Amy Irving

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Amy Irving
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Irving at the Governor's Ball party, after the 1989 Academy Awards
BornAmy Davis Irving
(1953-09-10) September 10, 1953 (age 61)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)Steven Spielberg (1985-1989; divorced; 1 child)
Bruno Barreto (1996-2005; divorced; 1 child)
Kenneth Bowser (2007–present)
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Amy Irving
Amy Irving cropped.jpg
Irving at the Governor's Ball party, after the 1989 Academy Awards
BornAmy Davis Irving
(1953-09-10) September 10, 1953 (age 61)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)Steven Spielberg (1985-1989; divorced; 1 child)
Bruno Barreto (1996-2005; divorced; 1 child)
Kenneth Bowser (2007–present)

Amy Davis Irving (born September 10, 1953) is an American actress, who appeared in the films Crossing Delancey, The Fury, Carrie, and Yentl as well as on Broadway and Off-Broadway. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and has won an Obie award. She was married to director Steven Spielberg; they divorced in 1989 after four years of marriage, with Irving receiving a settlement of $100 million.

Early life[edit]

Irving was born in Palo Alto, California. Her father was film and stage director Jules Irving (born Jules Israel) and her mother is actress Priscilla Pointer. Her brother is writer/director David Irving (not the British author of the same name) and her sister is singer/teacher of deaf children Katie Irving. Irving's father was Jewish, as was one of Irving's maternal great-great-grandfathers.[1] Irving was raised in Christian Science, and her family observed no religious traditions.[2]

Irving attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and appeared in several productions there. She also trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and made her off-Broadway debut at age 17 in And Chocolate on Her Chin. She is a graduate of the Professional Children's School, in Manhattan, New York.


Irving's first stage appearance was at age 2, portraying a bit-part character ("Princess Primrose") in a play which her father directed. She had a walk-on role in the 1965-66 Broadway show The Country Wife at age 12. Her character was to sell a hamster to Stacy Keach in a crowd scene. The play was directed by family friend Robert Symonds, the owner/operator of Lincoln Center, and who would become her stepfather after her father died and her mother remarried. Within six months of returning to Los Angeles from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in the mid-1970s, Irving was cast in a major motion picture and was working on various TV projects such as guest spots in Police Woman, Happy Days, and a lead role in the mini-series epic Once an Eagle opposite veterans Sam Elliott and Glenn Ford, and a young Melanie Griffith. She played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Los Angeles Free Shakespeare Theatre in 1975, and returned to the role at the Seattle Repertory Theatre (1982-1983).

Opening Night Heartbreak House, 1983

Irving auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars, which went to Carrie Fisher. She then starred in the Brian DePalma-directed films The Fury as Gillian Bellaver, and Carrie as Sue Snell (her mother was also in Carrie). In 1999 she reprised her role as Sue Snell in "The Rage: Carrie 2". She starred with Richard Dreyfuss in 1980 in The Competition. Also in 1980 she appeared in Honeysuckle Rose; the film marked her on-screen singing debut. (Both her and Dyan Cannon's characters were country-and-western singers, and both actresses did their own singing in the film.) In 1983 she was in Yentl (for which she received an Oscar nomination). In 1984 she co-starred in Micki + Maude, In 1988 she was in Susan Sandler's Crossing Delancey (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination). In 1997 she appeared in Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry. She supplied the singing voice for Jessica Rabbit in the animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Irving also appeared in the TV show Alias as Emily Sloane, portrayed Princess Anjuli in the big-budget miniseries epic The Far Pavilions and headlined the lavish TV production Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. More recently Irving appeared in the films Traffic (2000), Tuck Everlasting (2002), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2002) and an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2001.

Irving's stage work includes on-Broadway shows such as Amadeus (replacing Jane Seymour due to pregnancy) at the Broadhurst Theatre for nine months, Heartbreak House with Rex Harrison at the Circle in the Square Theatre, Broken Glass at the Booth Theatre and Three Sisters with Jeanne Tripplehorn and Lili Taylor at the Roundabout Theatre. Additional off-Broadway credits include: The Heidi Chronicles, The Road to Mecca, The Vagina Monologues in both London and New York, The Glass Menagerie with her mother, Celadine, a world premiere at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ and the 2006 one-woman play A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, by Marta Góes, which was a Primary Stages production at the 59E59 Theaters. In 1994, Irving and Anthony Hopkins hosted the 48th Tony Awards at the Gershwin Theatre, New York.

