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AMY BRENNEMAN (Shelly Barnes) Possessed with an approachable sensuality, infectious charm and sharp wit, Brenneman is on an undeniable journey to stardom. In 2005, she concluded her final season as star, producer and co-creator of, the smash hit CBS drama series "Judging Amy.” Her role as ‘Judge Amy Gray' has garnered her two TV Guide Awards, three Golden Globe Award nominations, three Emmy Award® nominations and a People's Choice Award nomination, as well as her most recent nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Brenneman can currently be seen in the hit ABC drama "Private Practice” co-starring Kate Walsh and Taye Diggs from creator Shonda Rhimes. 

Brenneman was most recently seen in The Jane Austen Book Club, directed by Robin Swicord, this film is a story about six Californians who start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels. Amy will next be seen in Downloading Nancy, a thriller directed by Johan Renck, co-starring Mario Bello and Jason Patric. This film made its US debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. 

Brenneman's other film credits include Nine Lives, directed by Rodrigo García, looks inside the travails and disappointments of nine women's lives; Michael Mann's Heat opposite Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, the Universal thriller Daylight starring opposite Sylvester Stallone, and Neil LaBute's Your Friends and Neighbors opposite Jason Patric and Ben Stiller. In addition, she starred in the independent film Nevada with Gabrielle Anwar, Angus MacFayden and Kathy Najimy and in The Suburbans opposite Ben Stiller and Robert Loggia. She most recently appeared in Showtime Network's Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, opposite Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Kathy Baker, and Holly Hunter, and was last be seen in the independent feature, opposite Joan Allen and Sam Elliott, Off the Map.

Other film credits include Fear opposite Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg, Steven Spielberg's Casper, Twentieth Century Fox's romantic comedy Bye Bye Love and October Films' Lesser Prophets opposite Scott Glenn, Jimmy Smits and Elizabeth Perkins.

America first took notice of Brenneman with her Emmy Award®-nominated performance in "NYPD Blue” in the role of ‘Janice Licalsi'. She continued her role on the hit television series for a year as a recurring regular, which again earned her an Emmy® nomination, allowing her the time to do feature film work. She was also a series regular on the CBS critically acclaimed series, "Middle Ages.”

Born in New London, Connecticut on June 22nd and raised in the Hartford suburb of Glastonbury, Brenneman stems from a close-knit, traditional family. Her father is an environmental attorney and her mother a superior court judge, and Brenneman follows in a long line of accomplished family members. At the early age of eleven, after singing in the chorus of The Music Man, her interest in performing began to blossom. An ‘A' student throughout her academic life, she enrolled in Harvard University with the intention of graduating with a B.A. in Comparative Religions.

During her freshman year, Brenneman teamed up with a director, a set designer, a composer and a couple of actors to form the Cornerstone Theater Company. This unique company of professional actors took on the task of customizing the classics and taking them to the back roads of America. With each production they would integrate professional actors with local townspeople in some of the most treasured classics such as Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Three Sisters, and Our Town to name just a few.

Consuming over five years of her life, Brenneman is very proud of her hard work with the company. She says, "We would a

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