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Amy Irving (born September 10, 1953 in Palo Alto, California) is an American actress.


Amy Irving was born on September 10, 1953, to film and stage director Jules Irving and actress Priscilla Pointer. (Her father is Jewish and her mother is a Christian Scientist). Amy Irving’s brother is writer/director David Irving, and her sister is singer Katie Irving.

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Irving attended acting school at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where she appeared in a number of their theatrical productions. She also trained at LAMDA, (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and made her off-Broadway debut at the age of 17.

Irving was married to the American film director Steven Spielberg from 1985 to 1989.(Due to their prenuptial agreement, she received an estimated $100 million divorce settlement). In 1990 she became romantically and professionally involved with the Brazilian film director Bruno Barreto, and they were married in 1996. She has two sons, Max Samuel, (with Spielberg), and Gabriel (with Barreto). Irving and Barreto were divorced in 2005.


Amy Irving’s screen performances include roles in the Brian DePalma-directed films The Fury as Gillian Bellaver, and Carrie as Sue Snell (in which she co-starred with her mother), as well as in the 1983 film “Yentl” (for which she was nominated for an Oscar), and Woody Allen’s 1997 film Deconstructing Harry.


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