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Amber Heard Biography

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Birth Name: Amber Heard
Born: 04/22/1986
Birth Place: Austin, Texas, USA

Amber Laura Heard was born on April 22, 1986 in Austin, TX. As a teen, the future star often performed in school productions and appeared in local commercials. She seemed on track to pursue acting and modeling, but not until undergoing a life-changing incident. At 16, Heard's best friend died in a car accident. As a result, Heard, who was raised Catholic, declared herself to be an atheist. The following year, she moved to New York City to become a model, but relocated to Los Angeles to start an acting career. Heard had a minor part on the short-lived drama series "Jack & Bobby" (The WB, 2004-05), a faux-documentary about the life of the teenaged Robert "Bobby" McCallister, future President of the United States. She also had a cameo on the popular teen drama series "The O.C." By the mid-2000s, Heard began delving into feature film acting. She appeared in films such as "Friday Night Lights" and "Alpha Dog" (2006), often in roles of a highly sexualized teenager. She also played the younger version of Charlize Theron's character in the Academy Award-winning drama "North Country."

One of Heard's first lead roles was on The CW series "Hidden Palms" (2007), about a group of teenagers and their families who live in California's desert oasis, Palm Springs. To land the role of a grieving teenager, Heard was reportedly asked to lose about 25 pounds. The series, however, was cancelled after airing only eight episodes. In 2008, Heard became the breakout star of the stoner comedy "Pineapple Express," in which she played Seth Rogen's unexpectedly mature-for-her age girlfriend. She tackled yet another sexy teenager role in "The Stepfather" (2009) a remake of the classic '80s horror film. Heard played the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, who comes home from military school to discover his mother living with a man he suspects harbors a dark, sinister side. Heard, who by 2010 was already causing quite a stir in Hollywood, announced that she was a lesbian at GLAAD's 25th anniversary celebration. During the event, she also revealed that she had been dating photographer Tasya van Ree for almost two years.

After a starring role in the thriller "And Soon the Darkness" (2010), a tepid remake of an earlier British film of the same name, Heard won the lead in "The Ward" (2010), horror director John Carpenter's long awaited return to the genre. The film, about an institutionalized young woman (Heard) terrorized by a malevolent ghost unfortunately failed to capture the imagination of most filmgoers. Early the next year, she took the passenger seat alongside Nicholas Cage in "Drive Angry" (2011), a high-octane tale of supernatural revenge. In the fall of that year, Heard also joined the cast of the swinging '60s era television drama "The Playboy Club" (NBC, 2011- ), as a newly hired bunny navigating the sexual politics and groping hands of the clientele at the iconic men's social establishment. The show sparked controversy prior to its premiere when groups such as The Parents Television Council found its content egregiously risqué. For her part, Heard defended the show by asserting that it portrayed the women as trailblazers, while famous feminist activist Gloria Steinem characterized the show as archaically misogynistic. Early critics, however, merely deemed the melodrama bland and badly written. Capping off the year, Heard appeared as Johnny Depp's forbidden love interest in the long-delayed adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's semiautobiographical novel "The Rum Diary" (2011).