John Paul Getty III, American heir and kidnapping victim, grandson of J. Paul Getty and father of Balthazar Getty, died after a long illness he was , 54.
Jean Paul Getty III also known as Paul Getty, was the eldest of the four children of Paul Getty, Jr. and Abigail (née Harris), and the grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty. His son is actor Balthazar Getty.
Getty spent most of his childhood in Rome as his father was the head of the Italian section of the Getty family’s oil business. His parents divorced in 1964; his father subsequently married Talitha Pol and spent much time in England and Morocco during the 1960s.
In early 1971, he was expelled from St. George’s English School (later St. George’s British International School), in Rome, Italy. His father moved back to England, and at 3am on 10 July 1973, Getty was kidnapped in the Piazza Farnese in Rome. A ransom note was received, demanding $17 million in exchange for his safe return. When that ransom message arrived, some family members suspected the kidnapping was merely a ploy by the rebellious youngster as he had frequently joked about staging his own kidnapping to extract money from his frugal grandfather. He was blindfolded and imprisoned in a mountain hideout. A second demand was received, but had been delayed by an Italian postal strike. Jean Paul Getty II asked his father for the money, but was refused. Getty Sr. argued that were he to pay the ransom, then his 14 other grandchildren could likely be kidnapped as well. In November 1973, an envelope containing a lock of hair and a human ear was delivered to a daily newspaper with a threat of further mutilation of Paul, unless $3.2 million was paid: “This is Paul’s ear. If we don’t get some money within 10 days, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits.”
At this point Getty Sr. agreed to pay a ransom, although he would only pay $2.2 million because that was the maximum amount that was tax deductible. He loaned the remainder to his son who was responsible for repaying the sum at 4% interest. The reluctant Getty Sr. negotiated a deal and got his grandson back for about $2.9 million. Getty III was found alive in southern Italy on 15 December 1973, shortly after the ransom was paid.
Several of the kidnappers were apprehended: a carpenter, a hospital orderly, an ex-con and an olive-oil dealer from Calabria. Some were acquitted but later convicted on narcotic charges. Most of the ransom money was never recovered.
In 1977, Getty had an operation to rebuild the ear that had been cut off by his kidnappers.
A. J. Quinnell used Getty’s kidnapping as one piece of inspiration for his book Man on Fire.
In 1974, Getty married a German citizen, Gisela Zacher (née Schmidt), who was 5 months pregnant. He had known her and her twin sister Jutta before his kidnapping. Getty was 19 years old when his son, Balthazar, was born. The couple divorced in 1993.
Getty was an alcoholic and drug addict. In 1981, taking a cocktail of valium, methadone and alcohol resulted in liver failure and a stroke which left Getty quadriplegic and nearly blind.
In 1999, Getty, along with several other members of his family, became citizens of the Republic of Ireland in return for investments in Ireland of approximately £1 million each, under a law which has since been repealed.
On 5 February 2011, aged 54, Getty died at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire following a long illness. He had been in poor health since his 1981 drug overdose. He is survived by his son, his daughter, his ex-wife, and his mother.
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Donald Peterman, American cinematographer (Flashdance, Men in Black, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), complications from died from myelody splastic syndrome he was , 79
Donald “Don” William Peterman was an American Academy Award-nominated cinematographer whose numerous feature film credits included Flashdance, Men in Black, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home died from myelody splastic syndrome he was , 79 . He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Society of Cinematographers since 1984.
(January 3, 1932 – February 5, 2011)
Don Peterman was born in Los Angeles, California, on January 3, 1932. He graduated from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, before serving in the United States Army during the early 1950s. Peterman began shooting documentaries for the U.S. Army during his time in the service.
Peterman began his professional career as a clapper loader for Hal Roach Studios at the age of 22 after leaving the U.S. Army. He departed Hal Roach Studios for Cascade Studios, where he worked the optical printer and animation camera. Peterman left Cascade Studios to on the Lassie television series, but later returned to Cascade Studios to become director of photography for the studio’s television commercial productions.
Peterman made his film debut as director of photography in the 1979 film, When a Stranger Calls.
Peterman was nominated for an Academy Award for cinematography on the 1983 film, Flashdance, starring Jennifer Beals. However, he lost to Sven Nykvist at the 56th Academy Awards. Peterman received his second nomination for in 1986 for his work on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which was directed by Leonard Nimoy, but lost to Chris Menges at the 59th Academy Awards in 1987. Peterman’s many other film credits included Splash in 1984, Cocoon in 1985, 1991’s Point Break and the comedy Get Shorty, which was released in 1995, and Men In Black in 1997.
