Amber Tamblyn

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Amber Tamblyn
MMVA2007 Amber Tamblyn 3A2V0167.jpg
Tamblyn at the MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet, June 17, 2007
BornAmber Rose Tamblyn
(1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 30)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)David Cross (m. 2012)
 
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Amber Tamblyn
MMVA2007 Amber Tamblyn 3A2V0167.jpg
Tamblyn at the MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet, June 17, 2007
BornAmber Rose Tamblyn
(1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 30)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)David Cross (m. 2012)

Amber Rose Tamblyn (born May 14, 1983) is an American actress and poet. She first came to national attention in her role on the soap opera General Hospital as Emily Quartermaine, followed by a starring role on the prime-time series Joan of Arcadia, portraying the title character. Her feature film work includes roles in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Grudge 2, The Ring, and 127 Hours; she had an extended arc as Martha M. Masters on the main cast of the medical drama House. She currently stars in Two and a Half Men as Jenny.

Early life[edit]

Tamblyn was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Russ Tamblyn, an actor, dancer, and singer who starred in the 1961 film of West Side Story, and Bonnie Murray, a singer, teacher, and artist.[1] Her paternal grandfather, Eddie Tamblyn, was a vaudeville performer. She attended the Santa Monica Alternative School House, which, in her words, was "very unorthodox, no letter grades".[2] At the age of ten, she played Pippi Longstocking in a school play; her father's agent, Sharon Debord, was attending as a family friend and ended up convincing her father to allow Tamblyn to go on auditions.[3]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Tamblyn posing in 2008

Tamblyn's first TV role was Emily Bowen (later known as Emily Quartermaine) on the soap opera General Hospital, a role that she played for six years (from 1995 to 2001).[4] She also starred in the pilot episode of the revived Twilight Zone series on UPN in 2002.[5][6] Tamblyn became better known playing Joan Girardi, a teenage girl who receives frequent visits from God, on the CBS drama series Joan of Arcadia.[7] Tamblyn's father made several appearances as God in the form of a dog walker on the show, which ran from 2003 to 2005.

Early guest starring roles include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (playing Janice Penshaw, the best friend of Dawn Summers), on Boston Public, CSI: Miami, and Punk'd (where Ashton Kutcher and his crew members tricked her into losing someone else's dog). In 2007, Tamblyn starred in the CBS pilot Babylon Fields, an apocalyptic comedic drama about the undead trying to resume their former lives.[8] The CBS network excluded the show from its fall 2007 programming lineup, since it would have competed with the network's other undead-themed drama, Moonlight.[9]

In spring 2009, Tamblyn starred in The Unusuals, playing NYPD homicide detective Casey Shraeger in this notably acclaimed crime drama.[10] The show was canceled after its first season. In the same year, Tamblyn had a recurring role alongside her husband in the IFC sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

In November 2010 until April 2011, Tamblyn starred as medical student Martha M. Masters, in a story arc of the seventh and eighth season in the medical procedural drama House.[11]

In August 2013, Tamblyn was cast as Charlie Harper's long-lost lesbian daughter, Jenny, on the long-running sitcom Two and a Half Men. Her first appearance was on the season 11 opener, September 26, 2013.[12]

Films[edit]

Tamblyn launched her film career playing bit parts in her father's movies: Rebellious and Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard. She also appeared in 1995's Live Nude Girls.[3] Her first major film role was in 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, co-starring Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively. She also starred in its 2008 sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.[3]

Her horror film career began with the opening scene of 2002's The Ring.[3] Tamblyn also appeared in the Japan-set The Grudge 2, a sequel to the horror hit The Grudge. The film, which also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, was released on October 13, 2006, and debuted in the #1 spot at the North American box office.[3] In August 2010, Tamblyn won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival for her performance in the title role of Stephanie Daley. The film, which also won an award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, features Tamblyn as a 16-year-old who kills her baby, moments after giving birth in the bathroom of a ski resort.[3] She was also nominated for Best Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. The film also stars Tilda Swinton and Timothy Hutton. She also starred in Blackout in 2008.[13]

