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Amy Brenneman is an actress best known for her portrayal of a juvenile court judge and divorced mother on the hit drama Judging Amy.
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A 1987 graduate of Harvard University, Amy Brenneman has proved to be a versatile performer, handling both dramatic and comedic roles. In 1992, she appeared on the short-lived dramatic comedy series Middle Ages. Her next big part attracted more attention from critics and audiences. Brenneman played Janice Licalsi on the successful police drama N.Y.P.D. Blue. Her character was a police officer becomes involved with the mob and with Detective John Kelly, played by David Caruso. Her role on the series garnered her two Emmy Award nominations.
Around this time, Amy Brenneman also had roles in several films. In the dramatic comedy about divorced fathers, Bye Bye, Love (1995), she played Matthew Modine’s ex-wife. That same year, Brenneman also appeared in Michael Mann’s crime thriller Heat as Robert DeNiro’s girlfriend. She went on to star in the independent film Nevada (1997) as a stranger who comes to a western small town. Brenneman also appeared in Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) and The Suburbans (1999).
Judging Amy debuted it became of prime time’s leading dramas. Amy Brenneman starred as a New York lawyer who moves with her young daughter to Connecticut and becomes a juvenile court judge soon after her divorce. Audiences were drawn to the show’s interesting mix of court cases and the personal dramas surrounded the lead character and her friends and family. The show also provided a look at three generations of women - television veteran Tyne Daly co-starred as her mother Maxine, a social worker, and Karle Warren played her daughter Lauren. During the run of the series, Brenneman won several awards for her work, including a People’s Choice Award, and was nominated three times for an Emmy Award - in 2000, 2001, and 2002. After more than 130 episodes, Judging Amy finished its long run in 2005. It is still being shown in syndication.
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