Amy Wright

Actor, Director, Teacher
This off-beat, gap-toothed blonde actress began her career in waifish, juvenile roles and later graduated to droll oddball character parts. Amy Wright was born and raised in the Midwest and worked as a schoolteacher ... Read more »
Born: 04/14/1950 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

Burning House Realtor (Actor)

The Namesake 2007 (Movie)

Pam (Actor)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Safe House Operations Officer (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control 2005 (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

Messengers 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Besotted 2002 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Undeclared 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amy and Isabelle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

Goody Gotwick (Actor)

Tom and Huck 1995 (Movie)

Aunt Polly (Actor)

Where the Rivers Flow North 1994 (Movie)

Loose Woman (Actor)

Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

Robot in the Family 1993 (Movie)

Kristina Shamir (Actor)

Hard Promises 1992 (Movie)

Shelley (Actor)

The Final Verdict 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Deceived 1991 (Movie)

Evelyn Wade (Actor)

In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? 1990 (Movie)

Lurene (Actor)

Love Hurts 1990 (Movie)

Karen Weaver (Actor)

Vaclav Havel's Largo Desolato 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Firecracker 1989 (Movie)

Missy Mahoney (Actor)

Crossing Delancey 1988 (Movie)

Ricki (Actor)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

Rose Leary (Actor)

The Telephone 1988 (Movie)

Jennifer--Answering Machine Voice (Actor)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

Mary Ellen Gruenwald (Actor)

A Fine Romance 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Stardust Memories 1980 (Movie)

Shelley (Actor)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Heartland 1979 (Movie)

Clara Jane (Actor)

The Amityville Horror 1979 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Wise Blood 1979 (Movie)

Sabbath Lily Hawks (Actor)

Girlfriends 1978 (Movie)

Ceil (Actor)

The Deer Hunter 1978 (Movie)

Bridesmaid (Actor)

Not a Pretty Picture 1976 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Lethal Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Settle the Score (TV Show)

Actor

To Dance With the White Dog (TV Show)

Actor

Trapped in Silence (TV Show)

Actor
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (2)

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Costume Coordinator

Bridge to Terabithia 2007 (Movie)

Costume Props (Costumes)
Other (13)

Degrassi: The Next Generation 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Choreographer

My Babysitter's a Vampire 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Choreographer

Paradise City: Degrassi Goes to Hollywood 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Choreographer

The Time Traveler's Wife 2009 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Princess 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio 2005 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

A Home at the End of the World 2004 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Coast to Coast 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Cadet Kelly (TV Show)

Choreographer

Cow Belles (TV Show)

Choreographer

Grey Gardens (TV Show)

Choreographer

Made: The Movie (TV Show)

Choreographer

Biography

This off-beat, gap-toothed blonde actress began her career in waifish, juvenile roles and later graduated to droll oddball character parts. Amy Wright was born and raised in the Midwest and worked as a schoolteacher before heading to NYC in the mid-1970s to pursue an acting career. Shortly after her arrival, Wright joined Rip Torn's Sanctuary Theater where she appeared in "Agnes and Joan". Roles in stock and regional theater followed before she garnered attention for her turn in a revival of Lanford Wilson's "The Rimers of Eldrich" in 1976. Two years later, she had the featured role of 13-year-old Shirley Tally in Wilson's acclaimed "Fifth of July", making her Broadway debut in the part in 1980. Wright continued to make stage appearances into the 90s, most notably as a devotee of psychologist Melanie Klein (played by Uta Hagen) in the Off-Broadway success "Mrs. Klein" (1995-96).

Relationships

Rip Torn Actor

Companion
together since 1976

Claire Torn

Daughter
born on February 6, 1992 father Rip Torn

Katie Torn

Daughter
born c. 1982 father Rip Torn

EDUCATION

studied acting with Uta Hagen

Beloit College

Beloit , Wisconsin

Milestones

1999

Stage directing debut with off-off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur"

1996

Co-starred with Uta Hagen in the hit Off-Broadway play "Mrs. Klein"; later toured with the production

1995

Cast as Aunt Polly in "Tom and Huck"

1988

Appeared as William Hurt's sister in "The Accidental Tourist"

1988

Co-starred in "The Telephone", directed by Rip Torn

1986

Had featured role in the CBS TV-movie "Trapped in Silence"

1983

Appeared in the Broadway farce "Noises Off"

1983

Filmed the busted CBS pilot "A Fine Romance"

1980

Appeared as a groupie in Woody Allen's "Stardust Memory"

1979

Had effective role of the teenaged Sabbath Lily in John Huston's "Wise Blood"

1978

Originated role of the teenaged Shirley Talley in the Off-Broadway production "Fifth of July"; made Broadway debut in 1980 with the production

1977

Played leads in a triple bill of Strindberg ("Miss Julie", "The Stronger" and "Creditors") produced Off-Broadway

1976

Film debut in the pseudo-documentary feature "Not a Pretty Picture" (dir. Martha Coolidge)

1975

Joined Rip Torn's Sanctuary Theater; made NYC stage denut in "Agnes and Joan"

Was teacher before moving to New York to pursue acting career

Bonus Trivia

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"Some days I feel great and I look fine to myself, and some days I feel like a noodlehead or something--a banana. I'm always told, 'Oh, you're not pretty enough for that, you're not voluptous enough.' That's why in the bigger movies, I get sent up for these oddball types." --Amy Wright quoted in PREMIERE, March 1990

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