Amy Adams Biography and Filmography

All About the 'Junebug' , 'Doubt', 'The Fighter', and 'American Hustle' Star

Amy Adams biography
Amy Adams at the premiere of 'Enchanted.'. © Richard Chavez

Amy Adams' Birth Date:

August 20, 1974

Place of Birth and Early Life:

Amy Adams was born in Aviano, Italy to American parents (her father, a U.S. Army veteran, was stationed in Italy when she was born). Adams' family eventually settled in Castle Rock, Colorado. While in high school, Adams participate in choir and dance, originally training to become a ballerina. In her early years as an actress, she not only participated in dinner theater, but she was also briefly a Hooters waitress!

How She Got Into Acting:

"I knew I wanted to be a performer. I didn't know that I would specifically be in film. I actually never thought I would be in film," explained Adams at the press junket for Leap Year. "I always sort of envisioned being on the stage. But it was probably quite, quite young, like anyone who is drawn towards performance. It's kind of silly, but my Dad would write these skits for us to perform. We have seven kids, so we would do these skits. And just the rehearsal process with my Dad and my brothers and sisters, even then coming up with a character and sauntering around, I just had fun with it. I knew that I enjoyed it."

Her Early TV Roles:

As she was developing her resume in film, Amy Adams also was making many appearances on various television shows. From 2000 to 2006, Adams appeared on That '70s Show, Charmed, Zoe Duncan Jack & Jane, Providence, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, The West Wing, King of the Hill, Dr. Vegas, and The Office.

Movie Role That Got Her Noticed:

Playing a sweet small-town girl in Junebug not only got Amy Adams noticed, it also earned her her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress in 2006. Adams picked up her second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination in 2009 for her work in Doubt. Her third Oscar nomination came in 2011 for The Fighter, her fourth was for her work in The Master (2012), and her fifth nomination followed in 2014 for American Hustle.

Though she herself wasn't nominated because she didn't write them, two songs that Adams sings in 2007's Enchanted, "Happy Working Song" and "That's How You Know," were nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Original Song at the 2008 Oscars. Adams even performed "Happy Working Song" at the 80th Academy Awards. She would later show off her singing talents in Moonlight Serenade, The Muppets, and Trouble with the Curve.

Even though Adams has yet to win an Oscar, Adams' five nominations indicate she is one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation.

Major awards that Amy Adams has won include two Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for American Hustle and for Big Eyes), an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female (for Junebug), and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for her performance in Junebug. Adams also was a member of the American Hustle cast which won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Amy Adams' Movie Credits:

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Pumpkin (2002)
Serving Sara (2002)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
The Last Run (2004)
The Wedding Date (2005)
Junebug (2005)
Standing Still (2005)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
The Ex (2006)
Underdog (2007)
Enchanted (2007)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Doubt (2008)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Moonlight Serenade (2009)
The Fighter (2010)
Leap Year (2010)
Love & Distrusts (2010)
The Muppets (2011)
The Master (2012)
On The Road (2012)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Man of Steel (2013)
American Hustle (2013)
Lullaby (2013)
Big Eyes (2014)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Edited by Christopher McKittrick


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