Amy Irving

Biography

Born September 10, 1953 in Palo Alto, California, USA Naturally brunette/blue-eyed beauty Amy Davis Irving was born in Palo Alto, California. She is the youngest of three children, and the daughter of influential theatrical/television director and producer Jules Irving, and actress Priscilla Pointer. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent, and her mother's ancestry includes English, Scots-Irish, Welsh, Jewish, and German. Amy was brought up in the world of theater. She was put on stage from the time she was nine-months-old, her father was the director and her mother was the actress, they didn't want baby sitters for their children, so if she wasn't performing, she would stay in the wardrobe department or her mother used to put her in the second row center where she could watch her. And, before she was 10-years-old, she had already worked in several plays. At a young age, Amy Irving was trained at the American Conservatory Theater and Britain's London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (L.A.M.A.D.A.). She made her off-Broadway debut at the age of 17 and, from that moment to date, she received critical acclaim, appearing in such plays as: "Heartbreak House" (1983), "The Road to Mecca" (1988), "Broken Glass" (1994), "The Three Sisters" (1997), "The Guys" (2002), "Ghosts" (2002) and "Celadine" (2004), among others. In 1976, Amy made her film debut, playing "Sue Snell", one of her most unforgettable characters in Stephen King's Carrie: Des Satans jüngste Tochter (1976), a classic in the horror genre, taken to the big screen by director Brian De Palma. For the next few years, Irving continued working in important films, Teufelskreis Alpha (1978), also directed by De Palma, Stimmen der Liebe (1979) and Das große Finale (1980). Later, in 1983, she gave a fine performance as "Hadass", in Barbra Streisand's Yentl (1983), and won an Oscar nomination for her great work in that successful film. Two of her best opportunities arrived in the late 80s, when she played "Anna Anderson" in Anastasia (1986) and "Isabelle Grossman" in the romantic comedy, Sarah und Sam (1988); she received a Golden Globe nomination for each movie. Amy was married to director Steven Spielberg from 1985 to 1989 and she has a son with him, Max Spielberg. And, in 1990, after her divorce, she met Brazilian director Bruno Barreto while they were working on Die Stärke der Macht (1990). They wed a few years later and they have a son (Gabriel). In 1997, Irving made a guest appearance on Woody Allen's Harry außer sich (1997) and, in 1999, she came back in the sequel of Carrie: Des Satans jüngste Tochter (1976), Carrie 2 - Die Rache (1999). Unfortunately, her film opportunities were supposedly narrowed in the 90s. However, in the year 2000, she surprised the whole world again when she performed as "Mary Ann Simpson", a very funny and sensual, at the same time, English teacher in the film, Bossa Nova (2000). She managed to capture this peculiar character very well. After this romantic comedy, Amy had a great opportunity, playing "Barbara Wakefield", Michael Douglas' wife in Traffic - Die Macht des Kartells (2000), the film was a huge success and she won an Actor Award, shared with the rest of the cast. Then, this beautiful and talented actress continued working in remarkable films such as Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), with her Carrie: Des Satans jüngste Tochter (1976) co-star, Sissy Spacek, in the Walt Disney production, Bis in alle Ewigkeit (2002) and in the horror film, Hide and Seek - Du kannst dich nicht verstecken (2005), along with Robert De Niro. Recently, she had an important part as "Emily Sloane" in the very-known show, Alias - Die Agentin (2001). In addition to her talents as an actress, she is a great dancer and also showed off her vocal talents, singing in films such as Falsches Spiel mit Roger Rabbit (1988), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Rumpelstilzchen (1987) and Feivel, der Mauswanderer im wilden Westen (1991). Nowadays, Amy Irving continues working on stage in Broadway productions and spends most of her time with her friends and family, especially with her two children.

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Birth Name

Amy Davis Irving

Birth Place

Palo Alto, Californie, États-Unis

Birth Date

9/10/1953
Known For
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Carrie

Sue Snell

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The Confession

Sarah Fertig

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Adam

Rebecca Buchwald

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Anastasia - The Mystery of Anna

Anna Anderson

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De fjerne pavilloner

Anjuli

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Crossing Delancey

Isabelle Grossman

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Rumpelstiltskin

Katie

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Micki + Maude

Maude Guillory Salinger

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Bossa Nova

Mary Ann Simpson

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Honeysuckle Rose

Lily Ramsey

Starring In
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King on Screen

Self

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A Mouthful of Air

Bobbi Davis

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Unsane

Angela Valentini

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Spielberg

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Herself (archive footage)

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Adam

Rebecca Buchwald

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Hide and Seek

Alison Callaway

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Alias - The Complete 4 Season

Emily Sloane (9 episodes, 2002-2005)

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit (singing) (voice)

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Tuck Everlasting

Mother Foster

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13 Conversations About One Thing

Patricia

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Traffic

Barbara Wakefield

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Bossa Nova

Mary Ann Simpson

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The Confession

Sarah Fertig

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The Rage: Carrie 2

Sue Snell

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Blue Ridge Fall

Ellie Perkins

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One Tough Cop

FBI Agent Jean Devlin

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Deconstructing Harry

Jane

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Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II

Herself (segment "Liberian Girl")

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Carried Away

Rosealee Henson

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I'm Not Rappaport

Clara Gelber

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Twilight Zone: Rod Serlings Lost Episodes

James' Fiancee (segment "The Theater")

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Benefit of the Doubt

Karen

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An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

Miss Kitty (voice)

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A Show of Force

Kate Melendez

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Casualties of War

Voice of girl on the train (uncredited)

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She's Having a Baby

Herself (uncredited)

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Crossing Delancey

Isabelle Grossman

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Rumpelstiltskin

Katie

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Anastasia - The Mystery of Anna

Anna Anderson

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The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution

(voice)

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Micki + Maude

Maude Guillory Salinger

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De fjerne pavilloner

Anjuli

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Yentl

Hadass

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Honeysuckle Rose

Lily Ramsey

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The Competition

Heidi Joan Schoonover

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The Fury

Gillian Bellaver

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Carrie

Sue Snell

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Dynasty

Amanda Blackwood

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James Dean

Norma Jean

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