Amy Adams Biography

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Born: August 20, 1974


Date of Birth: August 20, 1974

Growing up in Denver, Amy Adams began her acting career doing musicals such as Crazy for You. She was spotted by a director for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and wound up appearing in shows such as Good News and Brigadoon in Minnesota.

From there, Amy went to Hollywood in 1999, where after six weeks of auditioning, she landed her first job, a TV show called Manchester Prep. Unfortunately, it never aired, but was reworked into a straight-to-video movie called Cruel Intentions 2 and released in 2000.

She went on to land a role in a pilot for the sitcom Grosse Point, which made it on the air, but without the participation of Amy, who was let go during filming.

Devastated at the time, Amy redeemed herself by winning guest spots on TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, That '70s Show, Charmed, Providence and Smallville before gaining a small role in the feature film Serving Sara (2002) and playing Leonardo DiCaprio's fianc— in Catch Me If You Can (2002).

For the 2004/2005 Fall TV season, she became a regular on the short-lived Rob Lowe series Dr. Vegas, but when it ended, quickly moved back to features, playing Debra Messing's self-absorbed sister in The Wedding Date (2005). However, it was her role as the needy but endearing Ashley in the independent film Junebug (2005) that brought her the most attention. Critics raved about her performance and she went on not only to win the Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and a Broadcast Frilm Critics Association Award, but her first Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Since then, Amy has played roles in movies such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and Enchanted (2007). In 2009 she received her second Academy Award nomination for her work in Doubt (2008) and in 2011 she received her third for The Fighter.

Other roles include The Muppets (2011) with Jason Segel, Trouble with the Curve (2012) with Clint Eastwood and On the Road (2012) with Kristen Stewart. For her work in The Master (2012) opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Amy received her fourth Academy Award nomination. Amy again appeared with Phoenix in Her (2013). Amy also took on the coveted role of Lois Lane in the 2013 Superman film Man of Steel.

She earned a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture and her fifth Academy Award nomination when she starred in the Academy Award-nominated film American Hustle (2013). She won her second Golden Globe for her role in Big Eyes (2014). She starred in the DC comics remake Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), the space drama Arrival (2016), and the drama thriller Nocturnal Animals (2016). She reprises her role as Lois Lane in Justice League (2017).

Later, she starred in Vice (2018), which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

Amy also starred in the HBO limited series Sharp Objects (2018), garnering critical acclaim for her performance along with a Best Actress nod at the Golden Globe Awards.

In 2020, she starred in the Netflix drama Hillbilly Elegy, which is based on J.D. Vance's bestselling memoir of the same name.

She is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, actor Darren Le Gallo. In 2010, Amy gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl named Aviana Olea Le Gallo.


Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
Sharp Objects (2018)
Vice (2018)
Justice League (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Big Eyes (2014)
American Hustle (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
Her (2013)
Lullaby (2012)
The Master (2012)
On the Road (2012)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
The Muppets (2011)
The Fighter (2010)
Leap Year (2010)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Doubt (2008)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Enchanted (2007)
Underdog (2007) (voice)
Fast Track (2006)
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Standing Still (2005)
Junebug (2005)
The Wedding Date (2005)
The Last Run (2004)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Serving Sara (2002)
Pumpking (2002)
The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

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