Mädchen Amick

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Mädchen Amick
Madchen Amick by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Amick at WonderCon in 2017.
Born Mädchen Amick
(1970-12-12) December 12, 1970 (age 47)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) David Alexis (m. 1992)
Children 2

Mädchen Amick (/ˈmdʃən ˈmɪk/ MAYD-shən AY-mik; born December 12, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Shelly Johnson on the cult television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017) and its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). She is also known for her role as Tanya Robertson in Stephen King's Sleepwalkers (1992). Amick currently portrays Alice Cooper in Riverdale (2017–present).

Early life[edit]

Amick was born in Sparks, Nevada,[1] a few miles east of Reno, the daughter of Judy, a medical office manager, and Bill Amick, a musician.[2] Amick's parents are partly German;[3] the name Mädchen (German: [ˈmɛːtçn̩] (About this sound listen)), which means "girl" or "maiden" in German, was chosen by her parents, because they wanted an unusual name.[4] She is also of Norwegian, Swedish, English and Irish descent.[5] As a young girl, Amick was encouraged by her parents to follow her creative instincts. She learned to play the piano, bass, violin and guitar and took lessons in tap, ballet, jazz and modern dance. In 1987, at the age of 16, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.


After moving to Los Angeles, Amick began her career with guest roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) and Baywatch (1989). Amick got her first break when director David Lynch chose her to play waitress Shelly Johnson on the television series Twin Peaks. Amick's character endured physical abuse at the hands of her criminal husband, Leo, and was one of the most popular characters ensuring her return in the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. In 1990, Amick was cast as Mandy in Don't Tell Her It's Me and portrayed Amy in Tobe Hooper's horror film I'm Dangerous Tonight. In 1991, Amick was cast in The Borrower. In 1992, Amick portrayed the heroine Tanya Robertson in the Stephen King horror movie Sleepwalkers. The following year, she starred in the thriller film Love, Cheat & Steal (1993).

Amick in 2014

In 1994, Amick was cast as Lena Mathers in the feature film Dream Lover, a thriller in which she co-starred with James Spader. In 1995, Amick appeared in the romantic comedy French Exit. In 1996, Amick was cast in the science fiction thriller Bombshell. Amick's return to network television came in the fall of 1995 with the much-publicized CBS primetime soap opera Central Park West. In 1997, Amick starred in the film Wounded. In 1998, Amick starred in the updated edition of Fantasy Island.[6]

After a decade of roles that failed to ignite the publicity Twin Peaks had, Amick gradually became a noticeable face in television with recurring roles on Gilmore Girls, ER, Jake in Progress, and Joey. In 2006, Amick was a regular in the sitcom Freddie which was subsequently cancelled.

Amick guest starred in a number of episodes of the serial thriller Kidnapped on NBC, playing a strange and deadly assassin. She also had a recurring role in the second season of Dawson's Creek as the lead character's substitute film studies teacher. In 2007, she had a lead role in the short-lived CBS musical series Viva Laughlin.

Amick had a recurring role in season 2 of Gossip Girl as Nate Archibald's "cougar" love interest,[7] and she also appears in the second season of the Showtime series Californication. In 2008, Amick starred as Christian Slater's wife on the NBC series My Own Worst Enemy. In 2010, Amick played Danielle Marchetti on the FX series Damages.

Amick in 2016

In 2011 she appeared in the post-apocalyptic film Priest.[8] In 2013, Amick began starring in the Lifetime supernatural drama Witches of East End opposite Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.[9][10] Amick's character Wendy Beauchamp was originally a guest star, but she later became a permanent character after shooting the pilot episode.[11] On August 6, 2015 Amick joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel as a mother whose son is ailing.[12] Mädchen is currently playing Alice Cooper, Betty Cooper's mother on the CW television show, Riverdale. She reprised the role of Shelly in seven episodes of the 2017 Showtime continuation of Twin Peaks.

