Small town folk can still do great things and become famous. This happened to Amy Pietz, a woman who grew up in a humble family, who later became a star in some of the most popular TV sitcoms – most notably in “The Office” where she played Donna. Who is Amy Pietz anyway? And what is her life story?
Early life and education
Amy Pietz was born on March 6, 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Nothing is known about her biological parents, but she was adopted by a nurse named Nancy Pietz and a truck driver, Arnold Pietz. It is unknown if she has any siblings, adopted or biological.
During her childhood, she trained in ballet and prepared to make dancing her profession, but due to the low pay, she shifted her career focus in another direction. She graduated from Milwaukee High School of Arts and then moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA, to enroll at DePaul University. She graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from The Theater School. She then returned to Milwaukee and briefly studied opera at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Pietz made her acting debut with guest roles in TV series including the famous science fiction series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” which aired from 1987 to 1994.
She also had small roles in the 1993 movie “Rudy” and the Christmas comedy “Jingle All the Way”. She became a regular cast member in “Muscle”, a short-lived 1995 The WB series. The role that brought her to the limelight was the NBC series that aired from 1995 to 1999, “Caroline in the City”, in which she Annie Spadaro played. . For this performance, she was nominated in 1999 for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. The following year, Pietz’s got her first starring role in the NBC series “Cursed”, in which she acted alongside Steven Weber, but it was canceled after the first season.
The following year, she performed in the theater, in the musical titled “The Boswell Sisters”, in which she portrayed Martha Boswell, the youngest of the trio of sisters in the famed harmony singing troupe. In 2004, Pietz landed a starring role in the ABC series “Rodney”, playing Jennifer Aspen’s crazy sister, through 2006. She portrayed Mother in “Aliens in America”, The CW’s series that aired from 2007 until 2006. 2008, and other leading roles she had in subsequent years were in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Ally McBeal”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Desperate Housewives”, “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Two and a Half Men”.
Her most famous role was as “Sid and Dexter” manager Donna in the NBC comedy sitcom “The Office” which she landed in 2010 and held that entire season.
Pietz kicked off 2011 as Meredith King, the mother of Chloe King, in the ABC drama series titled “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”. In 2016, she got the role of Deirdre Hackmeyer, the main character’s boss, in the drama series The CW under the title “No Tomorrow”. That same year, she co-starred in the fourth season of “Maron”, Marc Maron’s IFC series, as Natalie, a drug addict.
The following year, she had the guest role of Adrienne on the TV series “You’re the Worst”, as well as a recurring role on the first season of “Hit the Road”, playing Meg Swallow.
In 2019, she appeared in the comedy short film “Anything for you, Abby”, and made a brief appearance in the series “Conversations in LA” as Mrs. Shannon Pierce in the episode “The Department of Justice”. Pietz played Meredith in three episodes of “Animal Kingdom”, and was featured in an episode of “The Flash” as Debbie Dibny. She played Janice in three episodes of ‘Modern Family’ and then landed a guest appearance in the drama series ‘Bones’, starring Emily Deschanel.
Pietz played Betty in the 2020 comedy drama film ‘Hooking Up’. She will also appear in the TV series currently being filmed called “Big Shot” in which she has been said to portray Caren Korn’s character.
Pietz was adopted and has not disclosed anything about her birth parents. When she was 23, she to give birth to a son she named Benjamin, whom she gave up for adoption a few weeks later, but she never explained the reasons behind this decision. She briefly volunteered as a birth coach, also known as a doula, after being inspired by people who helped her give birth to her first son.
Her first husband was Kenneth Alan Williams, an actor best known for appearing in TV series “VIP” and “ER”. The couple married in 1997, but divorced in 2006 – they had no children.
On 17e In January 2010, Pietz married Frank Stier – the couple have two children whose names have been kept private. Pietz is quite active on social media. Since March 2020, she has Twitter and Instagram accounts, showing her fans what goes on behind closed doors. She usually posts pictures of her cat and her friends.
Pietz has a successful career in television and film, and while she has not disclosed her exact salary, her net worth is estimated at about $12 million, built up from her acting career since the early ’90s.
Pietz is a slender brunette with hazel eyes; she is 1.65 m tall, weighs about 52 kg and her vital statistics are 23-32-32. Her bra size is 32B. She is easily identified by her pointy chin and wide smile. She always looks her best at public events, which shows that she takes good care of her appearance.