Who is Amy Morton?

Remaining relevant in the film industry takes a lot of effort and re-branding, subjects that Amy Morton knows all too well. She has remained consistent since she started acting in the ‘90s, and has continued to take on roles that show off her versatility as an actor, both on-stage and on-screen.

Amy’s early life and background

She was born Amy Morton on 01 January 1958 under the Capricorn sun sign, in Oak Park, Illinois USA;she’s Caucasian and an American. Her father, Joe Morton was a movie director, while her mother Jean’s occupation is unknown. She is the youngest child of five children, including her brother Bruce, who lost his life from Pancreatitis at the age of 40.

There is little information on the whereabouts of her other siblings, and what they do for a living.

Her education

Amy had always wanted to be an actress, especially since when she used to accompany her mother to the theatre when she was younger.  She also participated in drama classes during her high school days in Oak Park and River Forest High School, Illinois. After her matriculation, she enrolled intoTriton College and Clark University to study acting professional,y but discontinue her studies for reasons unknown, but likely to become an actress full-time.

Her professional life

She began acting professionally by performing in various theatre productions. She was involved in the 1984 play “Life and Limb” at the Wisdom Bridge theatre, “Puntila and his Hired Man” at the Remains theatre in 1986, and “You Can’t Take It with You” at the Steppenwolf theatre within the same year.

Amy was retained as a principal actress at the Steppenwolf theatre, and has continued to perform on stage to date, alongside acting on television.

The actress also appeared alongside popular country singer, Dolly Parton, in the film entitled “Straight Talk” in 1992, and a year later, acted in another movie – “Rookie of the Year” – as the main character’s mother. The film was a worldwide success and brought in almost $60 million at the box office.  She continued her string of movie roles in critically acclaimed films such as “Up in the Air” in which she co-starred with actor George Clooney as his character’s sister. The film was successful and gained her more popularity. Others roles include in “The Dilemma”, “8mm”,and “Bluebird”.

She later made her debut on Broadway as “Nurse Ratched” in the stage performance of “One Flew OverThe Cuckoo’s Nest”, which was nominated for a Tony Award in 2001, and won.

Amy Morton

She continued performing on Broadway, notable of which is her role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which earned her awards and nominations, and also her portrayal of “Barbara” in the stage performance “August: Osage County” which also got her two award nominations.

Amy also began starring in television series such as “Starz”, in which she portrayed the role of a governorship candidate named Catherine Walsh between 2011 and 2012. She also secured another role about a year later, as Amanda Harris in the series entitled “Blue Bloods”. Amy appeared as a guest star as Sergeant Platt in the drama series’ “Chicago P.D” and “Chicago Fire”. She was later given a permanent role in “Chicago P.D” from the second season of the series.

Other notable series she has featured in include “ER” and “Crime Story” amongst others.

She made her directing debut in 2015 with the stage play “Guards at the Taj”, and has gone on to direct others both on and off-Broadway.

Amy’s relationship life and marriage

Amy has always separated her private life from her career, and hasn’t revealed much about her relationships. She is, however, known to be married to sound manager Rob Milburn, a renowned sound designer who worked on “Awake and Sing”, “The Amen Corner”, “A Doll’s House”, “How Shakespeare Won the West”, “King Hedley II”, “Good People” and several other productions by the Huntington. He has received numerous recognitions for his work in the sound department, and has also worked on Broadway. Not much is known about his background, early life, parents, or if he has any siblings.

Their meeting, unlike most romantic encounters, didn’t ignite instant passion or love. In fact Amy stated in an interview that she really didn’t like him, and thought he was a proud person. Along the way, they were able to sought out their differences and became friends – she stated that he was a source of support to her when her parents’ died. The pair later tied the knot in 1997 amidst the company of friends and well-wishers, and have remained together ever since.

Amy and Rob don’t have any children, and the couple live happily in Lincoln Square, Chicago though she is said to also own another house in Illinois.

Her Hobbies and favourites

When Amy is not working on a project on screen or stage, she enjoys photography and art. She also loves to surf the internet to be updated about current happenings, and enjoys reading.

Awards and recognition

The prolific actress has received several awards and nominations for her contribution to the entertainment industry, which includes on stage through Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for the role in “You Can’t Take It with You”. She has also received two Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Play’, two Drama Desk Awards nomination for the same category, one Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress and several Joseph Jefferson Award nominations.

Her husband has also received a Joseph Jefferson Award, for his work in the movie “The Grapes of Wrath” in 1989. He has several nominations for Outstanding Sound Design’ from Drama Desk and Helen Hayes Award.

Scandals and controversies

Amy might have been in the spotlight for decades, but she keeps her private life away from the public. She hasn’t been directly involved in any controversy or scandal, and has continued to focus on her career and maintain her sterling reputation in the industry. Her husband has also avoided any negativity with the press, or controversy, and both have continued to live conservatively.

Her physical features

The beautiful actress stands at a height of about 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and weighs around 120lbs   (55kgs).She maintains her slim figure through exercising at the gym, and also sticking to her strict non-vegetarian diet. Her light brown hair falls loosely across her oval face and complements her brown coloured eyes.

Amy’s net worth

As of early 2021, her net worth is estimated to be over $400,000 which she’s accrued through her robust acting career on stage and television and in films. Her husband’s net worth is also reputedly about $1.5 million, acquired through his career as a sound designer, majorly on broadway.

Where to find her

Contrary to most movie stars’ glamorous lives online, neither Amy nor her husband seems to be active on social media. There are several accounts in her name and also a few fan pages, but none have been verified to be the actresses’ real account. Nonetheless, she continues to appear on our television screens frequently, and with the display of her acting prowess in her newest projects, it doesn’t seem that Amy will be forgotten any time soon.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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