Birth Date: March 2, 1972
Birth Place: Tampa, Florida, USA
Height: 5' 9"
Amber Smith Biography
Originally from Tampa, Florida; Amber began to model professionally at the age of sixteen. She flew to Paris to work, compete, learn the trade, and hopefully survive the weeding out process inherent in modeling. She is quoted for saying: "In Europe it was sink or swim. I was broke, lonely, unable to communicate; and rejected on a daily basis." For four years she traveled from country to country hoping for a breakthrough. The breakthrough came when she decided to dye her blonde hair red in order to capitalize on her resemblance to Rita Hayworth. Her career skyrocketed! She appeared in back to back issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition. She was chosen as Esquire's first Vargas Girl of the 90s, and launched the first Wonder Bra campaign.
She received recognition with numerous covers and appearances in Max, Elle, Vogue and many others. The editorial coverage lead to advertising for L' Oreal Cosmetics, Buffalo Jeans, and Panama Jack. She strolled down the catwalks for many designers, from Chanel to Jean Paul Gaultier.
Acting on her celebrity, she appeared in calendars, posters and trading cards. Her image changed from high-fashion model to sex-symbol, and this brought about a supermodel pictorial and cover for Playboy Magazine. She was then named one of the Sexiest Stars of 1995 and 1996 by Playboy, Celebrity Sleuth, High Society and Celebrity Skin.
Change was soon on the horizon. Amber starred in two European television specials: Inferno directed by Ellen Von Unwerth and the self-titled Forever Amber. "I found my career in modeling becoming less fulfilling and I grew restless." After being a finalist for the lead roles in The Mask and Casino, she decided to make the move to acting.
Amber packed and moved from New York to Los Angeles to begin her second career all before the age of 25. But the beginners luck was over now. Quote "My first year in Hollywood was a virtual comedy of errors. I was told I was too tall, and too beautiful. I found myself being cast to play dead bodies and scantily clad bimbos. My savings dwindling, I still refused to capitalize on my supermodel status and downplayed it to anyone who recognized me."
Amber hired an agent and forged ahead. She knew she had talent, perseverance and desire. She landed her first role in Paul Mazursky's Faithful. Finally, parts were forthcoming, and with some very good directors. She was cast in both The Funeral, directed by Abel Ferrara and Barbra Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces. In 1997, Amber landed a high profile role in Howard Stern's Private Parts and played the memorable part of Rita Hayworth in Curtis Hansen's L.A. Confidential. These became two of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year. Later she would take a comedic turn in How to be a Player and filmed her first starring role in Laws of Deception, opposite James Russo.
1997 was the year Amber discovered television, or vice versa. She guest starred on Friends, Head over Heels and Just Shoot Me. She successfully hosted an hour special of Access Hollywood and filmed an unusual episode of Red Shoe Diaries as a follow-up to her very popular first appearance.
Amber didn't forget her roots and after a two year hiatus; the modeling world called. She had landed the prestigious "Wolford" campaign shot by world famous photographer Helmut Newton.
1998 proved to be an exciting and eventful year for Amber. Starting it off, she had a glamorous role in HBO's The Rat Pack. She was also seen in Pam Anderson's show VIP. In December, Laws of Deception saw the light of day via a World Premiere on HBO.
Amber Smith Filmography
Dead End (2003/I) .... Lady in White
New Suit (2002) .... Jennifer
How High (2001) .... Prof. Garr
Tomcats (2001) .... Gorgeous Redhead
Reasonable Doubt (2001) .... Charlie
... aka Crime Scene (USA: video title)
... aka The Baptist (USA)
The Midnight Hour (2000) .... Alex
... aka In the Midnight Hour (USA)
... aka Tell Me No Lies (USA)
Deception (2000/I) .... Vanessa Rio
... aka Other Peoples Secrets (UK)
... aka Star Struck (Canada: English title: video title)
... aka Starstruck (USA: MIFED title)
Dirk and Betty (2000) .... Beautiful Canyon Girl
American Beauty (1999) .... Christy Kane
- Noir: Part 1 (1999) TV Episode .... Virginia
- Noir: Part 2 (1999) TV Episode .... Virginia
- Cruz Control (1998) TV Episode .... Diane Verne
... aka V.I.P. - Die Bodyguards (Germany)
- Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand (1998) TV Episode .... Davina
The Rat Pack (1998) (TV) .... Broad at Casino
Mars (1998) .... Sheila
- The One with the Ballroom Dancing (1997) TV Episode .... Maria the Gym Lady
"Head Over Heels"
- Gigolo Guy (1997) TV Episode .... Rachel
How to Be a Player (1997) .... Amber
... aka Def Jam's How to Be a Player
L.A. Confidential (1997) .... Susan Lefferts
Private Parts (1997) .... Julie
... aka Howard Stern's Private Parts
Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning Up (1997) (V) .... The Model (segment "Runway")
... aka Zalman King's Burning Up Red Shoe Diaries (USA: video box title)
Laws of Deception (1997) .... Elise Talbot
Sleeping Together (1997) .... Cathy
Lowball (1997) .... Paula
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) .... Felicia on video
The Funeral (1996) .... Bridgette
Faithful (1996) .... Debbie
"Red Shoe Diaries"
- As She Wishes (1995) TV Episode
- Runaway (1993) TV Episode .... The Model
Inferno (1992) (TV)
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