Amanda McBroom is probably most famous for writing the song "The Rose" from Bette Midler's smash movie of the same name. The song was not eligible for an Academy Award because it was composed earlier and not specifically for the movie. It did win a Golden Globe award and was nominated for a Grammy.
Though born in California, Amanda moved to Mercedes, Texas at the age of 13 after her mother's death. From there she went on to study performing arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
Amanda has said that things she enjoys include camping, gardening, yoga, horse riding, playing with her pets, and movies.
A poll conducted by World Art Celebrities Journal ranked Amanda McBroom among the "the 30 best and greatest singers and cabaret stars of all time."
Amanda first combined her singing and acting abilities on a television show by performing two songs on the Bill Bixby series The Magician in 1973. Parts of the footage of her singing were later incorporated into the opening credits for the program.
Amanda McBroom is credited for the lyrics for the animated DVD release Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus, and also for the the children's features Land Before Time V and Land Before Time VI.
Amanda McBroom's award-winning song Errol Flynn honors her father David Bruce, a character actor who played many second roles in Hollywood films (including those of Flynn) in the 1940s and early 1950s.
Amanda's husband George Ball has nearly twenty television appearances and TV voice credits, beginning with a 1975 role on the drama Cannon. McBroom also credits him for recognizing and encouraging her song writing skills.
Amanda began her professional career acting and singing. Her early roles included the Broadway musical Seesaw and the national tour of the show Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
McBroom sang the Beatles song In My Life for family and friends at John Ritter's private funeral ceremony in 2003. The song was featured in Ritter's 1985 TV movie Letting Go. Another connection between the two is that Amanda and John played sister and brother in the Hawaii Five-O episode "Dealer's Choice - Blackmail".
Amanda was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the song When Hearts Collide used in As the World Turns.
Among her many credits for songwriting, Amanda has used her musical talents to write songs for the television shows Cop Rock, The Young and the Restless, and As the World Turns.
Amanda McBroom: (on success in the entertainment field) I still find it hard to think of myself as famous. I'll take your word for it. I have been and still am an actress. That came first. The singing thing and the writing came later.
Amanda McBroom: (on her role in the M*A*S*H episode "That's Show Biz" where she plays the accordian) The accordian AND the piano! I was the one with the wiggle-waggles and the really ugly blue dress.
Amanda McBroom: (opinions expressed on her personal webpage) I love Gerrison Keillor. He's cranky, but so clever, and he cares! If you want a good read, get his book Good Poems.
Amanda McBroom: (on playing Captain Phillipa Louvois in Star Trek: The Next Generation) Its funny! I got more acknowledgement for that part than anything I've ever done.