From Vanity Fair: This ravishing flametop is 2005 Oscar nominee Amy Adams, and she's about to appear in an astonishing lineup of films: first, November's fantasy Enchanted, opposite Patrick Dempsey, and then Mike Nichols's Charlie Wilson's War, with Tom Hanks; Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, with Frances McDormand; and the film version of Doubt, starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy, the daughter of American parents Kathryn and Richard Adams, who was a U.S. serviceman stationed in Italy. She grew up as one of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado and was raised in the Mormon religion, although her family left the church after Adams' parents divorced when she was 11 years old. Throughout her years at Douglas County High School, she sang in the school choir and trained as an apprentice at a local dance company with ambitions of becoming a ballerina. However, after graduating from high school, she decided that she was "never going to be that good [at ballet], no matter how hard [she] work[ed]" and entered musical theater, which she found was "much better suited to [her] personality"
To support her community theater habit, Adams worked at Gap as a greeter and at Hooters as a hostess and a waitress. She began working professionally as a dancer at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse, where she was spotted by a Minneapolis dinner-theater director. While she was off work nursing a pulled muscle, Adams auditioned for the satirical 1999 comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous, which was being filmed in Minnesota, and was cast in her first film role. Persuaded by her Drop Dead Gorgeous co-star, Kirstie Alley, Adams moved to Los Angeles, California in 1998.
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