Poppy Montgomery

Poppy Montgomery

Australian actress
Date of Birth: 19.06.1975
Country: Australia

  1. Biography of Poppy Montgomery
  2. Australian Actress
  3. Early Career
  4. Rise to Fame
  5. Television Success
  6. Personal Life

Biography of Poppy Montgomery

Australian Actress

Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue, known professionally as Poppy Montgomery, was born on June 19, 1972, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She grew up in a family of five sisters, and they all shared a love for Hollywood and would often dress up and pretend to be movie stars like Marilyn Monroe.

Poppy Montgomery

Early Career

In the early 1990s, Montgomery moved to Los Angeles and followed the advice from Wendy Hailand's book "How to Make It in Hollywood." Legend has it that she tracked down Julia Roberts' personal manager to express her readiness for success. While the encounter did not lead to an immediate breakthrough, it eventually helped Montgomery secure her first performance.

Poppy Montgomery

In 1995, Montgomery made her debut in the underrated thriller "Devil in a Blue Dress," playing the role of Barbara's sister. This small appearance led to a few television roles, including Lisa in the series "NYPD Blue" and Allison in "The Beat." She then landed her first recurring role as Jennifer, the sister of actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in the short-lived romantic series "Relativity."

Rise to Fame

Montgomery gained recognition in 1998 when she landed the leading female role in the MTV comedy "Dead Man on Campus" alongside Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tom Everett Scott. The film, about students who try to take advantage of a fellow student's suicidal tendencies for their own benefit, received harsh critical reviews.

In 2001, Montgomery fulfilled a dream role by portraying Marilyn Monroe in the mini-series "Blonde." Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Joyce Carol Oates, the series incorporated real-life facts about the iconic Hollywood legend. To resemble Monroe as much as possible, Montgomery lost 5.5 kg and worked tirelessly with a dialect coach to adopt Monroe's famous speaking style and velvety, slightly tremulous voice. The series received mixed reviews from critics, but Montgomery's performance was widely praised.

Television Success

Montgomery's breakthrough role came in 2002 when she was cast as special agent Samantha Spade in the crime drama series "Without a Trace." Unlike her previous experiences, "Without a Trace" became an instant hit with high ratings from the start. This allowed Montgomery to escape the cycle of unsuccessful projects that had plagued her career. The show ran for seven successful seasons, solidifying Montgomery as one of the brightest television stars of the new millennium.

Personal Life

Montgomery has a son named Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman, born on December 23, 2007, with her boyfriend, actor Adam Kaufman.