Amick at WonderCon in 2017.
December 12, 1970
Sparks, Nevada, U.S
|Spouse(s)||David Alexis (m. 1992)|
Mädchen Amick (English: / / MAYD-shən AYM-ik; 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).
Amick was born in Sparks, Nevada, a few miles east of Reno, the daughter of Judy, a medical office manager, and Bill Amick, a musician. Amick's parents are partly German; the name Mädchen (in German pronounced [ˈmɛːtçn̩] ( listen)), which means "girl" in German, was chosen by her parents, because they wanted an unusual name. She is also of Norwegian, Swedish, English and Irish descent. 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).
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.
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, 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.
In 2011 she appeared in the post-apocalyptic film Priest. In 2013, Amick began starring in the Lifetime supernatural drama Witches of East End opposite Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Amick's character Wendy Beauchamp was originally a guest star, but she later became a permanent character after shooting the pilot episode. On August 6, 2015 Amick joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel as a mother whose son is ailing. 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.
Amick has been married to songwriter David Alexis since 1992. They have two children, a daughter and son.
|1990||Don't Tell Her It's Me||Mandy|
|1991||Borrower, TheThe Borrower||Megan|
|1992||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me||Shelly Johnson|
|1993||Dream Lover||Lena Mathers||Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|Love, Cheat & Steal||Lauren Harrington|
|1994||Trapped in Paradise||Sarah Collins|
|1998||Twist of Fate||Rachel Dwyer|
|2000||List, TheThe List||Grace Mitchell|
|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|
|2017||Grannie||Daddy Warbucks's Assistant||Short film|
|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|
|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|
|Damages||Danielle Marchetti||5 episodes|
|CSI: NY||Aubrey Hunter||3 episodes|
|Unanswered Prayers||Ava Andersson||Television film|
|2011||White Collar||Seleena||Episode: "Veiled Threats"|
|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"|
|Witches of East End||Wendy Beauchamp||23 episodes|
|2015||American Horror Story: Hotel||Mrs. Ellison||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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