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As an actress in both studio and independent films, JOEY LAUREN ADAMS (Addie) has enjoyed a long string of commercial and critical successes. Her most acclaimed performance—as Alyssa in Kevin Smith's 1997 hit film Chasing Amy—earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress as well as the award for Most Promising Actress from the Chicago Film Festival.

This triumph was soon followed by leading roles in the smash hit Big Daddy, with Adam Sandler, and in A Cool, Dry Place, with Vince Vaughn. Other recent notable roles include performances in Sally Field's Beautiful, with Minnie Driver, and in Bruno, directed by Shirley MacLaine; as well as starring roles in James Toback's Harvard Man, with Sarah Michelle Gellar; In the Shadows, with Matthew Modine and James Caan; and Grand Champion, co-starring Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis.

Originally hailing from North Little Rock, Arkansas, Adams began acting early in life, performing at local church productions. Arriving in Los Angeles as a teenager, she soon received her first big break with roles on various television shows such as Married With Children and Top of the Heap.

In 1993, she moved into feature films with her standout performance in Richard Linklater's cult classic Dazed and Confused, continuing thereafter with featured roles in Coneheads, The Program (starring James Caan), S.F.W. (with Stephen Dorff), Sleep With Me, L. A. Rules, Michael (alongside John Travolta), Bio-Dome, Strange Habits (an award-winning Sundance Festival short), and finally Mallrats, also directed by Kevin Smith.

Adams recently completed her directorial debut on Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd. Adams wrote the project, which was in competition in the 2006 Sundance Festival. The actor also received the Dorothy Azner award for achievement by women in film.

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