Brenneman at Heroes for Autism event, Hollywood, California, April 19, 2009
|Born||Amy Frederica Brenneman
June 22, 1964
New London, Connecticut, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, producer, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Brad Silberling (1995–present)|
Amy Frederica Brenneman (born June 22, 1964) is an American actress, who has played roles in the television series NYPD Blue, Judging Amy and Private Practice. She has also starred in films such as Heat, Fear, Daylight, Casper, Nine Lives and 88 Minutes.
Brenneman was born in New London, Connecticut, the daughter of Frederica Joanne (née Shoenfield), a judge of the Connecticut State Superior Court, and Russell Langdon Brenneman, Jr., an environmental lawyer. Her aunt was Cold War-era journalist Beryl D. Hines. Brenneman was raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where she participated in theatre as a teenager, both in school and with a local theater group. She graduated from Harvard University, where she majored in comparative religion, in 1987. While at Harvard, she co-founded Cornerstone Theatre Company, with which she traveled for several years after graduation.
In her first major television role, Brenneman played mob-connected uniformed officer Janice Licalsi on the police drama NYPD Blue. Her story arc, which included a romantic relationship with David Caruso's character, ran through the show's first season (1993–1994) and the first few episodes of the second season. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1994 and for Outstanding Guest Actress the following year.
After leaving NYPD Blue, Brenneman appeared in a number of films, including Casper (1995), Heat (1995), Fear (1996), Daylight (1996) and Nevada (1997). She had a brief recurring role on Frasier in its 1998–1999 season.
In 1999, Brenneman became creator and executive producer of the television series Judging Amy, in which she played the title character. Brenneman portrayed a divorced single mother working as a Family Court Judge in Hartford, Connecticut. The show's concept was based on the real-life experiences of her mother, Frederica Brenneman, as a superior court judge in the state of Connecticut. Judging Amy ran on CBS for six seasons and 138 episodes from September 19, 1999 to May 3, 2005 to good ratings. Frederica Brenneman was one of Harvard Law School's first female graduates and became a juvenile court judge in Connecticut when Amy was 3 years old. Amy has said, "I play my mother's job, not my mother."
In 2002, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.
In 1995, Brenneman married director Brad Silberling in the garden at the home of her parents. They have two children: Charlotte Tucker (b. March 20, 2001) and Bodhi Russell (b. June 8, 2005). She’s heavily involved in her children’s school, CHIME because she favors its unique approach to education by blending together typical kids, like Bodhi, and kids with disabilities, like daughter, Charlotte, who has cognitive academic special needs. Brenneman attends an Episcopal church (her mother was Jewish and her father was of English, Irish, and Swiss descent, and from a Protestant background).
Brenneman, who is very actively pro-choice, signed the "We Had Abortions" petition which appears in the October 2006 issue of Ms. Magazine. The petition contains signatures of over 5,000 women declaring that they had an abortion and were "unashamed of the choice they made."
In the February 28, 2007, all-star benefit reading of "The Gift of Peace" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, she portrays an entrepreneur, alongside actors Ed Asner, Barbara Bain, George Coe, Wendie Malick, and James Pickens, Jr.. The play was an open appeal and fundraiser for passage of U.S. House Resolution 808, which sought to establish a Cabinet-level "Department of Peace" in the U.S. government, funded by a two percent diversion of The Pentagon's annual budget.
In July 2008, Brenneman was nominated as a candidate on the 'Unite for Strength' slate for a place on the national governing board of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in elections scheduled for 18 September 2008. The bid was successful.
Brenneman is also a strong supporter of more restrictive gun control laws, and in 2009 she hosted the Target for a Safe America gala at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control group that favors restrictive gun laws and supports gun bans.
|1995||Bye Bye Love||Susan|
|1996||Fear||Laura Walker||Also known as No Fear|
|1997||Lesser Prophets||Annie||Also known as The Last Bet|
|1998||Your Friends & Neighbors||Mary|
|1999||Suburbans, TheThe Suburbans||Grace|
|1999||Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist||Mary Cassatt|
|2000||Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her||Detective Kathy Faber||segment "Love Waits For Kathy"|
|2003||Off The Map||Adult Bo Grodin|
|2005||Nine Lives||Lorna||Locarno International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Cast
|2007||Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club||Sylvia Avila|
|2007||88 Minutes||Shelly Barnes|
|2010||Mother and Child||Dr. Stone|
|2013||The Face of Love||Completed|
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- Past Recipients
- Applegate, Smart, Brenneman cast in pilots
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- Mouth Wide Open Program: Program Notes: Amy Brenneman Opens Up | A.R.T. - American Repertory Theater
- Amy Brenneman | Hollywood Prayer Network
- David Crary (October 3, 2006). "Women Sign "We Had Abortions" Petition". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
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