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Amy Pietz was born on March 6th,
1969 in Milwaukee , Wisconsin and was raised in the Milwaukee
suburb of Oak Creek. During her childhood, Pietz originally
trained as a ballet dancer, but finances ended this option
as a career path. Her seventh grade social studies teacher
inspired her to pursue acting after he cast her as the
lead in "Oliver!" Pietz was inspired
as an actress by the likes of Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett
and Mary Tyler Moore. She was among the first graduating class of
the Milwaukee High School of the Arts and then went on to received
a B.F.A. degree in acting from DePaul University (Chicago) in 1991.
She later received an Award for Excellence in the Arts from DePaul.
After college, Pietz's first professional role was in "A
View From the Bridge", produced by Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
She spent two years in Chicago performing in the theatre,
and co-founded the Eclipse Theatre Company. Her agent sent
her to Los Angeles in 1994, where she landed a small role
in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She then got her first
regular role on the short lived WB series Muscle. Less than
a month after finishing Muscle, Pietz auditioned for Caroline
in the City. Citing her "incredible energy" and "ability to
deliver a joke," the show's creators cast her into the role
of Caroline's neighbor, Annie. Pietz played this role for
the entire 4 seasons that Caroline aired. She most recently
starred on The Weber Show (originally titled Cursed) for its
one and only season.
During Pietz's time in Chicago, she met another actor, Kenny
Williams. He later appeared on the 1996 season finale episode
Caroline and the Wedding as an usher. Pietz and Williams married
in May of 1997, in her hometown of Milwaukee.
Other acting roles of Pietz included her feature film debut
in Jingle All the Way, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. She
also starred in a short 1999 feature Jell-Ohh Lady that also
featured her husband, Kenny. Pietz played starring roles in
two made for TV films, Call for Help (aka Every 9 Seconds)
and All Lies End in Murder.
A few other miscellaneous facts: She was nominated for "Outstanding
Performance by a female Actor in a Comedy Series" Screen Actors
Guild award in 1999. Hobbies include golfing and skiing. Favorite
groups include They Might Be Giants. Favorite actress is Holly
Hunter, and she greatly admires stage actress Cherry Jones.