Amanda Plummer

Amanda Plummer
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Plummer in 2018
Amanda Michael Plummer

(1957-03-23) March 23, 1957 (age 64)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1979–present

Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957) is an American actress. She is known for her work on stage and for her roles in such films as Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Pulp Fiction (1994), and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). Plummer won a Tony Award in 1982 for her performance in Agnes of God.

Early life

Plummer was born March 23, 1957 in New York City, the only child of Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and American actress Tammy Grimes.[1][2][3] Christopher Plummer said that he and Grimes named their daughter Amanda Michael after Amanda Coward, a character from the play Private Lives, and the actress Michael Learned.[4] She attended the elite Trinity School before graduating from the United Nations School of Performing Arts. She attended Middlebury College for two and a half years and, as a young adult, studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.[5]


Plummer has received critical acclaim for her film work, including such films as Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), The World According to Garp (1982), Daniel (1983), and The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). Other films of note include The Fisher King, for which she received a BAFTA film nomination (1992), a Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination (1992), and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (1992).

Other films include Pulp Fiction, for which she received an American Comedy Award nomination; Girlfriend; Butterfly Kiss, My Life Without Me; Vampire, and Ken Park. She made her Broadway debut as Jo in the 1981 revival of A Taste of Honey, which ran for almost a year with Valerie French playing Helen, Jo's mother. She received a Tony Award nomination, a Theatre World, a Drama Desk, and an Outer Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal.

Plummer in 1987

She won a Tony Award for Featured Actress and the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Boston Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of Agnes in Agnes of God, with Geraldine Page and Elizabeth Ashley.[6] In 1983 she portrayed Laura Wingfield in a Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. Other Broadway performances include Dolly Clandon in You Never Can Tell (1986), and as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (1987; for which she received her third Tony Award nomination, this time for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.)[7]

Off-Broadway plays include Beth in Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, and Killer Joe, written by Tracy Letts. She has performed in many of Tennessee Williams' plays, including Summer and Smoke, The Gnädiges Fräulein, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, and the world premiere of The One Exception.[8]

In 1996, Plummer won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the episode "A Stitch in Time" of The Outer Limits.[9] In 2005, she won an Emmy as Miranda Cole in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Weak", in which she played a woman with schizophrenia.[10]

She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and received another Emmy Award for her performance in Miss Rose White, a Hallmark made-for-television film about a Holocaust survivor, for which she received the Anti-Defamation League Award. For her performance in Last Light (1993), she received a Cable Ace Award nomination. Other awards include the Hollywood Drama Critics Award for her performance in the title female role in Romeo and Juliet, the Saturn Award for her performance as Nettie in Needful Things (1993), and a Cable Ace Award for her performance in The Right To Remain Silent (1996).[10]

Plummer played Wiress, a former "tribute" who won the Hunger Games, in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the film adaptation of the second novel of The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins.[11] Plummer starred alongside Brad Dourif in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play at New World Stages in 2013.[12][13]

In 2020, Plummer was featured in the Netflix drama series Ratched.[14]

