Amy Adams Biography

Amy Adams is a famous American actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Amy Adams
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 20, 1974

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 44 Years, 44 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Amy Lou Adams

Born in: Vicenza

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Darren Le Gallo

father: Richard Adams

mother: Kathryn Adams

siblings: Eddie Adams

children: Aviana Olea Le Gallo

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education: Douglas County High School

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Amy Adams is an American actress who has produced an outstanding body of work over the course of her career during the last two decades. Adams initially wanted to be a singer and ballet dancer, but later on decided to drop the ballet in order to concentrate on dancing. She initially worked at dance theatres but later on decided to work in the movies and after struggling in the initial part of her career she struck gold with the Disney movie ‘Enchanted’ that put her on the way to become one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood. However, prior to that she had made a name for herself as an accomplished television actor by starring in such series as ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘The West Wing’. Amy Adams has also been nominated for the Academy Award four times in her career which goes to show her prowess as an actor of rare quality The portfolio of work that Amy Adams boasts of in her two decade long career can put many actors to shame.

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Amy Adams
Childhood & Early Life
  • Amy Adams was born on August 20, 1974, to Richard Adams and Kathryn Adams, in Vicenza, Italy. Her father was employed with the US Army and was posted in Italy for some time and both her parents are Americans. Amy has six siblings, which include four brothers and two sisters.
  • During her early childhood, her family moved around Italy a lot and it was only when she was eight-year-old that her family returned to America in 1982. The Adams family made their home in Castle Rock located in Colorado and Amy Adams took admission in the Douglas Country High School.
  • Amy Adams was interested in choir music and ballet dancing from a young age and in fact she enrolled herself in a dance company when she was still a child. Initially, she had wanted to be an athlete but later on she realised that her talents lay in the performing arts.
  • Her parents divorced when she was 11-year-old and after graduating from High School Amy Adams decided to live with her mother in Atlanta. She did not have any inclination to go to college and instead started to hone her skills in musical theatre. It was at this point that she dropped her interest in ballet since she thought she did not have the wherewithal to pursue it beyond a point.
  • In order to take care of her expenses when she was enrolled at the musical theatre, Amy Adams worked for Gap as an in store employee and later on worked for Hooters.
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  • Amy Adams started working as a dancer for several theatre companies in 1995 and got her big break in the industry when she moved to Minnesota in order to work for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. It was during this time that she decided to give Hollywood a shot.
  • In 1999, Amy Adams decided to appear at the audition for the film ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ and was successful in getting the role. The film wasn’t a success and Adams relocated to Los Angeles, which proved to be a good move as she landed a role in the Fox TV series Manchester Prep. The show did not last long either.
  • At the turn of the new millennium in 2000, Amy Adams started acting in several popular TV series like the highly rated ‘The West Wing’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ among others. However, the big break came two years later when Steven Spielberg decided to cast her in a pivotal role in the Leonardo di Caprio starrer ‘Catch me if You Can’.
  • In 2004, Adams bagged the role in the movie ‘Junebug’ and although the movie wasn’t a typical big budget Hollywood film; her role in the film was praised by the critics and she went on to win several awards. That opened the door for roles in films like ‘The Wedding Date’ (2005), ‘Standing Still’ (2005), ‘Talladega Nights’ (2006) and the commercially successful Disney film ‘Enchanted’ (2007).
  • In 2007, Amy Adams acted alongside stalwarts of Hollywood like Tom Hanks and the Late Seymour Hoffman in the movie ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ in an important role and the very next year she appeared as a female lead in the film ‘Sunshine Cleaning’.
  • In 2008, Amy Adams was cast in the role of Sister James in the film ‘Doubt’ which also starred the likes of Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Adams’ performance was praised by critics and audiences alike; as a result it was not a surprise when she was nominated for the award of Best Supporting Actress in both the Academy Awards as well as the Golden Globe Awards.
  • The year 2009 was a particularly productive year for Adams as she first starred in the hugely successful ‘Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian’ with Ben Stiller and then teamed up with Meryl Streep in the movie ‘Julia & Julia’. Amy Adams’ role was critically appraised by leading film critics.
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  • From 2010 onwards Adams worked in plenty of well received films like ‘Leap Year’ and ‘The Fighter’, which again earned her rave reviews and nominations for the award of Best Supporting Actress by the BAFTA, Academy Award, Screen Guild Awards and the Golden Globes. During the same period she was also nominated for several awards her for role in the film ‘The Master’.
  • In 2013, Amy Adams was a part of the ensemble cast of the film ‘American Hustle’ and her role of a con artist earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. The very next year she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie ‘Big Eyes’.
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Major Works
  • Her most famous work has to be ‘Enchanted’ for which she was nominated for the first time in the Academy Awards; however as far as a movie role is concerned that brought her great acclaim then ‘American Hustle’ has to be her most important work since it finally got her the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Awards & Achievements
  • Amy Adams has been nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actress four times but hasn’t won it; however, she has won two Golden Globe awards - one for Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘American Hustle’ and another for Best Actress for the film ‘Big Eyes’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Amy Adams has been in a relationship with actor Darren de Gallo since 2001. They got married in 2015. The couple has a daughter who was born in 2010.
Net Worth
  • Amy Adams has an estimated net worth of $35 million.

1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

  (Drama, Crime, Biography)

2. Arrival (2016)

  (Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi)

3. The Fighter (2010)

  (Drama, Sport, Biography)

4. Her (2013)

  (Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama)

5. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

  (Drama, Romance, Thriller, Crime)

6. Doubt (2008)

  (Mystery, Drama)

7. Leap Year (2010)

  (Romance, Comedy)

8. Man of Steel (2013)

  (Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy, Action)


Golden Globe Awards
2015 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Big Eyes (2014)
2014 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical American Hustle (2013)

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