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Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

60 Movies · 28 TV Series


Amy Poehler is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. She was a cast member on the NBC television entertainment show Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2008. She is the lead of NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation, She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014 and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012 for the same role. Among her 2010s film starring roles are Sisters (2015), with Tina Fey, and The House (2017), with Will Ferrell. Having played one of her first roles in the indie Wet Hot American Summer (2001), she reprised her role in the television mini-series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017). Poehler made her film directorial debut with Wine Country, which premiered on Netflix on May 10, 2019. She also stars in the film along with Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, and Emily Spivey. She has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award twenty times and has one win.

Personal Life

Poehler married actor Will Arnett on August 29, 2003. They met in 1996 when he saw one of her performances; they started dating four years later. During their relationship, Poehler and Arnett worked together on several projects including the series Arrested Development, the 2007 film Blades of Glory, Horton Hears a Who!, and The Secret World of Arrietty. Poehler and Arnett announced their separation in September 2012, and Arnett filed for divorce in April 2014. From 2013 until 2015, Poehler dated fellow comedian Nick Kroll.Poehler and Arnett have two sons: Archie, born October 2008 and Abel, born August 2010. Poehler lives with her children in Los Angeles. She praised her children's nannies as part of her Time 100 speech for helping to take care of them and allowing her to balance her career and family.

Early Life

Poehler was born on September 16, 1971, in Newton, Massachusetts, to school teachers Eileen and William Poehler. Eileen was active in feminism in the 1970s, something that inspired Poehler's own sense of confidence. Poehler credits her father with encouraging her to break social protocol and take risks. She has one younger brother, Greg, who is a producer and actor. Poehler is of Irish, German, Portuguese, and English descent with her Irish roots originating from County Cork. She was raised as a Catholic.Poehler grew up in nearby Burlington, Massachusetts, which Poehler describes as a blue-collar town. Her favorite performers included sketch-comedians Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, and Catherine O'Hara. When she was 10 years old, Poehler played Dorothy in her school's production of The Wizard Of Oz. The experience inspired Poehler's love of performing. Poehler continued acting in school plays at Burlington High School. She also participated in other activities during her time in high school including Student Council, soccer and softball. After graduating from high school in 1989, she enrolled at Boston College. During college, Poehler became a member of the improv comedy troupe My Mother's Fleabag. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in media and communications in 1993.

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