Amy Hart Redford is an American actress known for her portrayal of Elizabeth Brenner in the romantic comedy ‘Giving It Up’ and Sylvia McCord in the historical drama ‘The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams’. The daughter of two-time Academy-Award-winning actor and director Robert Redford, Amy has been exposed to the world of glamour since she was a child. She had always wanted to become an actress, and after graduating from high school, she studied drama/theatre arts at San Francisco State University. She also studied at the University of Colorado Boulder and took theatre classes in London. Redford made her screen debut in an episode of CBS’ crime drama ‘Dellaventura’ in 1998. She debuted on the big screen a year later, in the 1999 romantic comedy ‘Giving It Up’. In the ensuing years, she has guest starred in TV shows like ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Sex and the City’, and ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’. In 2007, she gave a memorable performance in ‘The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams’. Like her father, Redford is equally comfortable behind the camera as well. As a producer and director, she has been involved with several projects.
Amy Redford was active in the American and British theatre scene before she had her screen debut in a season one episode of ‘Dellaventura’ in 1998. That year, she also appeared in the direct-to-video film ‘Of Love & Fantasy’. In 1999, she starred opposite Mark Feuerstein in the romantic comedy ‘Giving It Up’. Redford played the no-nonsense account director Elizabeth Brenner, for whom Feuerstein’s character, Ralph Gagante, develops feelings and desperately searches for a remedy for his so-called addiction to sex.
In 2000, she made guest appearances in three TV shows, ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Sex and the City’, and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. In the 2001 comedy film ‘Mergers & Acquisitions’, Redford portrayed a ‘Times’ editor. She shared screen space with Jennifer Lopez in the 2002 romantic drama ‘Maid in Manhattan’. In 2003, she played one of the main characters in Sam Neave’s drama film ‘Cry Funny Happy’. She also appeared in the indie drama ‘Last Man Running’ that year.
In 2005, she was cast as Maureen Garros in a season four episode of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’. She then worked with Rosario Dawson and Nathan Crooker in the romance drama ‘This Revolution’ and Betty Ann Conard and Steven Brian Conard in the musical drama ‘The Music Inside’. ‘The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams’ was also released in 2005. In the film, Redford played Sylvia McCord, a historical figure who lived during the American Civil War (1861-65). Her other cinematic credits include ‘When I Find the Ocean’ (2006), ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ (2008), and ‘First Person Singular’ (2009). Her most recent cinematic appearance was in the 2017 drama film ‘Hate Crime’.
Redford has found some success as a producer and director as well. In 2007, she produced an episode of the documentary series ‘Aperture’. In 2008, she made her directorial debut with the musical drama ‘The Guitar’, which she also produced. The film was a critical failure but received a modest response from the audience. In 2016, she produced and directed the video short ‘Everyday People’. Her upcoming film ‘60 Feet, 6 Inches’ is in the pre-production stage. Two other projects, the comedy-drama ‘Phoenix’ and the adventure romance ‘El Americano’, have been announced that have Redford as the director.
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Family & Personal Life
Amy Redford was born on October 22, 1970, to Robert Redford and historian and environmental activist Lola Van Wagenen. She had three siblings, Scott Anthony, Shauna Jean, and David James "Jamie". Her parents have known each other since they were quite young. Lola left college to wed Redford. On November 17, 1959, a little over two months after his birth, Scott Anthony died of sudden infant death syndrome. Her older sister Shauna Jean is a painter and the wife of journalist Eric Schlosser. Her brother Jamie is a producer, writer, and director. He has also founded and currently serves as the president of The James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness (JRI), a non-profit organization that aims to expand the knowledge of the importance of organ donation in public.
As the daughter of one of the most distinguished personalities of American cinema, Redford grew up in the entertainment industry. Her passion has always been performing.
After she graduated from high school, she enrolled at San Francisco State University and eventually earned her Bachelor’s in Arts degree in drama/theatre arts from there. She was a student at the University of Colorado Boulder and spent considerable time in London studying theatre.
Redford was married to Scottish photographer Mark Mann from June 25, 2000, to February 4, 2004. She later began a relationship with screenwriter Matt August. At present, they are engaged and have a daughter together, named Eden Hart August (born 2008).