Irving's last Broadway appearance was in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia at New York's Lincoln Center during its 2006–07 season. In 2009 she played the title role in Saint Joan, in an audio version by the Hollywood Theater of the Ear.

In May 2010 Irving made her Opera Theatre of Saint Louis debut in the role of Desiree Armfeldt in Isaac Mizrahi's directorial debut of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

In October 2010 Irving guest-starred in "Unwritten," the third episode of the seventh season, of the Fox series, House M.D..[3] In 2013, Irving appeared in a recurring role in the cancelled Zero Hour.

Irving currently resides in New York City.

Awards and honors[edit]

Irving received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film Yentl, Golden Globe nominations for her performances in the films Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna and Crossing Delancey, and an Obie Award for her stage performance in The Road to Mecca.

Irving holds the distinction of being one of only two people to be nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie Award for the same performance. Irving was nominated for both Best and Worst Supporting Actress for her work in Yentl. Only James Coco achieved the same feat for his work in Only When I Laugh. She was the winner of the category Worst Supporting Actress at the first annual Razzie Awards in 1981 for her film Honeysuckle Rose, beating actresses including Betsy Palmer for Friday the 13th and Elizabeth Ashley for Windows.

Personal life[edit]

Irving dated American film director Steven Spielberg from 1976 to 1980. She then had a brief relationship with Willie Nelson, her co-star in the film Honeysuckle Rose. The breakup with Spielberg cost her the role of Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he had offered to her at the time,[4] but they soon got back together and finally married from 1985 to 1989; upon their divorce she received an estimated $100 million settlement after a judge controversially vacated a prenuptial agreement that had been written on a napkin. In 1990 she became romantically and professionally involved with Brazilian film director Bruno Barreto; they were married in 1996 and divorced in 2005. She has two sons, Max Samuel (with Spielberg) (born June 13, 1985), and Gabriel Davis (with Barreto) (born May 4, 1990). She is married to Kenneth Bowser, Jr., a documentary film maker, most notable for making Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, an adaptation of a book by Peter Biskind.


1975The RookiesCindy MullinsEpisode: "Reading, Writing and Angel Dust"
1975Police WomanJune HummelEpisode: "The Hit"
1975Happy DaysOliviaEpisode: "Tell It to the Marines"
1976James DeanNorma JeanTV movie
1976CarrieSue Snell
1976-1977Once an EagleEmily Pawlfrey Massengale7 episodes
1976I'm a FoolLucyTV movie
1978The FuryGillian Bellaver
1979VoicesRosemarie Lemon
1980Honeysuckle RoseLily RamseyGolden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1980The CompetitionHeidi Joan Schoonover
1983Never Say Never AgainFemale Computer Eye Scan VoiceUncredited
1983YentlHadassNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1984The Far PavilionsAnjuli3 episodes
1984Micki and MaudeMaude Salinger
1984Terror in the AislesUnknown
1986Anastasia: The Mystery of AnnaAnna AndersonTV movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1988Who Framed Roger RabbitJessica Rabbit (singing voice)
1988Crossing DelanceyIsabelle GrossmanNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
1989Casualties of WarVoice of girl on the trainUncredited
1990A Show of ForceKate Melendez
1991An American Tail: Fievel Goes WestMiss Kitty
1993Benefit of the DoubtKaren Braswell
1995KleptomaniaDiana Allen
1996Carried AwayRosealee Henson
1996I'm Not RappaportClara Gelber
1997Deconstructing HarryJane
1998One Tough CopFBI Agent Jean Devlin
1999The ConfessionSarah Fertig
1999The Rage: Carrie 2Sue Snell
1999Blue Ridge FallEllie Perkins
1999Spin CityLindsay ShawEpisode: "The Great Debate"
2000Bossa NovaMary Ann Simpson
2000TrafficBarbara WakefieldScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001Law & Order: SVURebecca RamseyEpisode: "Repression"
2001Thirteen Conversations About One ThingPatriciaFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
2002-2005AliasEmily Sloane9 episodes
2002Tuck EverlastingMother Foster
2005Hide and SeekAlison Callaway
2009AdamRebecca Buchwald
2010HouseAlice TannerEpisode: "Unwritten"
2013Zero HourMelanie Lynch (aka Mother)4 episodes

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  3. ^ "Amy Irving and Dylan Baker to Guest-Star on House". Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ George Perry (1998). Steven Spielberg: The Making of his Movies. Orion. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-7528-1848-1. 

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