Born: September 10, 1953
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Amy Davis Irving (born September 10, 1953) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She began her film career with a role in the 1976 horror film Carrie, followed by a lead role in the 1978 supernatural thriller The Fury. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Yentl (1983), and for a Golden Globe Award for the comedy Crossing Delancey (1988). Her other film appearances include Deconstructing Harry (1997), Traffic (2000), and Adam (2009).
Irving made her Broadway debut in Amadeus in 1980, and went on to receive an Obie Award for the 1988 Off-Broadway production of The Road to Mecca. Her other Broadway credits include the original production of Broken Glass (1994), the revival of Three Sisters (1997), and in the original Broadway production of The Coast of Utopia (2006). She also starred in the 2010 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of the musical A Little Night Music.
Irving was born on September 10, 1953 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 and director David Irving (not the British author of the same name) and her sister, Katie Irving, is a singer and teacher of deaf children. Irving's father was Jewish, as was one of Irving's maternal great-great-grandfathers. Irving was raised in Christian Science, and her family observed no religious traditions.
She spent her early life in San Francisco, California, where her father co-founded the Actor's Workshop, and where she was active in local theater as a child. She 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 graduated from Professional Children's School in New York City while performing in theater there.
Irving's first stage appearance was at 9 months old in the production "Rumplestiltskin" where her father brought her on the stage to play the part of his child who he trades for spun gold. Then at age 2, she portrayed 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 later became 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).
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 which also 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 featured in Barbra Streisand's directorial debut, Yentl, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 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). That same year, she also gave another singing performance in the live-action/animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, providing the singing voice for Jessica Rabbit. In 1997 she appeared in Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry. 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, actress Priscilla Pointer; Celadine, a world premiere at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey; and the 2006 one-woman play, A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop. In 1994, she 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.. In 2013, Irving appeared in a recurring role in the cancelled Zero Hour. In 2018, she co-starred in the psychological horror film Unsane, directed by Steven Soderbergh.
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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, among others, Betsy Palmer for Friday the 13th and Elizabeth Ashley for Windows.
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, but they soon got back together and were married from 1985-1989. She received an estimated $100 million divorce 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 married Kenneth Bowser Jr., a documentary filmmaker, in 2007. As of 2015, Irving resided in New York City.
|1978||Fury, TheThe Fury||Gillian Bellaver|
|1980||Honeysuckle Rose||Lily Ramsey||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|1980||Competition, TheThe Competition||Heidi Joan Schoonover|
|1983||Yentl||Hadass Vishkower||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
|1984||Micki & Maude||Maude Salinger|
|1988||Crossing Delancey||Isabelle Grossman||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Singing voice of Jessica Rabbit||Voice-only, Uncredited|
|1990||Show of Force, AA Show of Force||Kate Melendez|
|1991||American Tail: Fievel Goes West, AnAn American Tail: Fievel Goes West||Miss Kitty||Voice-only|
|1993||Benefit of the Doubt||Karen Braswell|
|1995||Call of the Wylie||Mel||Short film|
|1996||Carried Away||Rosealee Henson|
|1996||I'm Not Rappaport||Clara Gelber|
|1998||One Tough Cop||FBI Agent Jean Devlin|
|1999||Confession, TheThe Confession||Sarah Fertig|
|1999||Rage: Carrie 2, TheThe Rage: Carrie 2||Sue Snell|
|1999||Blue Ridge Fall||Ellie Perkins|
|2000||Bossa Nova||Mary Ann Simpson|
|2000||Traffic||Barbara Wakefield||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2001||Thirteen Conversations About One Thing||Patricia||Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast|
|2002||Tuck Everlasting||Mother Foster|
|2005||Hide and Seek||Alison Callaway|
|1975||Rookies, TheThe Rookies||Cindy Mullins||Episode: "Reading, Writing and Angel Dust"|
|1975||Police Woman||June Hummel||Episode: "The Hit"|
|1975||Happy Days||Olivia||Episode: "Tell It to the Marines"|
|1976||James Dean||Norma Jean||Television movie|
|1976||Dynasty||Amanda Blackwood||Television movie|
|1976-1977||Once an Eagle||Emily Pawlfrey Massengale||7 episodes|
|1977||I'm a Fool||Lucy||Television movie|
|1984||Far Pavilions, TheThe Far Pavilions||Anjuli||3 episodes|
|1985||Great Performances||Ellie Dunn||Episode: "Heartbreak House"|
|1986||Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna||Anna Anderson||Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
|1989||Nightmare Classics||The Governess||Episode: "The Turn of the Screw"|
|1998||Stories from My Childhood||Anastasia (voice)||Episode: "Beauty and the Beast"|
|1999||Spin City||Lindsay Shaw||Episode: "The Great Debate"|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Rebecca Ramsey||Episode: "Repression"|
|2001||American Masters||Voice of Novels||Episode: "F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams"|
|2002-2005||Alias||Emily Sloane||9 episodes|
|2010||House||Alice Tanner||Episode: "Unwritten"|
|2013||Zero Hour||Melanie Lynch||10 episodes|
|2015||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Phyllis Barsetto||Episode: "Innocents"|