In January 2008, Tamblyn appeared in the Hallmark film The Russell Girl, about a woman suffering from disease and mental anguish.[3] Tamblyn appeared in the 2009 film Spring Breakdown, also featuring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Parker Posey.[14] Tamblyn appeared alongside Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth, and Patricia Clarkson in the 2010 film Main Street, a drama set in North Carolina. That year, she also had a role in the drama 127 Hours, with James Franco.[3] In 2012, Tamblyn starred alongside Wes Bentley and Vincent Piazza in the indie feature 3 Nights in the Desert directed by Gabriel Cowan, written by award-winning playwright Adam Chanzit and produced by John Suits.

Poetry[edit]

Tamblyn has self-published two chapbooks of poetry, Of the Dawn and Plenty of Ships, and has participated in poetry readings at various venues, particularly in California. The Loneliest, a poem book inspired by Thelonious Monk and his music, was published in 2005 and contains haiku poetry written by Tamblyn and coupled with collages by George Herms.[15] Only 300 copies of the book were published.

In 2005, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing published a book of poems that she wrote over the span of seven years entitled Free Stallion. The School Library Journal's review states that, "Free Stallion is a compilation of poetry that amounts to a portrait of the artist as a teenager.... Many of the selections are appropriately self-absorbed but move beyond journalistic catharsis to real insight and stunning language for one so young."[16] In October 2006, Tamblyn did several poetry readings in California, including a few with poet Derrick C. Brown. In 2008, she was featured in the Write Bloody Publishing anthology, The Last American Valentine: Illustrated Poems to Seduce and Destroy.[17]

Tamblyn appeared in a poetry concert film recorded on August 4, 2002 in Los Angeles, "The Drums Inside Your Chest." Premiere date: April 26, 2009 at the Newport Beach Film Festival.[18] A new collection of poetry, Bang Ditto, was published in September 2009 by San Francisco's Manic D Press. Beginning in October 2009, Tamblyn began blogging for the Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet.[19] Her poem Bridgette Anderson was one of the poems featured in Saul Williams' book Chorus, published by MTV Books in September 2011.

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of actor Russ Tamblyn, best known for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, and Twin Peaks. She is the goddaughter of actors Dean Stockwell and the late Dennis Hopper and musician Neil Young. Her uncle is Larry Tamblyn, who was the keyboardist in the 1960s rock band The Standells.[3]

Tamblyn and comedian and actor David Cross became engaged in August 2011,[20] and married on October 6, 2012.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Ring, TheThe RingKatie Embry
2002Ten Minutes Older: The TrumpetKateSegment: "Twelve Miles To Trona"
2005Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsTibby Rollins
2006Grudge 2, TheThe Grudge 2Aubrey Davis
2006Stephanie DaleyStephanie Daley
2007Normal Adolescent BehaviorWendy
2008BlackoutClaudia
2008SpiralAmber
2008Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Tibby Rollins
2008The Russell GirlSarah RussellTelevision film
2009Beyond a Reasonable DoubtElla Crystal
2009Spring BreakdownAshleyDirect-to-video
2009One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big SurHerselfInterviewed about Jack Kerouac
2010127 HoursMegan
2010Main StreetMary Saunders
2012Django UnchainedDaughter of a son of a gunfighter
20133 Nights in the Desert

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995–2001General HospitalEmily QuartermaineReplaced by Natalia Livingston
2001Buffy the Vampire SlayerJanice PenshawEpisode: "All the Way"
2002Boston PublicMelissa CampbellEpisode: "Chapter Thirty-Two"
2002Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneJenna WinslowEpisode: "Evergreen"
2003–2005Joan of ArcadiaJoan Girardi
2003Without a TraceClare MetcalfeEpisode: "Clare de Lune"
2007Babylon FieldsJanine WunchCancelled before airing
2009Unusuals, TheThe UnusualsDetective Casey Shraeger
2010–2012Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, TheThe Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd MargaretGirl / Stephanie Daley4 episodes
2010–2012HouseMartha M. Masters15 episodes
2012PortlandiaBookstore internEpisode: "Cat Nap"
2012MetalocalypseTrindel (GirlFanFriend)Episode: "Fanklok"
2013–presentTwo and a Half MenJennifer "Jenny" Harper

