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Asheville Native On Scandal

She's an Asheville native who grew up acting and singing in local theatre and summer stock. Actress Bellamy Young has made North Carolina and her family extremely proud.

Bellamy is a star in ABC's hit series Scandal. She plays the wife of the president, as the not so nice scorned woman on the show. But in real life, friends and family say Bellamy, 43, who's given name is Amy, is a wonderful woman who is thrilled to have hit it big.

"I cannot believe what has happened to my daughter in a year," said Jane Goodwin, Young's mother.  Goodwin who lives in Weaverville fostered her daughter's talent as both a singer and an actress. She saw the gifts at an early age.

"She would learn to memorize parts of stories and she would recite them onstage," said Goodwin. Goodwin was an english teacher. She instilled in her daughter an interest in learning, reading and comprehending books.

"I also saw her acting ability early on," said Goodwin.

Goodwin has always cheered her daugther on and has watched  her every week on the show especiall Thursday night with the season finale.

The two women are extremely close though Amy lives in Los Angeles.

"She is always texting me," said Goodwin. "I'm getting on the plane now. I'm in LA now Mom, I won't be talking to you because I'm going to an Emmy event."

Amy said Goodwin was adopted by her and her husband when Amy was just six weeks old.

"We were so thrilled the day she arrived," said Goodwin. "The process is a tedious one but it was well worth the wait for us because that was the greatest  gift that anybody could ever receive."

Amy has often spoken publicly about being adopted. Her mom said it always made her feel special. Her daughter has become an ambassador for animals promoting adoption from shelters and other rescue organizations. Her own chihuahua, Bean, was a rescue.

During her childhood in Asheville Amy excelled. She won North Carolina's Junior Miss and graduated from Asheville High School in the top three of her senior class. She went on to graduate from Yale University and studied at Oxford. Her mother said Amy has had a successful career with recurring roles in movies, tv shows and singing on broadway, but "Scandal" is her biggest role yet.

While her daughter has traveled the world Goodwin says she loves coming home to Asheville.

"She loves the serenity, she loves the people, and as a vegan she loves being able to get good food," said Goodwin. Amy will be back in Asheville next Tuesday to shoot a photo to go along with an interview for Southern Living Magazine. The shoot is set to take place at the Biltmore Mansion. The article will appear in the magazine's September issue.

By Kimberly King

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