Amy Lou Adams is an American actress. Known for both her comedic and dramatic performances, she has placed three times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in the world.
Her accolades include two Golden Globes, and nominations for six Academy Awards and seven British Academy Film Awards.
She trained to be a ballerina, but at age 18, she found musical theater a better fit, and from 1994 to 1998, she worked in dinner theater.
She made her feature film debut with a supporting part in the 1999 satire Drop Dead Gorgeous. After moving to Los Angeles, she made guest appearances in television and took on “mean girl” parts in small-scale features.
Her first major role came in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 biopic Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, but she was unemployed for a year afterward.
Her breakthrough came in the part of a loquacious pregnant woman in the 2005 independent film Junebug.
The 2007 musical Enchanted, in which Adams played a cheerful princess, was her first major success as a leading lady.
She followed it by playing naïve, optimistic women in a series of films such as the 2008 drama Doubt.
timShe subsequently played stronger parts to positive reviews in the sports film The Fighter (2010) and the psychological drama The Master (2012).
In 2013, she began portraying Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe. She won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for playing a seductive con artist in the crime film American Hustle (2013) and the painter Margaret Keane in the biopic Big Eyes (2014).
Further acclaim came for playing a linguist in the science fiction film Arrival (2016), a self-harming reporter in the miniseries Sharp Objects (2018), and Lynne Cheney in the satirical film Vice (2018).
Adams’s stage roles include the Public Theater’s revival of Into the Woods in 2012, in which she played the Baker’s Wife.
In 2014, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time and featured in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.
- Full name: Amy Lou Adams
- Profession: American actress
- Born: 20 August 1974 (age 45 years), Caserma Ederle, Italy
- Height: 1.63 m
- Spouse: Darren Le Gallo (m. 2015)
- Children: Aviana Olea Le Gallo
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About Amy Adams
Amy was born on 20 August 1974 in Caserma Ederle, Italy. To American parents Richard and Kathryn Adams, when her father was stationed with the United States Army at the Caserma Ederle military complex in Vicenza, Italy.
She is the middle of seven children, with four brothers and two sisters. After moving from one army base to another, Adams’s family settled in Castle Rock, Colorado, when she was eight.
After leaving the army, her father sang professionally in nightclubs and restaurants. Adams has described going to her father’s shows and drinking Shirley Temples at the bar as among her fondest childhood memories.
The family was poor; they camped and hiked together, and performed amateur skits usually written by her father and sometimes by her mother. Adams was enthusiastic about the plays and always played the lead.
Adams was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until her parents divorced in 1985 and left the church.
She did not have strong religious beliefs, but has said that she valued her upbringing for teaching her love and compassion.
After the breakup, her father moved to Arizona and remarried, while the children remained with their mother.
Her mother became a semi-professional bodybuilder who took the children with her to the gym when she trained.
Adams has compared her uninhibited early years with her siblings to Lord of the Flies. Describing herself as a “scrappy, tough kid”, she has said she fought frequently with other children.
Adams attended Douglas County High School. She was not academically inclined, but was interested in the creative arts and sang in the school choir.
She competed in track and gymnastics, harbored ambitions of becoming a ballerina, and trained as an apprentice at the local David Taylor Dance Company.
She disliked high school and kept mostly to herself. After graduation, she and her mother moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
She did not go to college, which disappointed her parents, and she later regretted not pursuing higher education.
At 18, Adams realized she was not gifted enough to be a professional ballerina, and found musical theater more to her taste.
One of her first stage roles was in a community theater production of Annie, which she did on a volunteer basis.
To support herself, she worked as a greeter at a Gap store. She also worked as a waitress at Hooters, but left the job after she saved enough money to buy a used car.