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Amanda Peet

Peet at a charity event in October 2009
Born January 11, 1972 (1972-01-11) (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) David Benioff (2006–present)

Amanda Peet (born January 11, 1972) is an American actress.

After studying with Uta Hagen, Peet began her career in television commercials, and progressed to small roles in television and independent films. Featured roles in films such as The Whole Nine Yards (2000) brought her recognition and she was named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World". Her subsequent film roles have been more prominent, and include Something's Gotta Give (2003), Syriana (2005), and 2012 (2009).

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Life and career

Early life

Peet was born in New York City, the daughter of Penny (née Levy), a social worker, and Charles Peet, a corporate lawyer.[1] The two are now divorced. Her father is a Quaker and her mother is Jewish.[2][3] Peet attended Friends Seminary, then studied history at and graduated from Columbia University,[4] where she auditioned for acting teacher Uta Hagen and decided to become an actress after taking Hagen's class.[5] During her four-year period of study with Hagen, Peet appeared in the off-Broadway revival of Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing.

Career

Peet's first screen performance was a television commercial for Skittles. Her early roles included a guest role on the television series Law & Order. She made her film debut in Animal Room (1995). Peet maintained a steady acting career in relatively obscure independent films.

Her first major role was as "Jack" in the 1999 WB network series Jack & Jill (which aired for two seasons). She also appeared in the eighth-season finale of Seinfeld ("The Summer of George") as a waitress whom Jerry Seinfeld meets. Peet's first role in a widely-released feature film came in 2000, with The Whole Nine Yards, starring with Bruce Willis. That same year, she was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine. Peet was also in the movie Saving Silverman with Jason Biggs, Jack Black and Steve Zahn, where she portrayed psychologist Judith. She also starred in Something's Gotta Give in 2003, playing Diane Keaton's daughter, and, at one point, Jack Nicholson's girlfriend.

In 2005, Peet appeared in the play This Is How It Goes, filling in for Marisa Tomei at the last minute after six days of rehearsal. In the same year, she also co-starred in the films Syriana alongside Matt Damon and George Clooney, and A Lot Like Love, with Ashton Kutcher. In February 2006, she was performing in Neil Simon's Broadway production of Barefoot in the Park.

Peet was a member of the cast of the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which premiered on NBC on September 18, 2006. She starred with Matthew Perry, with whom she worked in The Whole Nine Yards and The Whole Ten Yards, and Sarah Paulson, with whom she co-starred in Jack & Jill. In Studio 60, Peet's character Jordan McDeere was the newly-appointed president of the National Broadcasting System (NBS). In 2006, she also starred along with Dermot Mulroney in Griffin and Phoenix, where she played a terminally-ill woman living life to the fullest.

In 2007's The Ex, a comedy co-starring Zach Braff, Peet played an attorney who stays home to raise a new baby. In 2008, Peet went on to play an FBI agent in The X-Files: I Want to Believe.[6]

Peet starred as Kate Curtis in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich, with John Cusack, whom she previously worked with on Identity and Martian Child, and released on November 13, 2009.

Personal life

Peet married screenwriter David Benioff on September 30, 2006, in New York City[7] and gave birth to a daughter, Frances Pen, on February 20, 2007.[8] The three live in Manhattan and Beverly Hills. She was also maid of honor at Lauren Holly's marriage in 2001 with Francis Greco.

On December 10, 2009 she announced that she and David would be expecting their second child. [9]

In 2008 Peet volunteered to be a spokeswoman for Every Child By Two (ECBT), a non-profit organization which advocates childhood vaccination. Peet began working with the group after becoming concerned by the "amount of misinformation floating around [about vaccines], particularly in Hollywood."[10] In an interview with Cookie, Peet stated: "Frankly, I feel that parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites," referring to the benefit unvaccinated children derive from herd immunity and the concern that dropping vaccination rates may put all children at increased risk of preventable disease.[10] Peet's comments stirred controversy; in response, she apologized for using the term "parasites", but affirmed her position on the importance and safety of vaccination.[11][12]

Filmography

Film

Peet in February 2008
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Animal Room Debbie
1996 One Fine Day Celia
She's the One Molly
Winterlude
Virginity
1997 Touch Me Bridgette
Grind Patty
Sax and Violins
1998 Playing by Heart Amber
Southie Marianne Silva
Origin of the Species Julia
1999 Body Shots Jane Bannister
Two Ninas Nina Harris
Jump Lisa
Simply Irresistible Chris
2000 Takedown Karen
Whipped Mia
The Whole Nine Yards Jill
Isn't She Great Debbie
2001 Saving Silverman Judith Fessbeggler
2002 Igby Goes Down Rachel
Changing Lanes Cynthia Delano Banek
High Crimes Jackie
2003 Something's Gotta Give Marin
Identity Paris
2004 The Whole Ten Yards Jill
2005 Syriana Julia Woodman
A Lot Like Love Emily Friehl
Melinda and Melinda Susan
2006 Griffin & Phoenix Sarah Phoenix
2007 The Ex Sofia Kowalski
Battle for Terra Maria (voice)
Martian Child Harlee
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe FBI Agent Dakota Whitney
Five Dollars a Day Maggie
What Doesn't Kill You Stacy Reilly
2009 Please Give Mary
Important Things With Demetri Martin Actress
2012 Kate

Television

References

  1. ^ Amanda Peet Biography (1972-)
  2. ^ Flatley, Guy (2000-08-31). "AMANDA PEET--A GIRL WHO'S BEST WHEN SHE'S BAAAAD!". MovieCrazed. http://www.moviecrazed.com/outpast/peet.html. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Benyamin; Bradford R. Pilcher (11-12/2005). "WINTER MOVIE PREVIEW: Amanda Peet". American Jewish Life Magazine. http://www.atlantajewish.com/content/112005/wintermovies/peet.html. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  4. ^ Dicker, Ron (2007-05-13). "In `Ex,' Peet's Career, Parenting Coincide". The Hartford Courant. http://www.ctnow.com/movies/reviews/hce-sholede0513.artmay13,0,5450078.story?coll=hce-headlines-entertainment. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  5. ^ Wang, Julia (2006-09-28). "Amanda Peet's Pre-Wedding Jitters". People Magazine. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1540724,00.html. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  6. ^ Threesome mark spots for 'X-Files'
  7. ^ Amanda Peet Weds Screenwriter Beau - Marriage, Amanda Peet : People.com
  8. ^ "Amanda Peet Has a Girl". People Magazine. 2007-02-23. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20012460,00.html. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  9. ^ Natalie Abrams. "Amanda Peet Expecting Second Child". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Amanda-Peet-Expecting-1013022.aspx. 
  10. ^ McNeil, Donald (2009-01-12). "Book Is Rallying Resistance to the Antivaccine Crusade". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/health/13auti.html. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  11. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,282960_9,00.html

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Amanda Peet
File:Amanda
Born January 11, 1972 (1972-01-11) (age 39)
New York City, NY, USA
Occupation Actress
Height 12'6" (1.68 m)
Children

France Pen (Feb. 20 2007)

Amanda Peet (born January 11, 1972) is an American movie and television actress. She has acted in television commercials and several movies. She recently appeared at the television series Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, where her character Jordan McDeere is the president of the fictional network National Broadcasting System (NBS).

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