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Also Known As: Amanda Michael Plummer Died:
Born: March 23, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, jockey

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The daughter of two acting legends, Amanda Plummer carved out her own impressive stage and screen legacy. Creating the Broadway role of the innocent, ethereal young nun who claimed to have become pregnant by God, the actress won a Tony for Agnes of God and played many other stage roles to great acclaim. Onscreen, Plummer earned excellent reviews for small, offbeat roles including a mutilated victim in "The World According to Garp" (1982), a shy accountant in "The Fisher King" (1991) and the developmentally disabled girlfriend of mentally challenged Benny (Larry Drake) on "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). Best remembered as the ferocious robber "Honey Bunny" who held up a diner with "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) in "Pulp Fiction" (1994), the killer in Mike Myers's campy "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993), and a knife-happy small-town woman in Stephen King's "Needful Things" (1993), the multiple Emmy-winning Plummer was often cast as frighteningly intense, unhinged or desperate characters. One of the all-time best character actresses of the modern era, Amanda Plummer was noteworthy for her complete lack of onscreen vanity and fearless dedication to her craft.

The daughter of two acting legends, Amanda Plummer carved out her own impressive stage and screen legacy. Creating the Broadway role of the innocent, ethereal young nun who claimed to have become pregnant by God, the actress won a Tony for Agnes of God and played many other stage roles to great acclaim. Onscreen, Plummer earned excellent reviews for small, offbeat roles including a mutilated victim in "The World According to Garp" (1982), a shy accountant in "The Fisher King" (1991) and the developmentally disabled girlfriend of mentally challenged Benny (Larry Drake) on "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). Best remembered as the ferocious robber "Honey Bunny" who held up a diner with "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) in "Pulp Fiction" (1994), the killer in Mike Myers's campy "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993), and a knife-happy small-town woman in Stephen King's "Needful Things" (1993), the multiple Emmy-winning Plummer was often cast as frighteningly intense, unhinged or desperate characters. One of the all-time best character actresses of the modern era, Amanda Plummer was noteworthy for her complete lack of onscreen vanity and fearless dedication to her craft.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Small Apartments (2012)
2.
 Vampire (2011)
3.
 Girlfriend (2011)
4.
 45 RPM (2008)
5.
 Sophomore (2008)
6.
 Red (2008)
7.
 Affinity (2008)
8.
 Satan's Little Helper (2004) Merrill Whooly
9.
 My Life Without Me (2003) Laurie
10.
 Gray In Between, The (2003) Jalyn
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Milestones close milestones

1971:
At age 14, qualified as a jockey at New York's Belmont track, riding for Alfred Vanderbilt who owned some stables; left racing because of what she perceived as the ruthless treatment of young racehorses
1979:
Began acting career apprenticing at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts
1979:
Made New York stage debut in "Artichoke" at the Manhattan Theater Club
1980:
Feature film debut, "Cattle Annie and Little Britches"
1981:
Offered two acclaimed performances in the same Braodway season; starred as pregnant working-class British teen in the revival of "A Taste of Honey" and co-starred in the title role as a pregnant postulant in "Agnes of God"; received two Tony nominations as Lead Actress in a Play for the former and Featured Actress in a Play for the latter; won the award for "Agnes of God"
1982:
First major TV role, the "ABC Afterschool Special" titled "The Unforgivable Secret"
1982:
First role in a movie based on a novel by John Irving, "The World According to Garp" as Ellen James
1983:
Starred opposite Jessica Tandy in Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
1984:
Second film based on an Irving novel, "The Hotel New Hampshire"
1984:
First TV-movie, "The Dollmaker" (ABC) in support of Jane Fonda
1985:
Returned to NYC stage in Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind"
1987:
Received third Tony nomination for recreating the role of Eliza Doolittle on Broadway in "Pygmalion" opposite Peter O'Toole as Professor Higgins
1987:
First TV miniseries, "Story of a Marriage" (PBS), scripted by Horton Foote
1989:
Played recurring guest role of Alice Hackett on the hit NBC drama series "L.A. Law"; received 1989 Emmy nomination
1991:
Portrayed the bashful object of Robin Williams' affections in "The Fisher King"
1992:
Donned the habit again as a gun-toting nun in "Freejack"
1992:
Garnered an Emmy Award as Luisa, a Polish concentration camp survivor in "Miss Rose White" (NBC), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation
1993:
Delivered memorable role opposite Mike Myers in comedy feature "So I Married an Axe Murderer"
1994:
Toured in "The Belle of Amherst," a one-character play about the life of poet Emily Dickinson
1994:
Co-starred in "Pulp Fiction" as wannabe robber Honey Bunny
1996:
Appeared opposite Saskia Reeves as a bisexual serial killer in "Butterfly Kiss"
1996:
Earned second Emmy Award for guest appearance on an episode of Showtime's "The Outer Limits"
1998:
Starred opposite Scott Glenn in the off-Broadway play "Killer Joe," the violent saga of a maladjusted Texas trailer park family besieged by drugs and murder
1999:
Played oversexed psychic Miss Chenille, one of the eccentric tennants of scaremaster Tobe Hooper's "The Apartment Complex" (Showtime)
1999:
Cast in featured role as a horsewoman in Peter Greenaway's controversial "8 1/2 Women"
2000:
Played a scarred actress engaged to a man who turns up dead in Wim Wenders' "The Million Dollar Hotel"
2004:
Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
2008:
Acted in drama thriller "Red"
2012:
Announced to play Wiress, a former tribute who won The Hunger Games in the sequel "Catching Fire"
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Education

Middlebury College: Middlebury , Vermont -

Notes

"I don't play roles everybody likes. I'd rather have a career I'm proud of. Like everyone else, I need to eat. But I'm a very unbusinesslike person, and I keep my price low. I'm not a mass product. I'm not everyone's cup of tea."

"I like taking a path into new country, and I always take the darker path. Not because its dark but because there's a secret there that you can share when you get out. That's what I liked as a kid. That's how I approach my work. With a face like mine, it's lucky I have a heart that likes that." --Amanda Plummer to The New York Times, April 26, 1996

"She came in to read in a torn man's shirt, torn jeans and hair hanging all around her face. Not improper grooming. No grooming, period. She was smoking furiously, and I kept wondring if she was going to set herself on fire. So I went over and pulled her hair back to see her marvelous bone structure, and it was like I raped her. Her eyes got frightened, and she withdrew. I said, 'But I can't see you acting,' and she completely changed.

"Ask her to be a character in a story and she's on fire. She walks on crumbling ground, and she knows it, and yet she keeps right on taking the next step. It's the danger you smell around people who live on the edge that makes them exciting. And she's got plenty of it." --Lamont Johnson (who directed her in her feature debut "Cattle Annie"), quoted in The New York Times, April 28, 1996

On Los Angeles: "I can't be totally happy in any place whose main preoccupation is death. Everybody in L.A. is so scared of dying. All that plastic surgery and the fear of smoking. It's so obsessive. And it's all about the fear of death. I'm not a city girl. I never was." --Plummer to Sam Whitehead in Time Out New York, October 1998.

About why she left New York: "In about 1988, the strangest thing happened. There were no more one-producer shows. You'd end up meeting 12 people who would shake your hand and hardly look at you--accountants. The love and the passion were gone." --Plummer quoted in London's Evening Standard, December 9, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Paul Chart. Director. Directed her in "America Perfekt" (1997); together since c. 1993; English.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Christopher Plummer. Actor. Divorced from Tammy Grimes c. 1959.
mother:
Tammy Grimes. Actor. Divorced from Christopher Plummer c. 1959; had custody of Amanda.

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