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Amy Frederica Brenneman (born June 22, 1964) is an American actress, writer, and producer. Brenneman rose to prominence after her performance as Detective Janice Licalsi in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue
(1993–1994), for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. She gained further recognition for starring in various films, including Heat (1995), Fear (1996), Daylight (1996), Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000), Nine Lives (2005), and The Jane Austen Book Club (2007). Brenneman created and starred as Judge Amy Gray in the CBS
drama series Judging Amy
Judging Amy
(1999–2005). For her performance, she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Brenneman also had starring roles as Violet Turner in the Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes
medical drama series Private Practice (2007–2013), and as Laurie Garvey on the HBO
drama series The Leftovers (2014–2017).


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Other work 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Brenneman was born in New London, Connecticut, to Frederica Joanne (née Shoenfield), a judge of the Connecticut State Superior Court, and Russell Langdon Brenneman Jr., an environmental lawyer.[1][2][3] Her aunt was Cold War-era journalist Beryl D. Hines.[4] Brenneman was raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where she participated in theatre as a teenager, both in school and with a local theater group. She graduated from Harvard University, where she majored in comparative religion, in 1987. While at Harvard, she co-founded Cornerstone Theatre Company, with which she traveled for several years after graduation.[5] Career[edit] Brenneman began her career in short-lived CBS
series Middle Ages in 1992. The next year she was cast in her first major role as mob-connected uniformed officer Janice Licalsi
Janice Licalsi
on the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue. Her story arc, which included a romantic relationship with David Caruso's character, ran through the show's first season (1993–1994) and the first few episodes of the second season. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1994 and for Outstanding Guest Actress the following year.[6] After leaving NYPD Blue, Brenneman began her career in film. In 1995, she appeared in Bye Bye Love and Casper, and most notably, in critically acclaimed crime drama Heat.[3] In 1996, Brenneman had the female lead role opposite Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
in disaster thriller Daylight, and also starred in another thriller, Fear. In 1997, she played the leading role in the independent drama film Nevada.[7] The next year she starred in Your Friends & Neighbors directed by Neil LaBute.[8] In 1998–1999 season, she returned to television with a recurring role on the NBC comedy Frasier, as Faye Moskowitz.[9] In 1999, Brenneman became creator and executive producer of her own television series Judging Amy, in which she played the title character.[9] Brenneman portrayed a divorced single mother working as a Family Court Judge in Hartford, Connecticut. The show's concept was based on the real-life experiences of her mother, Frederica Brenneman, as a superior court judge in the state of Connecticut. Judging Amy
Judging Amy
ran on CBS
for six seasons and 138 episodes from September 19, 1999 to May 3, 2005 to good ratings. Frederica Brenneman was one of Harvard Law School's first female graduates and became a juvenile court judge in Connecticut when Amy was 3 years old. Amy has said, "I play my mother's job, not my mother."[citation needed] In 2002, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.[10] Brenneman starred in ensemble cast film Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her directed by Rodrigo García in 2000. In 2005, she starred in another Rodrigo García's independent drama, Nine Lives. In 2007, Brenneman played the role of Sylvia Avila in The Jane Austen Book Club based on 2004 novel of the same name by Karen Joy Fowler.[11] In 2008, Brenneman co-starred in 88 Minutes
88 Minutes
alongside Al Pacino.[12] In March 2007, Brenneman was cast as Violet Turner in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice.[13] The Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes
series ran on ABC from September 26, 2007, to January 22, 2013. She later starred in films The Face of Love and Words and Pictures, and was cast in HBO drama series The Leftovers opposite Justin Theroux.[14][15][16] Also in 2013, Brenneman played the role of Mary of Guise, the series' lead character's mother, in Reign.[17][18] Personal life[edit] In 1995, Brenneman married director Brad Silberling in the garden at her parents' home. They have two children: Charlotte Tucker and Bodhi Russell. Brenneman is heavily involved in her children’s school, CHIME, because she favors its unique approach to education by blending together typical kids, like Bodhi, and kids with disabilities, like Charlotte, who has cognitive special needs.[19] Brenneman is an Episcopalian.[20][21] Her mother was Jewish, and joined a Congregationalist church as an adult.[22] Her father, who was of English, Irish, and Swiss descent, was from a Protestant background.[23] Brenneman, who is very actively pro-choice, signed the "We Had Abortions" petition which appears in the October 2006 issue of Ms. Magazine.[24] The petition contains signatures of over 5,000 women declaring that they had an abortion and were "unashamed of the choice they made." In the February 28, 2007, all-star benefit reading of "The Gift of Peace" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, she portrays an entrepreneur, alongside actors Ed Asner, Barbara Bain, George Coe, Wendie Malick, and James Pickens, Jr.. The play was an open appeal and fundraiser for passage of U.S. House Resolution 808, which sought to establish a Cabinet-level "Department of Peace" in the United States government, funded by a two percent diversion of The Pentagon's annual budget.[25] In July 2008, Brenneman was nominated as a candidate on the Unite for Strength slate for a place on the national governing board of the Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
(SAG) in elections scheduled for 18 September 2008.[26] The bid was successful.[27] Brenneman is also a strong supporter of more restrictive gun laws, and in 2009 she hosted the Target for a Safe America gala at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for the Brady Center
Brady Center
to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control group that favors restrictive gun laws and supports gun bans.[28] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1995 Bye Bye Love Susan

