Texas Lone Star Amber Heard
Amber Laura Heard (born 22 April 1986) is famous for a couple of reasons. First, she is a successful actress who has appeared in a number of successful films and television shows. Second, she married Johnny Depp. Oh, and in addition to all that, she's a down-to-earth Texas girl.
Let's learn a bit more about the delightful Amber Heard.
Amber is from Austin Texas, where she grew up learning to shoot and ride horses. She moved to New York, then to Los Angeles as a teenager to pursue her career.
Television shows such as "The Mountain" and "Jack and Bobby" soon followed, along with music videos for artists such as Kenny Chesney.
Amber's first movie role was as Maria in "Friday Night Lights" (2004). It was very successful and got Amber headed on the right path.
Supporting roles in films such as "Drop Dead Sexy" (2005), "You Are Here" (2006) and "Alpha Dog" (2006) soon followed.
Amber was cast Greta Matthews on CW's "Hidden Palms." She had to lose weight, stop drinking and completely change her diet for the role, which she did. It was her first starring role.
More independent films followed, including "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" (2006) and "Remember the Daze" (2007).
Next came a big-budget film, "Pineapple Express" (2008). Along with "Never Back Down" released the same year, it cemented Amber's status as a top actress.
More independent films followed, and Amber got good notices.
"Zombieland," "The Informers" and "The Ward" followed.
Next came Amber's big break. She filmed "The Rum Diary" in Puerto Rico with Johnny Depp. It was a major casting coup for her, and she beat out some other top actresses to get it.
Other independent films followed, including "Drive Angry" (2011) and "Machete Kills."
Amber claimed to be pansexual in 2010, claiming that she could have relationships with both men and women, "it's the person that matters."
Amber already had met the person that matters at that time: Johnny Depp. They married on 3 February 2015.
Amber got into trouble with the Australian authorities when she brought two Yorkshire Terriers into that country without going through a normal quarantine process. The legal process on that is still being resolved.
Amber has won several awards, such as induction into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2014.
She also regularly appeared on "Sexiest Women" lists during the 2008 - 2012 period, including No. 14 on Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2010 list.
Amber's ancestry is Scot-Irish, English, Irish, German, Scottish and Welsh.
Her best friend died in a car crash when Amber was 16.
Amber dropped out of high school at 17, but ultimately did get her diploma.
Amber dated photographer Tasya van Ree for several years before marrying Johnny Depp.
While Amber scored a quick breakthrough as an actress, her original goal was to become a model in New York. She quickly relocated to Los Angeles.
Amber is a certified lifeguard.
Amber speaks Spanish and also knows sign language.
Amber is a believer in the Second Amendment and owns a .357 Magnum.
Amber has two sisters.
Amber played Charlize Theron's character in flashbacks in "North Country."
Amber loves classic cars. “I spend all my money on classic cars. I’ve had loads. Right now, I have a 1968 Mustang and a 1967 Mercedes 250SL. I try to fix them up myself as much as I can, buying the parts on eBay.”
Amber is a big believer in relying upon one's own efforts and talent, and is a big fan of the works of Ayn Rand such as "Atlas Shrugged."
Amber and Johnny now have some real-life drama. On Monday 23 May 2016 she filed for divorce. It was three days after his mother died. Then, a couple of days later, he filed to avoid paying her spousal support. Two days after that, she filed for and received a restraining order against him alleging among other things that he is violent and abusive and hurt her face by throwing a cellphone at her. Police were called at the time but did not find any evidence at that time of abuse. So far, the drama is just beginning and nobody has to take sides on this even though everyone is going to have an opinion one way or the other. Sounds very sad. A further hearing is scheduled for June 2016.