Amy Davis Irving was born on 10th September, 1953 in Palo Alto, California, USA of Jewish American descent. She is a famous American actress, a nominee for an Academy Award. Amy landed the roles in such famous feature films as “Carrie” (1976), “The Fury” (1978), “Yentl” (1983) and “Crossing Delancey” (1988). Irving is also known for her outstanding appearances on Broadway as well as Off-Broadway. The actress has been active in the industry since 1975.
How rich is Amy Irving? It has been reported by reliable sources that in 2015 her wealth is equal to $120 million, the main source of Amy’s net worth is through her acting career Both Amy’s parents were involved in the entertainment industry. Her father, Jules Irving, worked as a stage and film director whereas her mother, Priscilla Pointer, was an actress. Amy studied at the American Conservatory Theatre and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Irving graduated from Professional Children’s School.
Amy Irving Net Worth $120 Million
The success story of the actress begins in her early childhood as she landed her first role at the age of 2. Little Amy had the part of a princess in her father’s directed play. In 1965, she debuted on the Broadway with a role in the comedy “The Country Wife”. More, she appeared in other Broadway plays including “Amadeus” (1981–1982), “Heartbreak House” (1983–1984), “Broken Glass” (1994), “Three Sisters” (1997) and “The Coast of Utopia” (2006–2007), all of which added considerably to Amy’s net worth.
Having a look at Amy Irving’s career on television and cinema, it is clear that a nominee for two Golden Globes and Academy Awards is recognized by critics and loved by audiences. Irving has appeared in various television series and films including “The Rookies”(1975), “Happy Days” (1975), “I’m a Fool“(1976) and “ Spin City”(1999). However, the most successful role she managed to create was in the television film “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna” (1986) directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. For the role of Anastasia Anderson, Irving was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as the Best Actress. Among the best roles landed in feature films are the Hadass Vishkower role in the film “Yentl” (1983) which was nominated for the Academy Award, and the role of Isabelle Grossman in “Crossing Delancey” (1988) which was nominated for the Golden Globe Award. What is more, the actress won the Screen Actors Guild Award for her appearance in the film “Traffic” (2000) directed by Steven Soderbergh, and Florida Film Critics Circle Award for her role of Patricia in the film “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” (2001) directed by Jill Sprecher. Her latest roles include Rebecca Buchwald in the feature film “Adam” (2010), Alice Tanner” in an episode of the series “House” (2010) and Melanie Lynch in episodes of “Zero Hour” (2013).
In her personal life, Amy Irving has been married three times. In 1985 she married the legendary film director, producer and screenwriter, Steven Spielberg. However, they divorced in 1989. They have a child together named Max Spielberg. In 1996, Amy married another famous film director, Bruno Barreto. They divorced in 2005, having one child together, Gabriel Barreto. Amy Irving is now married to Kenneth Bowser.
Appeared at a special screening/Q&A session of her classic film, Carrie (1976), along with the director Brian De Palma, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' theater. [October 2007]
Amy's father was of Russian Jewish descent. One of Amy's maternal great-great-grandfathers, Jacob Barrett Cohen, was from a Jewish family (of both Ashkenazi and Sephardi origin) that had lived in the United States since the 1700s, with ancestors who fought in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Amy's mother's other ancestry is English, along with Welsh, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), and German.
Attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York City.
Was originally going to play Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), but split from her director boyfriend at the time Steven Spielberg who was responsible for the film. The two later got together again in around 1984.
Replaced Jane Seymour in the role of Constanze Webber on the Broadway play "Amadeus" from 1981 to the show's end in 1983.
In 1965, she appeared in a play as a walk-on opposite Stacy Keach.
The scene in Carrie (1976) where her character Sue Snell is walking along the footpath to put flowers on Carrie's burnt house (dream sequence). Director Brian De Palma wanted Amy to walk backwards in that shot in order to make it look more "dreamy". That explains why a car in the background appears to be driving in reverse and birds are flying backwards.
In addition to being the first-ever "winner" of the Worst Supporting Actress Razzie (for her performance opposite Willie Nelson in Honeysuckle Rose (1980)), she is only one of two actors, as of 2015, to be nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie Award for the same performance. As Barbra Streisand's "wife" in Yentl (1983), Irving got both a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and a Worst Supporting Actress Razzie nomination. She did not win either award. The other such "Best" and "Worst" nominee is James Coco in Only When I Laugh (1981), he who also did not win either award.
She was the subject of a running joke in the comic book E-Man, published by Charlton Comics and later by First Comics. One of the supporting characters, Teddy Q, a sentient (though mute - think Snoopy-like) koala, was in love with her, and frequently sent her fan mail.
When she reprised her role from Carrie (1976) as Sue Snell in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Irving can be seen banging on the door of the ill-fated party to be allowed in. She did the same thing in the original film in which her character is banging on the door of the gym to be let in during the famous bloodletting prom scene.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31 (1979).
[on Barbra Streisand, directing her in Yentl (1983)] She'd fix my hair ribbons, brush an eyelash off my cheek, paint my lips to match the color of the fruit on the table. I was like her little doll that she could dress up.
Actors are not a great breed of people, I don't think. I count myself as something of an exception. I grew up in the theater, and my values were about the work, and not being a star or anything like that. I'm not spoiled in that way, and if I fight for something, it's about the work, not about how big my trailer is.
I used to travel in tennis shoes; I am just not allowed to anymore. I'm an old hippie from San Francisco.
During my marriage to Steven, I felt like a politician's wife. There were certain things expected of me that definitely weren't me. One of my problems is that I'm very honest and direct. You pay a price for that. But then I behaved myself and I paid a price too.
(1977, about her decisions on working with her then partner) I would love to work for Steven [Spielberg] but, right now, I want to make it on my own first. I do not ever want to be known as "Steven Spielberg's girlfriend".
I get along great with directors, but I think some producers would tell you I'm a pain. They may say I'm tough to work with, but I have a great passion for what I do. I believe in fighting for it.