Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Infobox Actor

imagesize = 200px
caption = Irving at the Governor's Ball party, after the 1989 Academy Awards
birthdate = birth date and age|1953|9|10
birthplace = Palo Alto, California
birthname = Amy Davis Irving
years active = 1975 - present
spouse = Steven Spielberg (1985-1989)
Bruno Barreto (1996-2005)
goldenraspberryawards = Worst Supporting Actress
1980 "Honeysuckle Rose"
sagawards = Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 "Traffic"
awards = FFCC Award for Best Cast
2002 "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing"

Amy Davis Irving (born September 10, 1953) is an American actress, known for her $100 million settlement with Steven Spielberg, roles in films "Crossing Delancey", "The Fury", "Carrie" and her Oscar- and Razzie nominated role in "Yentl" as well as acclaimed roles on Broadway and off-Broadway.


Early life

Irving was born in Palo Alto, California, the daughter of film and stage director Jules Irving ( Jules Israel) and actress Priscilla Pointer. Irving's brother is writer/director David Irving (not the British holocaust denier of the same name), and her sister is singer/teacher of deaf children Katie Irving. Irving is of Jewish descent on her father's side and has Welsh and Cherokee ancestry on her mother's.cite book|last=McBride|first=Joseph|authorlink=|coauthors=|title=Steven Spielberg: A Biography|publisher=Da Capo Press|date=1999|location=|pages=293|month=|url=|id=ISBN0306809001] She was raised in Christian Science.

In the late '60s and early '70s, Irving attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where she appeared in a number of their productions. She also trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art,and made her off-Broadway debut when she was seventeen, in a production titled 'And Chocolate on Her Chin'. She is a graduate of the prestigious Professional Children's School, situated in Manhattan, New York.


Irving made her stage debut at the tender age of 2 and a half under her father's supervision portraying a bit part character named Princess Primrose in a play her father directed. She also had a walk on role in the 1965/1966 Broadway show "The Country Wife" at age 12, selling Stacey Keach a hamster in a crowd scene, directed by family friend Robert Symonds (who later became her stepfather, after her father died and mother remarried). During this time her father was the owner/operator of Lincoln Center. Within 6 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 television projects such as guest spots in "Police Woman", "Happy Days", and a lead role in the mini-series epic "Once an Eagle" opposite veterans at the time Sam Elliott, Glenn Ford and a young Melanie Griffith. She also worked as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Los Angeles Free Shakespeare Theatre in 1975, and returned to the role at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle from 1982 to 1983.

After auditioning and losing the role of Princess Leia in , Irving's debut screen performances were lead roles in the Brian DePalma-directed films "The Fury" as Gillian Bellaver, and "Carrie" as Sue Snell (in which she co-starred with her mother). She also starred with Richard Dreyfuss in 1980's "The Competition", the 1983 film "Yentl" (for which she was nominated for an Oscar), in Susan Sandler's popular 1988 film, "Crossing Delancey" (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe) as Isabelle, and Woody Allen's 1997 film "Deconstructing Harry". "Micki + Maude", directed by Blake Edwards and starring Dudley Moore was a hit for her in 1984. She supplied the singing voice for Jessica Rabbit in the animated film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". Irving also appeared in the television show "Alias" as Emily Sloane, portrayed Princess Anjuli in the big budget mini-series epic "The Far Pavilions" and headlined the lavish TV production: '. More recently Irving appeared in the films "Traffic" (2000), "Tuck Everlasting" (2002), "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" (2002) and an episode of ' in 2001.

Irving's stage work includes on-Broadway shows such as "Amadeus" (replacing Jane Seymour due to pregnancy) at the Broadhurst Theatre, "Heartbreak House" with Rex Harrison at the Circle in the Square Theatre, "Broken Glass" at the Booth Theatre and "The 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, more recently, the 2006 one-woman play, "A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop," by Marta Góes, which was a Primary Stages production at the 59E59 Theaters.

Along with various other shows, Irving's last appearance on the stage was in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia" at New York's Lincoln Center during its 2006-2007 season. She currently resides in New York City.

Awards and honors

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 "" 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

Irving dated American film director Steven Spielberg from 1976 to around 1979, when they broke up. Irving then was involved in a relationship with Willie Nelson, her co-star in the film Honeysuckle Rose which soon fizzled out. The break up with Spielberg cost her the role of Marion Ravenwood in the huge hit Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he was offering to her at the timecite book | author = George Perry | title = Steven Spielberg: The Making of his Movies | publisher = Orion | date = 1998 | pages=44-45 | isbn=0-75281-848-1] but they soon got back together and finally married from 1985 to 1989; upon their divorce she received an estimated $100 million settlement. In 1990 she became romantically and professionally involved with the Brazilian film director Bruno Barreto, and they were married in 1996. She has two sons, Max Samuel (with Spielberg), and Gabriel (with Barreto). Irving and Barreto were divorced in 2005. She currently is in a relationship with Kenneth Bowser, a documentary maker who directed "".


* "Hide and Seek" (2005)
* "Tuck Everlasting" (2002)
* "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" (2002)
* "Alias" (2001)
* "Traffic" (2000)
* "Bossa Nova" (2000)
* "Blue Ridge Fall" (1999)
* "" (1999)
* "The Confession" (1999)
* "One Tough Cop" (1998)
* "Deconstructing Harry" (1997)
* "I'm Not Rappaport" (1996)
* "Carried Away" (1996)
* "Kleptomania" (1995)
* "Benefit of the Doubt" (1993)
* "" (1991) (voice)
* "A Show of Force" (1990)
* "Crossing Delancey" (1988)
* "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) (voice) As Jessica Rabbit singing “Why Don’t You Do Right”.
* "Rumpelstiltskin" (1987)
* "" (1986)
* "Micki and Maude" (1984)
* "The Far Pavilions" (1984)
* "Yentl" (1983)
* "The Competition" (1980)
* "Honeysuckle Rose" (1980)
* "Voices" (1979)
* "The Fury" (1978)
* "I'm a Fool" (1976)
* "Carrie" (1976)


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