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|Born||Amanda Michael Plummer
March 23, 1957
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Parents||Christopher Plummer (father)
Tammy Grimes (mother)
Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957) is an actress best known for her work on stage and for her roles in films such as The Fisher King (1991), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).
Life and career
Plummer received critical acclaim for her film work. Her first role was as Cattle Annie in Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), with Burt Lancaster and Diane Lane (Little Britches) and was followed by roles in The World According to Garp (1982), Daniel (1983), and The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). Other films of note include The Fisher King as Lydia opposite Robin Williams and directed by Terry Gilliam, for which she received a BAFTA 1992 film nomination, a Chicago Film Critics Association Award 1992 nomination, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award 2nd place, for best supporting actress; Pulp Fiction as Honey Bunny directed by Quentin Tarantino, for which she received an American Comedy Award nomination for funniest supporting role in a motion picture; Girlfriend as Celeste directed by Justin Lerner, Official Selection of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival; Butterfly Kiss as Eunice directed by Michael Winterbottom; My Life Without Me directed by Isabel Coixet; Vampire as Helga directed by Iwai Shunji; and Ken Park directed by Larry Clark.
She made her Broadway debut as Jo in the 1981 revival of A Taste of Honey which ran for almost a year with Valerie French playing the mother. She received a Tony Award nomination and Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award nomination and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her portrayal. She won the Tony Award for Featured Actress and a Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Boston Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Agnes in the play Agnes of God, with Geraldine Page and Elizabeth Ashley. In 1983 she portrayed Laura Wingfield opposite Jessica Tandy's Amanda Wingfield in the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. Her other Broadway performances include Dolly Clandon in You Never Can Tell with Uta Hagen (1986) and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (1987) with Peter O'Toole and Sir John Mills, for the latter of which she received a third Tony Award nomination (1986–87) for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.. Off-Broadway plays include her portrayal as Beth in Sam Shepard's play A Lie of the Mind with Geraldine Page, Harvey Keitel and Will Patton, and directed by Sam Shepard; and in Killer Joe by Tracy Letts with Michael Shannon. Plummer has done many of Tennessee Williams' plays along with The Glass Menagerie, such as Summer and Smoke as Alma opposite Kevin Anderson, The Gnädiges Fräulein as the sumptuous Polly, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, and the world premiere of The One Exception.
In 1996 Plummer won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the episode "Stitch in Time" of The Outer Limits, In 2005, she also won an Emmy for her role as Miranda Cole in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Weak", in which she played a schizophrenic. Two other well-known roles were Yolanda (a.k.a. "Honey Bunny") in Pulp Fiction and Rose in So I Married An Axe Murderer.
Plummer was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and received another Emmy Award for her performance in Miss Rose White, a Hallmark made-for-television film about surviving the Holocaust. She was later given the Anti-Defamation League Award. For her performance in Last Light (1993), directed by Keifer Sutherland for Showtime, she received a Cable Ace Award nomination.
Other awards include the Hollywood Drama Critics Award for her performance of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Saturn Award for her performance as Nettie in the 1993 film Needful Things and a Cable Ace Award for her performance in the TV movie The Right To Remain Silent.
Plummer played Wiress, a former tribute who won the Hunger Games, in the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on Catching Fire, the second novel of The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins.
Plummer starred alongside Brad Dourif in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play at New World Stages. This production marks her return to the New York stage after nearly fifteen years.
