Amber Heard Early Life And Education

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Amber Heard. Photo: NZ Herald

Amber Heard was born Amber Laura Heard in the year 1986 April 22 at Austin, Texas, the United States under the birth sign Taurus. Heard is American as per nationality and as far as her ethnicity is concerned, she is White.

Born to the parent's father David Heard, a contractor and mother Paige Parsons, an internet researcher for the state, was raised in Austin, Texas along with her sister, Whitney Heard.

Heard attended St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin. After completing her junior year, she left the school and earned a diploma through a home-study course. When she was 16, her best friend died in a car crash after which she declared herself an atheist. Moreover, to pursue her career in Hollywood she went to LA when she was 17.

While in Los Angeles, she made several appearances in TV shows and in two music videos, “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney and “I Wasn't Prepared” by Eisley. Afterward, Amber Heard appeared in an episode of The WB’s Jack & Bobby as Liz and in an episode of The Mountain as Riley in 2004, according to Articlebio.

Amber Heard Career

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Amber Heard’s initial appearances were in two music videos, Kenny Chesnet’s ‘There Goes My Life’ and Eisley’s ‘I Wasn’t Prepared’. She made several cameo appearances in many primetime dramas, including ‘Jack & Bobby’, ‘The Mountain’, and ‘The O.C.’. Her debut film ‘Friday Night Lights’ (2004) was a commercial success.

In the next couple of years, she appeared in minor roles in various films such as ‘Drop Dead Sexy’ (2005), ‘Price to Pay’ (2006), ‘You Are Here (2006)’, and ‘Alpha Dog’ (2006). She also appeared in an episode of ‘Criminal Minds’.

Soon, she began starring in more noticeable roles. In ‘North Country’ (2005), she played younger version of Charlize Theron’s character. She also acted in the horror movie ‘Side FX’ (2005).

In 2007, she was cast as a lead character in ‘Hidden Palms’, a teen drama. This didn’t receive positive reviews and was cancelled after 8 episodes. Subsequently, she acted in the short movie ‘Day 73 with Sarah’; an indie drama ‘Remember the Daze’; and in an episode of ‘Californication’.

In 2008, her supporting roles in the movies ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘Never Back Down’ helped her gain mainstream recognition. Her other films in the same year included ‘The Informers’, which was shunned by critics and ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’, in which her performance was appreaciated.

She starred in the movies ‘The Stepfather’, ‘ExTerminators’, ‘Zombieland’, and ‘The Joneses’ in 2009. In 2010, her releases included ‘The River Why’ and ‘The Ward.’ She co-produced and acted in the thriller ‘And Soon the Darkness.’ She was regularly noticed and praised by film critics during this period.

She was cast as the female lead opposite Johnny Depp in ‘The Rum Diary’ (2011). The movie wasn’t a success and received mixed reviews. Later in the year, she starred in ‘Drive Angry’ alongside Nicholas Cage. She also appeared on ‘Top Gear’, a BBC program.

After a brief interlude, Heard’s 2013 releases included the thriller ‘Paranoia’, the action-comedy ‘Machete Kills’, and the satire ‘Syrup’. Her solo film for 2014 was ‘3 Days to Kill’, which was a commercial success.

The year of 2015 marked a turning point in her career as she had four releases in the year. She played a photographer in ‘Magic Mike XXL’ and a ballet dancer in ‘The Danish Girl’. These were successful at the box office. The other films were ‘The Adderall Diaries’ and ‘One More Time’.

She played the female protagonist in ‘London Fields’, an adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel. Though it was scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, it was pulled out owing to disagreements between the director and the producers.

In the popular film ‘Justice League’ (2017), she played Aquaman’s Atlantean Queen Mera. She is slated for a repeat of the same role in ‘Aquaman’ (2018), as cited by The famous people.

Amber Heard and her ex-marriage with Johnny Depp

Depp and Heard were dating by early 2012

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. Getty Images

In a court filing, Heard wrote that she and Depp began dating "around the end of 2011 or the start of 2012." It was also in 2012 that Depp and long-time partner Paradis publicly announced their separation after 14 years of dating. Depp had two children with Paradis: Lily-Rose (born in 1999) and John Christopher (2002), Insider reported.

Heard split up with partner Tasya van Ree at the same time. USA Today reported that Heard was arrested in 2009 on a charge of physically assaulting then-girlfriend van Ree at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington. The two got into a disagreement after Heard allegedly grabbed and hit van Ree's arm.

All charges were dropped, however, with van Ree herself saying that Heard was "wrongfully" accused by cops who "misinterpreted and over-sensationalized" the incident.

In 2015, Depp and Heard married in a private ceremony

After several years of dating, Depp and Heard married in a very private ceremony in their home in LA, with People reporting photos.

Later in 2015, Depp and Heard breached Australia's biosecurity laws after they failed to declare their dogs (Yorkshire terriors) when they arrived in the country. They released an apology video together.

In 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp and accused him of physical abuse

On May 23, 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp and also obtained a temporary restraining order against the Oscar-nominated actor. She alleged that Depp had physically abused her during their relationship, and said it was usually while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

She alleged that at the time of filing for divorce, an incident had recently taken place in which Depp threw his phone at her, leaving her with a bruised face. However, a police spokesman told People that an investigation into the domestic incident radio call found that no crime had taken place.

Depp denied these accusations and through his representatives said Heard was "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."

A $7 million settlement was reached out of court on August 16, 2016

Heard testified under oath at a deposition, but a settlement was eventually reached after she withdrew her request for a domestic violence restraining order. She also rescinded her spousal support request of $50,000 a month.

Depp and Heard also released a joint statement, saying: "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain."

It continued: "There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."

Heard received $7 million from the divorce but donated it to charity, according to People. The divorce end up in 2017.

In December 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post saying she was abused

Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which she spoke about the treatment of women in domestic abuse cases.

In the op-ed, Heard wrote: "I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out."

Depp himself was never mentioned by name.

In 2019, Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation over the WaPo article

The suit said that Heard "is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator," and denied that Depp ever abused her. Instead, the suit said that Heard's allegations were part of an "elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity" for the actress.

Depp's lawyers said: "The op-ed depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her."

In a court filing that attempted to dismiss Depp's defamation suit, Heard detailed multiple instances of alleged abuse that she said occurred during their marriage and referred to him as "the Monster," per Variety.

In 2020, phone recordings were released in which Heard admitted to 'hitting' Depp

In January, phone recordings obtained by the Daily Mail were released. In these recordings, Heard admitted to "hitting" Depp.

Heard is heard saying: "I'm sorry that I didn't ... hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you're not punched.

"I don't know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you're fine, I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you."

Meanwhile, Depp said in the recording: "I left last night. Honestly, I swear to you because I just couldn't take the idea of more physicality, more physical abuse on each other.

"Because had we continued it, it would have gotten f---ing bad. And baby, I told you this once. I'm scared to death we are a f---ing crime scene right now," Depp continued.

Heard replied: "I can't promise you I won't get physical again. God, I f---ing sometimes get so mad I lose it."

The petition to remove Amber Heard from 'Aquaman 2' has over 1 million signatures.

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A petition popped up on pushing to get Amber Heard removed as part of the cast in the upcoming sequel to the DC franchise Aquaman. "Amber Heard has been exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp," the petition alleges.

"In his $50 million lawsuit, Johnny Depp describes many incidents of domestic abuse that he suffered at the hands of his (then) wife Amber Heard, including one incident where she punched him twice in the face and another where she shattered his finger with a vodka bottle, and his finger had to be surgically reattached. He will bear the scar from that for the rest of his life."

The petition went on to allege that Heard was also violent in her marriage and that she is attempting to ruin his career. "Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2 film project," the petition continued. "They must not ignore the suffering of Heard's victims, and must not glamorize a domestic abuser." as reported by Distractify.

Amber Heard has hit back at the petition and confirmed she will be in 'Aquaman 2.'

Heard has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that she would be returning to play her role as Mera in the sequel to the 2018 water superhero movie, despite any speculation to the contrary.

"I'm super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we'll be coming back," she said. "I'm so excited to film that."

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