Amanda Plummer

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Amanda Plummer
BornAmanda Michael Plummer
(1957-03-23) March 23, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1979–present
ParentsChristopher Plummer (father)
Tammy Grimes (mother)
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Amanda Plummer
BornAmanda Michael Plummer
(1957-03-23) March 23, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1979–present
ParentsChristopher Plummer (father)
Tammy Grimes (mother)

Amanda Michael Plummer[1] (born March 23, 1957)[2] is an actress best known for her work on stage and for her roles in films such as The Fisher King (1991), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

Life and career[edit]

Plummer was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of actors Christopher Plummer and Tammy Grimes.[3]

Plummer received critical acclaim for her film work. Her first role was as Cattle Annie in Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), with Burt Lancaster and Diane Lane (Little Britches) and was followed by roles in The World According to Garp (1982), Daniel (1983), and The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). Other films of note include The Fisher King as Lydia opposite Robin Williams and directed by Terry Gilliam, for which she received a BAFTA 1992 film nomination, a Chicago Film Critics Association Award 1992 nomination, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award 2nd place, for best supporting actress; Pulp Fiction as Honey Bunny directed by Quentin Tarantino, for which she received an American Comedy Award nomination for funniest supporting role in a motion picture; Girlfriend as Celeste directed by Justin Lerner, Official Selection of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival; Butterfly Kiss as Eunice directed by Michael Winterbottom; My Life Without Me directed by Isabel Coixet; Vampire as Helga directed by Iwai Shunji; and Ken Park directed by Larry Clark.

She made her Broadway debut as Jo in the 1981 revival of A Taste of Honey which ran for almost a year with Valerie French playing the mother. She received a Tony Award nomination and Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award nomination and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her portrayal. She won the Tony Award for Featured Actress and a Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Boston Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Agnes in the play Agnes of God, with Geraldine Page and Elizabeth Ashley.[4] In 1983 she portrayed Laura Wingfield opposite Jessica Tandy's Amanda Wingfield in the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. Her other Broadway performances include Dolly Clandon in You Never Can Tell with Uta Hagen (1986) and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (1987) with Peter O'Toole and Sir John Mills, for the latter of which she received a third Tony Award nomination (1986–87) for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.[citation needed]. Off-Broadway plays include her portrayal as Beth in Sam Shepard's play A Lie of the Mind with Geraldine Page, Harvey Keitel and Will Patton, and directed by Sam Shepard; and in Killer Joe by Tracy Letts with Michael Shannon. Plummer has done many of Tennessee Williams' plays along with The Glass Menagerie, such as Summer and Smoke as Alma opposite Kevin Anderson, The Gnädiges Fräulein as the sumptuous Polly, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, and the world premiere of The One Exception.

In 1996 Plummer won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the episode "Stitch in Time" of The Outer Limits,[5] In 2005, she also won an Emmy for her role as Miranda Cole in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Weak", in which she played a schizophrenic. Two other well-known roles were Yolanda (a.k.a. "Honey Bunny") in Pulp Fiction and Rose in So I Married An Axe Murderer.

Plummer was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and received another Emmy Award for her performance in Miss Rose White, a Hallmark made-for-television film about surviving the Holocaust. She was later given the Anti-Defamation League Award. For her performance in Last Light (1993), directed by Keifer Sutherland for Showtime, she received a Cable Ace Award nomination.

Other awards include the Hollywood Drama Critics Award for her performance of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Saturn Award for her performance as Nettie in the 1993 film Needful Things and a Cable Ace Award for her performance in the TV movie The Right To Remain Silent.

Plummer played Wiress, a former tribute who won the Hunger Games, in the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on Catching Fire, the second novel of The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins.[6]

Plummer starred alongside Brad Dourif in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play at New World Stages. This production marks her return to the New York stage after nearly fifteen years.[7][8]



1981Cattle Annie and Little BritchesAnnie
1982The World According GarpEllen James
1983DanielSusan Isaacson
1984The Hotel New HampshireMiss Miscarriage
1984The DollmakerMamieTelevision movie
1986StaticJulia Purcell
1987CourtshipLaura Vaughn
1987Made in HeavenWiley Foxx
1989Prisoners of InertiaSam
1990Joe Versus the VolcanoDagmar
1991The Fisher KingLydiaNominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1992Miss Rose WhiteLusia BurkeTelevision movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1993So I Married an Axe MurdererRose Michaels
1993Needful ThingsNettie CobbSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994Pulp FictionHoney Bunny/YolandaNominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1995Butterfly KissEunice
1995NostradamusCatherine De Medici
1995The Final CutRothstein
1995The ProphecyRachael
1996Dead GirlFrida
1996FreewayRamona Lutz
1996The Right To Remain SilentPaulina MarcosTelevision movie
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1996Don't Look BackBridgetTelevision movie
1997American PerfektSandra Thomas
1997A Simple WishBoots
1998You Can Thank Me LaterSusan Cooperbeg
1998L.A. Without a MapRed Pool Owner
1998HysteriaMyrna Malloy
1998October 22Denise
19998½ WomenBeryl
1999The Apartment ComplexMiss ChenilleTelevision movie
2000The Million Dollar HotelVivien
2000Seven Days to LiveEllen Shaw
2002The Gray in BetweenJalyn
2002TriggermenPenny Archer
2002Get a ClueMiss DawsonTelevision movie
2002Ken ParkClaude's mother
2003My Life Without MeLaurie
2003Mimic 3: SentinelSimone Montrose
2004Satan's Little HelperMerrill Whooly
2008InconceivableLesley Banks
2008RedMrs. Doust
2008AffinityMiss Ridley
200845 R.P.M.Caralee Lucas
2009The Making of Plus OneKim Owens
2009SophomoreMiss Hutz
2012Small ApartmentsMrs. Ballisteri
2012I Have to Buy New ShoesUnknown
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireWiress


1982ABC Afterschool SpecialAngela DunowayEpisode: "The Unforgivable Secret"
1987MoonlightingJackie WilbourneEpisode: "Take a Left at the Altar"
1988The EqualizerJill O'ConnorEpisode: "A Dance on the Dark Side"
1989Miami ViceLisa MadsenEpisode: "Fruit of the Poison Tree"
1989Tales from the CryptPeggyEpisode: "Lover Come Hack to Me"
1989-1990L.A. LawAlice Hackett6 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1991The Hidden RoomSarah ColeEpisode: "A Type of Love Story"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series
1996-2000The Outer LimitsDr. Theresa Givens2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2002Night VisionsMusic ProfessorEpisode: "The Maze"
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMiranda ColeEpisode: "Weak"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2006Battlestar GalacticaOracle SelloiEpisode: "Exodus"
2007WordGirlLady Redundant WomanEpisode: "Lady Redundant Woman"
2009-2013Phineas and FerbProfessor Poofenplotz3 episodes



  1. ^ Christopher Plummer (6 October 2009). In Spite of Myself: A Memoir. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 265–. ISBN 978-0-307-39680-8. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Amanda Plummer Biography (1957-)". Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Christopher Plummer biography
  4. ^ Tony Award listing
  5. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1447. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (July 17, 2012). "Amanda Plummer joins 'Catching Fire'". Variety. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (April 1, 2013). "Amanda Plummer, Brad Dourif To Star in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Two-Character Play’". New York Times. 
  8. ^ Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play on YouTube

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