Amanda Plummer

Amanda Michael Plummer[1] (born March 23, 1957)[2] 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.

Amanda Plummer
Plummer in June 2018
Amanda Michael Plummer

(1957-03-23) March 23, 1957
Nationality United States
Years active1979–present

Early life

Plummer was born in New York City, the only child of Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and American actress Tammy Grimes.[3] She attended Middlebury College for two and a half years, and as a young adult she studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.[4]


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.

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.[5] 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) for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.[6]

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.[7]

In 1996 Plummer won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the episode "A Stitch in Time" of The Outer Limits.[8] 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.[9]

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).[9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12]

In January 2019, it was announced that Plummer will star in the upcoming Netflix drama series Ratched.[13]

Personal life

Plummer dated screenwriter and director Paul Chart in the late 1990s.[14] The two lived together in Los Angeles[15] and worked together on Chart's film American Perfekt.



1981Cattle Annie and Little BritchesAnnie
1982The World According to GarpEllen James
1983DanielSusan Isaacson
1984The Hotel New HampshireMiss Miscarriage
1984The DollmakerMamieTelevision film
1986StaticJulia Purcell
1987CourtshipLaura Vaughn
1987Made in HeavenWiley Foxx
1988GryphonMs FerencziTelevision film
1989Prisoners of InertiaSam
1990Joe Versus the VolcanoDagmar
1991The Fisher KingLydiaNominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1992Sands of TimeSister GraziellaTelevision film
1992Miss Rose WhiteLusia BurkeTelevision 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
1992The Lounge PeopleSabrina
1993So I Married an Axe MurdererRose Michaels
1993Last LightLillian BurkeTelevision film
1993Needful ThingsNettie CobbSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1993Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby JessicaCara ClausenTelevision film
1994Pulp FictionHoney Bunny/YolandaNominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1995Butterfly KissEunice
1995NostradamusCatherine De Medici
1995The Final CutRothstein
1995The ProphecyRachael
1996Dead GirlFrida
1996FreewayRamona Lutz
1996The Right To Remain SilentPaulina MarcosTelevision film
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1996Don't Look BackBridgetTelevision film
1996Under the PianoFranny BasilioTelevision film
1997American PerfektSandra Thomas
1997A Simple WishBoots
1997HysteriaMyrna Malloy
1998You Can Thank Me LaterSusan Cooperbeg
1998L.A. Without a MapRed Pool Owner
1998October 22Denise
19998½ WomenBeryl
1999The Apartment ComplexMiss ChenilleTelevision film
2000The Million Dollar HotelVivien
2000Seven Days to LiveEllen Shaw
2002The Gray in BetweenJalyn
2002The Last AngelThe Last AngelShort film
2002TriggermenPenny Archer
2002Get a ClueMiss DawsonTelevision film
2002Ken ParkClaude's mother
2003My Life Without MeLaurie
2003The Cruelest DayKarin
2003Mimic 3: SentinelSimone MontroseDirect-to-video
2004Satan's Little HelperMerrill Whooly
2008InconceivableLesley Banks
2008RedMrs. Doust
2008AffinityMiss Ridley
200845 R.P.M.Caralee Lucas
2009Samurai Avenger: The Blind WolfLady in the Car
2009First Time Long TimeMaggieShort film
2010The Making of Plus OneKim Owens
20101001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary PositionNora
2011Dr. KetelLouise
2011Today's HeadlineAmyShort film
2012SophomoreMiss Hultz
2012Small ApartmentsMrs. Ballisteri
2012Abigail HarmAbigail Harm
2012I Have to Buy New ShoesJoanne
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireWiress
2014Strangely in LoveSister Sarah
2016The DancerLili
2018A Young Man with High PotentialKetura Stantz
2018Freaks of NurtureMom (voice)Short film


1982ABC Afterschool SpecialAngela DunowayEpisode: "The Unforgivable Secret"
1987MoonlightingJackie WilbourneEpisode: "Take a Left at the Altar"
1988The EqualizerJill O'ConnorEpisode: "A Dance on the Dark Side"
1989Miami ViceLisa MadsenEpisode: "Fruit of the Poison Tree"
1989Tales from the CryptPeggyEpisode: "Lover Come Hack to Me"
1989True BlueSusan LizarEpisode: "Pilot: Part 1"
1989–1990L.A. LawAlice Hackett6 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1990KojakPhyllisEpisode: "None So Blind"
1991The Hidden RoomSarah ColeEpisode: "A Type of Love Story"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series
1996–2000The Outer LimitsDr. Theresa Givens2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1996DuckmanPrincess Fallopia (voice)Episode: "The Road to Dendron"
1998Stories from My ChildhoodThe Queen (voice)Episode: "The Twelve Months & The Snow Girl"
2002Night VisionsMusic ProfessorEpisode: "The Maze"
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMiranda ColeEpisode: "Weak"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2006Battlestar GalacticaOracle SelloiEpisode: "Exodus"
2007WordGirlLady Redundant Woman (voice)Episode: "Lady Redundant Woman"
2009–2013Phineas and FerbProfessor Poofenplotz / Additional voices4 episodes
2014HannibalKatherine PimsEpisode: "Takiawase"
2015The BlacklistTracy SolobotkinEpisode: "The Deer Hunter"
2020RatchedTBAUpcoming series


1979A Month in the CountryVera
1981A Taste of HoneyJosephineNominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
1982Agnes of GodAgnesTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
1983The Glass MenagerieLaura
1985A Lie of the MindBeth
1986You Never Can TellDolly Clandon
1987PygmalionEliza DoolittleNominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
1998Killer JoeSharla
2005The LarkJoan of Arc
2006–2007Summer and SmokeAlma Winemiller
2013The Two-Character PlayClare
2017The Night Of The IguanaHannah Jelkes


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