Personal life[edit]

Amick has been married to songwriter David Alexis since 1992. They have two children, a daughter and a son.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me Mandy
1991 Borrower, TheThe Borrower Megan
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Shelly Johnson
Sleepwalkers Tanya Robertson
1993 Dream Lover Lena Mathers Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress
Love, Cheat & Steal Lauren Harrington
1994 Trapped in Paradise Sarah Collins
1995 French Exit Zina
1996 Bombshell Angeline
1997 Wounded Julie Clayton
1998 Twist of Fate Rachel Dwyer
2000 List, TheThe List Grace Mitchell
2001 Italian Ties Jamie
Scenes of the Crime Carmen
2002 Global Effect Dr. Sera Levitt
2005 Four Corners of Suburbia Rachel Samson
2007 A Slice of Lynch Herself Documentary
2011 Priest Shannon Pace
2017 Grannie Daddy Warbucks's Assistant Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Teenage girl Anya Episode: "The Dauphin"
Baywatch Laurie Harris Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1990 Great American Sex Scandal, TheThe Great American Sex Scandal Miss Doddsworth Television film
I'm Dangerous Tonight Amy Television film
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Shelly Johnson 26 episodes
Nominated–Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress: Prime Time
1991 For the Very First Time Rhonda Television film
1995 Courtyard, TheThe Courtyard Lauren Television film
Fallen Angels Mrs. Cordell Episode: "Love and Blood"
1995–1996 Central Park West Carrie Fairchild 21 episodes
1997 Heartless Ann 'Annie' O'Keefe Television film
1998 Hunted, TheThe Hunted Samantha Clark Television film
1998–1999 Fantasy Island Ariel 13 episodes
1999 Dawson's Creek Nicole Kennedy 3 episodes
Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story Jackie McCoy Television film
2001 Hangman Grace Mitchell Television film
2002 Rats, TheThe Rats Susan Costello Television film
2002–2003 Gilmore Girls Sherry Tinsdale 3 episodes
2003 Queens Supreme Lisa Salinger Episode: "The House Next Door"
Wild Card Crystal Stevenson Episode: "Black Sheep"
Ed Celeste 'CeCe' Royce Episode: "Home for Christmas"
2004–2005 ER Wendall Meade 10 episodes
2005 Lies and Deception Jean Brooks Television film
Jake in Progress Kylie 2 episodes
Joey Sara 5 episodes
2005–2006 Freddie Allison 22 episodes
2006 Law & Order Alissa Goodwyn Episode: "Home Sweet"
2006–2007 Kidnapped Yvonne Guttman 3 episodes
2007 Viva Laughlin Natalie Holden 8 episodes
2008 Shark Gina Romero Episode: "One Hit Wonder"
Verdict, TheThe Verdict Christine Pilot
Gossip Girl Duchess Catherine Beaton 4 episodes
Californication Janie Jones 5 episodes
My Own Worst Enemy Angelica 'Angie' Spivey 9 episodes
2009 Law, TheThe Law Liz Pilot
2010 Pleading Guilty Brushy Pilot
Damages Danielle Marchetti 5 episodes
CSI: NY Aubrey Hunter 3 episodes
Unanswered Prayers Ava Andersson Television film
2011 White Collar Seleena Episode: "Veiled Threats"
Metro Mary McCarthy Pilot
2012 Psych Jacqueline Maderos Episode: "Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger"
Beauty & the Beast Lois Whitworth Episode: "Basic Instinct"
Ringer Greer Sheridan 2 episodes
In Plain Sight Associate Director Susan Campbell 2 episodes
Mad Men Andrea Rhodes Episode: "Mystery Date"
Drop Dead Diva Gina Blunt 2 episodes
Political Animals Mindy Meyers Episode: "Lost Boys"
2013-2014 Longmire Deena 3 episodes
Witches of East End Wendy Beauchamp 23 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Mrs. Ellison 3 episodes
2016–2017 Love Mom 3 episodes
2016 Second Chance Joan Solodar Episode: "May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot"
2017–present Riverdale Alice Cooper Main role
2017 Twin Peaks Shelly Johnson 7 episodes


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  2. ^ a b "Mädchen Amick Biography (1970-)". Filmreference.com. 1970-12-12. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  3. ^ Stated on Into the Night with Rick Dees on YouTube
  4. ^ Mädchen Amick is Allison on Freddie Archived November 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "#CelebsUnfiltered, Social Celebrities, Entertainment News, Photos, Videos, and Exclusives". WhoSay. Archived from the original on 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  6. ^ "Mädchen Amick | Movies and Biography". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  7. ^ Busis, Hillary (2008-06-18). "Madchen Amick joins 'Gossip Girl'". Inside TV: EW.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  8. ^ Courtney O. (2009-09-18). "Madchen Amick Set for Priest". Movieweb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2012-10-09). "Madchen Amick, Glenne Headly Join Lifetime's 'Witches of East End'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-01-31). "Lifetime's 'Witches Of East End' Picked Up To Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Mädchen Amick Talks Witches of East End, How Much Fun it is to Play the Troublemaker, and More". Collider. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  12. ^ Roots, Kimberly (2015-08-06). "'American Horror Story' — Madchen Amick Cast in 'Hotel'". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 

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