Amy Brenneman

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Amy Brenneman
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Birth name Amy Frederica Brenneman
Born June 22, 1964 in New London, Connecticut, USA
Notable Roles Amy Gray in Judging Amy
Dr. Violet Turner in Private Practice
Notable Episodes




Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Middle Ages Blanche 1992 1
NYPD Blue Janice Licalsi 1993–1995 1 2
Judging Amy Amy Gray 1999–2005 1 2 3 4 5 6
Private Practice Dr. Violet Turner 2007–2013 1 2 3 4 5 6
The Leftovers Laurie Garvey 2014–  1 2 3

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Murder, She Wrote Amy Wainwright 9x09 - A Christmas Secret December 13, 1992
Duckman Lauren Simone (voice) 4x10 - A Trophied Duck March 8, 1997
Frasier Faye Moskowitz 6x10 - Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz December 17, 1998
Frasier Faye Moskowitz 6x21 - When a Man Loves Two Women May 5, 1999
Frasier Faye Moskowitz 6x23 - Shutout in Seattle (1) May 20, 1999
Frasier Faye Moskowitz 6x24 - Shutout in Seattle (2) May 20, 1999
Grey's Anatomy Dr. Violet Turner 3x22 - The Other Side of This Life (1) May 3, 2007
Grey's Anatomy Dr. Violet Turner 3x23 - The Other Side of This Life (2) May 3, 2007

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Hollywood Squares (1998) April 29-May 3, 2002

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1994, 1995)
  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2000, 2001, 2002)
Judging Amy


  • Her mother, Frederica was a judge of the Connecticut State Superior Court and her father, Russell was an environmental lawyer
  • Her mother was Jewish and her father was a Protestant who was of English, Irish, and Swiss descent.
  • She has two older brothers, Matthew and Andrew
  • Was raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1982
  • Graduated from Harvard Universty in 1986 with a major in comparative religion
  • While attending Harvard, she co-founded the Cornerstone Theatre Company
  • Married her husband, Brad Silberling in September of 1995; has two children: daughter Charlotte Tucker (born in March of 2001) and son Bodhi Russell (born in June of 2005)
  • Her daughter, Charlotte has cognitive special needs
  • Is pro-choice