Who is Steven Spielberg’s ex-wife Amy Irving? Wiki Bio

Amy Davis Irving was born in Palo Alto, California USA, on 10 September 1953, so her zodiac sign is Virgo and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, best known for starring in the romantic comedy film “Crossing Delancey”, which also starred Peter Riegert and Reizl Bozyk, and which follows a single woman living on Manhattan who meets and falls in love with a Jewish man. The movie was nominated for Golden Globe and Artios Awards.

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Early life and education

Amy was raised alongside her brother, David Irving who is a film director, and her sister Katie who is a teacher and a singer in Palo Alto.

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Their parents are artists as their mother Priscilla Pointer is a former actress (95 years old) while their father Jules was a film director, who died on 28 July 1979.

The family moved to San Francisco in California when Amy was seven, and Jules co-founded the theatre company The Actor’s Workshop. Amy began developing her acting skills at a very early age, and studied at The American Conservatory Theatre, appearing in several plays performed there. She continued at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and she then rejoined the family when they moved to New York City, when Jules became the director of Lincoln Center Repertory Theater.

Amy attended Professional Children’s School and then decided not to attend college, but to focus on her acting career.

Roles in plays (Broadway and off-Broadway)

Amy made her debut appearance in a theatre play when she nine months old in “Rumplestiltskin”, and then appeared in another play when she was two. In 1965, she appeared in “The Country Wife” performed at Vivian Beaumont Theatre, while some of her following roles were in “Romeo and Juliet” in 1975, “Amadeus” in 1981, and “Blithe Spirit” in 1983.

From the summer of 1983 to the second half of 1984, she portrayed Ellie Dunn in the play “Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes” written by George Bernard Shaw in 1919, with Amy praised for her performance. Numerous roles followed such as those in “Three Sisters” in 1987, “The Heidi Chronicles” in 1990, and “Broken Glass” in 1994 among others.

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In 2002, she portrayed Joan in the Anne Nelson’s play “The Guys” and then starred as Celadine in the eponymous play in 2004, and as Varvara in “The Coast of Utopia: Part I” in 2006 as well as the movie’s part two.

Some of her later roles in plays were in “The Waters of March” in 2008, “A Little Night Music” in 2010, and “We Live Here” in 2011.

Roles in TV series

Amy made her debut TV series appearance in “The Rookies” in 2005, followed by her appearances in single episodes of many series such as “Police Woman” and “Happy Days”. In 1976 and 1977 she appeared in seven episodes of the miniseries “Once an Eagle” as Emily Pawlfrey Massengale, and then appeared in three episodes of the series “The Far Pavilions”.

She went on to appear in single episodes of “Great Performances” and “Nightmare Classics” in 1989, and “Stories from My Childhood” in 1998.

In 1999, Amy portrayed Lindsay Shaw in an episode of “Spin City” and Rebecca Ramsey in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” before portraying Emily Sloane in nine episodes of the action thriller series “Alias” from 2002 to 2005. Some of her latest appearances in TV series have been in “Zero Hour” in 2013, “The Good Wife” in 2015, and “The Affair” in 2018.

Roles in movies

Amy made her debut film appearance portraying Sue Snell in the supernatural horror movie “Carrie” in 1976, which starred Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie and which follows a teenage girl who has telekinetic powers.

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Amy was praised for her performance, and so was then invited to appear in “The Fury” in 1978, “Honeysuckle Rose” in 1980, and “Yentl” in 1983.

In 1984 she was invited to star as Maude Salinger in “Micki & Maude”, and then portrayed the lead role of Katie in the musical fantasy “Rumpelstiltskin” in 1987, which also starred Billy Barty and Clive Revill, and which follows the classic story of a girl who is helped by a dwarf. In 1988 she voiced Jessica Rabbit in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, and then appeared in “A Show of Force” in 1990, and “Benefit of the Doubt” in 1993.

She was praised for her portrayal of Rosealee Henson in “Carried Award” which is closely based on Jim Harrison’s novel “Farmer”, and some of the roles which followed were in “Deconstructing Harry” in 1997, “One Tough Cop” in 1998, and “The Rage: Carrie 2” in 1999.

