amy madigan

Early Life and Education:

Amy Madigan is the daughter of a well-known journalist John Madigan and her mother Dolores, who was an administrative assistant and amateur actress who performed in community theatre. Amy was born in Southside, Chicago, Illinois on September 11, 1950.

Along with her high school she studied piano and instruments in Chicago Conservatory of Music, and then graduated from Marquette University with a degree in philosophy.

Married life:

Amy Madigan married Hollywood actor Ed Harris on November 21, 1983. She first saw him when he was performing onstage in Sam Shepard's Cowboy Mouth in 1980. She says, "It was like something you see in a movie or hear in a song, I just thought 'Well, there he is.'” They both fell in love and decided to marry while they were on the shooting location of the film Places in the Heart. One morning after breakfast they sneaked away from the set and married by the Waxahachie County justice of the peace. Their adopted stray dog, girl, was the only guest.

Sharing the same career they both have always been there to support each other. "Acting is largely a matter of trust," says Amy. "With Ed, because I know him, love him and trust him, I don't have to worry about a lot of nonsense. I know he'll be two hundred percent there."

The couple has led a passionate and romantic life and they have only a daughter, Lily Dolores Harris who was born on May 3, 1993.

So far she has been in 7 movies with her husband Ed Harris.


Before moving on to the filming career Amy pursued singing as her profession in 1970s. In 1980s, Amy switched from singing career to acting. She studied acting from Lee Strasberg Institute. Her first television role was on one of the episodes of Hart to Hart in 1981.

Since 1981 she has performed in 13 television shows, 39 movies and numerous theatre shows. Most of her films are nominated for awards out of which she has won three awards for best actress. Besides her beauty and experience, her ability to choose perfect role for herself is an advantage to her success. No doubt she has been successful in her career. She says, “I look for the roles that interest me personally and dramatically. People who are little more on the edge, people who are little more raggedy, who have chapped lips and aren’t perfect.”

Old Age:

She is already reaching her age and as a sign of her hard work she has got so many wrinkles. She has not gone through any plastic surgeries yet as she is in favor of natural beauty. Even in her old age she looks so stunning and beautiful.


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