In 1997, Peterman suffered head injuries, a broken leg and broken ribs in an accident on the film set of Mighty Joe Young. Peterman was on a platform suspended eighteen feet from the ground when the crane holding the platform snapped, throwing Peterman to the ground. A cameraman working with Peterman was also injuried in the accident.
Peterman’s last film was Ron Howard‘s How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000.
Don Peterman died at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, of myelodysplastic syndrome on February 5, 2011, at the age of 79. He was survived by his wife of 54 years, Sally Peterman; his daughter; three sons and ten grandchildren.
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Peggy Rea, American character actress (Grace Under Fire, The Dukes of Hazzard, Step by Step, The Waltons), died from heart failure.she was , 89
(March 31, 1921 – February 5, 2011)
Rea appeared in such television programs as I Love Lucy, Bonanza, Have Gun Will Travel, Gunsmoke, Sergeant Bilko, Ironside, Burke’s Law, Marcus Welby, M.D., Hunter, The Odd Couple, Gidget, MacGyver, and The Golden Girls. She also appeared in feature films, including Cold Turkey and In Country.
Her recurring roles included:
- Cousin Bertha on All in the Family
- Martha Burkhorn on All in the Family
- Rose Burton on The Waltons
- Lulu Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard
- Ivy Baker on Step by Step
- Jean Kelly on Grace Under Fire
She died in her native Los Angeles, aged 89, from complications from congestive heart failure on February 5, 2011.
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Pavel Vondruška was a Czech actor and musician, and from 1969 was a member of the Jara Cimrman Theatre died from a accidental fall he was , 85.. His main profession was as a conductor. He also appeared in several films.
(15 November 1925 – 5 February 2011)
He was born in České Budějovice, and mastered a number of foreign languages (French, Italian, Spanish, English, Russian, German, Serbo-Croatian, Latin and Esperanto).
He studied at the conservatorium and consequently went on to study conducting, opera direction and dramaturgy at the music academy AMU, where he was taught by Karel Ančerl and Václav Talich. While studying, he was accompanist at the National Theatre Prague and conductor of the Prague Opera.
In the years 1951 to 1977 he was conductor at:
- AUSu Symphony Orchestra
- Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc
- State Theatre Opera Ostrava
- Opera of the Musical Theatre in Karlin (in the last year simultaneously accompanist at the National Theatre)
Between the years 1977 and 2009 he worked in the National Theatre, where he conducted the orchestra for the drama programme. From 1977 to 1998 he was also head of the theatre orchestra. He is known as an author and adapted music for some stagings (for example, Paličově dceři by Josef Kajetán Tyl). Sometimes he performed for the National Theatre as an actor in occasional roles. His activities at the National Theatre ended on 31 July 2009.
In the years 1969 – 2010 he was a member of the company at the Jara Cimrman Theatre. He departed from this theatre due to his deteriorating memory. He was also involved with Divadlo Na Jezerce.
On 28 December 2010 he suffered a serious fall from the podium of the Estates Theatre while guiding tourists. He was hospitalised in the Motol Hospital and placed on life support. On the evening of 5 February 2011 he died in hospital in Prague.
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(January 9, 1927 – February 4, 2011)
Early years and education
Frye was born to Jennings Bryan Frye, Sr. (1896-1970), and the former Fannie Mae Coyle (1900-1994) in Shongaloo south of Springhill in Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, where at the age of sixteen he graduated from Shongaloo High School. He enrolled in Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, from which he received in 1966 his Ph.D. in education. On October 6, 1945, Frye wed the former Bettye Elmore (also born 1927), and left for stateside service in the United States Army two months after the conclusion of World War II.
His career began as a teacher/coach at Reeves High School in Reeves in Allen Parish in south Louisiana. He returned to his native region as a principal in three Webster Parish schools located in the Evergreen community north of the parish seat of Minden, Dubberly, and his native Shongaloo. He advanced to the Louisiana Department of Education in Baton Rouge and finally to Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, where he also served on the elected Tangipahoa Parish School Boardprior to 1990.
Campaign for state superintendent
In 1972, Frye sought the then elected, and since appointed, position of Louisiana state education superintendent. He won the Republican nomination over Otis Romaine Russell, 8,245 (81.4 percent) to 1,889 (18.6 percent). Russell is a former controversial Baton Rouge Teamsters Union attorney, who later confessed in 1980 during his legal disciplinary hearing to mental illness.This was the last closed primary held for state and local offices in Louisiana because the state switched to the nonpartisan blanket primary four years later.