|1981||Cattle Annie and Little Britches||Annie|
|1982||The World According Garp||Ellen James|
|1984||The Hotel New Hampshire||Miss Miscarriage|
|1984||The Dollmaker||Mamie||Television movie|
|1987||Made in Heaven||Wiley Foxx|
|1989||Prisoners of Inertia||Sam|
|1990||Joe Versus the Volcano||Dagmar|
|1991||The Fisher King||Lydia||Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
|1992||Miss Rose White||Lusia Burke||Television movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Rose Michaels|
|1993||Needful Things||Nettie Cobb||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Honey Bunny/Yolanda||Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture|
|1995||Nostradamus||Catherine De Medici|
|1995||The Final Cut||Rothstein|
|1996||The Right To Remain Silent||Paulina Marcos||Television movie
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1996||Don't Look Back||Bridget||Television movie|
|1997||American Perfekt||Sandra Thomas|
|1997||A Simple Wish||Boots|
|1998||You Can Thank Me Later||Susan Cooperbeg|
|1998||L.A. Without a Map||Red Pool Owner|
|1999||The Apartment Complex||Miss Chenille||Television movie|
|2000||The Million Dollar Hotel||Vivien|
|2000||Seven Days to Live||Ellen Shaw|
|2002||The Gray in Between||Jalyn|
|2002||Get a Clue||Miss Dawson||Television movie|
|2002||Ken Park||Claude's mother|
|2003||My Life Without Me||Laurie|
|2003||Mimic 3: Sentinel||Simone Montrose|
|2004||Satan's Little Helper||Merrill Whooly|
|2008||45 R.P.M.||Caralee Lucas|
|2009||The Making of Plus One||Kim Owens|
|2012||Small Apartments||Mrs. Ballisteri|
|2012||I Have to Buy New Shoes||Unknown|
|2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Wiress|
|1982||ABC Afterschool Special||Angela Dunoway||Episode: "The Unforgivable Secret"|
|1987||Moonlighting||Jackie Wilbourne||Episode: "Take a Left at the Altar"|
|1988||The Equalizer||Jill O'Connor||Episode: "A Dance on the Dark Side"|
|1989||Miami Vice||Lisa Madsen||Episode: "Fruit of the Poison Tree"|
|1989||Tales from the Crypt||Peggy||Episode: "Lover Come Hack to Me"|
|1989-1990||L.A. Law||Alice Hackett||6 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|1991||The Hidden Room||Sarah Cole||Episode: "A Type of Love Story"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series
|1996-2000||The Outer Limits||Dr. Theresa Givens||2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
|2002||Night Visions||Music Professor||Episode: "The Maze"|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Miranda Cole||Episode: "Weak"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
|2006||Battlestar Galactica||Oracle Selloi||Episode: "Exodus"|
|2007||WordGirl||Lady Redundant Woman||Episode: "Lady Redundant Woman"|
|2009-2013||Phineas and Ferb||Professor Poofenplotz||3 episodes|
|2014||Hannibal (TV series)||Katherine Pims||Episode: "Takiawase"|
- A Month in the Country (off-Broadway) (1979)
- A Taste of Honey (1981) (Tony Award nominee-Best Actress)
- Agnes of God (1982) (Tony Award winner-Best Featured Actress)
- The Glass Menagerie (revival) (1983)
- A Lie of the Mind (off-Broadway) (1985)
- You Never Can Tell (revival) (1986)
- Pygmalion (revival) (1987) (Tony Award nominee-Best Actress)
- Abundance (off-Broadway) (1990)
- Killer Joe (off-Broadway) (1998)
- The Lark (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) (2005)
- Summer and Smoke (Hartford/Paper Mill) (2006, 2007)
- The Two-Character Play (New World Stages NYC) (2013)
- Plummer, Christopher (6 October 2009). In Spite of Myself: A Memoir. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 265–. ISBN 978-0-307-39680-8. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Amanda Plummer Biography (1957-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Christopher Plummer biography
- Tony Award listing
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1447. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- McNary, Dave (July 17, 2012). "Amanda Plummer joins 'Catching Fire'". Variety. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Piepenburg, Erik (April 1, 2013). "Amanda Plummer, Brad Dourif To Star in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Two-Character Play’". New York Times.
- Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play on YouTube
- Amanda Plummer at the Internet Broadway Database
- Amanda Plummer at the Internet Movie Database
- Amanda Plummer at the Lortel Archives Internet Off-Broadway Database
- playbill article, Oct. 20, 2004
- Hollywood.com listing
- NewYork Times article, April 28, 1996
- Stephen Capen Interview on Worldguide, Futurist Radio Hour -- October 14, 1995
- Amanda Plummer comments on camera on role in The Two Character Play, June 2013
- New York Times Arts Blog on The Two-Character Play, June 2013
- The Two-Character Play Off-Broadway 2013