An only child, Ami Dolenz is the daughter of Micky Dolenz and Samantha Juste. However, she has three younger half-sisters on Micky's side of the family. Due to her famous father, magazines and newspapers dubbed her the "Monkee baby" when she was born. She is also the granddaughter of George Dolenz and Janelle Johnson Dolenz, niece of Coco Dolenz.
Dolenz announced to her parents at the age of 15 that she wanted to be an actress. She submitted a tape to Junior Star Search and won in the Junior acting division for the year. Interestingly enough, Tony Danza appeared with her in her comedy skit for the show, five years before her breakout role as his daughter in "She's Out of Control" (1989).
She dropped out of high school at age 17, but later stated that she regretted it and worked with a tutor to complete her education.
Dolenz has been involved with a number of companies over the years, including KidPix Productions (a boutique she owns with her husband that transforms kids' birthday parties into movie sets), a theater company called the Write Act Repertory, and most recently, the supplement company Genesis Pure. She also taught a series of children's acting classes called Theatricks for Kids.
She was unaware that archive footage of herself was used to make the CD-ROM game "Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge" (1995) (VG) until after its release in stores. However, she insists that the game is "definitely better" than her movie "Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings" (1994) (V), on which "Revenge" is based.
Worked with two big stars before they were famous: Jennifer Aniston in the "Ferris Bueller" (1990) series and Seth Green in "Infested" (1993) (V). She also starred as Corey Haim's love interest in two films before his death: "Life 101" (1995) (V) and "Demolition University" (1999) (V).
Volunteered for The LAPD Jeopardy Program for gang prevention and intervention. She and her husband Jerry Trimble taught acting classes and shot mini-movies of the kids and cops. Although her father never wanted her to be an actress, she said in an interview, she finally "pouted" her way into it.
Despite being a '90s B-movie sex symbol, she has always been adamantly against doing onscreen nudity. She turned down a role in a movie about the porn industry and spoke out when a fake nude photo of her began circulating on the internet.
Dolenz was considered for the role of "Buffy" on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) but was beat out by Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Committed to memorizing all of her lines for "General Hospital" (1963), as she didn't believe in other actors' habits of using a teleprompter.
She and her mother own an eBay store called "Bluebell Boutique," specializing in designer vintage and one-of-a-kind jewelry created by the mother-daughter team.
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