Amy Adams has been blessed with many lovely qualities, but perhaps the loveliest of all is that she exudes – indeed hemorrhages – niceness. In fact, she is a throwback to nice girl actresses of yesteryear such as Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, and Debbie Reynolds. It also appears as though Amy Adams is well on her way to joining these ladies as a bona fide movie star. Here is a brief biography of this immensely likable actress.
The early years. Amy Lou Adams, the daughter of a U.S. serviceman, was born on August, 20, 1974 on a military base in Vicenza, Italy, where her father was stationed at the time. Along with her six siblings, she was raised in Castle Rock, Colorado (located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs), and is a graduate of Douglas County High School. Amy’s first passion in the arts was dancing; thus after graduating from high school, she studied dance and shortly thereafter began a stint performing in regional dinner theater.
The Minnesota years. Amy Adams relocated to Minnesota in the late ’90s after being hired by a producer to perform at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (located just southwest of the Twin Cities). Indeed, time here was well spent, as it provided Amy with an opportunity to further hone her singing, dancing, and acting skills. (She appeared in numerous productions, including “Brigadoon” and “Good News.”) In 1999, she landed her first movie role in the film, “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a comedy about a Minnesota beauty pageant starring Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards.
The early ’00s. Throughout the early ’00s, Amy Adams guest starred in numerous television series, including episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Providence”, “Charmed,” “That ’70s Show, and “The West Wing.” During this period she was also cast in the independent films, “The Chromium Hook” and “Psycho Beach Party.” In 2002, Amy was cast in “Catch Me If You Can,” a film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Though her role as DiCaprio’s love-struck fiancé was small, it was memorable, and no doubt caught the attention of various casting directors and other industry players.
The mid-’00s. The year 2005 was indisputably Amy Adams’ breakthrough year. In addition to landing a supporting role in “The Wedding Date,” starring Debra Messing, Amy was also cast in a recurring role in the popular sitcom “The Office,” starring Steve Carell. But it was her role as the flighty and profoundly pregnant Ashley, in the indie film “Junebug,” that is largely responsible for catapulting her to the verge of stardom. Her critically acclaimed performance won her a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.
That Amy Adams is poised to become a star is practically axiomatic. In addition to her performance in Disney’s romantic comedy “Enchanted,” in which she turns in a pitch-perfect performance as the preternaturally happy fairy tale princess Giselle, she has a co-starring role in the upcoming “Charlie Wilson’s War,” starring Tom Hanks, and will play a nun in “Doubt,” the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s play. To be sure, Amy Adams’ many fans look forward to these films with feverish anticipation.