Suzy Amis Cameron

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Suzy Amis Cameron
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Amis in 2017
Susan Elizabeth Amis

(1962-01-05) January 5, 1962 (age 61)
Other namesSuzy Amis Cameron
Years active1984–2014
(m. 1986; div. 1994)

(m. 2000)

Suzy Amis Cameron (born Susan Elizabeth Amis; January 5, 1962)[1] is an American environmental advocate, and a former actress and model. Her acting career began in 1985, known for roles in The Ballad of Little Jo, The Usual Suspects and Titanic. Since retiring from acting in 1998, she has advocated veganism, sustainability, and climate change awareness. She is the co-founder of MUSE School, an all-vegan primary and secondary education school, and of Cameron Family Farms and Food Forest Organics, a vegan café. She has also organized environmental initiatives to promote sustainable fashion and environment-friendly dieting.


Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,[2] Amis Cameron worked as a Ford model before she began acting in the 1980s. She made her feature-film debut in the 1985 comedy film Fandango. Amis Cameron next had roles in Rocket Gibraltar (1988), Where the Heart Is (1990), and Rich in Love (1993). In 1993, she appeared as Josephine "Jo" Monaghan in The Ballad of Little Jo. She later appeared in Blown Away (1994), The Usual Suspects (1995), and the blockbuster Titanic (1997), in which she played Lizzy Calvert, the granddaughter of Rose Dawson Calvert (Gloria Stuart). That same year, she starred in the Western Last Stand at Saber River and acted in the cult-classic Nadja. Amis Cameron retired from acting after her last screen appearance in the 1998 film Judgment Day.

In 2005, Amis Cameron co-founded MUSE School CA, a Reggio-inspired, independent, nonprofit school in the Calabasas, California, area north of Los Angeles, with her sister, Rebecca Amis, reported as the country's first vegan K-12 school with a 100% plant-based lunch program.[3] Additionally, the school is zero waste and 100% solar powered, with Solar Sun Flowers designed by her husband, James Cameron.[4]

In 2009, Amis Cameron founded[5] Red Carpet Green Dress, a global initiative showcasing sustainable fashion on the red carpet at the Oscars.[6] Collaborating with fashion brands such as Armani, Vivienne Westwood, and Reformation, the gowns and tuxedos have included vintage, recycled, repurposed and eco design. Previous campaign ambassadors include Emma Roberts, Priyanka Bose, Naomie Harris, Olga Kurylenko, Kellan Lutz, Sophie Turner, and Missi Pyle.[7][8][9]

In 2014, Amis Cameron co-founded, with her husband, director James Cameron, and Craig McCaw,[10] Plant Power Task Force, an organization focused on showing the impact of animal agriculture on climate change and the environment.[11] Plant Power Task Force supported the first multi-country studies on global diets and climate change by the independent U.K.-based think tank, Chatham House: Livestock—Climate Change's Forgotten Sector and Changing Diets, Changing Climate.[12] They also spearheaded the MyPlate MyPlanet initiative in spring 2015, a platform for hundreds of environmental and health organizations in support of linking health and the environment in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.[13]

In fall 2018, Amis Cameron published OMD: Swap One Meal a Day to Get Healthy, Live Longer, and Save the Planet, with Simon & Schuster's Atria Publishing Group; in 2019, the paperback edition, The OMD Plan: Swap One Meal a Day to Save Your Health and Save the Planet, was published. The OMD Plan was featured on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday in Fall 2019. The book inspired Oprah Winfrey to eat one plant-based meal a day.[14]

Amis Cameron also launched the OMD campaign to promote plant-based food solutions to climate change, a multi-pronged effort to transform eating habits and the food system.

She also is a founder of Cameron Family Farms and Food Forest Organics, a plant-based café and market in New Zealand.[15] Her farm in New Zealand supports regenerative agriculture using 500-600 cattle livestock to improve the soil and help carbon sequestration. In an interview with NZ media the Cameron couple assured the audience that his was merely a pathway for other NZ farmers in their eventual transition, for the planet, to plant based agriculture, without livestock. A vegan diet is, she explained, a healthier choice, despite their use of cattle on their land. A shortage of foreign labour during lockdown was another reason for keeping on the cattle, instead of making the transition to plant based agriculture as she and James Cameron had planned.[16] Amis Cameron later decried that anyone who didn't believe in her views was a 'disposable deplorable' and should not complain when they suffer inevitable pain.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In 1986, she married actor Sam Robards, her co-star in Fandango, and son of Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards. Their marriage produced a son, Jasper, before their divorce in 1994.[18]

Amis and James Cameron met while filming Titanic, but the latter returned to his partner Linda Hamilton and married her in 1997, divorcing two years later with Hamilton receiving a settlement of $50 million.[19][20][21] Amis and Cameron married on June 4, 2000. They have two daughters, Claire and Elizabeth, and a son, James Quinn (who is known by his middle name).[22] In 2020, they became permanent guardians of one of their daughter's teenage friends.[22]

