Amy Irving Celebrity Watchlist

Fast Facts

  • Father is film and stage director Jules Irving, who cofounded the San Francisco Actor's Workshop, and mother is actor Priscilla Pointer, who starred in Amy's film debut, Carrie (1976), as her character's mother.
  • Auditioned for Princess Leia in Star Wars (1977), and although the part went to Carrie Fisher, the two became such close friends that Fisher moved into Irving's Laurel Canyon house when the latter moved out to join boyfriend Steven Spielberg. 
  • Made Broadway debut in 1981 in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, replacing Jane Seymour in the role of Mozart's wife, Constanze.
  • Other Broadway work includes a 1983-84 revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House and the original 1994 production of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass, which earned her Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play, respectively.
  • Other accolades include a 1988 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play and an Obie Award for Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.


  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Kenneth Bowser — Husband
  • Katie Irving — Sister
  • Bruno Barreto — Ex-significant Other
  • David Irving — Brother
  • Max Samuel Spielberg — Son
  • Gabriel Davis Barreto — Son
  • Jules Irving — Father
  • Priscilla Pointer — Mother
  • Steven Spielberg — Ex-husband


  • The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England; American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA