Poppy Montgomery was born in Sydney Australia in 1972. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried which resulted in having 8 siblings. Due to her strange name she was often teased in school which made her miserable. She worked in her father’s restaurant until she was 14 when he fired her for being a bad waitress. At 16 she left Australia and travelled for 2 years. By 18 she was in America. She moved to LA and purchased the book “How to make it in Hollywood.” The book inspired her and she spent her days driving to auditions, perfecting an American Accent and sending headshots to Julia Robert’s former manager. She got a bit role in the film Devil in a Blue Dress and got guest spots on Party of Five and NYPD Blue. In 2001 she got the role of Marilyn Monroe in the TV miniseries Blonde. In 2002 she was cast as one of the main characters in the TV series Without a Trace. She has since appeared in a few other films.