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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 September 1953Palo Alto, California, USA
Birth NameAmy Davis Irving
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born in Palo Alto, California, Amy was the youngest of three children and was the daughter of influential theatrical director and producer Jules Irving, and actress Priscilla Pointer. Amy was brought up in the world of theater, she was put on the 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 LAMDA. 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 (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, The Fury (1978), also directed by De Palma, Voices (1979) and The Competition (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: The Mystery of Anna (1986) and "Isabelle Grossman" in the romantic comedy, Crossing Delancey (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 A Show of Force (1990). They wed a few years later and they have a son (Gabriel). In 1997, Irving made a guest appearance on Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997) and, in 1999, she came back in the sequel of Carrie (1976), The Rage: Carrie 2 (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 (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 (1976) co-star, Sissy Spacek, in the Walt Disney production, Tuck Everlasting (2002) and in the horror film, Hide and Seek (2005), along with Robert De Niro. Recently, she had an important part as "Emily Sloane" in the very-known show, Alias (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 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Rumpelstiltskin (1987) and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Naturally brunette/blue-eyed beauty Amy Irving was born in Palo Alto, California. Daughter of actress Priscilla Pointer and acclaimed theater/TV director and producer Jules Irving, Amy grew up in San Fransisco and began acting in her father's theater at a very young age. Developing a passion for drama and acting when in school, Irving attended the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (L.A.M.A.D.A.) and graduated in the mid-1970s.

Within six months of returning to the United States, Amy got a co-starring roles in one of the most popular, recognized and appreciated horror film classics of all time, Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976), also starring Sissy Spacek and a young John Travolta, playing regretful "Sue Snell". During this time, Irving made numerous appearances on television in guest roles on prime-time television and high-rated TV mini-series and movies. In 1978, Amy re-teamed with Brian De Palma in his follow-up horror film, The Fury (1978). This time, Amy was given more screen-time and a more difficult role to play. Despite not being as highly- regarded as Carrie (1976), the film was still a box office hit. Follow up films included three romantic music-orientated pictures, she played a deaf woman-in-love in Voices (1979), a groupie in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and a talented pianist in The Competition (1980). All three films were moderate box office successes.

In the 1980s, Amy found much success on film, television and on stage. She was nominated for an academy award in the beautiful Yentl (1983) and was the lead in the following two popular box-office hits, Micki + Maude (1984) and Crossing Delancey (1988). She was also the lead in two lavish television productions, The Far Pavilions (1984) and Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986). In 1981, Irving made her on-Broadway debut, replacing Jane Seymour in the role of "Constanze Webber" in the hit, "Amadeus", from 1981 to the show's end in 1983. In 1984, she worked with Rex Harrison in the acclaimed "Heatbreak House" and, in 1988, worked off-Broadway but won an Obie award in the successful "The Road to Mecca". The 1980s also saw her on and off high profile relationship with Steven Spielberg, the two later married, had a child and a very publicized divorce ending in Irving receiving a very respectable $100 million.

The 1990s saw her film opportunities slim, she married Brazilian director Bruno Barreto and had a second child. However, she managed to work with Woody Allen in Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Carried Away (1996) with her husband at the time. Other roles on screen were rather unnotable independent films or flops, such as an unnecessary sequel to her classic debut, The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), which however did bring a cinema audience. She did notable roles on Broadway in "Broken Glass" in 1994 and "Three Sisters" in 1997.

The beginning of a new millennium saw her get into accomplished screen work again in the big hit, Traffic (2000), the independent feature, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Disney's Tuck Everlasting (2002) and the thriller, Hide and Seek (2005). These days, she continues to work on films and television but will always remain loyal to her beloved theater, which she believes is her first passion. In 2007, Irving lives in the U.S. preparing for her new film, titled "The Hanji Box", which will be a Korean and US production.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob Gale-Harvest

Spouse (3)

Kenneth Bowser (1 November 2007 - present)
Bruno Barreto (27 September 1996 - 29 January 2005) (divorced) (1 child)
Steven Spielberg (27 November 1985 - 2 February 1989) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequent appearances in movies with real-life mother Priscilla Pointer

Trivia (24)

