Amanda Plummer

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Amanda Plummer
Born Amanda Michael Plummer
(1957-03-23) March 23, 1957 (age 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Parents Christopher Plummer (father)
Tammy Grimes (mother)

Amanda Michael Plummer[1] (born March 23, 1957)[2] 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[edit]

Plummer was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of actors Christopher Plummer and Tammy Grimes.[3]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed]. 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,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches Annie
1982 The World According Garp Ellen James
1983 Daniel Susan Isaacson
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Miss Miscarriage
1984 The Dollmaker Mamie Television movie
1986 Static Julia Purcell
1987 Courtship Laura Vaughn
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 Freejack Nun
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
1994 Pax Franny
1995 Butterfly Kiss Eunice
1995 Nostradamus Catherine De Medici
1995 The Final Cut Rothstein
1995 The Prophecy Rachael
1995 Drunks Shelley
1996 Dead Girl Frida
1996 Freeway Ramona Lutz
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 Hercules Clotho
1997 A Simple Wish Boots
1998 You Can Thank Me Later Susan Cooperbeg
1998 L.A. Without a Map Red Pool Owner
1998 Hysteria Myrna Malloy
1998 October 22 Denise
1999 8½ Women Beryl
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 Triggermen Penny Archer
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 Inconceivable Lesley Banks
2008 Red Mrs. Doust
2008 Affinity Miss Ridley
2008 45 R.P.M. Caralee Lucas
2009 The Making of Plus One Kim Owens
2009 Sophomore Miss Hutz
2010 Girlfriend Celeste
2011 Vampire Helga
2011 Dr. Ketel Louise
2012 Small Apartments Mrs. Ballisteri
2012 I Have to Buy New Shoes Unknown
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Wiress


Year Title Role Notes
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"



  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Amanda Plummer Biography (1957-)". Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Christopher Plummer biography
  4. ^ Tony Award listing
  5. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1447. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (July 17, 2012). "Amanda Plummer joins 'Catching Fire'". Variety. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (April 1, 2013). "Amanda Plummer, Brad Dourif To Star in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Two-Character Play’". New York Times. 
  8. ^ Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play on YouTube

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