Frye had expected to face the two-term Democratic incumbent, Bill Dodd, but Dodd was instead unseated in the party primary in 1971 by Louis J. Michot of Lafayette, a businessman, former state representative, and member of the State Board of Education. Frye ran against Michot on the GOP ticket headed by gubernatorial standard-bearer David C. Treen, then of Jefferson Parish in the New Orleans suburbs, who was opposing Edwin Washington Edwards. Other Republicans running statewide in the February 1, 1972, general election were former State Representative Morley A. Hudson of Shreveport, nominee for lieutenant governor and Tom Stagg of Shreveport, candidate for state attorney general. All of the statewide Republican candidates went down to defeat, but Treen led his party slate by polling 42.8 percent against Edwards, winner of the first of his four nonconsecutive terms in the office.
After Michot unseated Dodd, Frye telephoned him to offer congratulations. A few weeks later, Frye alleged that Michot, along with a brother, was operating a bar in Lafayette. Frye also claimed that Michot had offered him a high level job in a new Michot education department if Frye would withdraw from the general election contest. Michot denied the charges and easily prevailed, 662,597 votes (63.5 percent) to Frye’s 380,896 (36.5 percent). At the time Frye challenged Michot, the Republican Party in Louisiana numbered fewer than 38,000 registrants in the state; Frye henced polled ten times the votes of his own party base.Frye lost both his native Webster Parish as well as Tangipahoa, one of the Florida Parishes, where he was residing at the time of that campaign. Frye polled majorities in East Baton Rouge Parish and five north Louisiana parishes: Caddo, Ouachita, LaSalle, Lincoln, and Winn, the former stronghold of the Long political faction.
Death and family
Years later, Frye retired to Springhill, located just south of the Arkansas state boundary. He died at the age of eighty-four. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Robert Randal Frye (born 1947) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bettye Rene Frye (born 1951) of Baton Rouge, Deborah Jean Frye Ferachi (born 1952), and husband, Kenneth Raymond “Kenny” Ferachi (born 1950), of Plaquemine in Iberville Parish south of Baton Rouge, and Kevin Dale Frye (born 1957) and wife Janice of Benton in Bossier Parish; a sister, Nona Rhea Walker (born 1920) of Baton Rouge; six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Jennings Bryan Frye, Jr. (1918-2005), of Baton Rouge.
Frye’s obituary describes his “greatest pride as the children he knew and educated in schools and colleges.” Frye’s funeral services were held on February 7, 2011, at his home church, the First Baptist Church of Springhill. Interment followed in Springhill Cemetery.
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Who is Kim Komando? The entertainment and computer tech world knows her as Kim Komando the host of an American talk radio program based on the popularity of personal computers, the use of the Internet, and the complexities of consumer electronics. The Kim Komando Show is broadcast and syndicated on over 450 radio stations in the U.S. and two stations in Ontario, Canada. The three-hour call-in show airs on weekends and receives 50,000 calls an hour. Kim Komando’s Digital Minute airs on 390 stations five days a week. According to a Talkers magazine report for the fall of 2006, Komando’s weekend program has reached a weekly cume of 2.25 million. Komando refers to herself on her show as “America’s Digital Goddess.”
Komando has appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, BBC and Fox News, and her syndicated columns appear in USA Today and other newspapers. Komando is also one of the principal shareholders, founders and Chairman/CFO (Barry Young is the CEO) of the Phoenix, Arizona-based WestStar TalkRadio Network, which, in addition to hosting other broadcast programs, distributes the Komando radio programs. Also, through the publishing arm of WestStar, Komando publishes daily and weekly email newsletters addressing issues topical to her radio program. The newsletters reach an audience close to 7 million.
Kim was born July 1, 1967, she started out in sales, working for IBM, AT&T and Unisys. At Unisys, she sold mainframe systems. She sold Honeywell a system for $12 million. Komando started to write a column about computers for the Arizona Business Gazette. This led to a call-in talk show on computers. It aired late at night on KFYI in Phoenix.
In 1992, she quit sales to focus on her column and radio show. She was only earning $60 a week from the column and show combined. Kim developed computer training tapes, which she sold via an infomercial. Over 150,000 tapes were sold for $80 to $120 each. The second generation of tapes included Prodigy. America Online was included with the third generation of tapes. Kim negotiated a role running the info section on AOL’s site.
