Amy Brenneman

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Amy Brenneman

Born

6/22/1964, New London, Connecticut, USA

Birth Name

Amy Frederica Brenneman

Gender

Female
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Actress Amy Brenneman, a tall hazel-eyed performer of stage and screen with a pale complexion, thick, dark hair and a wide smile, first garnered major attention for her groundbreaking bare-all turn on "NYPD Blue" (ABC) and went on to carve out a prolific career in film and television,…more

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  • Beautiful and talented!

    10
    A great and beautiful actress that can hold her own. As she is really got talent, wit, and charm. Loved her in Judging Amy though she was also good in NYPD Blue but really didn't get to blossom out of the mostly male cast. As I think that with JA, she really got to show off her talent and show her wide range of emotions. Also did some comedy along the way and drama in movies. But I think that her talents belong on tv. Though she is good in movies, she thrives more on the small screen. As hopefully we will see her in more to come.moreless
  • an exceptional actress.

    9.6
    Actress Amy Brenneman, a tall, raven-haired, hazel-eyed performer of stage and screen with a pale complexion, thick, dark hair and a wide smile, first garnered major attention for her groundbreaking bare-all turn on \"NYPD Blue\" (ABC) and went on to carve out a prolific career in film and television, often playing strong and unpredictable women. After studying comparative religions at Harvard, Brenneman appeared in Off-off- and Off-Broadway productions before beginning her successful small screen endeavors, cast as club chanteuse Blanche, a member of the diverse repertory of characters peopling CBS\'s acclaimed but short-lived comedy-drama series \"Middle Ages\" (1992). Next up was a regular stint in the debut season of \"NYPD Blue\", playing Janice Licalsi, a cop with a shady past who becomes involved with both a fiery detective (David Caruso) and a Mafia don, eventually killing the latter, on the controversial ABC crime series. Although appearing on the long-running series for only the premiere season (1993-94) and two episodes of the following season, Brenneman\'s turn was well-acted, although probably best remembered for the controversial nude scene alongside Caruso in a 1993 episode. (She garnered two supporting actress Emmy nods.)



    While she began work in features following her departure from \"NYPD Blue\", her subsequent television work was more successful than many of her film credits. A memorable recurring guest role as Faye, the strong-willed love interest of the radio psychiatrist, in the 1998-1999 season of NBC\'s \"Frasier\" kept her in the public eye, as did work in TV-movies, notably as the feminist painter in HBO\'s biopic \"Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist\" and as a daring field agent in ABC\'s \"ATF\" (both 1999). Later that year, Brenneman returned to regular series work, as creator, executive producer, and star of the CBS drama \"Judging Amy\". Based partially on the life of her own mother, Judge Frederica Brenneman, the series followed Judge Amy Gray (Brenneman), a recent divorcee who moves with her young daughter from New York City to her Hartford, Connecticut hometown, living in the family home with her mother and brother and pursuing a more satisfying job as a juvenile court judge. The show, likened to \"Providence\" in its theme and approach, (and also the coincidental physical similarities between Brenneman and \"Providence\" star Melina Kanakaredes), was an unexpected hit, and CBS quickly ordered a full season of episodes.



    In 1995, Brenneman began the move into feature film work with supporting parts in \"Casper\", as Christina Ricci\'s mother, the romantic comedy \"Bye Bye, Love\", as Paul Reiser\'s ex-wife and \"Heat\", as Robert De Niro\'s love interest. She next teamed with William Petersen and Mark Wahlberg in the thriller \"Fear\" and starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the disaster actioner \"Daylight\" (both 1996). Brenneman was co-producer of the independent feature \"Nevada\" (1997), which she additionally starred in as part of an ensemble cast of actresses including Kirstie Alley and Gabrielle Anwar. In 1998 she took on the morally ambiguous role of unhappily married and unfaithful Mary in the bleak \"Your Friends and Neighbors\", Neil LaBute\'s harsh look at sexual politics. Less memorable was her turn in Donal Lardner Ward\'s unremarkable directorial debut \"The Suburbans\" (1999), as the longtime girlfriend of a has-been rocker (Ward) whose titular band gets an unexpected second chance at stardom fifteen years after their lone hit. She was back among a host of strong actresses (e.g., Holly Hunter, Glenn Close, Calista Flockhart) in the Sundance screened \"Things You Can Tell by Just Looking at Her\" (aired on Showtime in 2001).



    After a short hiatus from making films, Brenneman returned in “Off the Map” (2005), a well-reviewed drama about an eccentric family (Joan Allen, Sam Elliott and Valentina DeAngelis) living on the fringe of society in the New Mexico desert whose lives are altered by an IRS agent (Jim True-Frost) suffering from inner demons that eventually dissipate into sparse, idyllic land. Brenneman played the adult version of the family’s daughter, Bo, narrating the events that took place that one fateful summer in 1974. Brenneman was then part of the strong ensemble cast in Rodrigo Garcia’s feature drama, “Nine Lives” (2005), playing the ex-wife of a man (William Fichtner) who suddenly finds herself in love with him again after the death of his second wife.moreless
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