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Amy Adams is a multi-talented American actress. She was born in Italy to American parents Kathryn and Richard Adams, at a time when her father was a U.S. serviceman stationed in the country but was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado.
She was to be found singing in the school choir at Douglas County High School and also dancing as an apprentice at a local dance company to aid in her ambition of becoming a ballerina. However, she soon realized that even with hard work this would not become reality so she worked as a greeter at The Gap and also as a Hooters hostess and waitress to support herself before finding work more in line with her ambitions 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 which led to a move to Chanhassen, Minnesota, where she started working in regional dinner theater.
Nursing a pulled muscle that kept her from work, she was free to audition and win a part in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) which was to be filmed in Minnesota. During the filming, Kirstie Alley encouraged her to pursue acting by moving to Los Angeles where she was soon given a part in the Fox Network television continuation of the film Cruel Intentions (1999) in the part played in the film by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kathryn Merteuil. Although some episodes were filmed, the troubled series never aired. Parts of the episodes already filmed were edited and released as the direct-to-video Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) (V). She started appearing in many television series before landing a major role in Catch Me If You Can (2002) playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. This did not provide the break-through she might have hoped for, with no work being offered for about a year. When she returned to acting it was again mostly in television.
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. 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). Her vivacious yet innocent portrayal allowed her to use her singing and dancing talents and won the hearts of many viewers. It also garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. This was thought by many to be the vehicle that will one day be seen as her major break-through. 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. She is now a very sought-after actress with a bright future.