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Amy Pietz (born 6 March 1969; age 51) is an actress who played Lieutenant Sandra Rhodes in the Star Trek: The Next Generation seventh season episode "Bloodlines".

She is best known for playing Annie Spadaro in the sitcom Caroline in the City (1995-1999) for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 1999. She also worked as a dancer on Broadway in the musical "Cats" for a four-year period.

Pietz made her film debut in the 1993 sport drama Rudy and guest starred in episodes of ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ally McBeal, Rodney, The Office, Bones, Hawthorne, and Desperate Housewives. Her film credits include the comedy Jingle All The Way (1996) and the crime comedy The Whole Ten Yards (2004).

More recently, Pietz played Meredith King, the mother of the main character, in the fantasy series The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011), had guest roles in episodes of The Paul Reiser Show (2011), Private Practice (2011), and Necessary Roughness (2012), and was featured in the drama Prom (2011). She currently appears in the CW show No Tomorrow.

Pietz recalls about the costuming process, "They built my costume to, on the exterior, appear to have the perfect body, and then they would pad the inside to compensate for any lacking of flesh or too much flesh. I noticed when I was on set, if, for instance, Patrick Stewart were just casually going over his lines and waiting for the next scene, he would unzip his costume and reveal all the padding on the inside, and I'd be like, "Oh, there's just a guy in there. He doesn't work out 30 hours a day. That's really interesting." They did that for the men as well as the women to give us that Utopian physicality, which I thought was such a subliminal part of the show." Amy Pietz

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