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Amy Adams

Born: 1974

Biography

Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress. Known for both her comedic and dramatic roles, she has been featured three times in annual rankings of the world's highest-paid actresses. She has received various accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for six Academy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Adams began her career as a dancer in dinner theater, which she pursued from 1994 to 1998, and made her film debut with a supporting part in the dark comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999). She made guest appearances in television and took on "mean girl" parts in low-budget feature films. Her first major role came in Steven Spielberg's biopic Catch Me If You Can (2002), but she was unemployed for a year afterward. Her breakthrough came when she portrayed a loquacious pregnant woman in the independent comedy-drama Junebug (2005), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination. The musical fantasy film Enchanted (2007), in which Adams played a cheerful princess-to-be, was her first success as a leading lady. She followed this by playing other naïve, optimistic women in films like the drama Doubt (2008), and subsequently played more assertive parts to positive reviews in the sports film The Fighter (2010) and the psychological drama The Master (2012). From 2013 to 2017, she portrayed Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe. She won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for playing a seductive con artist in the crime film American Hustle (2013) and the painter Margaret Keane in the biopic Big Eyes (2014). Further acclaim came for playing a linguist in the science fiction film Arrival (2016), a self-harming reporter in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects (2018), and Lynne Cheney in the satire Vice (2018). Adams' stage roles include the Public Theater's revival of Into the Woods in 2012 and the West End theatre revival of The Glass Menagerie in 2022. In 2014, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, and featured in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.
Known For Acting
Gender Female
Place of Birth Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

Resources

Movies

Catch Me If You Can

Brenda Strong in Catch Me If You Can

Junebug

Ashley in Junebug

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Leslie Miller in Drop Dead Gorgeous

Enchanted

Giselle in Enchanted

Cruel Intentions 2

Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions 2

The Slaughter Rule

Doreen in The Slaughter Rule

Charlie Wilson's War

Bonnie Bach in Charlie Wilson's War

Julie & Julia

Julie Powell in Julie & Julia

Leap Year

Anna Brady in Leap Year

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Delysia LaFosse in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Serving Sara

Kate in Serving Sara

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Susan in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Sunshine Cleaning

Rose Lorkowski in Sunshine Cleaning

The Wedding Date

Amy Ellis in The Wedding Date

The Last Run

Alexis in The Last Run

Psycho Beach Party

Marvel Ann in Psycho Beach Party

Moonlight Serenade

Chloe in Moonlight Serenade

Standing Still

Elise in Standing Still

Doubt

Sister James in Doubt

The Fighter

Charlene Fleming in The Fighter

Love and Distrust

Charlotte Brown (segment "Pennies") in Love and Distrust

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Man of Steel

Lois Lane in Man of Steel

The Master

Peggy Dodd in The Master

On the Road

Jane / Joan Vollmer in On the Road

Big Eyes

Margaret Keane in Big Eyes

Trouble with the Curve

Mickey Lobel in Trouble with the Curve

Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party

Self in Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party

Her

Amy in Her

American Hustle

Sydney Prosser in American Hustle

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Lois Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Justice League

Lois Lane in Justice League

Lullaby

Emily in Lullaby

Arrival

Dr. Louise Banks in Arrival

Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia

Self in Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia

Nocturnal Animals

Susan Morrow in Nocturnal Animals

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Gorgeous Woman in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Pumpkin

Alex in Pumpkin

The Ex

Abby March in The Ex

The Chromium Hook

Jill Royaltuber in The Chromium Hook

Underdog

Polly Purebred (voice) in Underdog

Disenchanted

Giselle in Disenchanted

Vice

Lynne Cheney in Vice

Her: The Untitled Rick Howard Project

Self in Her: The Untitled Rick Howard Project

The Woman in the Window

Anna Fox in The Woman in the Window

Wide-Awake

The Light-Bringer in Wide-Awake

Pennies

Charlotte Brown in Pennies

Hillbilly Elegy

Beverly "Bev" Vance in Hillbilly Elegy

The Making of Big Eyes

Herself in The Making of Big Eyes

Xenolinguistics: Understanding 'Arrival'

Self in Xenolinguistics: Understanding 'Arrival'

Nightbitch

The Mother in Nightbitch

The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy

Self (archive footage) in The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy

Zack Snyder's Justice League

Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's Justice League

Finding the Mother Tree

Suzanne Simard in Finding the Mother Tree

Dear Evan Hansen

Cynthia Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen

Her: Love in the Modern Age

Self (archive footage) in Her: Love in the Modern Age

The Muppets

Mary in The Muppets

Doubt: Stage to Screen

Self in Doubt: Stage to Screen

The Invite

in The Invite

Untitled Graham Moore Project

in Untitled Graham Moore Project

Klara and the Sun

The Mother in Klara and the Sun

At the Sea

Laura in At the Sea

TV Shows