Early life, family, educational background
American singer, producer and actress Amy Marie Madigan, was born on 11 September 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, making her a Virgo. She was raised by her father, John J. Madigan who worked at Newsweek as a journalist; he mainly gave political commentary on the Newsweek programs, “Face the Nation,” and “Meet the Press.” WBBM (AM) offered John his own show, and he was given the opportunity to interview great political figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and former US President, Richard Nixon. Amy’s mother, Dolores Madigan (née Hanlon) ignited her love for film and the theatre, as she was an amateur actress and administrative assistant, but who only performed in community theatres. Amy has two brothers, Jim and Jack; the siblings are fourth-generation Roman Catholic Irish-Americans. Dolores passed away in 1992, and John remarried a year afterward.
Amy attended St. Philip Neri Grammar School before transferring to St. Aquinas Dominican High School, where she spent her free time performing in their school plays, and her love of the art continued growing from there. She then enrolled at the Chicago Conservatory of Music where she studied piano, before attending Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she worked towards earning her BA in Philosophy. In 1974, she moved from Wisconsin to Los Angeles, and shortly afterwards became a student at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute to study acting.
Amy is known for her role as Irene Crowley in “How to Get Away with Murder,” as Iris Crowe in the Great Depression television series, “Carnivale,” in “Gone Baby Gone” as Bea McCready, and “Field of Dreams” as Annie Kinsella.
Family’s personal life
Lily Dolores Harris
American actress Lily Dolores Harris was born on 3 May 1993, making her a Taurus. She’s the only child of actors Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, who raised her in Los Angeles. Her acting debut was in late 2021 in “Chicago Med” as young patient Astrid Meadows suffering from hallucinations. That year, she also appeared in and produced “The Garden Will Not Crumble.” Before pursuing an acting career, she actually wanted to build a career in academia and teaching, having graduated from Reed College in 2016 with an English degree. However, that changed in 2020 when she joined San Francisco’s A.C.T. MFA Program. When asked what she enjoys most about the program, Lily responded, ‘My classmates!… It’s an amazing, supportive community that we create for each other.’
She began by performing on stage in famous plays such as “Julius Caesar” by Mark Anthony, and “4:48 Psychosis” by Sarah Jane. She appeared as a twin named Hayden in “The Three Labors of Oliver,” a 2009 short film, and starred in another short film entitled “What’s the 48” as a babysitter.
She keeps her personal life out of the public eye, but in an interview with Blog. Act in August 2020, she shared, ‘I live with my partner and our incredible, adorable dog Beau, and I don’t know where I’d be without them.’ Because she used a gender-neutral term, we cannot know for certain what her sexuality is. However, there are some photos of a man with Beau on her social media, but he’s not specifically mentioned as her boyfriend, but may indeed be her other half. Aside from spending time with her partner and their dog, Lily also enjoys reading and horseback riding.
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Who is Ed Harris?
American filmmaker and actor, Edward Allen ‘Ed’ Harris was born on 28 November 1950, in Englewood, New Jersey, USA, making him a Sagittarius. He attended Columbia University, the University of Oklahoma, and the California Institute of the Arts. He’s best known for his roles in 1998’s “The Truman Show,” 1995’s “Apollo 13,” and 2002’s “The Hours,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Ed directed the 2008 Western “Appaloosa,” and 2000’s “Pollock.” He has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film as US Senator John McCain in the 2012 television film “Game Change.” Since 2016, he’s been playing the Man in Black in “Westworld,” an HBO sci-fi series, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Amy had a special relationship with music, and decided to pursue it professionally. In the ‘70s, she was the lead singer for the band Jelly, who released their first and only album, “A True Story” in 1977 under Asylum Records. Amy appeared in the June 1978 Playboy issue to promote the band by posing naked, except for being covered in jelly. They toured the US during the late ‘70s.
After touring, Amy moved from music to acting in the ‘80s, and solidified her knowledge by studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Her debut television role was in 1981 as Adele, a guest character in “Hart to Hart,” after which she played Marilyn in the television movie “Crazy Times”. Her film debut appearance was as Terry Jean Moore in 1982’s “Love Child,”, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination under the New Star of the Year – Actress category.
She next starred as Alison Ransom in the 1983 television movie “The Day After”, and the following year, she was in “Places in the Heart” as Viola Kelsey, a supporting role, and McCoy in “Streets of Fire.” She starred as Deedee Johnson opposite Carol Burnett in the 1985 television movie, “The Laundromat,” which was written by Marsha Norman, and was awarded a CableACE for her performance. That year, she also played Glory Scheer, co-starring in “Alamo Bay” alongside Ed Harris, the film was directed by Louis Malle. Amy then appeared in “Twice in a Lifetime” as Sunny Mackenzie-Sobel, and received two nominations for her portrayal – an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
1987 marked her Off-Broadway debut in Beth Henley’s “The Lucky Spot” as Sue Jack Tiller; she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, and won a Theatre World Award. Following her work in “The Prince of Pennsylvania,” she earned a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award under the Best Supporting Female category, and performed at the Mark Taper Forum in “A Lie of the Mind.” In 1989, she acted in “Field of Dreams,” as Kevin Costner’s wife, Annie Kinsella, and in John Hughes’ “Uncle Buck” as John Candy’s character’s girlfriend, Chanice Kobolowski, and that year she won a Golden Globe Award in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film category, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie category, for her portrayal of Sarah Weddington in “Roe vs. Wade,” a television film based on the real-life court case.
