Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Irving at the Governor's Ball party, after the 1989 Academy Awards
Born Amy Davis Irving
(1953-09-10) September 10, 1953
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active

1975present (screen)

1955-present (stage)
Spouse(s) Steven Spielberg (1985-1989; divorced; 1 child)
Bruno Barreto (1996-2005; divorced; 1 child)
Kenneth Bowser (2007–present)
Children Max Spielberg
Gabriel Barreto
Parent(s) Jules Irving
Priscilla Pointer

Amy Davis Irving (born September 10, 1953) is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Yentl (1983) and for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Crossing Delancey (1988). She 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 film appearances include Carrie (1976), The Fury (1978), Micki & Maude (1984), Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) and Traffic (2000).

Early life

Irving was born 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/director David Irving (not the British author of the same name) and her sister is singer/teacher of deaf children Katie Irving. Irving's father was Jewish, as was one of Irving's maternal great-great-grandfathers.[1] Irving was raised in Christian Science, and her family observed no religious traditions.[2]

Irving 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 is a graduate of the Professional Children's School, in Manhattan, New York.


Irving's first stage appearance was at age 2, portraying 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 would become 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 at the opening night for Heartbreak House, December 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, Celadine, a world premiere at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ and the 2006 one-woman play A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, by Marta Góes, which was a Primary Stages production at the 59E59 Theaters. In 1994, Irving 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..[3] In 2013, Irving appeared in a recurring role in the cancelled Zero Hour.

Irving 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 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 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 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,[4] but they soon got back together and finally married from 1985 to 1989; upon their divorce she received an estimated $100 million 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 is married to Kenneth Bowser, Jr., a documentary film maker, most notable for making Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, an adaptation of a book by Peter Biskind.



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Carrie Sue Snell
1978 Fury, TheThe Fury Gillian Bellaver
1979 Voices Rosemarie Lemon
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
1987 Rumpelstiltskin Katie
1988 Crossing Delancey Isabelle Grossman Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
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)
1993 Benefit of the Doubt Karen Braswell
1995 Kleptomania Diana Allen
1995 Call of the Wylie Mel Short film
1996 Carried Away Rosealee Henson
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Clara Gelber
1997 Deconstructing Harry Jane
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
2009 Adam Rebecca Buchwald


Year Title Role Notes
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 Panache Anne 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"

Stage Roles


Off Broadway



  1. "First American Jewish Families". American Jewish Archives. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  2. "PROFILE : The Amy Chronicles : After years in the shadow of her parents, not to mention ex-husband Steven Spielberg, Amy Irving is now secure in her own identity. 'I've never been so alive,' says star of Arthur Miller's new play, 'Broken Glass' - Page 2 - latimes". 1986-11-08. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  3. "Amy Irving and Dylan Baker to Guest-Star on House". Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  4. George Perry (1998). Steven Spielberg: The Making of his Movies. Orion. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-7528-1848-1.

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