The year 2000 saw Amy star as Mary Ann Simpson in the romantic comedy movie “Bossa Nova”, which also starred Antonio Fagundes and Alexandre Borges, and which is about a lawyer, an English teacher, and a soccer player whose lives become intertwined. In 2001 she appeared in “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing”, and “Tuck Overlasting” in 2002, while some of her latest appearances in movies have been in the horror “Hide and Seek” in 2005, the romantic comedy “Adam” in 2009, and the psychological horror “Unsane” in 2018.

Awards and accolades

Amy was nominated for a Razzle award for Worst Supporting Actress for “Honeysuckle Rose” in 1981, but was then nominated for two awards for her performance in “Yentl” in 1983, and in 1987 for a Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in Miniseries or Television Film, and won an Obie Award for the Most Distinguished Performance by an Actress for her performance in the play “The Road to Mecca” in 1988.

In 1989, she was nominated for another Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy and Musical, and then won a Screen Actors Guild Award for an Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture for the crime drama film “Traffic” in 2001.

Love life and marriage with Steven Spielberg

Amy met the famous movie director Steven Spielberg in 1983 when she was acting in one of his movies, and on 27 November 1985 they married in a big ceremony attended by many of their friends and fellow actors. She gave birth to their son Max Spielberg on 13 June 1985, but she and Steven divorced on 2 February 1989 citing irreconcilable differences; in the settlement, Amy received $100 million making their divorce the third most costly in history.

Sometime in the late 1980s, Amy met Brazilian film director Bruno Barreto, and they eventually married on 27 September 1996. She gave birth to their son Gabriel Barreto on 4 May 1990, but they divorced on 29 January 2005.

She met Kenneth Bowser Jr. who is creating documentary movies in 2005, and they married on 1 November 2007 at a ceremony attended by only the two’s closest friends and family. They are living in their mansion in Los Angeles, California – they don’t have any children together.

Hobbies and other interests

Amy is openly against cosmetic surgery, and has fought against allowing people to enhance their bodies in any way.

Her main hobby has always been travelling, and she considers herself to be a hippie, she usually travelled around the USA in tennis shoes, but after becoming famous worldwide, her agents wouldn’t allow her to travel like that, because it could ruin her reputation. She has been physically active since she was a teenager, as she enjoys spending her time outdoors cycling, walking or playing sports such as tennis and golf. Amy doesn’t show off her fortune in any way, and still enjoys wearing causal and comfortable clothes rather than spending a fortune on expensive brands.

Amy has her own favorite actresses and actors, some of whom are Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron and Leonardo DiCaprio, while some of her favorite movies are “Titanic”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, and “Young Adult”.

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Appearance and net worth

Amy is 66 years old. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, and weighs around 120lbs (55kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $120 million.

Who is Steven Spielberg?

Steven Allan Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio USA on 18 December 1946, so his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American nationality. He is a famous filmmaker, best known for directing movies such as “Jaws”, “E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, and “Jurassic Park” among others.

He was raised alongside his three sisters in Haddon Township in New Jersey after his family moved there when he was four. His father Arnold Spielberg was working as an electrical engineer, while his mother Leah was a concert pianist, who died on 21 February 2017 at the age of 97.

Steven studied at Hebrew elementary school, while he made his first movie at home at the age of 12. When he turned 13, he made a 40-minute movie about war, which was followed by 15 other amateur movies. He was 16 when he directed his first full-length film – “Firelight” – which cost $500 and from which he profited by $1. He attend Arcadia High School before switching to and matriculating from Saratoga High School in 1965, and then enrolled at California State University, Long Beach later switching to Brookdale Community College. He dropped out after he was offered a seven-year contract with Universal Studios as a director, but returned later to California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Electronic Arts at the age of 52 in 2002.

Today, Steven is famous for movies such as “Schindler’s List” released in 1993, “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998, and “Catch Me If You Can” in 2002, among numerous others. He holds 514th place on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world, with his net worth of $3.6 billion.

After he divorced Amy, Steven started dating the former American actress Kate Capshaw, and they married on 12 October 1991. They have homes in Pacific Palisades in California, in East Hampton in New York, and in Naples in Florida.

Amy has a daughter Jessica from her first marriage with Robert Capshaw, and a son whom she adopted before marrying Steven. She gave birth to three of her and Steven’s children, named Sasha Rebecca in 1990, Sawyer Avery in 1992, and Destry Allyn in 1996 while they adopted Mikaela George in 1996.

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