In 1990, she starred in Eduard Machado’s “Stevie Wants to Play the Blues” opposite Paula Kelly, and earned a Drama-Logue Award for her performance. The following year, she starred in “Lucky Day,” an Emmy-nominated television movie, alongside Olympia Dukakis. Her debut on Broadway was in 1992, as Stella Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” along with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange, and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. In 1996, she starred in and co-produced with Ed Harris the television movie entitled “Riders of the Purple Sage”, and the following year, starred in “Female Perversions” opposite Tilda Swinton, and in “Loved” as Brett Amerson, for which she acquired an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination. Ed Harris starred in, produced, and directed the 2000 film entitled “Pollock” in which she played Peggy Guggenheim.
Amy was cast as Officer Reggie Fluty, a supporting role in “The Laramie Project” in 2002; Reggie was the officer who saved Matthew Shepard’s life. From 2003 to 2005, she appeared in HBO’s “Carnivále” as Justin Crowe’s sister, Iris Crowe/Irene, then starred as Lori Lansky in Adam Rapp’s 2005 film, “Winter Passing,”. The following year she portrayed CIA HQ analyst Patricia Carver in “The Path to 9/11,” a television film that earned an Emmy Award. In the 2007 film, “Gone Baby Gone,” she played Beatrice ‘Bea’ McCready, Helene’s sister-in-law, directed by Ben Affleck.
Amy next played Dr. Katharine Wyatt in several 2008 episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” the famous ABC medical drama, before playing Gretchen Lagardi in “Saving Grace,” the TNT crime drama television series. Three years later, she guest-appeared in TNT’s final episode of “Memphis Beat,” and in 2016, she starred in “Buried Child” as Halie in the revival of Sam Shepard’s play at the Pershing Square Signature Center for the New Group. In November 2016, the production moved to Trafalgar Studios (part of the West End), and she reprised her role there.
On 21 November 1983, Amy married fellow actor, Ed Harris; at the time, they were working on “Places in the Heart” as a couple having an affair. The couple has a daughter together – Lily Dolores Harris born on 3 May 1993. The family keeps their personal lives private, but professionally, Amy and Ed enjoy collaborating on projects; to date, they’ve worked on nine films together.
On 21 March 1999, Amy and Ed turned heads when they remained seated at the 71st Academy Awards as fellow director Elia Kazan took the stage to accept his Honorary Award. Around 500 protestors stood outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and made their voices heard about their thoughts on Elia. Aside from Amy and Ed, about half of the guests in the Pavilion stood and/or applauded, but the other half did neither. Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty and Helen Hunt were seen standing and applauding for him, while fellow director Steven Spielberg applauded, but remained sitting. When he stood on the stage next to his wife, Frances, he said, ‘I really like to hear that. I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity. I’m pleased to say what’s best about them – they’re damned good to work with.’ Both his supporters and his rivals were disappointed that he didn’t address the controversy at all.
Happy Opening to Ed Harris, Amy Madigan & the entire company of @BuriedChildPlay in London! Sending lots of love from NYC. pic.twitter.com/bq9Xb3z2yo
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Amy, Ed and actor Nick Nolte were openly opposed to him by not applauding for the director, because Elia presented a testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee on 10 April 1952, where he accused eight of his former friends from the Group Theatre of being communist party members, and included himself. This accusation led them to be blacklisted – Elia never retracted his statement. He was one of the top directors at the time, and even helped Marlon Brando become a star when he cast him in the 1951 film, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” he cast Warren Beatty as the starring role in “Splendor in the Grass,” and directed “East of Eden,” starring James Dean. Celebrities who not only supported Elia, but defended him included Nora Ephron, Warren Beatty, Arthur Miller, and Arthur Schlesinger Jr., an historian who referred to the condemnation as ‘an orgy of self-righteous frenzy.’ Nick’s decision to not applaud Elia was quite challenging, as it damaged his professional relationship with directors and actors including Martin Scorsese, ‘But it was a terrible situation. And actors should not have been put in that position to be able to be judged over whether they applauded or not.’
Amy joined her husband on 13 March 2015 at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, to unveil his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They celebrated his work as an actor, and two months later, on the 17th of May, Muhlenberg College presented him with an honorary degree, which Amy and Lily were very proud of.
Amy and Ed have owned their Malibu home for over two decades; the property is estimated to be worth $5 million. In 1998, they decided to invest in the land next door and purchased the undeveloped 2-acre plot for $660,000. In 2015, they put the modernized house on the market for $2.6 million, but it seems that they were unsuccessful in selling the property, and are still the owners.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- Food is pasta.
- Color is black.
- Actress is Vera Miles.
- Actor is Owen Orr.
- Movie she appears in is “Uncle Buck.”
In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading, traveling, photography, surfing the internet, and learning – she believes that growing your knowledge and expanding your skills is a great way to pass time.
Amy has blonde-reddish hair, and blue eyes. She stands 5ft 6ins (166cm) tall, weighs about 110lbs (60kgs), with vital statistics of 35-25-37. She wears a US size four dress, and size eight shoe.
Net worth and salary
As of October 2022, her net worth is estimated at over $7 million, thanks to her hard work as a singer, producer, and actress. Ed’s net worth is estimated at around $25 million.