Aug. 20th, 1974
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Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress and singer.
Born in Italy to American parents Kathryn and Richard Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Adams sang in the school choir at Douglas County High School and was an apprentice dancer at a local dance company, with the ambition of becoming a ballerina. However, she worked as a greeter at The Gap and as a Hooters hostess to support herself before finding work as a dancer at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse in such productions as Brigadoon and A Chorus Line. It was there that she was spotted by a Minneapolis dinner-theater director who asked her to move to Chanhassen, Minnesota for more regional dinner theater work.
Nursing a pulled muscle that kept her from dancing, she was free to audition for a part in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which was filming nearby in Minnesota. During the filming, 'Kirstie Alley' encouraged her to move to Los Angeles, where she soon won a part in the Fox television version of the film Cruel Intentions (1999) in the part played in the film by 'Sarah Michelle Gellar', Kathryn Merteuil. Although three episodes were filmed, the troubled series never aired. Instead, parts of the episodes were cobbled together and released as the direct-to-video Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) (V). After more failed television spots, she landed a major role in Catch Me If You Can (2002) playing opposite 'Leonardo DiCaprio'. But this did not provide the break-through she might have hoped for, with no work being offered for about a year. She eventually returned to television, and joined the short-lived series 'Dr. Vegas'.
Her role in the low-budget independent film Junebug (2005) (which was shot in 21 days) got her real attention, including an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress as well as other awards. The following year, her ability to look like a wide-eyed Disney animated heroine helped her to be chosen from about 300 actresses auditioning for the role of Giselle in the animated/live-action feature film Enchanted (2007) which would prove to be her major break-through role. Her vivacious yet innocent portrayal allowed her to use her singing and dancing talents. Her performance garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Adams next appeared in the major production Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and went on to act in the independent film Sunshine Cleaning (2008) which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Her recent role as Sister James in Doubt (2008) brought her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as nominations for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a British Academy Film award. She appears as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and as a post-9/11 hot line counselor, aspiring writer, amateur cook and blogger in Julie & Julia (2009). She is a very sought-after actress with a bright future.
In 2014, Adams was named one of 100 most influential people by Time magazine. That year, she starred in Tim Burton's Big Eyes, playing artist Margaret Keane, alongside Christoph Waltz, and won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Movie- Musical or Comedy.
Adams is set to star in an adaptation of Steve Martin's novella, Object of Beauty, which she will also be producing. She will reprise her role as Lois Lane for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). Adams is also confirmed to star in a biopic of Janis Joplin, provisionally titled Get It While You Can.
In 2001, Adams began dating actor and artist 'Darren Le Gallo', whom she met in an acting class. Adams and Le Gallo became engaged in April 2008. They have one daughter, Aviana Olea (b. 2010). Adams married Le Gallo (May 2, 2015) in California.
- One of seven children.
- Hails from Colorado.
- Natural hair color is Strawberry Blonde.
- Alumna of the Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Minnesota. Appeared there in many productions including "Brigadoon" and "Good News".
- Attended, and graduated from, Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colorado.
- Worked in a Hooters Restaurant until soon after she turned 18, when they started making her wear the customary outfits.
- Most unusual thing she has eaten is olive oil ice cream in New York City.
- She was born in Italy and raised in Castle Rock, Colorado.