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Amy Brenneman ’86 is an actor, writer and producer whose credits include the ABC police drama series “NYPD Blue” (1993-94), for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards, and the CBS series “Judging Amy” (1999-2005); currently she is starring in the HBO series “The Leftovers.” Her recent film credits include “Things You Can Tell By Just Looking at Her” (2000) and “The Jane Austen Book Club” (2007). During this talk/Q&A Brenneman will discuss balancing career and personal life, and managing the ups and downs of working in the entertainment industry.
A native of New London, Connecticut, Amy Brenneman is perhaps best known for her portrayal of a juvenile court judge and divorced mother on the hit drama “Judging Amy.” The show was based in part of her own mother’s experiences as a State of Connecticut Superior Court judge. Brenneman’s father was also involved in legal matters, working as an environmental attorney.
A 1987 graduate of Harvard University, Brenneman has proved to be a versatile performer, handling both dramatic and comedic roles. In 1992, she appeared on the dramatic comedy series “Middle Ages.” Her next big part attracted more attention from critics and audiences. Brenneman played Janice Licalsi on the successful police drama “NYPD Blue.” Her character was a police officer who becomes involved with the mob and with Detective John Kelly, played by David Caruso. Her role on the series garnered her two Emmy Award nominations.
Around this time, Brenneman also had roles in several films. In the dramatic comedy about divorced fathers, “Bye Bye, Love” (1995), she played Matthew Modine’s ex-wife. That same year, Brenneman also appeared in Michael Mann's crime thriller “Heat” as Robert De Niro’s girlfriend. She went on to star in the independent film “Nevada” (1997) as a stranger who comes to a western small town. Brenneman also appeared in “Your Friends & Neighbors” (1998) and “The Suburbans” (1999).