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A petite blonde actress with pretty, pixiesh features and a high energy presence, California native Amanda Detmer made her debut in the TV-movie "Stolen Innocence" (CBS) in 1995. A local girl (the project was lensed in her native Chico), Detmer impressed with a featured role in the telepic, but resumed her education, earning her BA and later her MFA in theater. In 1998 she spent a summer on stage in Minneapolis and that same year lensed a starring role in the mystical independent drama "Last Seen." Although she had by now completed her graduate degree at New York University and was in her late twenties, Detmer easily adapted to teen roles, possessing youthful looks and bubbly charm. 1999 saw the actress make her big screen debut playing Miss Minneapolis in the Minnesota beauty pageant-set comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous." Television work in the NBC miniseries "To Serve and Protect" (NBC) and the very short-lived series "Ryan Caulfield: Year One" (Fox) put her among fictional police that same year.
Detmer made greater strides in 2000, with a featured role in the ensemble of the teen thriller "Final Destination." Playing Terry, the agreeable girlfriend of thickheaded jock Carter (Kerr Smith) offered her increased visibility and the chance to suffer what may be the most genuinely startling demise in the contemporary spate of teen scream films. While her character would no doubt stay down, Detmer saw her profile continue to rise that year, starring as an understanding and upbeat teacher with a regular role on Don Roos' edgy comedy "M.Y.O.B." (NBC) and taking on a co-starring role alongside hot tickets Claire Forlani, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jason Biggs in Robert Iscove's college-set romantic comedy "Boys and Girls." In 2001, she reteamed with Biggs, playing his love interest (and a would-be nun) in the daffy comedy "Saving Silverman."
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Featured as a runaway in the CBS TV-movie "Stolen Innocence"
Spent the summer acting in productions at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater
Played Miss Minneapolis in the beauty pageant-set comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
Acted in the NBC miniseries "To Serve and Protect", chronicling a family of New York City police officers
Starred in the mystical drama "Last Seen"; screened at the Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM)
Was a regular on the short-lived Fox police drama series "Ryan Caulfield: Year One"
Featured in the romantic comedy "Boys and Girls"
Co-starred as one of a group of high school students spared from a plane crash death because of a peer's preminatory vision in the supernatural thriller "Final Destination"
Was a regular on the summer replacement sitcom "M.Y.O.B." (NBC)
Had a supporting role in "Saving Silverman", playing a young woman ready to take religious vows who is the dream girl of the Jason Biggs' titular nice guy
Co-starred with Jim Carrey in "The Majestic"
Cast on the short-lived series, "A.U.S.A." (NBC)
Appeared opposite Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"
Cast in the ABC series, "What About Brian"