Amy Brenneman was born Amy Frederica Brenneman on the 22nd of June, 1964, in New London, Connecticut. She joined in with the local theatre company as a teenager, and she attended Harvard University, majoring in comparative religion. She co-founded the Cornerstone Theatre Company and travelled with them for several years after she graduated in 1987. Amy’s first major television role was in the police drama NYPD Blue, and she joined the cast for 1993 and 1994. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Janice Licalsi. Amy then appeared in a number of forgettable films, including Casper, Heat, Fear, Daylight, and Nevada, ranging from 1995 through to 1997. She also had a recurring role on the sitcom Frasier in 1998 and 1999. It was in 1999 that Amy came to our attention as the creator, executive producer, and star of the television series Judging Amy. The series is based on the real life experiences of Amy’s mother, Frederica Brenneman. The series ran for six seasons from 1999 to 2005. In 2007, Amy gained a lead role in the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice. Amy signed a “We Had Abortions” petition in October 2006. Amy married director Brad Silberling in 1995 – they are both the founding members of the Cornerstone Theatre Company Inc. in Los Angeles. They have two children.