Amanda Plummer

Actor, Jockey
The daughter of two acting legends, Amanda Plummer carved out her own impressive stage and screen legacy. Creating the Broadway role of the innocent, ethereal young nun who claimed to have become pregnant by God, the ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1957 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Honeyglue 2015 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Hannibal 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Gray In Between 2014 (Movie)

Jalyn (Actor)

Phineas and Ferb 2009, 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Small Apartments 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

Wiress (Actor)

Vampire 2013 (Movie)

Helga (Actor)

Girlfriend 2011 (Movie)

Celeste Gray (Actor)

Red 2008 (Movie)

Mrs. Doust (Actor)

45 RPM 2007 (Movie)

Carlee Lucas (Actor)

Sophomore 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Battlestar Galactica 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Life Without Me 2003 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

Satan's Little Helper 2003 (Movie)

Merrill Whooly (Actor)

Triggermen 2003 (Movie)

Penny (Actor)

For the People 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ken Park 2002 (Movie)

Claude's Mother (Actor)

Mimic Sentinel 2002 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

Vivien (Actor)

7 Days To Live 2000 (Movie)

Ellen Shaw (Actor)

8 1/2 Women 2000 (Movie)

Beryl (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Without a Map 1998 (Movie)

Red Pool Woman (Actor)

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

You Can Thank Me Later 1998 (Movie)

Susan Cooperberg (Actor)

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

Boots (Actor)

American Perfekt 1997 (Movie)

Sandra Thomas (Actor)

Dead Girl 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of the Fates/Thebans (Voice)

Hysteria 1997 (Movie)

Myrna Molloy (Actor)

October 22 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Under the Piano 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Butterfly Kiss 1996 (Movie)

Eunice (Actor)

Don't Look Back 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Cut 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Freeway 1996 (Movie)

Ramona (Actor)

Hysteria 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Prophecy 1995 (Movie)

Rachael (Actor)

Nostradamus 1994 (Movie)

Catherine de Medici (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Honey Bunny (Actor)

The Hidden Room 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Needful Things 1993 (Movie)

Nettie Cobb (Actor)

Pax 1993 (Movie)

Franny (Actor)

Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

So I Married An Axe Murderer 1993 (Movie)

Rose Michaels (Actor)

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Freejack 1992 (Movie)

Nun (Actor)

Phone 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

Dagmar (Actor)

The Lounge People 1990 (Movie)

Sabrina (Actor)

L.A. Law 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lover Come Hack to Me 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Prisoners of Inertia 1989 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Gryphon 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Wiley Foxx (Actor)

Static 1986 (Movie)

Julia Purcell (Actor)

Courtship 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hotel New Hampshire 1984 (Movie)

Fehlgeburt-- (Actor)

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

Susan Isaacson (Actor)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

Ellen James (Actor)

Cattle Annie and Little Britches 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Affinity (TV Show)

Actor

Get a Clue (TV Show)

Actor

Last Light (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Rose White (TV Show)

Actor

None So Blind (TV Show)

Actor

Story of a Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

The Apartment Complex (TV Show)

Actor

The Dollmaker (TV Show)

Actor

The Right to Remain Silent (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of the Dancing Frog (TV Show)

Narrator

The Unforgivable Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The daughter of two acting legends, Amanda Plummer carved out her own impressive stage and screen legacy. Creating the Broadway role of the innocent, ethereal young nun who claimed to have become pregnant by God, the actress won a Tony for Agnes of God and played many other stage roles to great acclaim. Onscreen, Plummer earned excellent reviews for small, offbeat roles including a mutilated victim in "The World According to Garp" (1982), a shy accountant in "The Fisher King" (1991) and the developmentally disabled girlfriend of mentally challenged Benny (Larry Drake) on "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). Best remembered as the ferocious robber "Honey Bunny" who held up a diner with "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) in "Pulp Fiction" (1994), the killer in Mike Myers's campy "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (1993), and a knife-happy small-town woman in Stephen King's "Needful Things" (1993), the multiple Emmy-winning Plummer was often cast as frighteningly intense, unhinged or desperate characters. One of the all-time best character actresses of the modern era, Amanda Plummer was noteworthy for her complete lack of onscreen vanity and fearless dedication to her craft.

