Born: 20 August 1974
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
Best known as:
The redheaded star of the movies Junebug and Enchanted
Actress Amy Adams earned her first Oscar nomination as the gabby and guileless Ashley in the 2005 film Junebug. A vibrant redhead who can bring both charm and fire, Adams made her movie debut in the 1999 film Drop Dead Gorgeous (with Kirsten Dunst). She then made the most of a small role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 2002's Catch Me If You Can (directed by Steven Spielberg), and co-starred with Rob Lowe in the short-lived 2004 TV series Dr. Vegas, but Junebug was her breakout role -- a warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival earned an acting prize for Adams and wider distribution for the film. Her other movies include Pumpkin (2002, starring Christina Ricci), Talladega Nights: The Ricky Bobby Story (2006, as the mousy girlfriend of Will Ferrell), the Disney feature Enchanted (2007, with Patrick Dempsey), the moral dilemma drama Doubt (2008, with Philip Seymour Hoffman) and the sort-of Julia Child biopic Julie and Julia (2009, with Meryl Streep). She was again Oscar-nominated as best supporting actress as a feisty Boston-area girlfriend of boxer Mickey Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) in the 2010 film The Fighter. Her other films include American Hustle (2013, with Christian Bale) and Her (2013, with Joaquin Phoenix).
A different Amy Adams was one of the contestants on American Idol in 2004, the year Fantasia Barrino won the competition... Some sources list her birthday as 1975 rather than 1974.
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