Personal life

Plummer dated screenwriter and director Paul Chart in the late 1990s.[15] The two lived together in Los Angeles[16] and worked together on Chart's film American Perfekt.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches Anna "Cattle Annie" McDoulet
1982 The World According to Garp Ellen James
1983 Daniel Susan Isaacson
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Miss Dawn Miscarriage
1984 The Dollmaker Mamie Childers Television film
1986 Static Julia Purcell
1987 Courtship Laura Vaughn
1987 Made in Heaven Wiley Foxx
1988 Gryphon Ms. Annette Ferenczi Television film
1989 Prisoners of Inertia Sam
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano Dagmar
1991 The Fisher King Lydia Sinclair Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1992 Freejack Nun
1992 Sands of Time Sister Graziella Television film
1992 Miss Rose White Lusia Burke Television film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1992 The Lounge People Sabrina
1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer Rose Michaels
1993 Last Light Lillian Burke Television film
1993 Needful Things Nettie Cobb Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1993 Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica Cara Clausen Television film
1994 Pulp Fiction Honey Bunny/Yolanda Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1994 Pax Franny
1995 Butterfly Kiss Eunice
1995 Nostradamus Catherine de' Medici
1995 The Final Cut Rothstein
1995 The Prophecy Rachael
1995 Drunks Shelley
1996 Dead Girl Frida
1996 Freeway Ramona Lutz
1996 The Right To Remain Silent Paulina Marcos Television film
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1996 Don't Look Back Bridget Television film
1996 Under the Piano Franny Basilio Television film
1997 American Perfekt Sandra Thomas
1997 Hercules Clotho Voice
1997 A Simple Wish Boots
1997 Hysteria Myrna Malloy
1998 You Can Thank Me Later Susan Cooperbeg
1998 L.A. Without a Map Red Pool Owner
1998 October 22 Denise
1999 8½ Women Beryl
1999 The Apartment Complex Miss Chenille Television film
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Vivien
2000 Seven Days to Live Ellen Shaw
2002 The Gray in Between Jalyn
2002 The Last Angel The Last Angel Short film
2002 Triggermen Penny Archer
2002 Get a Clue Miss Kim Dawson Television film
2002 Ken Park Claude's mother
2003 My Life Without Me Laurie
2003 The Cruelest Day Karin
2003 Mimic 3: Sentinel Simone Montrose Direct-to-video
2004 Satan's Little Helper Merrill Whooly
2008 Inconceivable Lesley Banks
2008 Red Mrs. Diane Doust
2008 Affinity Miss Helena Ridley
2008 45 R.P.M. Caralee Lucas
2009 Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf Lady in the Car
2009 First Time Long Time Maggie Short film
2010 The Making of Plus One Kim Owens
2010 Girlfriend Celeste
2010 1001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position Nora
2011 Vampire Helga
2011 Dr. Ketel Louise
2011 Today's Headline Amy Short film
2012 Sophomore Miss June Hultz
2012 Small Apartments Mrs. Luigiana Ballisteri
2012 Abigail Harm Abigail Harm
2012 I Have to Buy New Shoes Joanne
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Wiress
2014 Strangely in Love Sister Sarah
2015 Reversion Elizabeth
2016 The Dancer Lili
2016 Honeyglue Alice
2018 We Are Boats Jimmie
2018 A Young Man with High Potential Ketura Stantz
2018 Freaks of Nurture Mom (voice) Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1982 ABC Afterschool Special Angela Dunoway Episode: "The Unforgivable Secret"
1987 Moonlighting Jackie Wilbourne Episode: "Take a Left at the Altar"
1988 The Equalizer Jill O'Connor Episode: "A Dance on the Dark Side"
1989 Miami Vice Lisa Madsen Episode: "Fruit of the Poison Tree"
1989 Tales from the Crypt Peggy Episode: "Lover Come Hack to Me"
1989 HBO Storybook Musicals Narrator Episode: "The Story of the Dancing Frog"
1989 True Blue Susan Lizar Episode: "Pilot: Part 1"
1989–1990 L.A. Law Alice Hackett 6 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1990 Kojak Phyllis Episode: "None So Blind"
1991 The Hidden Room Sarah Cole Episode: "A Type of Love Story"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series
1996–2000 The Outer Limits Dr. Theresa Givens 2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1996 Duckman Princess Fallopia (voice) Episode: "The Road to Dendron"
1998 Stories from My Childhood The Queen (voice) Episode: "The Twelve Months & The Snow Girl"
2002 Night Visions Music Professor Episode: "The Maze"
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Miranda Cole Episode: "Weak"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2006 Battlestar Galactica Oracle Selloi Episode: "Exodus"
2007 WordGirl Lady Redundant Woman (voice) Episode: "Lady Redundant Woman"
2009–2013 Phineas and Ferb Professor Poofenplotz / Additional voices 4 episodes
2014 Hannibal Katherine Pims Episode: "Takiawase"
2015 The Blacklist Tracy Solobotkin Episode: "The Deer Hunter"
2020 Ratched Louise 7 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1979 A Month in the Country Vera Aleksandrovna
1979 Artichoke Lily-Agnes
1981 A Taste of Honey Josephine Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
1982 Agnes of God Sister Agnes Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
1983 Lee Harvey Oswald Marina Bayview Playhouse, Toronto, Canada


1983 The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield
1985 A Lie of the Mind Beth
1986 You Never Can Tell Dolly Clandon
1987 Pygmalion Eliza Doolittle Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
1990 Abundance Bess
1998 Killer Joe Sharla Smith
2005 The Lark Joan of Arc
2006–2007 Summer and Smoke Alma Winemiller
2013 The Two-Character Play Clare
2017 The Night of the Iguana Hannah Jelkes


  1. ^ "Amanda Plummer profile at". Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Christopher Plummer biography Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed May 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Christopher Plummer: Star of The Sound of Music dies at 91". BBC News. February 5, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Plummer, Christopher (2008). In Spite of Myself: A Memoir. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 264–265. ISBN 978-0-307-39679-2. Retrieved October 29, 2012 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Daaley, Suzanne. "A Theater Child Takes Center Stage" The New York Times, September 6, 1981
  6. ^ Amanda Plummer wins Tony Award for Agnes of God Archived August 31, 2016, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed May 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Amanda Plummer at the Internet Broadway Database
  8. ^ Amanda Plummer profile Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed May 6, 2014.
  9. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1447. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  10. ^ a b Amanda Plummer at IMDb
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (July 17, 2012). "Amanda Plummer joins Catching Fire". Variety. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  12. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (April 1, 2013). "Amanda Plummer, Brad Dourif To Star in Tennessee Williams's Two-Character Play". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play on YouTube
  14. ^ Denise Petski (January 14, 2019). "Ratched: Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon Among 10 Cast In Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  15. ^ "Actress Amanda Plummer and boyfriend Paul Chart arrive for the..." Getty Images.
  16. ^ Diamond, Jamie (April 28, 1996). "For Amanda Plummer, It's Bring On The Eccentrics". The New York Times.
  17. ^ American Perfekt at Rotten Tomatoes
  18. ^ CZARNECKI, MARK. "Indicting a nation | Maclean's | APRIL 18, 1983". Maclean's | The Complete Archive.

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