Actress Amy Lou Adams was born on August 20, 1974, in Vicenza, Italy. She was the fourth of seven children born to Americans Kathryn and Richard Kent Adams, with her father stationed at Caserma Ederle military base at the time of her birth. Adams sang in the Douglas County High School choir and, aspiring to become a ballerina, trained as an apprentice at a local dance company. Later, she decided the rigidity of ballet training was ill-suited for her, and she began to pursue a career in musical theater instead.
When reaching her early 20s, Amy decided to leave Colorado to head for Minnesota searching for more dinner theater projects and to her delight found ones in “Brigadoon” and “Good News” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. After studying dance and working in regional dinner theater, she landed her first film role in the satiric 1999 comedy “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” revealing at how far girls will go to win a teen beauty pageant. In that film, she played a cheerleader who enters a beauty contest in order to make her high school boyfriend wrestler happy. Upon urged by co-star Kirstie Alley, Amy then decided on a professional acting career, moved to Los Angeles and luckily didn’t have to wait long for her next gig as she soon landed a part on a series called “Manchester Prep,” a prequel to the hit movie “Cruel Intentions” (1999)