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Also Known As: Amy Davis Irving Died:
Born: September 10, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Palo Alto, California, USA Profession: actor, producer

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A classically trained actress from an early age, Amy Irving was a soulful ingénue and leading lady in the 1970s and 1980s, moving effortlessly from dramas like "Carrie" (1976) and "Yentl" (1983) to comedies like "Micki + Maude" (1984) and "Crossing Delancey" (1988). Though an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, her marriage to Steven Spielberg and its 1989 dissolution, which resulted in a massive settlement, overshadowed much of her film work. She moved into indies in the 1990s before returning to play more mature and complex roles in "Traffic" (2001) and "Hide and Seek" (2005). Though her talents rarely received the showcase they deserved, Irving remained a well-respected presence in films and on stage and television for over four decades.

A classically trained actress from an early age, Amy Irving was a soulful ingénue and leading lady in the 1970s and 1980s, moving effortlessly from dramas like "Carrie" (1976) and "Yentl" (1983) to comedies like "Micki + Maude" (1984) and "Crossing Delancey" (1988). Though an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, her marriage to Steven Spielberg and its 1989 dissolution, which resulted in a massive settlement, overshadowed much of her film work. She moved into indies in the 1990s before returning to play more mature and complex roles in "Traffic" (2001) and "Hide and Seek" (2005). Though her talents rarely received the showcase they deserved, Irving remained a well-respected presence in films and on stage and television for over four decades.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Unsane (2018)
2.
 Adam (2009)
3.
 Hide & Seek (2005) Cast
4.
 Tuck Everlasting (2002) Mother Foster
6.
 Traffic (2001) Barbara Wakefield
7.
 Bossa Nova (2000) Mary Ann
8.
 Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) Sue Snell
9.
 One Tough Cop (1998) Fbi Agent Jean Devlin
10.
 Deconstructing Harry (1997) Jane
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Milestones close milestones

1954:
Made stage debut in "Rumpelstiltskin" at the Actor's Workshop in San Francisco
1975:
Made Off-Broadway debut at age seventeen, in a production of "And Chocolate on Her Chin"
1976:
Appeared in first TV-movie, "Panache," an ABC pilot based on "The Three Musketeers"
1976:
Made an unforgettable film debut as Sue Snell in Brian DePalma's "Carrie"
1976:
Played a lead role in the miniseries epic "Once an Eagle" (NBC), opposite Sam Elliott and Glenn Ford
1978:
Re-teamed with De Palma for "The Fury"
1980:
Made Broadway debut, succeding Jane Seymour as Constanze, in "Amadeus"
1983:
Returned to Broadway, opposite Rex Harrison, in an acclaimed revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House"
1983:
Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as the bride-to-be Hadass in Barbra Streisand's directorial debut "Yentl"
1984:
Starred as an Indian princess romanced by a British calvary officer in the HBO miniseries "The Far Pavillions"
1984:
Played one of Dudley Moore's pregnant wives in the Blake Edwards comedy "Micki & Maude"
1986:
Reprised her stage role for the Showtime production of "Heartbreak House"
1986:
Portrayed Anna Anderson, a woman who claimed to be the daughter of Russian Czar Nicholas II, in NBC's miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna"
1988:
Appeared Off-Broadway in Athol Fugard's "The Road to Mecca"
1988:
Starred as a upscale New Yorker who is matched with a pickle saleman in "Crossing Delancey"
1988:
Provided the singing voice of Jessica Rabbit in the combination live action-animated feature "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1990:
Starred in Bruno Barreto's "A Show of Force"; became romantically involved with Baretto during production
1990:
Headlined the LA production of Wendy Wasserstein's award-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles"
1994:
Starred in the Broadway production of Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass"
1996:
Re-teamed with Baretto for "Carried Away"
1997:
Returned to Broadway, alongside Lili Taylor and Jeanne Tripplehorn, in Chekhov's "Three Sisters"
1997:
Appeared in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"
1998:
Co-starred as a tough-talking FBI agent in Barreto's "One Tough Cop"
1999:
Reprised role of Sue Snell in "The Rage: Carrie II"
2000:
Re-teamed with Barreto for "Bossa Nova"
2000:
Appeared as the wife of a drug czar in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic"
2001:
Acted in "The Vagina Monologues" in London
2001:
Had featured role in "13 Conversations About One Thing"; screened at Toronto; shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival
2002:
Played the recurring role of Emily Sloane in the ABC spy series "Alias"
2002:
Cast in the family feature drama "Tuck Everlasting"
2005:
Starred opposite Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning in the thriller "Hide and Seek"
2006:
Appeared on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia" at New York's Lincoln Center
2009:
Played Rose Byrne's mother in "Adam"
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Education

P S 44: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California - 1971 - 1972
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: - 1972 - 1975

Notes

"It's exciting, it's terrifying, and I've never been so alive." --Irving on her stage performance in Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass", quoted by Patrick Pacheco in LOS ANGELES TIMES, April 17, 1994

"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." --Amy Irving to LOS ANGELES TIMES, April 17, 1994

"I'm a textbook lover of directors. My father, of course. My second love was another director, Steven [Spielberg]. And now I'm in love with Bruno [Barreto]. What happens when an actress gives herself to a man when you're working can be one of the most exciting, exhilirating, intimate experiences. When Bruno and I started working together, he thought he'd died and gone to heaven! Here was this American actress whom he admired who was just like putty in his hands, because as an actress I love giving directors what they want. . . . " --Irving quoted in PARADE, March 24, 1996

"Yeah, things are really better for me. That's not to say perfect, because Bruno and I will always have rough edges. We're from different cultures and do things in very different ways. And we both have sharp tempers--me in particular." --Irving quoted in NEW YORK POST, February 13, 1997

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
William Katt. Actor. Dated before filming of "Carrie".
husband:
Steven Spielberg. Director, producer. Had on-again, off-again relationship from c. 1975; introduced by Brian De Palma; separated in 1979; reunited in 1984 when he escorted her to the Academy Awards; married on November 27, 1985 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; separated in 1988 over reports Spielberg was having an affair; divorced in 1989.
husband:
Bruno Barreto. Director. Brazilian; together since 1989; met when cast in Barreto's "A Show of Force"; has daughter from prior relationship.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Jules Irving. Theatrical producer, director. Died on July 28, 1979.
mother:
Priscilla Pointer. Actor. Appeared with Irving in several films including "Carrie".
brother:
David K Irving. Teacher, director, author. Born in September 1949.
sister:
Katie Irving. Teacher. Born in January 1951.
step-daughter:
Helena Barreto. Born c. 1977.
son:
Max Samuel Spielberg. Born in June 1985.
son:
Gabriel Barreto. Born on May 4, 1990.
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