Discography[edit]

YearArtistTitleAlbumRole
2012Danny![22]"Evil"PaybackVocals
2013Deltron 3030"Lawnchair Quarterback Part 1"
"Lawnchair Quarterback Part 2"
Event 2Spoken word

Awards and nominations[edit]

Her portrayal of Joan Girardi earned her both Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2004.[23] Tamblyn was also nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series in 2004 and 2005. Her successful role on House ended with her having multiple nominations for her final performance as Martha Masters.

YearResultCategoryWork
1999NominatedYoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV ProgramGeneral Hospital
2000WonYoungStar Award for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Daytime TV SeriesGeneral Hospital
2000NominatedSoap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Teen StarGeneral Hospital
2001NominatedSoap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead ActressGeneral Hospital
2004WonSaturn Award for Best Actress on TelevisionJoan of Arcadia
2004NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesJoan of Arcadia
2004NominatedGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaJoan of Arcadia
2004NominatedSatellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaJoan of Arcadia
2004NominatedTeen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star - FemaleJoan of Arcadia
2004NominatedTeen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress - Drama/Action AdventureJoan of Arcadia
2004NominatedYoung Artist Award for Best Young Adult Performer in a Teenage RoleJoan of Arcadia
2005NominatedSaturn Award for Best Actress on TelevisionJoan of Arcadia
2005NominatedSatellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaJoan of Arcadia
2005NominatedTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: DramaThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2006WonLocarno International Film Festival for Best ActressStephanie Daley
2007NominatedIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting FemaleStephanie Daley
2007NominatedTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/ThrillerThe Grudge 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amber Tamblyn Biography (1983–)
  2. ^ "Amber Tamblyn". Parade Magazine. January 11, 2004. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Amber Tamblyn- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The 1990s". ABC News. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amber Tamblyn in 'The Twilight Zone - Evergreen' part 1/2". Youtube. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Amber Tamblyn in 'The Twilight Zone - Evergreen' part 2/2". YouTube. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Zasky, Jason. "A Plea to the Television Gods". Failuremag.com. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  8. ^ ""Babylon" calls to Tamblyn". Reuters. 
  9. ^ "CBS programming lineup excludes NY pilot". 
  10. ^ On ABC this up-coming TV season
  11. ^ "Amber Tamblyn – Filmography by TV series". IMDB.com. 
  12. ^ "Amber Tamblyn In "Two And A Half Men"". tvline.com. 
  13. ^ "Amber Tamblyn Goes Up for Blackout". IFMagazine. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Vancouver 24 Hours". Tamblyn joins SNL stars. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  15. ^ "The Loneliest". Google books. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Tamblyn, Amber. "Free Stallion: Poems". Amazon (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). ISBN 978-1442430877. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Illustrated Poems to Seduce and Destroy - Write Bloody Publishing". writebloody.com. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  18. ^ YouTube – The Drums Inside Your Chest Movie Trailer w/Amber Tamblyn
  19. ^ Amber Tamblyn's posts on Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation
  20. ^ Fisher, Kelly (August 17, 2011). "Amber Tamblyn, David Cross Engaged". Huffington Post. 
  21. ^ Fowler, Brandi (October 7, 2012). "Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Tie the Knot!". E!Online. 
  22. ^ "Audio: Danny! "Evil" feat. Gavin Castleton & Amber Rose Tamblyn". Okay Player. September 19, 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  23. ^ Amber Tamblyn Emmy Nominated

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