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Poppy Montgomery

Highest Rated:   87% Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Lowest Rated:   0% Between (2006)
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Birthplace:   Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Harboring an awesome wellspring of determination, Australian émigré actress Poppy Montgomery moved from down under to Los Angeles in 1993 (at the tender age of 18) and, with no connections or leads to her name, bought a copy of a book called How to Make it in Hollywood. In that text, Montgomery read an anecdote about one of Julia Roberts' early managers, who had helped engineer some of the actress' early successes. Montgomery searched diligently until she found the manager's telephone number, then so plagued him with calls, one after another, that she ultimately wore down his resistance; he put Montgomery in touch with a manager who helped launch her career. The self-assurance evident in this "breakout strategy" had taken root early in Montgomery's life; born June 19, 1975, in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (a suburb of Sydney), Montgomery realized as a young girl that she only wanted to spend her life acting. Once in Hollywood, she refused to be snubbed or overlooked. As an ingenue in Los Angeles, Montgomery sustained smaller turns for seven years, including a role on NYPD Blue and performances in the Eddie Murphy comedy Life and the Garry Marshall tearjerker The Other Sister, until late 2000, when she landed the highly coveted lead role of Marilyn Monroe in the autobiographical miniseries about the superstar, Blonde, adapted from the book by esteemed belletrist Joyce Carol Oates. Though critics felt the telemovie uneven, most singled out Montgomery and raved over her interpretation.This unique, inherent ability to reach down deep into a character and understand her on the most intuitive level shone through again and again in Montgomery's work, and doubtless enabled her to land a recurring role on the CBS drama Without a Trace, about the day-to-day searches of a missing-persons unit headed by Anthony LaPaglia. When she received the call about Without a Trace, Montgomery had contributed exemplary work to two otherwise unsuccessful series -- Elizabeth Waclawek in The Beat (2000) and Ellie Sparks in Glory Days (2002) -- and needed a boost. The program, of course, became a massive hit, thanks in no small part to Montgomery's fine work. In the series she portrays FBI agent Samantha Spade with marked believability. As one season of Without a Trace after another unfolded, Montgomery worked with equal emphasis in film and television. Her cinematic roles included Allison in the Gen-X indie comedy How to Lose Your Lover (2004) and Nadine Roberts in David Ocañas' metaphysical thriller Between (2004); in 2005, Montgomery played Generosa Rand, the issue-ridden (and possibly homicidal) wife of wealthy investment banker Ted Ammon, in the made-for-television true crime saga Murder in the Hamptons. TV would prove a good fit for Montgomery, and she would find additional success with series like Without a Trace and Unforgettable.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Surrogate's Nightmare
  • Angela
2017
No Score Yet Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris With Love
  • Holly
2015
33% Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story
  • J. K. Rowling
2011
No Score Yet Cinderella Pact
  • Actor
2010
0% Between
  • Nadine Roberts
2006
No Score Yet How to Lose Your Lover
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Murder in the Hamptons (Million Dollar Murder)
  • Generosa Rand
2005
No Score Yet Snow Wonder
  • Paula
2005
No Score Yet How to Lose Your Lover
  • Allison
2004
No Score Yet Raising Waylon
  • Julia
2004
60% 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Blonde
  • Actor
2001
50% Life
  • Older Mae Rose
1999
29% The Other Sister
  • Caroline
1999
No Score Yet This Space Between Us
  • Arden
1999
15% Dead Man on Campus
  • Rachel
1998
No Score Yet The Cold Equations
  • Marilyn `Lee' Cross
1996
87% Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Barbara's Sister
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Unforgettable
2011-2016
  • Carrie Wells
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Samantha Spade Sam Spade
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2005

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