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Amanda Peet was born in New York on January 11, 1972. She is the daughter of social worker Penny Peet and lawyer Charles Peet (also has an older sister). Charles Peet obtained a divorce from Penny Peet in 1990. Her education includes graduating from Friends Seminary (New York) and later in 1994 earning a Bachelor's Degree in history from Columbia University. She has brown hair, blue eyes and is 5'6" tall.

While she was studying history at Columbia University, a drama professor convinced her to audition for acting teacher Uta Hagen with whom she would later go on to study with for a four year period. During her auditioning phase, she supported herself by waitressing and with the checks she received from a Skittles candy commercial she had managed to land. She made her film debut in 1995's Animal Room, and bit parts in She's the One with Jennifer Aniston, and One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer. Amanda is known for starring in the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards (2000) opposite Bruce Willis. She has also appeared in television shows such as Seinfeld, Spin City, Law & Order and is well known to audiences for her role as Jack in the hit drama series Jack & Jill.


Awards and nominations:

2001 - Nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress in The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
2000 - Won the Young Hollywood Award for Best New Style Maker.


Quote:
"I'm not going to lie to you and say that it's no different doing a scene with Bruce Willis because he's just an actor and it's just the same thing, because it's fucking not. He's Bruce Willis, for chrissake. I was so scared of him."


Trivia:

Voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the World 2000 by People Magazine.

Turned down an audition for "Ally McBeal" in 1997.

Sources:
http://www.thespiannet.com/actresses/P/peet_amanda/index.shtml
http://www.imdb.com/Bio?Peet,%20Amanda
http://www.askmen.com/women/actress_100/108c_amanda_peet.html
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800018738&cf=biog&intl=us
http://www.aclasscelebs.com/amandap/
http://www.filmbug.com/db/27281

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