Lauren Ambrose

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Lauren Ambrose
Lauren Ambrose 2000.jpg
BornLauren Anne D'Ambruoso
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 36)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Sam Handel (m. 2001)
Children2
 
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Lauren Ambrose
Lauren Ambrose 2000.jpg
BornLauren Anne D'Ambruoso
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 36)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Sam Handel (m. 2001)
Children2

Lauren Ambrose (born February 20, 1978) is an American film, television, and stage actress.

Early life[edit]

Ambrose was born Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso[1] in New Haven, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Anne (née Wachtel), an interior designer, and Frank D'Ambruoso, a caterer. She is of Italian descent on her father's side[2] and German, English, and Irish on her mother's. Ambrose attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, Wilbur Cross High School, High School in the Community, and the ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. She is also a trained opera singer who studied voice and opera at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Career[edit]

Ambrose began her career in New York theater, mainly in Off-Broadway productions. Her early career also included television appearances, most notably playing supporting guest roles on Law & Order, and a feature guest role on the show in the 1998 episode "Damaged" as Valerie Maxwell, a mentally-challenged young woman raped by a group of popular high school students. Her first film role was In & Out (1997), which was followed by a more prominent role in the high school comedy Can't Hardly Wait (1998). She was the ingenue lead, Florence "Chicklet" Forrest, in the cult favorite Psycho Beach Party (2000). Ambrose began her role on Six Feet Under in early 2001. She was nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Emmy Award twice, following the 2002 and 2003 seasons of the critically acclaimed drama.

In 2006, Ambrose made her Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Awake and Sing!. In 2007, she appeared as Juliet in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, to great critical acclaim. She appeared as Ophelia in the 2008 performance of Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park.[3] Ambrose returned to Broadway in Exit the King (by Eugène Ionesco) at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Ambrose provided the voice of monster KW in Where the Wild Things Are, which was released in 2009.

In 2011, Ambrose appeared in seven of the ten episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day. She played Jilly Kitzinger, "a sweet-talking PR genius with a heart of stone who's just cornered the most important client of her career … and maybe of all time".[4] For her performance as Kitzinger, Ambrose received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress In Television.[5]

Ambrose is the lead singer of Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class a ragtime dixieland jazz band formed in 2009. They have performed several times at Joe's Pub and charity events. Yet to produce a studio album, the band has received praises by critics.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Ambrose has been married to professional photographer Sam Handel[7] of Needham, MA since September 2001. They have a son, Orson (b. January 16, 2007)[8] and a second child, born in 2012.[9] They live in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997In & OutVicky Rayburn
1998Can't Hardly WaitDenise Fleming
1998Summertime's Calling MeTami
2000SwimmingFrankie Wheeler
2000Psycho Beach PartyFlorence 'Chicklet' Forrest
2002ShowboyClaire Fisher
2004AdmissionsEvie Brighton
2006DiggersZoey
2007Starting Out in the EveningHeather Wolfe
2009Dog Year, AA Dog YearEmma
2009Loving LeahLeah LeverTelevision movie
2009Cold SoulsStephanie
2009Where the Wild Things AreKW
2009Tonight at NoonMae
2009Other Woman, TheThe Other WomanMindy
2011GrassrootsEmily Bowen
2011I'm Coming OverGretaShort film
2011Weekends at BellevueEllie HarlowTelevision movie
2011About SunnyAngela
2012Sleepwalk with MeAbby
2012WanderlustAlmond
2012River, TheThe RiverMariaShort film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Law & OrderJessicaEpisode: "Skin Deep"
1993Law & OrderMaureen McKinnonEpisode: "Pride and Joy"
1995State, TheThe StateAudience MemberEpisode: "3.10"
1998Law & OrderValerie MaxwellEpisode: "Damaged"
1999Party of FiveMyra Wringler5 episodes
2001–05Six Feet UnderClaire Fisher63 episodes
2008Return of Jezebel James, TheThe Return of Jezebel JamesCoco Tompkins6 episodes
2011Torchwood: Miracle DayJilly Kitzinger7 episodes
2012ComaSusan Wheeler2 episodes
2013Robot ChickenAnita Radcliffe / Natasha FataleEpisode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVanessa Mayer2 episodes

Other work[edit]

Award and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2002Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSix Feet UnderNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Drama ActressNominated
2003Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2009Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmLoving LeahNominated
2012Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleAbout SunnyNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionTorchwood: Miracle DayNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ JOHNSON, MALCOLM (2007-06-26). "TIMELESS TRAGEDY OF LOVE". www.courant.com Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  2. ^ Windy City Times - Interview: Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose
  3. ^ Public Theater - Shakespeare in the Park
  4. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Six Feet Under' star Lauren Ambrose joins 'Torchwood' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Matt (29 February 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Schulman, Michael (November 13, 2009). "Lauren Ambrose’s Jazz Habit". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ "main". Samhandel.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  8. ^ Alison Singh Gee. "Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose Has a Boy". People. 
  9. ^ T.L. Stanley (August 25, 2012). "Lauren Ambrose in fully engaged in 'Coma' on A&E". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Nigel M. Smith (August 28, 2012). "'Sleepwalk With Me' star Lauren Ambrose on saying goodbye to 'Six Feet Under' and why she took on A&E medical thriller 'Coma'". Indiewire. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 

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