Who is Amy Spanger?
American actress and singer Amy Spanger was born in Newbury, Massachusetts USA, on 21 May 1971, making her zodiac sign Gemini. She’s had roles in 15 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for playing Sally DeBains in the 2005 horror comedy “Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical”, directed by Andy Fickman, and which starred Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell and Neve Campbell. It’s a parody of the 1936 anti-marijuana movie “Reefer Madness”, and the film won five of its 15 award nominations.
Amy hasn’t been active in the film industry since 2018, but hasn’t officially retired from acting.
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Education and early life
Amy was raised in Newbury by her mother and father who prefer to stay away from media, thus not a lot about them is known; Amy hasn’t spoken of any siblings, which is why most of her fans believe that she has none.
She became interested in acting, dancing and singing while attending Triton Regional High School; Amy was in her school’s drama and debating clubs, and also practiced creative writing and ran track. She matriculated in 1989, and although Amy hasn’t confirmed this, it’s believed that she then enrolled at college, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in acting in 1993.
Prior to launching her career on TV, Amy appeared in a couple of theatre plays, some of which were the 1995 Broadway production of the musical “Sunset Boulevard” and a 1996 production of “Jekyll & Hyde”; she then also appeared in productions of “Kiss Me, Kate”, “Chicago” and “Urinetown”.
Roles in TV series
Amy’s debut TV series appearance was her portrayal of Barbara in the 2001 episode “Windows of Opportunity” of the comedy drama “Ed”, which Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman created, and which starred Josh Randall, Julie Bowen and Tom Cavanagh. It follows a lawyer who worked in New York City prior to being fired, and who’s now returned to his hometown in Ohio and has purchased a bowling business; the series ran from 2000 to 2004, and won eight of its 34 award nominations.
The following a couple of years saw Amy appear in an episode of the comedy “Becker”, the drama “EGG, the Arts Show” and the comedy drama “Six Feet Under”.
In 2009, Amy was cast to play Michael Ian Black’s Wife in the comedy “Michael & Michael Have Issues”, created by Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter who also starred in it; the series follows the lives of two best friends and their families.
Amy played Kerry in the 2010 episode “Medusa” of the comedy drama “Royal Pains”, Kitty in the 2011 episode “The Blonde in the Woods” of the crime comedy drama “Bored to Death”, and Nina in the 2014 episode “Expectations” of the comedy “Submissions Only”.
She portrayed Helen Turner in the 2017 episode “Great Expectations” of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, which Dick Wolf created, and which stars Ice-T, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay. It follows a group of detectives as they’re solving sex-related crimes in New York City, the series has been airing since 1999 and has won 62 of its 230 award nominations.
Amy’s two most recent TV series roles have been in the 2017 episode “Smokey Putnum (No. 30)” of the mystery crime drama “The Blacklist”, and the 2018 episode “Crisis of Confidence” of the drama “Chicago Med”.
Roles in movies
Amy’s appeared in four movies, including “Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical”, which was her debut film role.
She portrayed Soap Actress Nurse in the critically acclaimed 2008 drama “Synecdoche, New York”, which Charlie Kaufman wrote and directed, and which starred Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It follows the life of a struggling theatre director, and the movie won eight of its 37 award nominations.
In 2016, Amy played Gina in the thriller drama “No Beast So Fierce”, directed by Tim McCann, and which starred Dylan Baker, Bailey Chase and Kathryn Erbe. It follows Charlie Sundstrom who’s just been released from prison, and now has to find and protect his son from a gang.
Also in 2016, Amy was cast as Dresser in the comedy “Covers”, written and directed by Brian O’Brien and Jason Patrick Sands, and in which she starred alongside Christopher Fitzgerald and Paige Davis – it follows the cast of the theatre production of “Chicago”.
Amy sang six songs in the 2005 “Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical”.
She was featured in the 2003 documentary movie “Traps! The Musical”, the 2005 short documentary film “Reefer Madness: Grass Roots”, and the 2008 documentary movie “Every Little Step”.
Amy appeared in the 2006 TV special “51st Annual Drama Desk Awards”, and the 2009 TV special “The Visa Signature Tony Awards Season Celebration”.
Love life and husband
Amy’s married twice. She wed American actor and singer Michael Carlyle Hall on 1 May 2002, in front of their closest friends and family members; Michael’s appeared in nearly 40 movies and TV series, and is probably known best for his portrayal of the lead character Dexter Morgan in the mystery crime series “Dexter”, which aired from 2006 to 2013 and won 57 of its 153 award nominations.
Amy and Michael starred in the Broadway play “Chicago” in the year following their wedding, but separated in 2005, and divorced in 2006.
Amy married her second husband, non-celebrity American man Brian Shepard on 4 September 2011, and they’ve since been together.
She hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s perhaps been with, and Amy’s married to her second husband Brian Shepard as of October 2022, she doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Amy’s highly active on Instagram, but isn’t really popular; she’s posted more than 3,000 pictures and videos onto the social media network, and there are just over 5,000 people following her today.
She loves to sing, and often performs for her friends and family; she’s also passionate about dancing, and is proficient in many styles, including modern, ballet and tango.
Amy’s into reading books, and her favorite genre’s romance; her favorite author’s Nicholas Sparks, and some of the books which she likes to read the most include “Message in a Bottle”, “The Notebook”, and “Dear John”.
Her favorite actresses are Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet, and some of her favorite movies include “Joy”, “X-Men: First Class” and “American Hustle”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Amy’s age is 51. She has blue eyes and her hair’s brown, although she usually dyes it blonde; she weighs around 135lbs (61kgs) and is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall.
Amy’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million, as of October 2022.