In the mid-1990s, she started WestStar TalkRadio Network with her husband Barry Young. They built their first studio in 1994. In 1994, ABC told her a syndicated show about computers would never work. The reaction from CBS Radio was similar. They told her computers and the Internet were a fad. They said computers were like pet rocks 
Today, The Kim Komando Show runs on more than 450 radio stations. The show has almost 10 million listeners weekly. WestStar TalkRadio Network syndicates other national radio shows. It operates from a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) facility in Phoenix. There are six studios and 30 employees.
Komando has written 10 books on computers and technology.
Komando was born and raised in New Jersey. According to her show’s website, “Komando” is her actual last name, and is Russian–Ukrainian. Her father was a businessman. Her mother was part of the team that developed UNIX.
At 16, she graduated from high school. She went on to attend Arizona State University, graduating at 20 with a degree in computer information systems.  While in school, she trained people to use their computers.
She is married to Barry Young, host of The Nearly Famous Barry Young Show, a local radio show in Phoenix. Their son Ian was born in 2000. Kim Komando-Young has a sister named Jackie. She was born in Watchung, New Jersey.
- Komando was the 2006 recipient of the Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Woman to Talk Radio.
- In 2007, Komando won a Gracie award. She was also voted “Woman of the Year” by Talker’s Magazine.
- In 2009, Komando was a featured speaker at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit.
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She was born on December 28, 1982 . Buaiz was also the spokesperson for various different brands, such as Maybelline, and several products based on her image targeting young girls (dolls, shoes, make-up) were released.
The music ‘Fallinf for You’ was ranked in the 2nd position on the U.S. LGBT music internatinal website Masterbeat. Wanessa has a great success with the LGBT people in Brazil, and she supports the same-sex marriage in the country.
After marrying the businessman Marcus Buaiz on May 26., Wanessa kept working on her new album with Nashville producer Jason Deere and Miami producer Cesar Lemos. After many delays due to the record company, her new album, Total, was released on August 25, 2007. Its first single, Não Tô Pronta Pra Perdoar, is a version of Dixie Chicks’ 2007 Grammy Award-winning song Not Ready To Make Nice, authorized by the own trio.
In March, 2008, Wanessa went to Miami to record a musical partnership with Mexican trio Camila, in a special rendition of Camila’s 2006 hit song Abrázame. The partnership was included in both Camila’s Todo Cambió album in its Brazilian edition and in Wanessa’s Total re-release.
In April 2008, the singer started her new national tour, named after her sixth album. Her following album, Meu Momento,was released on June 2009, with the singer taking out her last name from her artistic name. The album includes a new song featuring American rapper Ja Rule in two different versions, with Wanessa singing in Portuguese in the version named “Meu Momento” and singing in English in the version named “Fly”. “Fly” was released as a single in Brazil in April, with “Meu Momento” added to her album as a bonus track; no word has surfaced yet about whether Ja Rule intends or not to release “Fly” in the U.S. The song is ranked number #1 on Crowley/Brazil.
|Wanessa Camargo||November 2000||250,000||2x Platinum||RCA Records/BMG|
|Wanessa Camargo||November 2001||200,000||3x Platinum||RCA Records/BMG|
|Wanessa Camargo||December 2002||250,000||3x Platinum||RCA Records/BMG|
|Transparente Ao Vivo||April 2004||300,000||Platinum||RCA Records/Sony BMG|
|W||August 2005||100,000||Gold||RCA Records/Sony BMG|
|Total||August 2007||100,000 ||Platinum ||RCA Records/Sony BMG|
|Meu Momento||June 2009||30,000||RCA Records/Sony Music|
- Total (CD Zero) (2007)
- Você Não Perde Por Esperar (2010)
- Malhação temp. 2009 (Rede Globo) – “Fly” featuring Ja Rule
- A Favorita (Rede Globo, 2008) – “Abrázame / Me Abrace” (featuring Camila)
- Beleza Pura (Rede Globo, 2008) – “Independente (Ladies Night)”
- Bang Bang (Rede Globo, 2006) – “Não Resisto A Nós Dois”
- Um Anjo Caiu do Céu (Rede Globo, 2001) – “Apaixonada Por Você”
- High School Musical : O Desafio (2010) – “Conselho de amiga”
- 2 Filhos de Francisco (2005) – “O Lavrador” (duet with Nando Reis)
- O Casamento de Romeu X Julieta (2005) – “Nada Me Importa No Mundo (Che m’importa del mondo)”
- Xuxa e os Duendes (2002) – “Tudo Que Você Sonhar”
- High School Musical: A Seleção (SBT, 2008) – “O Sonho Não Termina”
- Sítio do Picapau Amarelo (Rede Globo, 2006) – “Patty Pop”
- Jovens Tardes (Rede Globo, 2003) – “Eu Não Sabia Que Você Existia” (duet with Leandro Scornavacca) and “Estúpido Cupido (Stupid Cupid)”