Relationships

John Joseph Abbott

Great-Great-Grandfather
Former Prime Minister of Canada

Paul Chart Writer

Companion
Dated and cohabited in the mid-1990s Chart directed Plummer in "American Perfekt" (1997)

Tammy Grimes Actor

Mother
Born Jan. 30, 1934

Christopher Plummer Actor

Father
Born Dec. 13, 1929

EDUCATION

Middlebury College

Middlebury , Vermont

Milestones

2012

Announced to play Wiress, a former tribute who won The Hunger Games in the sequel "Catching Fire"

2008

Acted in drama thriller "Red"

2004

Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

2000

Played a scarred actress engaged to a man who turns up dead in Wim Wenders' "The Million Dollar Hotel"

1999

Cast in featured role as a horsewoman in Peter Greenaway's controversial "8 1/2 Women"

1999

Played oversexed psychic Miss Chenille, one of the eccentric tennants of scaremaster Tobe Hooper's "The Apartment Complex" (Showtime)

1998

Starred opposite Scott Glenn in the off-Broadway play "Killer Joe," the violent saga of a maladjusted Texas trailer park family besieged by drugs and murder

1996

Appeared opposite Saskia Reeves as a bisexual serial killer in "Butterfly Kiss"

1996

Earned second Emmy Award for guest appearance on an episode of Showtime's "The Outer Limits"

1994

Co-starred in "Pulp Fiction" as wannabe robber Honey Bunny

1994

Toured in "The Belle of Amherst," a one-character play about the life of poet Emily Dickinson

1993

Delivered memorable role opposite Mike Myers in comedy feature "So I Married an Axe Murderer"

1992

Donned the habit again as a gun-toting nun in "Freejack"

1992

Garnered an Emmy Award as Luisa, a Polish concentration camp survivor in "Miss Rose White" (NBC), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation

1991

Portrayed the bashful object of Robin Williams' affections in "The Fisher King"

1989

Played recurring guest role of Alice Hackett on the hit NBC drama series "L.A. Law"; received 1989 Emmy nomination

1987

First TV miniseries, "Story of a Marriage" (PBS), scripted by Horton Foote

1987

Received third Tony nomination for recreating the role of Eliza Doolittle on Broadway in "Pygmalion" opposite Peter O'Toole as Professor Higgins

1985

Returned to NYC stage in Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind"

1984

Second film based on an Irving novel, "The Hotel New Hampshire"

1984

First TV-movie, "The Dollmaker" (ABC) in support of Jane Fonda

1983

Starred opposite Jessica Tandy in Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"

1982

First major TV role, the "ABC Afterschool Special" titled "The Unforgivable Secret"

1982

First role in a movie based on a novel by John Irving, "The World According to Garp" as Ellen James

1981

Offered two acclaimed performances in the same Braodway season; starred as pregnant working-class British teen in the revival of "A Taste of Honey" and co-starred in the title role as a pregnant postulant in "Agnes of God"; received two Tony nominations a

1980

Feature film debut, "Cattle Annie and Little Britches"

1979

Made New York stage debut in "Artichoke" at the Manhattan Theater Club

1979

Began acting career apprenticing at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts

1970

At age 14, qualified as a jockey at New York's Belmont track, riding for Alfred Vanderbilt who owned some stables; left racing because of what she perceived as the ruthless treatment of young racehorses

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't play roles everybody likes. I'd rather have a career I'm proud of. Like everyone else, I need to eat. But I'm a very unbusinesslike person, and I keep my price low. I'm not a mass product. I'm not everyone's cup of tea.""I like taking a path into new country, and I always take the darker path. Not because its dark but because there's a secret there that you can share when you get out. That's what I liked as a kid. That's how I approach my work. With a face like mine, it's lucky I have a heart that likes that." – Plummer to The New York Times, April 26, 1996

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"She came in to read in a torn man's shirt, torn jeans and hair hanging all around her face. Not improper grooming. No grooming, period. She was smoking furiously, and I kept wondring if she was going to set herself on fire. So I went over and pulled her hair back to see her marvelous bone structure, and it was like I raped her. Her eyes got frightened, and she withdrew. I said, 'But I can't see you acting,' and she completely changed."Ask her to be a character in a story and she's on fire. She walks on crumbling ground, and she knows it, and yet she keeps right on taking the next step. It's the danger you smell around people who live on the edge that makes them exciting. And she's got plenty of it." – Lamont Johnson (who directed Plummer in her feature debut "Cattle Annie"), quoted in The New York Times, April 28, 1996

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On Los Angeles: "I can't be totally happy in any place whose main preoccupation is death. Everybody in L.A. is so scared of dying. All that plastic surgery and the fear of smoking. It's so obsessive. And it's all about the fear of death. I'm not a city girl. I never was." – Plummer to Sam Whitehead in Time Out New York, October 1998

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About why she left New York: "In about 1988, the strangest thing happened. There were no more one-producer shows. You'd end up meeting 12 people who would shake your hand and hardly look at you – accountants. The love and the passion were gone." – Plummer quoted in London's Evening Standard, Dec. 9, 1999

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