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Birth name Amy Frederica BrennemanNationality USABirth 22 june 1964Amy Frederica Brenneman (born June 22, 1964) is an American actress, writer, and producer.
(55 years) at New London (USA
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 Emmys. She later starred in various films, including Heat, Fear, and Daylight. She has also starred in the critically acclaimed films 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 from 1999 to 2005. She was nominated for three Primetime Emmys and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for Judging Amy. From 2007 to 2013, Brenneman starred as Violet Turner in the Shonda Rhimes medical drama Private Practice, and in 2014 began starring as Laurie Garvey on the HBO drama The Leftovers.
In 1995, Brenneman married director Brad Silberling in the garden at her parents' home. They have two children: Charlotte Tucker (b. March 20, 2001) and Bodhi Russell (b. June 8, 2005). 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. Brenneman is an Episcopalian (her mother was Jewish and her father, who was of English, Irish, and Swiss descent, was from a Protestant background).
Brenneman, who is very actively pro-choice, signed the "We Had Abortions" petition which appears in the October 2006 issue of Ms. Magazine. 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.
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 (SAG) in elections scheduled for 18 September 2008. The bid was successful.
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 to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control group that favors restrictive gun laws and supports gun bans.