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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 (1)

Naturally brunette/blue-eyed beauty Amy Davis Irving was born in Palo Alto, California. She is the youngest of three children, and the daughter of influential theatrical/television director and producer Jules Irving, and actress Priscilla Pointer. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent, and her mother's ancestry includes English, Scots-Irish, Welsh, Jewish, and German.

Amy was brought up in the world of theater. She was put on 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 London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (L.A.M.A.D.A.). 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 and 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 (23)

Her prenuptial agreement with filmmaker Steven Spielberg netted her an estimated cool $100m when the couple separated in 1989.
Daughter of Priscilla Pointer and Jules Irving. Niece of Richard Irving.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31 (1979).
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.
Has played wife to Brazilian director Bruno Barreto since 1990 and has a son, Gabriel Barreto, 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 (born June 13, 1985), with Steven Spielberg, and Gabriel Barreto (born May 4, 1990), with Bruno Barreto.
Often co-stars with her mother, Priscilla Pointer, who usually plays her mother or mother-in-law.
Has appeared with her real-life mother Priscilla Pointer in seven films: Carrie (1976), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), The Competition (1980), Micki + Maude (1984), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), A Show of Force (1990) and Carried Away (1996).
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 role to Meg Ryan.
Auditioned for the roles of Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
The scene in Carrie (1976) where her character Sue Snell 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 explains why a car in the background appears to be driving in reverse and birds are flying backwards.
In 1965, she appeared in a play as a walk-on opposite Stacy Keach.
Replaced Jane Seymour in the role of Constanze Webber on the Broadway play "Amadeus" from 1981 to the show's 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. However, Irving did not receive a paycheck for her work.
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.
Amy Irving and Willie Nelson started a relationship on the set of Honeysuckle Rose (1980) (despite his marriage). However, Irving later left Nelson for Steven Spielberg.
Attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York City.
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.
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]

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.
(1977, about her decisions on working with her then partner) 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".
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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