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Anna M. Chlumsky /ˈænə klʌmski/ (born December 3, 1980)[1] is an American television, film and theater actress. She began her career as a child actor, playing the lead role of Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991) and its sequel (1994). Between 1999 and 2005, she took a hiatus from acting to attend college before returning to acting with roles in several independent films, including Blood Car (2007) and In the Loop (2009).

Anna Chlumsky
Anna Chlumsky, 2013.jpg
Anna Chlumsky in 2013
Born Anna M. Chlumsky
(1980-12-03) December 3, 1980 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active
  • 1989–1998
  • 2005–present
Spouse(s) Shaun So (m. 2008)
Children 2

Since 2012, Chlumsky has portrayed Amy Brookheimer in the HBO series Veep, for which she has received five consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Early lifeEdit

Chlumsky was born in Chicago, Illinois,[1] the daughter of Nancy (née Zuncic), a singer, actress, and former flight attendant, and Frank Chlumsky, Jr., a chef and saxophone player.[2][3][4] She was raised in a Roman Catholic family.[5] Chlumsky is of Czech[6][7] and Croatian descent.[8]

CareerEdit

1989–1998Edit

Chlumsky entered show business at an early age, modeling with her mother in an advertising campaign, though her roles in My Girl (1991) and My Girl 2 (1994) brought her fame. She also starred in Trading Mom (1994) alongside Sissy Spacek, as well as in Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain with Christina Ricci. In the mid to late 1990s, she appeared or starred in several television films and series.[citation needed]

1999–2005: Hiatus from actingEdit

Chlumsky attended the University of Chicago, graduating in 2002 with a BA in International Studies. After graduation she worked as a fact-checker for the Zagat Survey and served as an editorial assistant for a HarperCollins science fiction-fantasy imprint. She found this work unsatisfying and decided to return to acting. She went to the Atlantic Acting School in Manhattan to receive formal training.[9]

2006–present: ReturnEdit

Chlumsky appeared as Mary Calvin in a season 17 episode of Law & Order, first airing on January 12, 2007; and as Lisa Klein in a season 20 episode, first airing March 15, 2010. In March 2007, she appeared in the 30 Rock episode "The Fighting Irish" as Liz Lemler, a romantic rival of protagonist Liz Lemon, who receives flowers meant for Lemler. Chlumsky was in four episodes of the ABC dramedy Cupid in 2009.[10]

She starred in the Off Broadway production of Unconditional by Brett C. Leonard at The Public Theater, which opened on February 2008; it was produced by the LAByrinth Theater Company, She also starred in Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead in November 2005 at the American Theatre of Actors in New York City.[11]

In June 2012 she starred in the world premiere of David Adjmi's 3C at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. She appeared in Armando Iannucci's BBC Films political satire In The Loop, co-starring with Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison, James Gandolfini, and Mimi Kennedy, a quasi-spinoff of Iannucci's BBC TV series The Thick of It.[12] She plays Liza, a State Department assistant in the movie. From 2012, Chlumsky has played Amy Brookheimer, aide to Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character in HBO's Veep, also produced by Iannucci.[13]

Dan Aykroyd, who played her father in the two My Girl films, has said that a script for a third film has been in development since 2003.[14] In April 2012 Chlumsky "put to rest" any rumors that such a film was in development.[15] In addition to her role on Veep, Chlumsky has appeared in multiple television series between 2011 and 2013, including White Collar, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and NBC's adaptation of Hannibal.[10]

Chlumsky has appeared on Broadway in You Can't Take It with You, and beginning in April 2015 as editor Iris Peabody in the comedy Living on Love, with Renee Fleming, Jerry O'Connell and Douglas Sills.

On June 9, 2017 AMC Networks announced that Chlumsky would appear in the fourth season of Halt and Catch Fire.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

In October 2007, Chlumsky announced her engagement to Army Reserve member Shaun So;[17] the two had met as students at the University of Chicago in 2000.[18] So was deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006.[19] They married on March 8, 2008, in Brooklyn, New York and have two daughters.[20][21]

In 2017 during an interview in RuPaul's "What's the Tee?" podcast, she stated that she has lived in Brazil and speaks fluent Brazilian Portuguese.

