Ami Dolenz

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Ami Dolenz
Born Ami Bluebell Dolenz
(1969-01-08) January 8, 1969 (age 45)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Other names Amy Dolenz
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Jerry Trimble (m. 2002)
Parents Micky Dolenz
Samantha Juste

Ami Dolenz (born January 8, 1969) is an American television and film actress and producer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Burbank, California into a show business family, Dolenz is the daughter of Micky Dolenz of the 1960s group the Monkees, and British television presenter Samantha Juste.[1] Her paternal grandparents were the film actors George Dolenz and Janelle Johnson.[2]

Career[edit]

At age 15, Dolenz won a junior talent contest and decided to become an actress. She dropped out of high school and began appearing in roles on various television series.[2] One of her first acting roles was in the television movie The Children of Times Square, followed by a two-episode stint on Growing Pains. In 1987 she had a small role in the comedy Can't Buy Me Love; later that year she landed the role of Melissa McKee in the long-running soap opera General Hospital. The role garnered Dolenz attention, earning her two nominations (in 1988 and 1989) for a Young Artist Award.

After leaving General Hospital in 1989, Dolenz landed a co-starring role opposite Tony Danza in She's Out of Control. The following year she portrayed Sloan Peterson in the television series of Ferris Bueller, which lasted only 13 episodes and was cancelled in 1991.[3] After its demise, Dolenz starred in Children of the Night then had the lead role in 1992's Miracle Beach.[4]

Throughout the 1990s, Dolenz continued to appear in films and television including Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Murder, She Wrote, Wake, Rattle and Roll, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Demolition University, Pacific Blue, and Teen Angel. In 1998, she voiced a character for the children's show The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs. After a four-year hiatus from acting, Dolenz returned in the independent film Mr. Id. In 2007 she appeared in the film Even If, which she also produced.

Personal life[edit]

On August 10, 2002, Dolenz married actor and martial artist Jerry Trimble.[5]

In addition to acting, Dolenz manages KidPix Productions with her husband. The company stages movie shoots as birthday parties for children. She also performs with the Write Act Repertory Theatre,[6] and co-owns Bluebell Boutique, an Internet custom jewelry shop, with her mother.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 - 1986 Growing Pains Linda 2 episodes
1986 Starman Kelly Jordan Episode: "One for the Road"
1987 Mr. Belvedere Shannon Episode: "The Ticket"
1987 Can't Buy Me Love Fran
1987 - 1989 General Hospital Melissa McKee
1989 She's Out of Control Katie Simpson
1989 Hardball Lauren Episode: "The Out of Towner"
1990 Superboy Jessica James Episode: "Superstar"
1990 - 1991 Ferris Bueller Sloan Peterson 13 episodes
1991 Children of the Night Lucy Barrett
1992 Miracle Beach Jeannie Peterson
1993 Stepmonster Wendy
1993 Infested Dee Dee Davenport Alternative title: Ticks
Direct-to-video release
1993 Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway Paige Alternative title: Witchboard: The Return
1993 White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II Cara
1994 Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings Jenny Braddock Direct-to-video release
1995 Life 101 Joy Direct-to-video release
1996 Daedalus is Dead Billy Daedalus
1997 Demolition University Jenny Direct-to-video release
1997 Pacific Blue Darla Wallenchik Episode: "Runaway"
1997 Teen Angel Cindy Episode: "Living Doll"
1998 The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs Oatz Cautere (Voice) Episode: "I.H.R.F./Oatz"
1999 Shogun Cop Sacrificed Virgin
2001 Dark Realm Helen/Melissa Cochran 2 episodes
2003 Mr. Id Heather Dombrowski
2007 Even If Kate Producer
2008 2012 Doomsday Susan Direct-to-DVD release
2009 New Hope Manor Claudia
2010 Rules of Engagement Lori Episode: "The Reunion"

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Title
1988 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Series General Hospital
1989 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress in a Daytime Drama Series General Hospital

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dolenz,, Micky; Bego, Mark (2004). I'm a Believer: My Life of Monkees, Music, and Madness. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 160. ISBN 0-8154-1284-3. 
  2. ^ a b Cozad, W. Lee. More Magnificent Mountain Movies. W. Lee Cozad. p. 308. ISBN 0-9723372-3-7. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (1999). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present (7 ed.). p. 342. ISBN 0-345-39736-3. 
  4. ^ Young, R. G. (2000). The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 405. ISBN 1-55783-269-2. 
  5. ^ "The wedding of Ami Dolenz & Jerry Trimble". Pages.prodigy.net. August 10, 2002. Archived from the original on May 24, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ KidPix Productions Official site[dead link]

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