Today's Birthday, January 11: Amanda Peet, US actor, writer, (1972 - ).
When Amanda Peet turned away from acting to pen her own plays her husband David Benioff, a writer and co-creator of Game of Thrones, had some sage advice for the procrastinating movie star.
"What makes the difference between a writer and someone who doesn't write is finishing," Peet told Vanity Fair.
After acting in a string of independent films "for like $75 a day", the long slog finally paid off for Peet in 2000 with a big break opposite Bruce Willis in The Whole Nine Yards.
Now the actor divvies up her time between television shows and writing, with a recent personal essay in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter exploring the fickle nature of the industry she has built a career around.
Peet was born in New York City and relocated to London aged seven, returning to New York four years later. While studying history at Columbia she worked with legendary acting coach Uta Hagen.
In the 90s Peet made small appearances on television including in The Larry Sanders Show and Law and Order. In Seinfeld's eighth season Peet plays a waitress Jerry dates.
In 1996 she appeared in feature films One Fine Day and She's the One, kicking off a string of rom-coms, but Peet says her role opposite Willis in mafia comedy The Whole Nine Yards was "hands down" her big break.
Over the next decade, Peet had steady roles in films including Isn't She Great, Changing Lanes and the critically-acclaimed Something's Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.
Peet's elation at being cast on Broadway in the 2006 version of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park turned to humiliation when her performance was panned in the New York Times. Choosing not to read the piece, she's since vowed to avoid all reviews.
In 2013 Peet wrote the play The Commons of Pensacola starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner which, ironically, the New York Times called "engrossing and watchable" and "a solid playwriting debut".
Between 2015-2016 she starred in comedy-drama HBO series Togetherness for two seasons.
Her personal essay, Never Crossing The Botox Rubicon, in a 2016 Lenny Letter explored Hollywood's obsession with female youth and beauty.