- Fica Comigo (MTV Brazil, 2001) – “O Amor Não Deixa”
|O Amor Não Deixa||2000|
|Apaixonada por Você||2001|
|Eu Posso te Sentir||2001|
|Eu Quero Ser o seu Amor||2001|
|Gostar de Mim||2002|
|Um Dia… Meu Primeiro Amor||2002|
|Filme de Amor||2003|
|Me Engana que Eu Gosto||2004|
|Metade de Mim||2004|
|Não Resisto a Nós Dois||2006|
|Não Tô Pronta Pra Perdoar||2007|
|Abrázame (featuring Camila)||2008|
|Fly (featuring Ja Rule)||2009|
|Não Me Leve a Mal (Let Me Live)||2009|
|Falling For You (featuring Mr. Jam)||2010|
|Stuck On Repeat||2010|
|Me Pega De Jeito (Me Pega De Jeito Ou Não Pega)||2008|
|Independente (Ladies Night)||2008|
- 2001: Best New Artist
- 2007: Pro-Social Award
- 2007: Personality of the Year title
- 2008: Best Celebrity Blog (Audience Choice)
- 2008: Best Young Female Singer
- 2009: Best Young Female Singer
- 2010: Best Young Female Singer
- 2010: Best Young Music Video (“Não Me Leve A Mal (Let Me Live)”)
- 2010: Best Female Singer (Audience Choice)
- 2009: Special MZOTV Award (10 years of musical career)
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Who is Amy Lou Adams? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Amy Adams. Adams is an American actress and singer. Adams began her performing career on stage in dinner theaters before making her screen debut in the 1999 black comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous. After a series of television guest appearances and roles in B movies, she landed the role of Brenda Strong in 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, but her breakthrough role was in the 2005 independent film Junebug, playing Ashley Johnsten, for which she received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Adams subsequently starred in Disney‘s 2007 film Enchanted, a critical and commercial success, and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Princess Giselle. She received her second Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations the following year for her role as a young nun, Sister James, in Doubt. Though she has appeared in a range of dramatic and comedic roles, Adams has gained a reputation for playing characters with cheerful and sunny dispositions. Adams starred in Sunshine Cleaning with Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin, and the following year appeared as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. She appeared in Julie & Julia in 2009 portraying writer Julie Powell followed by Leap Year in 2010. Her recent role as Charlene Fleming in The Fighter earned Adams her third Academy Award nomination, her third Golden Globe Award, second BAFTA Award, and fourth Screen Actors Guild Awardnominations. On March 27th 2011, Adams was cast as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot.
1974–1994: Early life
Adams was born August 20, 1974 in Vicenza, Italy, the fourth of seven children of American parents Kathryn (née Hicken) and Richard Adams. She has four brothers and two sisters. Her father, a US serviceman, was stationed at Caserma Ederle at the time of her birth, and took the family from base to base before settling in Castle Rock, Colorado, when she was eight or nine years old. Thereafter, her father sang professionally in restaurants, while her mother was a semi-professional bodybuilder. Adams was raised as a Mormon, although her family left the church after her parents’ divorce when she was 11 years old. She said her religious upbringing “… instilled in me a value system I still hold true. The basic ‘Do unto others…’, that was what was hammered into me. And love.”
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. Her parents had hoped that she would continue her athletic training, which she gave up to pursue dance, as it would have given her a chance to obtain a college scholarship. Adams later reflected on her decision not to go to college: “I wasn’t one of those people who enjoyed being in school. I regret not getting an education, though.” After graduating from high school, she moved to Atlanta with her mother. Deciding that she was not gifted enough to be a professional ballerina, she entered musical theater, which she found was “much better suited to [her] personality”. She said that ballet was “too disciplined and too restrained and I was always told off in the chorus lines” and her body at the time was “just wrecked from dancing all these years.”Upon turning 18, Adams supported herself by working as a greeter at a Gap store while performing in community theater. For a few weeks after graduating high school, she took her first full-time job as a hostess at Hooters, a fact that became her “entire press career” for a while. Adams left the job three weeks later after having saved enough money to buy her first car. She admitted: “… there was definitely an innocence to my interpretation of what Hooters was about. Though I did learn, quickly, that short shorts and beer don’t mix!”