1995 Casper Amelia Harvey

1995 Heat Eady

1996 Fear Laura Walker

1996 Daylight Madelyne "Maddy" Thompson

1997 Nevada Chrysty

1997 Lesser Prophets Annie

1998 Your Friends & Neighbors Mary

1998 City of Angels Angel Uncredited cameo

1999 Suburbans, TheThe Suburbans Grace

2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Det. Kathy Faber Segment: "Love Waits for Kathy"

2003 Off the Map Adult Bo Groden

2005 Nine Lives Lorna

2007 88 Minutes Shelly Barnes

2007 Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club Sylvia

2008 Downloading Nancy Carol

2009 Mother and Child Dr. Eleanor Stone

2013 Words and Pictures Elspeth

2013 Face of Love, TheThe Face of Love Ann

2016 In the Shadows of the Rainbow

Short film


Year Title Role Notes

1992 Middle Ages Blanche "The Pig in the Python", "Night Moves", "Murmur of the Heart"

1992 Murder, She Wrote Amy Wainwright "A Christmas Secret"

1993–94 NYPD Blue Det. Janice Licalsi Main role, 18 episodes

1997 Duckman Lauren Simone (voice) "A Trophied Duck"

1998–99 Frasier Faye Moskowitz Recurring role, 4 episodes

1999 A.T.F. Agent Robin O'Brien TV film

1999 Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist Mary Cassatt TV film

1999–05 Judging Amy Amy Gray Main role, 138 episodes

2004 Sesame Street Herself

2007 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Violet Turner "The Other Side of This Life: Parts 1 & 2"

2007–13 Private Practice Dr. Violet Turner Main role, 106 episodes

2011 Robot Chicken Dorothy Gale / Various (voice) "The Departy Monster"

2014–15 Reign Marie de Guise "The Consummation", "Forbidden", "The Price"

2014–17 Leftovers, TheThe Leftovers Laurie Garvey Main role, 20 episodes

2016 No Tomorrow Herself "No Holds Barred"

2017 Veep Regina Pell "Library"

Other work[edit]

Year Title Notes

1997 Nevada Co-producer

1999-05 Judging Amy Executive producer, writer/creator (138 episodes)

2016 Heartbeat Executive producer (10 episodes)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

1994 Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series NYPD Blue Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

1995 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

2000 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Judging Amy Nominated

TV Guide Award Favorite Actress in a New Series Won

Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated

2001 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated

TV Guide Award Actress of the Year in a Drama Series Won

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

2002 Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Series – Drama Nominated

Women in Film Lucy Award Lucy Award


2003 Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Judging Amy Nominated

2005 Locarno International Film Festival Best Actress Nine Lives Won

Gotham Award Best Ensemble Cast Nominated

2007 TV Land Award TV Moment That Became Headline News For appearing nude in the pilot episode NYPD Blue Nominated


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Brady Center
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