massive cookbook by Julia Child (Streep) in the Nora Ephron-directed Julie and Julia.



The following year, Adams played the romantic interest of Mark Wahlberg in the Oscar contender The Fighter, earning tremendous critical acclaim both for her tough performance and spot-on Boston accent. Then in 2011, Adams teamed up with funnyman Jason Segel for a much anticipated relaunching of Jim Henson's beloved Muppets franchise. In 2012 she played the controlling wife of a cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson's drama The Master, and captured her fourth Best Supporting Actress nomination in just eight years for her work in that film. In 2013 she took on the legendary part of Lois Lane in the Superman reboot Man of Steel.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Justice League
  • Lois Lane
2017
72% Nocturnal Animals
  • Susan Morrow
2016
94% Arrival
  • Dr. Louise Banks
2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Lois Lane
2016
72% Big Eyes
  • Margaret Keane
2014
31% Lullaby
  • Emily
2014
93% American Hustle
  • Sydney Prosser
2013
95% Her
  • Amy
2013
55% Man of Steel
  • Lois Lane
2013
No Score Yet Untitled Ice Cube/David O. Russell Project
  • Sydney Prosser
2013
43% On the Road
  • Jane/Joan Vollmer
2012
51% Trouble with the Curve
  • Mickey
2012
86% The Master
  • Peggy Dodd
2012
96% The Muppets
  • Mary
2011
90% The Fighter
  • Charlene Fleming
2010
No Score Yet Love & Distrust
  • Charlotte Brown
2010
21% Leap Year
  • Anna
2010
76% Julie & Julia
  • Julie Powell
2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Amelia Earhart
2009
72% Sunshine Cleaning
  • Rose
2009
No Score Yet Moonlight Serenade
  • Chloe
2009
78% Doubt
  • Sister James
2008
77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
  • Delysia Lafosse
2008
82% Charlie Wilson's War
  • Bonnie Bach
2007
93% Enchanted
  • Giselle
2007
14% Underdog
  • Polly
2007
19% The Ex
  • Abby March
2007
No Score Yet Pennies
  • Actor
2006
54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  • Gorgeous Woman
2006
72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Susan
2006
86% Junebug
  • Ashley
2005
36% Standing Still
  • Elise
2005
10% The Wedding Date
  • Amy
2005
No Score Yet The Last Run
  • Alexis
2004
96% Catch Me If You Can
  • Brenda
2002
4% Serving Sara
  • Kate
2002
36% Pumpkin
  • Alex
2002
73% The Slaughter Rule
  • Doreen
2002
18% Cruel Intentions 2
  • Kathryn
2000
53% Psycho Beach Party
  • Marvel Ann
2000
44% Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Leslie Miller
1999
No Score Yet Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer
  • Susie
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Guest
  • Katie Katy
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Jodi Melville Jodi
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
  • Actor
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Beth
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Performer

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