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Uncle Buck School Child
1991 My Girl Vada Margaret Sultenfuss
1994 My Girl 2 Vada Sultenfuss
1994 Trading Mom Elizabeth Martin
1995 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Jody Salerno
2005 Wait Cara Short film
2007 Blood Car Lorraine
2008 Eavesdrop Chelsea
2009 In the Loop Liza Weld
2009 The Good Guy Lisa
2009 My Sweet Misery Chloe
2010 Civil Unions: A Love Story Unnamed Short film
2011 The Pill Nelly
2012 Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Sabrina
2015 The End of the Tour Sarah
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Child's Wish Missy Chandler Movie
1997 Miracle in the Woods Gina Weatherby / Field Pea Movie
1998 Cupid Jill Episode: "Meat Market"
1998 Early Edition Megan Clark Episode: "Teen Angels"
2007 Eight Days a Week Riley McGann Unaired series
2007 30 Rock Liz Lemler Episode: "The Fighting Irish"
2007
2010
Law & Order Mary Calvin,
Lisa Klein
"Charity Case"
"Innocence"
2009 House Rules Scotty Fisher Movie
2009 Cupid Josie 4 episodes; reworking of original Cupid series
2009 12 Men of Christmas Jan Lucas Movie
2010 The Quinn-tuplets Rachel Quinn Pilot movie
2010 Covert Affairs Vivian Long Episode: "I Can't Quit You Baby"
2011 Lights Out Charlie Episodes: "Headgames", "The Shot"
2011 Three Weeks, Three Kids Jennifer Mills Movie
2011 White Collar Agent Melissa Matthews Episodes: "Where There's a Will", "Countdown"
2012–present Veep Amy Brookheimer 58 episodes
2012 Army Wives Jessica Anderson Episode: "Tough Love"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jocelyn Paley Episode: "Twenty-Five Acts"
2013–14 Hannibal Miriam Lass 4 episodes
2017 Halt and Catch Fire Dr. Katie Herman

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
1991 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Actress My Girl Nominated [22]
MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Macaulay Culkin) Won
Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Culkin) Nominated
Young Artist Awards Most Promising Young Newcomer Won [22]
1994 Best Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture My Girl 2 Won
1995 Best Young Leading Actress – Feature Film Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Won
1997 Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young Actress A Child's Wish Nominated
1998 Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Cupid Won
2012 Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Veep Nominated [23]
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Nominated [23]
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Nominated [23]
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy or Musical Won [22]
Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Nominated [23]
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Anna Chlumsky Actor". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Profile, FilmReference.com; accessed May 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Obituary for Frank Chlumsky, Jr., legacy.com; accessed May 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Pearlman, Cindy (January 26, 1992). "The minors become a major force on the screen". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  5. ^ Strasburger, Chantal (May 26, 2016). "It's Pronounced KLUM-ski". Sweet. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ YouTube. youtube.com. 
  7. ^ "My Girl's Anna Chlumsky Engaged". PEOPLE.com. 
  8. ^ The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with Anna Chlumsky, allball.blogs.nba.com, December 18, 2014; accessed February 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Caro, Mark (May 19, 2010). "'My Girl' star Anna Chlumsky all grown up". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  10. ^ a b Staff. "Anna Chlumsky: Actress". IMDB.com. Amazon. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anna Chlumsky to Star in Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead Off-B'way", broadway.com; accessed May 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "Chlumsky, Gandolfini in 'In The Loop'". Ew.com. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  13. ^ Bentley, Jean (December 3, 2010). "Congress Bans Loud Commercials, 'Dora the Explorer' Actress Withdraws Lawsuit and More". TV Squad. AOL.com. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  14. ^ "Dan Aykroyd Switches Gears and Starts Push for My Girl 3". ScrapeTV.com. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  15. ^ "Anna Chlumsky Declines My Girl 3". YouTube. April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  16. ^ "Anna Chlumsky Cast in Season Four of AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire”". AMC Networks. 9 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "My Girl's Anna Chlumsky Engaged". People. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on March 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  18. ^ Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer (October 24, 2014). "'Veep' star discusses struggles of life as a military girlfriend". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  19. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (2016-08-26). "Anna Chlumsky welcomes her second daughter with husband Shaun So". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  20. ^ Saad, Nardine (18 July 2013). "Anna Chlumsky of 'Veep' toasts Emmy nomination, 1-week-old baby girl". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Juneau, Jen; Jordan, Julia (August 26, 2016). "Anna Chlumsky Welcomes Daughter Clara Elizabeth". People.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b c "Awards". 
  23. ^ a b c d "2013-14 Season". 

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