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American actress Amy Adams has starred in the popular films Julie & Julia, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Enchanted and Junebug, among many others.
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Amy Adams was born on August 20, 1974, in Vicenza, Italy, and her family relocated to the United States when she was about 8 years old. She pursued ballet training and dancing, as well as musical theater, and continued auditioning for television and film roles until she landed several that launched her into fame. Since then, Adams has starred in such popular films as Drop Dead Gorgeous, Enchanted, Junebug and Julie & Julia.
Actress Amy Lou Adams was born on August 20, 1974, in Vicenza, Italy. She was the fourth of seven children born to Americans Kathryn and Richard Kent Adams, who was stationed at Caserma Ederle at the time of her birth. The Adams family, which was Mormon, relocated from one base to another repeatedly until it settled in Castle Rock, Colorado when Adams was about 8 years old.
Adams sang in the Douglas County High School choir and, aspiring to become a ballerina, trained as an apprentice at a local dance company. Later, she decided the rigidity of ballet training was ill-suited for her, and she began to pursue a career in musical theater instead.
In the mid-1990s, Adams worked as a dancer at a number of different theatre and playhouses in Colorado and Minnesota. By the end of the decade, she had auditioned for and landed her first film role in the comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. Shortly thereafter, encouraged by co-star Kirstie Alley, Adams relocated to Los Angeles and auditioned for more roles. She landed one on a FOX television series, but it was later canceled.
Adams went on to appear in several small films and guest-star on TV series. She was also chosen to appear in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002) as Brenda Strong—a role that, according to Spielberg, should have launched Adams's career. But it wasn't until she starred in the 2005 film Junebug that Adams made her breakthrough: She received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the film, as well as a Special Jury Prize for her performance after Junebug premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2007, Adams landed the lead part in the fantasy musical Enchanted. Two years later, she starred as a young, aspiring cook in the popular culinary comedy about famed chef Julia Child, Julie & Julia. She starred alongside Meryl Streep in the fllm, which was directed by the late film director Nora Ephron and received wide acclaim, earning nearly $130 million at the box office.
A March 2008 MSNBC article called Adams Hollywood's new "It Girl," adding that she's still uncomfortable with all of her "It-ness." The article quoted Adams as saying, "I always equated 'It Girls' to, like, having a certain type of sexuality. So, for me, I don't think like that. I don't associate that with myself at this time. I've been working, which is so grounding and you don't sort of get a sense of the outside world when you're working."
Adams continues to star in films and perform in live theater, such as Shakespeare in The Park. She married actor Darren Le Gallo in 2008, and gave birth to their daughter two years later.
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