Born in Palo Alto, California, Amy was the youngest of three children and was the daughter of influential theatrical director and producer Jules Irving, and actress Priscilla Pointer. Amy was brought up in the world of theater, she was put on the stage from the time she was nine-months-old, her father was the director and her mother was the actress, they didn't want baby sitters for their children, so if she wasn't performing, she would stay in the wardrobe department or her mother used to put her in the second row center where she could watch her. And, before she was 10-years-old, she had already worked in several plays. At a young age, Amy Irving was trained at the American Conservatory Theater and Britain's LAMDA. She made her off-Broadway debut at the age of 17 and, from that moment to date, she received critical acclaim, appearing in such plays as: "Heartbreak House" (1983), "The Road to Mecca" (1988), "Broken Glass" (1994), "The Three Sisters" (1997), "The Guys" (2002), "Ghosts" (2002) and "Celadine" (2004), among others.In 1976, Amy made her film debut, playing "Sue Snell", one of her most unforgettable characters in Stephen King's Carrie (1976), a classic in the horror genre, taken to the big screen by director Brian De Palma. For the next few years, Irving continued working in important films, The Fury (1978), also directed by De Palma, Voices (1979) and The Competition (1980). Later, in 1983, she gave a fine performance as "Hadass", in Barbra Streisand's Yentl (1983), and won an Oscar nomination for her great work in that successful film. Two of her best opportunities arrived in the late 80s, when she played "Anna Anderson" in Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) (TV) and "Isabelle Grossman" in the romantic comedy, Crossing Delancey (1988); she received a Golden Globe nomination for each movie.Amy was married to director Steven Spielberg from 1985 to 1989 and she has a son with him, Max Spielberg. And, in 1990, after her divorce, she met Brazilian director Bruno Barreto while they were working on A Show of Force (1990). They wed a few years later and they have a son (Gabriel). In 1997, Irving made a guest appearance on Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997) and, in 1999, she came back in the sequel of Carrie (1976), The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999).Unfortunately, her film opportunities were supposedly narrowed in the 90s. However, in the year 2000, she surprised the whole world again when she performed as "Mary Ann Simpson", a very funny and sensual, at the same time, English teacher in the film, Bossa Nova (2000). She managed to capture this peculiar character very well. After this romantic comedy, Amy had a great opportunity, playing "Barbara Wakefield", Michael Douglas' wife in Traffic (2000), the film was a huge success and she won an Actor Award, shared with the rest of the cast. Then, this beautiful and talented actress continued working in remarkable films such as Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), with her Carrie (1976) co-star, Sissy Spacek, in the Walt Disney production, Tuck Everlasting (2002) and in the horror film, Hide and Seek (2005), along with Robert De Niro. Recently, she had an important part as "Emily Sloane" in the very-known show, "Alias" (2001).In addition to her talents as an actress, she is a great dancer and also showed off her vocal talents, singing in films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Rumpelstiltskin (1987) and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991).Nowadays, Amy Irving continues working on stage in Broadway productions and spends most of her time with her friends and family, especially with her two children. Her prenuptial agreement with filmmaker Steven Spielberg netted her an estimated cool $100m when the couple split in 1989.Daughter of Priscilla Pointer and Jules IrvingListed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31. When she reprised her role from Carrie (1976) as Sue Snell in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Irving can be seen banging on the door of the ill-fated party to be allowed in. She did the same thing in the original film in which her character is banging on the door of the gym to be let in during the famous bloodletting prom scene.She was the subject of a running joke in the comic book E-Man, published by Charlton Comics and later by First Comics. One of the supporting characters, Teddy Q, a sentient (though mute - think Snoopy-like) koala, was in love with her, and frequently sent her fan mail.Younger sister of director David Irving and Katie Irving.Played wife to Brazilian director Bruno Barreto since 1990 and has a son by him. They eventually married in 1996.In addition to being the first-ever "winner" of the Worst Supporting Actress Razzie (for her performance opposite Willie Nelson in Honeysuckle Rose (1980)), Irving has the distinction of being one of two (the other is James Coco) actors (as of 2005) to be nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie Award for the same performance. As Barbra Streisand's "wife" in Yentl (1983), Irving got nods as 1983's Best and Worst Supporting Actress. She did not win either Award.Has two sons, Max Spielberg (b. June 13, 1985), with Steven Spielberg, and Gabriel Barreto (b. May 4, 1990), with Bruno Barreto.Often co-stars with her mother, Priscilla Pointer, who usually plays her mother or mother-in-law.Played daughter to real-life mother Priscilla Pointer in 3 movies: Carried Away (1996), Carrie (1976) and Honeysuckle Rose (1980).She has a son, Gabriel Barreto, with director Bruno Barreto.She's completely opposed to cosmetic surgery.Desperately wanted to play the role of Lydia Maxwell in Innerspace (1987), which Steven Spielberg (her husband at the time) was working on as executive producer, but she lost the part to Meg Ryan.Auditioned for the role of 'Stephanie' in Saturday Night Fever (1977) and 'Princess Leia' in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).The scene in Carrie (1976) where her character Sue is walking along the footpath to put flowers on Carrie's burnt house (dream sequence). Director Brian De Palma wanted Amy to walk backwards in that shot in order to make it look more "dreamy". That is why a car in the background appears to be driving in reverse and birds are flying backwards.In 1965, appeared in a play as a walk on opposite Stacy Keach.Replaced Jane Seymour in the role of Constanze Webber on the Broadway hit Amadeus from 1981 to the shows end in 1983.As a favor for Robert Zemeckis she sung 'Why Don't You Do Right?' for sultry heroine Jessica Rabbit in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Kathleen Turner supplied the character's speaking voice. Amy Irving did not receive a pay check.Was originally going to play Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), but split from her director boyfriend at the time Steven Spielberg who was responsible for the film. The two later got together again in around 1984.Attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York.Niece of Richard Irving.