From starring in classic sitcoms to hosting the reality crafting competition Making It, Amy Poehler is one of the busiest and most successful women in the entertainment industry. Although she began her career as a comedian, Amy has recently branched out into new terrain, the most unexpected of which is the Great British Baking Show-inspired Making It. From her early days at SNL to her innovative use of social media, here’s everything there is to know about Amy.
Amy was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on September 16, 1971. This means that Amy is a Virgo and will be turning 50 this fall. Amy’s parents Eileen and William Poehler were both schoolteachers. Amy’s mother Eileen was a feminist during the 1970s. Amy credits her mom for her rebellious nature. Amy graduated from high school in 1989 and went on to study media and communications at Boston College. While attending college, Amy joined her first improv comedy troupe. Amy’s experience in the comedy troupe inspired her to pursue comedy as her career after her graduation in 1993. Amy moved to Chicago to continue learning about improv comedy. While in Chicago, Amy joined comedy groups like Second City and became friends with other prominent comedians like the 30 Rock star, Tina Fey.
Amy’s career in comedy launched when she starred on Saturday Night Live in 2001. Amy was the second cast member and the first woman to be promoted from featured player to a full cast member in her debut season of the classic series. Amy is best known for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton and her time hosting Weekend Update. During her time at SNL, Amy was in a relationship with Arrested Development actor Will Arnett. The couple met at one of Amy’s comedy shows in 1996 but didn’t start dating until 2000. Amy and Will got married in August 2003. Amy and Will collaborated on projects such as Blades of Glory and Horton Hears a Who. Amy and Will also worked together while parenting their two sons, 12-year-old Archie and 10-year-old Abel. Amy and the Bojack Horseman actor announced their separation in 2012 and were divorce by April 2014.
The birth of Archie in 2008 came the end of Amy’s career on Saturday Night Live. Amy’s next great gig came with her leading role on Parks and Recreation, which ran from 2009 to 2015. After splitting from Will, Amy dated Big Mouth star Nick Kroll from 2013 to 2015. On top of starring in Parks and Rec, Amy also served as a producer, writer and director on the show. Since the end of Parks and Recreation, Amy has continued to explore directing. Amy has two feature films, Wine Country and Moxie, and is currently directing a documentary about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Amy has produced a slew of successful TV shows, including Broad City, Russian Doll, and her newest reality competition series Making It. Amy produces and co-hosts Making It with former Parks and Recreation co-star, Nick Offerman. Amy’s comprehensive career spans not only entertainment but also social media. Although Amy doesn’t have her own Instagram, she is present on the photo-sharing app. In 2008, Amy and former SNL talent executive Meredith Walker co-founded Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. This organization has the goal of curating an online space to unite and empower women. On Instagram, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls has 1 million followers and over 2,800 posts dedicated to women’s empowerment.
From mastering improv to redefining Instagram, Amy is a modern Renaissance woman. Before reaching her 50th birthday, Amy has created iconic comedy television, started a family, and empowered a generation of young women. Suffice to say, Amy is Making It.
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Christopher Davis is a freelance reality TV writer for Screen Rant. Since his graduation from Emerson College with a degree in visual and media arts back in 2019, Christopher has pursued the ever-evolving field of entertainment journalism. In his free time, Christopher loves to write, rewatch old seasons of RHONY, and work on his death drop.