1995–2004: Career beginnings
She began working professionally as a dancer at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse. There, she was spotted by a Minneapolis dinner theater director, Michael Brindisi, in 1995. Adams relocated to Chanhassen, Minnesota, and worked at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for the next three years. While she was off work nursing a pulled muscle, she 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 January 1999. Describing her first year there as her “dark year” and “bleak”, she recalled that she would “pine for that time” at Chanhassen because she “really loved that security and schedule”, and said, “The people I worked with there were also a great family to me.” Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, she was cast in Fox Network‘s television series spin-off of Cruel Intentions, Manchester Prep, in the role of Kathryn Merteuil. The series did not live up to the network’s expectations and following numerous script revisions and two production shutdowns, it was canceled. The filmed episodes were then re-edited to be released as the direct-to-video film, Cruel Intentions 2.
From 2000 to 2002, Adams appeared in a series of small films like Psycho Beach Party while guest-starring on television series such asThat ’70s Show, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville and The West Wing. She then appeared in Steven Spielberg‘s Catch Me If You Can as Brenda Strong, a candy-striper with whom Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) falls in love. It was, in Spielberg’s words, “the part that should have launched her career” but she was unemployed for a year after that. However, Adams said, “It was the first time I knew I could act at that level with those people. To be believed in by Steven Spielberg… it was a huge confidence booster.” In 2004, she starred in The Last Run as well as voicing characters on the animated television series King of the Hill. She was also cast as a regular in the television series, Dr. Vegas, in the role of Alice Doherty but was later fired after a contract dispute.
2005–2007: Critical success and breakthrough
Prior to leaving Dr. Vegas, she had received the script for the low-budget independent filmJunebug and auditioned for the role of Ashley Johnsten, a young, cheerful and talkative pregnant woman. Director Phil Morrison explains his decision to cast Adams: “Lots of people looked at Ashley and thought, ‘What’s the sorrow she’s masking?’ To me, the fact that Amy didn’t approach it from the angle of ‘What’s she covering up?’ was key.” The film was shot in 21 days in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During that time, Adams turned 30 and was worried about her film career: “I thought maybe I should move to New York, maybe I should do something else. It wasn’t that I was quitting or making a dramatic statement. It was more like maybe this just wasn’t a good fit.” On the experience of making Junebug, Adams said, “It was really empowering. At the end of the summer I was unemployed but I was happy and I was proud. I was like, you know what, I’m done with being pushed around.” Junebug premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with Adams winning a Special Jury Prize for her performance.
After the theatrical release of The Wedding Date, in which Adams appeared alongside Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, Junebug was released in theaters by Sony Pictures Classics. Adams earned critical accolades for her work in Junebug; Carina Chocano of Los Angeles Times noted, “Adams’ performance in a role that could have easily devolved into caricature is complex and nuanced.” Joe Leydon of Variety commented, “Partly due to her character’s generosity of spirit, but mostly due to her own charisma, Adams dominates pic with her appealing portrayal of a nonjudgmental optimist savvy enough to recognize the shortcomings of others, but sweet enough to offer encouragement, not condemnation”. She received several awards for Best Supporting Actress including the National Society of Film Critics award and the Independent Spirit Award. She was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited Adams to become a member in 2006.
Although Junebug had a limited audience, Adams’ critically acclaimed performance in the film helped to increase interest in her acting career. Adams went on to appear in films like Standing Still and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and played the recurring guest role of Katy on the television series The Office. After providing the voice for Polly Purebred in Walt Disney Pictures‘ Underdog, Adams starred in Disney’s 2007 big-budget animated/live-action feature film, Enchanted. The film, which co-stars Patrick Dempsey,Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon and James Marsden, revolves around Giselle, who is forced from her 2D-animated world to real-life New York City. Adams was amongst 300 or so actresses who auditioned for the role of Giselle, but she stood out to director Kevin Lima because her “commitment to the character, her ability to escape into the character’s being without ever judging the character was overwhelming”.
