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Poppy Montgomery

A native of Sydney, Australia, Poppy Montgomery came to Los Angeles at the age of 18 with a strong desire to act. Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, she purchased a book entitled How to Make it in Hollywood. Having read a story in the book about Julia Roberts' first manager, she tracked him down. After many phone calls, he finally agreed to introduce her to some agents in Los Angeles, and she was soon guest starring on shows such as NYPD Blue and Party of Five. Following this success, Montgomery was cast in the series Relativity and later starred in the Barry Levinson cop series The Beat.

Montgomery's breakout role came when she was tapped to star as Marilyn Monroe in the CBS mini-series Blonde. Marilyn was a part that she was fated to play. Montgomery had developed a fascination with Monroe during childhood and read the screen legend's biography at age 12. When the opportunity to explore the life of America's classic sex symbol was presented to her, Montgomery was more than up to the challenge, and received international acclaim for her take on the iconic Monroe.

On the big screen, Montgomery has co-starred in films such as The Other Sister, with Diane Keaton, Life and Dead Man on Campus. She recently wrapped production on the independent film 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, opposite Jennifer Westfeldt and Paul Schneider.

On television, Montgomery continues her role as FBI agent Sam Spade in the hit CBS show WITHOUT A TRACE, starring opposite fellow Australian Anthony LaPaglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eric Close and Enrique Murciano. Additional television credits include a starring role in the series Glory Days.

In her spare time, Poppy Montgomery enjoys yoga, snowboarding, horseback riding and NOT cooking.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Poppy Montgomery Facts

Birth Name Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue
BirthdayJune 19, 1972 (49)
BirthplaceSydney, Australia
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Poppy Montgomery compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Other Sister
Dead Man On Campus
Unforgettable: Season 1
Without a Trace: The Complete Third Season
Without a Trace: The Complete Seventh Season
Without a Trace: The Complete Fifth Season
The Eddie Murphy Comedy Collection
Without a Trace: The Complete Fourth Season
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