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Overview (3)

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Birth NamePoppy Petal Ema Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Poppy Montgomery has found success and prominence by playing the dramatic role of FBI agent Samantha Spade in the popular TV series Without a Trace (2002). Her gorgeous image can often be found in many men's magazines.

Montgomery was born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue in Sydney, Australia, to Nicola (Montgomery), a market researcher and executive, and Phil Donahue, a restaurateur. She was raised in Sydney. Since the age of 12, Poppy had a near obsession with cultural icon Marilyn Monroe.

Her parents had named each of their five daughters after a flower and, after a time, the name "Poppy Petal" attracted so much derision from fellow students that she left school at the age of 14. At 16, she left home to travel abroad and, at 18, she traveled to America.

In Los Angeles, penniless and with a copy of "How to Make it in Hollywood", Poppy adopted her mother's maiden name as a stage name and made daily contact with Julia Roberts's agent who told her he did not handle unknowns but arranged for her to be signed with another agent.

After various minor roles, Montgomery got several breaks in 1996. She had guest appearances on TV series NYPD Blue (1993) and Party of Five (1994), she got a regular part in the TV series Relativity (1996), and she won a starring role in the TV movie The Cold Equations (1996). Her career has been on an upward climb ever since.

In 2001, Montgomery won the dream role of her lifetime. CBS was looking to create a TV mini-series based on author Joyce Carol Oates' novelization of the life of Marilyn Monroe (the series was titled Blonde (2001)). Poppy's greatest wish was fulfilled when she got cast as her childhood idol. When she told her family that she'd won the role, Poppy's mother blithely commented "Well, you've been rehearsing for it your whole life". Montgomery gained weight for the part to more closely resemble Monroe. Her portrayal won critical acclaim.

In 2002, Montgomery joined the original cast of the soon-to-be-successful TV series Without a Trace (2002). She has a lead role portraying FBI agent Samantha Spade. Montgomery shared the cast's 2004 SAG Award nomination for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Roger Burns <rogerburns@pobox.com>

Spouse (1)

Shawn Sanford (19 February 2014 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (14)

Poppy chose her mother's maiden name, Montgomery, as her stage name.
Arrived in Hollywood at age 18 carrying a copy of "How to Make It In Hollywood".
Enjoys board games, horseback riding, photography, snowboarding, traveling and yoga.
Her mother, Nicola, is a market researcher and father, Phil, a restaurateur.
Her brother is named Jethro Tull.
Poppy's sisters are named Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle and Marigold Sun - all named after flowers
Named #45 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Step-sister of former Australian Hockeyroo's player Claire Mitchell-Taverner
Was in a relationship with Adam Kaufman from 2005 to 2011. They have one son together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a son Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman on December 23, 2007. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Adam Kaufman.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 40, a daughter Violet Grace Deveraux Sanford on April 22, 2013. Child's father is her boyfriend (now husband), Shawn Sanford.
(January 31, 2014) Married her boyfriend of 3 years & father of her 7-month-old daughter Violet Shawn Sanford.
Six months pregnant with her third child, a boy [July 9, 2014].
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 42, a son Gus Monroe Deveraux Sanford on November 11, 2014 who weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 20.5 inches long. Child's father is her husband, Shawn Sanford.

Personal Quotes (3)

When it comes to guys, make sure you are treated like a princess, always.
[about her family] We have halves and steps [sisters], and they have babies. We're like rabbits. My parents divorced each other and remarried other people and then had more kids, so my mom actually had five children.
[on gaining 67 pounds during her pregnancy] I ate everything. I would have eaten my desk if I could have fit it.

Salary (1)

Unforgettable (2011) $85,000 per episode (2011-2012)

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