Enchanted was a commercial success, grossing more than $340 million worldwide. Her performance was well received by the critics, with Todd McCarthy of Variety describing Enchanted as a star-making vehicle for Adams the way Mary Poppins was for Julie Andrews. Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times commented that Adams was “fresh and winning”, while Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe stated that she “demonstrates a real performer’s ingenuity for comic timing and physical eloquence”. Adams garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Actress, and the Saturn Award for Best Actress. Three of the film’s songs were nominated for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards. Adams performed one of the songs, “Happy Working Song“, live on stage during the Oscar ceremony. “That’s How You Know“, originally performed by Adams in the film, was sung by Kristin Chenoweth at the ceremony. In an interview, Adams remarked that the song was “perfect” for Chenoweth since Chenoweth “was a huge inspiration for how [she] approached Giselle”.
The success of Enchanted increased Adams’ media exposure during the 2007–08 film awards season. As well as appearing on the covers of Interview, Elle and the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair, which named her as one of the “10 fresh faces of 2008”, Adams hosted the seventh episode of the 33rd season of Saturday Night Live in March 2008. In the episode, she played various characters, including Heidi Klum, as well as singing “What is this Feeling” from Wicked in a mock battle with SNL cast member Kristen Wiig during the opening monologue. Adams appeared in Charlie Wilson’s War, co-starring with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Adams portrayed Bonnie Bach, the title character‘s administrative assistant. On the experience of making the film, Adams said, “It was so much fun. Just to be on that set and learn from these people and get to watch Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tom Hanks do these amazing scenes together, directed by Mike Nichols, it was for me like going to school.”
Adams’ next project was Sunshine Cleaning, an independent film shot in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico from February to March in 2007. She played a single mother who starts her own crime scene clean-up business in order to make enough money to send her son to a private school. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as one of the most anticipated titles, but received mixed reviews and was not sold to a distributor as quickly as expected. When it received a limited theatrical release in March 2009, it was generally well-received. Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a positive review, saying: “The play of emotion on Amy Adams’ face is the main reason to see Sunshine Cleaning.” A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote that the film “sometimes seems better than it is” because “Ms. Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia) has a good touch with actors and a very good cast. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, playing sisters who go into business together, attack their roles with vivacity and dedication, even if the roles themselves don’t entirely make sense.” Of Adams’ portrayal of her character, Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun said, “Adams achieves perfect clarity, with a touch of the divine.”
Her first theatrically released film of 2008 was the 1939-set film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, in which she plays Delysia Lafosse, an aspiring American actress living in London whose life is changed after meeting a governess named Miss Pettigrew, played by Frances McDormand. While the film received generally favorable reviews, Adams’ role was noted to be similar to her joyful and naïve characters in Junebug and Enchanted. Carina Chocano of Los Angeles Times stated that “Adams is amazingly adept at playing smart playing dumb”. Similarly, Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that “Adams more or less reprises her princess fromEnchanted, only with a beguiling touch of ditzy naughtiness”. When asked whether she is in danger of being typecast, Adams responded, “Not at this point… Right now I’m just doing what I enjoy and I’ve done some different films, I’ve done some different types of roles. I’ve done drama this year, we had a film at Sundance (Sunshine Cleaning), but I enjoy playing upbeat characters, I really do because you take your characters home with you whether you intend to or not.” In another interview, Adams said, “I think I just respond to those kinds of characters… They’re so layered, and I love the fact that they’ve made this choice to be joyful… I really identify with that sense of hope.” She also noted that before dyeing her naturally blonde hair red, she mostly played the role of “the bitchy girl”.
In late 2008, Adams starred in Doubt, an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley‘s play of the same name, as the young and innocent Sister James alongside Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis. After being informed of the project by her Sunshine Cleaningco-star, Emily Blunt, Adams pursued the role of Sister James but was told that it had already been offered to another actor. Shanley eventually cast Adams in the role because “she’s got this Ingrid Bergman thing going on, this luminosity. You see a good person struggling in this complicated world. She’s fiercely intelligent but has this peculiar innocence about her. She has a beautiful face of light.” On acting alongside Streep and Hoffman, Adams revealed that there was “a sense of uncertainty, a sense of doubt, a sense of wanting to please these amazing actors”. The film was well-received by the critics, while Adams’ role was noted to be the “least-showy” among the four major parts. Though her performance was criticized by Manohla Dargis of The New York Times as “unsteady”, Todd McCarthy of Variety commented that “Adams does all anyone could with the role of a nice young nun.” Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Adams provides one of the film’s singular advantages. She takes the role of Sister James, which onstage seemed little more than a sounding board for Sister Aloysius, and turns the young nun into someone quite specific and lovely.” Adams was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 81st Academy Awards, the 66th Golden Globe Awards, the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the 62nd British Academy Film Awards.