Her prenuptial agreement with filmmaker Steven Spielberg netted her an estimated cool $100m when the couple split in 1989.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.
When she reprised her role from Carrie (1976) as Sue Snell in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Irving can be seen banging on the door of the ill-fated party to be allowed in. She did the same thing in the original film in which her character is banging on the door of the gym to be let in during the famous bloodletting prom scene.
She was the subject of a running joke in the comic book E-Man, published by Charlton Comics and later by First Comics. One of the supporting characters, Teddy Q, a sentient (though mute - think Snoopy-like) koala, was in love with her, and frequently sent her fan mail.
Younger sister of director David Irving and Katie Irving.
Played wife to Brazilian director Bruno Barreto since 1990 and has a son by him. They eventually married in 1996.
In addition to being the first-ever "winner" of the Worst Supporting Actress Razzie (for her performance opposite Willie Nelson in Honeysuckle Rose (1980)), Irving has the distinction of being one of two (the other is James Coco) actors (as of 2005) to be nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie Award for the same performance. As Barbra Streisand's "wife" in Yentl (1983), Irving got nods as 1983's Best and Worst Supporting Actress. She did not win either Award.
Has two sons, Max Spielberg (b. June 13, 1985), with Steven Spielberg, and Gabriel Barreto (b. May 4, 1990), with Bruno Barreto.
Often co-stars with her mother, Priscilla Pointer, who usually plays her mother or mother-in-law.
Played daughter to real-life mother Priscilla Pointer in 3 movies: Carried Away (1996), Carrie (1976) and Honeysuckle Rose (1980).
She has a son, Gabriel Barreto, with director Bruno Barreto.
She's completely opposed to cosmetic surgery.
Desperately wanted to play the role of Lydia Maxwell in Innerspace (1987), which Steven Spielberg (her husband at the time) was working on as executive producer, but she lost the part to Meg Ryan.
Auditioned for the role of 'Stephanie' in Saturday Night Fever (1977) and 'Princess Leia' in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
The scene in Carrie (1976) where her character Sue is walking along the footpath to put flowers on Carrie's burnt house (dream sequence). Director Brian De Palma wanted Amy to walk backwards in that shot in order to make it look more "dreamy". That is why a car in the background appears to be driving in reverse and birds are flying backwards.
In 1965, appeared in a play as a walk on opposite Stacy Keach.
Replaced Jane Seymour in the role of Constanze Webber on the Broadway hit Amadeus from 1981 to the shows end in 1983.
As a favor for Robert Zemeckis she sung 'Why Don't You Do Right?' for sultry heroine Jessica Rabbit in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Kathleen Turner supplied the character's speaking voice. Amy Irving did not receive a pay check.
Was originally going to play Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), but split from her director boyfriend at the time Steven Spielberg who was responsible for the film. The two later got together again in around 1984.
Attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York.
Niece of Richard Irving.
Appeared at a special screening/Q&A session of her classic film, Carrie (1976), along with the director Brian De Palma, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' theater. [October 2007]
Amy's father was of Russian Jewish descent. One of Amy's maternal great-great-grandfathers, Jacob Barrett Cohen, was from a Jewish family (of both Ashkenazi and Sephardi origin) that had lived in the United States since the 1700s, with ancestors who fought in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Amy's mother's other ancestry is English, along with Welsh, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), and German.

Personal Quotes (6)

I get along great with directors, but I think some producers would tell you I'm a pain. They may say I'm tough to work with, but I have a great passion for what I do. I believe in fighting for it.
"I would love to work for Steven [Spielberg] but, right now, I want to make it on my own first. I do not ever want to be known as "Steven Spielberg's girlfriend" (in 1977 explaining her decisions on working with her then partner).
During my marriage to Steven, I felt like a politician's wife. There were certain things expected of me that definitely weren't me. One of my problems is that I'm very honest and direct. You pay a price for that. But then I behaved myself and I paid a price too.
I used to travel in tennis shoes; I am just not allowed to anymore. I'm an old hippie from San Francisco.
Actors are not a great breed of people, I don't think. I count myself as something of an exception. I grew up in the theater, and my values were about the work, and not being a star or anything like that. I'm not spoiled in that way, and if I fight for something, it's about the work, not about how big my trailer is.
[on Barbra Streisand, directing her in Yentl (1983)] She'd fix my hair ribbons, brush an eyelash off my cheek, paint my lips to match the color of the fruit on the table. I was like her little doll that she could dress up.

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