|Born||Alice Amy Steel
May 3, 1960
Pennsylvania, United States
|Other names||Amy Steel Pulitzer|
Amy Steel (born Alice Amy Steel; May 3, 1960) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as Ginny Field in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and Kit Graham in April Fool's Day (1986). She has starred in films such as Walk Like a Man (1987), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991), and Tales of Poe (2014). Steel has had numerous guest appearances on several television series, such as Family Ties (1983), The A-Team (1983), and China Beach (1991), as well as a starring role in The Powers of Matthew Star (1982-83).
Steel began her career with guest roles in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Trudy Wilson from 1980–1981, and as Peggy Warner on All My Children in 1980. In 1981, Amy made her film debut in the film Fat Chance before being cast as Ginny Field in the horror film Friday the 13th Part 2. She won the part through an audition and it went on to become one of her most recognizable performances. The film was a financial success, earning over $21 million at the box office. She stated that filming the window scene was an exhausting experience. She was offered the chance to reprise the role for the third film in the long-running series, but was hesitant because she feared being typecast and was persuaded to turn it down by her agent at the time. She does however make a brief cameo appearance on a news report shown in the film.
|"I was thinking this is the worst moment of my life, and they had to do a lot of re-sets because they had to put the window back together. So it would be an hour, hour and a half between takes. I think we did it at least three times. When the director came back a week later and told me we had to do it again, I was so upset."|
|— Steel discussing filming the window scene|
In 1982, Steel had guest roles in the television series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982) as Allison Freleng, Family Ties (1982) as Stephanie Brooks, CHiPs as Kelly Monahan, The A-Team (1983) as Kathy Ludlam, before being cast as Pam Elliott in the sci-fi series The Powers of Matthew Star alongside Peter Barton, who went on to appear in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. The series lasted until 1983. The same year, Steel had a cameo role as a party guest in the 1983 film Exposed. She was subsequently cast in the television films Women of San Quentin (1983) as Liz Larson and First Steps (1985) as Nan Davis. From 1983-1984, Steel portrayed Sharon in the short lived television series For Love and Honor.
In 1985, she had a guest appearance in Stir Crazy as Lisa Grant before being cast as Kit Graham in the 1986 horror film April Fool's Day. The latter was a financial success, earning nearly $13 million against an estimated budget of $5 million. The following year, she portrayed Penny in the 1987 film Walk Like a Man. The following year, Steel was cast in the television thriller film The Red Spider. In 1987, and again in 1989, Steel a guest roles in Jake and the Fatman. In 1990, Steel guest starred on Father Dowling Mysteries and Quantum Leap before being cast as Connie in the television film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. The same year, she guest starred on China Beach and Walter & Emily. In 1992, Steel was cast in the television film Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo. The same year, she was cast in the horror film Play Nice.
In 1994, Steel guest starred on Viper, Home Improvement, and Diagnosis: Murder before being cast in the television films Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice and The Innocent. In 1995, she was cast in the television series The Commish and the television film Damaged and Deceived. In 1996, she guest starred on American Gothic and Chicago Hope. The following year, she portrayed Dr. Liz Michaels in an episode of Millennium. In 1999, Steel was cast in the films Valerie Flake and Tycus. The following year, she portrayed Commander Samantha Woodling in a guest appearance on JAG. In 2003, Steel was cast as Claire Goodman Isenberg in the television film A Time to Remember. After this role, Steel took an extensive break from acting and became a psychotherapist. In 2014, Steel made her first film appearance in 11 years in the anthology horror film Tales of Poe. She starred alongside Adrienne King and Caroline Williams.
During the filming of the 1985 television film First Steps, Steel developed a friendship with Nan Davis. In an interview, Steel said:
- "We have a good relationship, we don't fret if we don't talk for a month. The filming ended last May, and we've seen each other two or three times since then. We get on the phone and it's as if we've not been out of touch at all."
In 1986 she married Peter Pulitzer. She has two daughters. She serves as a marriage and family therapist intern at InBalance in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. She also has a private practice in Calabasas, California specializing in adolescent and mid-life transitions.
|1981||Friday the 13th Part 2||Ginny Field|
|1983||Women of San Quentin||Liz Larson||TV film|
|1985||First Steps||Nan Davis||TV film|
|1986||April Fool's Day||Kit Graham|
|1987||Walk Like a Man||Penny|
|1987||Home Fires||Cathy Ash||TV film|
|1987||The Red Spider||Kate O'Day||TV film|
|1991||What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?||Connie Trotter||TV film|
|1992||Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo||Roxanne Shields||TV film|
|1994||Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice||Dr. Gail Baker||TV film|
|1994||The Innocent||Molly||TV film|
|1995||Abandoned and Deceived||TV film|
|1999||Tycus||Little Girl's Mother||Direct-to-video film|
|2003||A Time to Remember||Claire Goodman Isenberg||TV film|
|2014||Tales of Poe||Mother of Dreams/Poetic Narrator|
|1980||All My Children||Peggy Warner||1 episode|
|1980–81||Guiding Light||Trudy Wilson|
|1982||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Allison Frelang||1 episode|
|1982–83||The Powers of Matthew Star||Pam Elliott||Regular; 14 episodes|
|1983||Family Ties||Stephanie Brooks||1 episode|
|1983||CHiPs||Kelly Monahan||1 episode|
|1983||The A-Team||Kathy Ludlam||1 episode|
|1983–84||For Love and Honor||Sharon||12 episodes|
|1985||Stir Crazy||Lisa Grant||1 episode|
|1987–89||Jake and the Fatman||Samantha Shay/Mia Delaine||2 episodes|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Murphy||1 episode|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Maggie Spontini||1 episode|
|1991||China Beach||Maria Koloski||1 episode|
|1991||Walter & Emily||Ginny||1 episode|
|1993||Space Rangers||Sarah Boon||1 episode|
|1993||Time Trax||Laura Darrow||1 episode|
|1994||Viper||Lisa Hinkle||1 episode|
|1994||Home Improvement||Eve||1 episode|
|1994||Diagnosis: Murder||Jenny Morley||1 episode|
|1995||The Commish||Rhonda Shonick||1 episode|
|1996||American Gothic||Christie||1 episode|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Lisa Erickson||1 episode|
|1997||Millennium||Dr. Liz Michaels||1 episode|
|2000||JAG||Commander Samantha Woodling||1 episode|
- "Where in the Horror are they now? Amy Steel!". JoBlo Movie Network. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
- Wixson, Heather (March 5, 2010). "Dread Central's Final Girls: Amy Steel". Dread Central. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
- "Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)". The Numbers. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- "The Girl That Got Away from Jason: An Interview with Amy Steel from Friday the 13th Part 2".
- "April Fool's Day (1986)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
- Dread Central's Final Girls: Amy Steel
- Hill, Michael (March 17, 1985). "AMY STEEL'First Steps,' a Film That 'Meant Something to Me' BY MICHAEL E. HILL". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 26, 2017.