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Priscilla Pointer (born May 18 1924) is an Americanmarker stage, film and television character actress. She began her career in the theater, including productions on Broadwaymarker. Later, Pointer moved to Hollywood to act in films and on television. She is the mother of actress Amy Irving (and former mother-in-law of Steven Spielberg).


Personal life

Pointer was born in New York Citymarker, the daughter of Augusta Leonora (née Davis), an artist and illustrator, and Kenneth K. Pointer, an artist. Pointer is of Welsh and Cherokee descent. Pointer is the mother of director David Irving, actress Amy Irving and singer Katie Irving, who performed two songs heard in the prom sequence in Carrie.

Pointer was married to film and stage director Jules Irving, former artistic director of the Lincoln Centermarker, from 1947 until his death in 1979. In 1980, she married actor/director/producer Robert Symonds, who had been her first husband (Jules Irving)'s producing partner at Lincoln Centermarker. She appeared several times in stage productions alongside Symonds and they remained married until Symonds' death in 2007.


Pointer has appeared in many films, including Carrie (1976), in which she played the onscreen mother of her real-life daughter Amy Irving, The Onion Field (1979), Mommie Dearest (1981), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Coyote Moon (1999). In addition to Carrie, she has played onscreen mother to real-life daughter Amy twice again: in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and Carried Away (1996).

Pointer appeared in three films that her son, David Irving, directed: Rumpelstiltskin (a 1987 musical version, which starred her daughter), Good-Bye Cruel World and C.H.U.D. II (the sequel to C.H.U.D.).

Pointer's first starring television role was on Where the Heart Is as "Adrienne Harris Rainey" (1972–73). She has made many guest appearances on television, including such series as Adam-12, L.A. Law, The A-Team, Judging Amy, The Rockford Files, and Cold Case. During the 1980s, she had a recurring role on Dallas as Victoria's Principal's mother



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