In 2012, Amis and Cameron adopted a plant-based diet after watching the film Forks Over Knives.[23][24] They live on an organic farm in Hollister Ranch.[25] They are featured in Eating You Alive, a 2016 American documentary.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Miami Vice Penny McGraw Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
1985 Fandango The Girl
1987 The Big Town Aggie Donaldson
1988 Plain Clothes Robin Torrence
1988 Rocket Gibraltar Aggie Rockwell
1989 Twister Maureen Cleveland
1990 Where the Heart Is Chloe McBain
1993 Rich in Love Rae Odom
1993 Watch It Anne
1993 The Ballad of Little Jo Josephine "Jo" Monaghan Alternative title: Little Man Jo
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1993 Two Small Bodies Eileen Mahoney
1994 Blown Away Kate Dove
1994 Nadja Cassandra
1995 The Usual Suspects Edie Finneran National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
1996 Cadillac Ranch C.J. Crowley
1996 One Good Turn Laura Forrest
1997 The Ex Molly Kenyon
1997 Titanic Lizzy Calvert Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 The Beneficiary Connie Roos Television movie
1997 Last Stand at Saber River Martha Cable Television movie
1997 Dead by Midnight Lisa Larkin / Dr. Sarah Flint Television movie
1998 Firestorm Jennifer
1998 Judgment Day FBI Agent Jeanine Tyrell Direct-to-video release
2014 Deepsea Challenge 3D Herself Documentary

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  1. ^ "UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019". United Press International. January 5, 2019. Archived from the original on January 5, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019. actor Suzy Amis in 1962 (age 57)
  2. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (December 16, 2018). "On the movement: OKC native Suzy Amis Cameron returns to hometown to tout her new book". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. Archived from the original on September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  3. ^, Deni Kirkova for (12 November 2015). "First ever vegan school in the US says you can't consume animals and care for the environment". Metro. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  4. ^ "James Cameron, Suzy Amis Cameron Unveil 'Solar Sun Flowers' Project". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  5. ^ Dress, Red Carpet Green. "Red Carpet Green Dress". Red Carpet Green Dress. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  6. ^ Cameron, Suzy Amis (2016-03-19). "Designing Change: The History of Red Carpet Green Dress". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  7. ^ Prudom, Laura (2015-02-20). "Eco-Friendly Fashion Reigns at Suzy Amis Cameron's 'Red Carpet Green Dress' Pre-Oscar Bash". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  8. ^ "Red Carpet Green Dress is here to change the way you think of sustainable fashion". HelloGiggles. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  9. ^ "3 Celebrities Who Wore Eco-Fashion to the 2016 Oscars". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  10. ^ "Home". Plant Power Task Force. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  11. ^ "Food Politics by Marion Nestle » My Plate, My Planet: Support Sustainability in Dietary Guidelines". 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  12. ^ Witt, Annick de. "People Still Don't Get the Link between Meat Consumption and Climate Change". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  13. ^ "Curried kale cakes for My Plate, My Planet". 2015-05-07. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  14. ^ Winfrey, Oprah (2019-10-14). "Oprah Talks to Suzy Amis Cameron About the Benefits of Eating One Plant-Based Meal Every Day". Oprah Magazine. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  15. ^ "James Cameron snaps up organic empire". Stuff. April 2015. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  16. ^ "James Cameron explains dairy cows on Wairarapa farm". Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Meet the Real Leaders with Suzy Amis Cameron – Real Leaders Members".
  18. ^ Kolson, Ann (1993-04-04). "Actress Suzy Amis Is Great, Critics Say, But Nobody Knows It - Yet". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  19. ^ "Linda Hamilton: 'Everyone's terrified of James Cameron. I'm not'". The Independent. October 21, 2019. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  20. ^ Hall, Katy (February 5, 2010). "One Of James Cameron's Ex-Wives Tells Tales Of His Huge Ego". Archived from the original on September 4, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  21. ^ Persaud, Vishal. "Cameron's Ex-Wife Shares Details on Failed Marriage". NBC4 Washington. Archived from the original on October 18, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  22. ^ a b Fernandez, Alexia (October 15, 2020). "James Cameron and Wife Suzy Amis Petition to Become Permanent Guardians of Daughter's Friend". People. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  23. ^ Barclay, Eliza (2014-06-08). "James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy". NPR. Archived from the original on 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2014-08-15. The turn happened, Amis Cameron says, when the couple went vegan in 2012 after watching the documentary Forks over Knives.
  24. ^ Woods, Judith (2012-10-02). "Rare interview with director James Cameron: Titanic temper, Kate Winslet, and veganism". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2014-08-15. [James Cameron] drives a Toyota Hybrid that is a whole six years old and recently became vegan, along with his family of five children, aged from five to 23.
  25. ^ Boone, Lisa (2013-10-11). "Suzy Amis and James Cameron's 100-acre mini farm near Santa Barbara". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-03-04.

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