Adams’ next role was Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, opposite Ben Stiller. The film premiered over the 2009 Memorial Day weekend and topped the U.S. box office with a gross of $15.3 million on its first day, beating Terminator Salvation.Although the film received “mixed or average reviews”, Adams’ performance was praised by most critics. Among those to give it a positive review, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune thought that the film “radically improves whenever Amy Adams pops up as aviatrix Amelia Earhart… she’s terrific —a sparkling screen presence”; and Owen Gleiberman ofEntertainment Weekly wrote that “Battle of the Smithsonian has plenty of life. But it’s Adams who gives it zing.” On the other hand, Ty Burr of The Boston Globe disliked the film, describing Adams’ Earhart as “a flighty pill with no resemblance to the woman herself”.While Lael Loewenstein of Variety thought Adams was “trying a bit too hard”, Roger Ebertcommented that she was the only actor who surpassed the material. The film’s director, Shawn Levy, says of her: “I don’t know that there’s a better actress in her generation… I mean, there are other big female actors, but someone who can do Doubt and Julie & Julia, and Night at the Museum 2, all in the same year? Her range is almost unparalleled. It’s a huge part of why we feel that this movie is even better than the first.”
Following Smithsonian, Adams starred in Julie & Julia alongside her Doubt co-star Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Adams as government secretary, Julie Powell, who decides to cook all of the recipes in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She next appeared in Leap Year, a romantic comedy which began filming in March 2009 and was released in early 2010, and as Charlene Fleming, the aggressive and gritty girlfriend of Irish Micky Ward, in The Fighter. The Best Picture nominated-film received critical praise for its actors in which Adams starred alongside, Mark Walberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Adams received acclaim for her work and was praised for taking on such a volatile and aggressive character. This was noted to be Adams’ definitive performance because of the rough edges and darkness mixed with authenticity that she brought to the role. For her role in The Fighter, Adams was nominated for the BAFTA Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress losing the ladder three awards to her co-star, Leo, respectively.
Her upcoming projects include Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, an adaptation of Adena Halpern’s novel The Ten Best Days of My Life, which she will also be producing, and in Disney’s The Muppets alongside Jason Segel and The Muppets set for release Thanksgiving of 2011 and currently in production. Adams is also set to appear in the film On the Road opposite Viggo Mortensen. It was announced that Adams will appear as Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman reboot film opposite Henry Cavill as the film’s title character. Produced by The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, director Zack Snyder said in statement, “We are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today. Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful.”
As of April 2008, Adams is engaged to her boyfriend of six years, actor and artist Darren Le Gallo. She met Le Gallo in 2001 in an acting class. Since she was “really focused” in class, he initially thought that she was “like Tracy Flick in Election.” About a year after they met, Adams and Le Gallo acted together in a short film called Pennies over one weekend, during which they became better acquainted with each other. They started dating shortly thereafter. On May 15, 2010, Adams gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl named Aviana Olea Le Gallo.
|2000||That ’70s Show||Kat Peterson||Episode (“Burning Down the House”)|
|2000||Charmed||Maggie Murphy||Episode (“Murphy’s Luck”)|
|2000||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Dinah||Episode (“Tall, Dark and Duncan’s Boss”)|
|2000||Providence||Rebecca ‘Becka’ Taylor||Episode (“The Good Doctor”)|
|2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Beth Maclay||Episode (“Family“)|
|2001||Smallville||Jodi Melville||Episode (“Craving”)|
|2002||The West Wing||Cathy||Episode (“20 Hours in America: Part 1“)|
|2004||King of the Hill||Merilynn/Sunshine (voice)||Episode (“Cheer Factor”)|
|2004||King of the Hill||Misty (voice)||Episode (“My Hair Lady”)|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Alice Doherty||Recurring|
|2005||The Office (US TV series)||Katy||Episodes (“Hot Girl“, “The Fire” and “Booze Cruise“)|
|2008||Saturday Night Live||Herself (Host)||Episode (8 March 2008)|
|2007||“True Love’s Kiss”||Enchanted||Walt Disney Records|
|2007||“Happy Working Song“||Enchanted||Walt Disney Records|
|2007||“That’s How You Know“||Enchanted||Walt Disney Records|
|2008||“If I Didn’t Care“||Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day||Varèse Sarabande|