Amber Tamblyn

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Amber Tamblyn
MMVA2007 Amber Tamblyn 3A2V0156.jpg
Tamblyn at the MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet, June 17, 2007
BornAmber Rose Tamblyn
(1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 31)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)David Cross (m. 2012)
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Amber Tamblyn
MMVA2007 Amber Tamblyn 3A2V0156.jpg
Tamblyn at the MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet, June 17, 2007
BornAmber Rose Tamblyn
(1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 31)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
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, M.D. 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 the television series Twin Peaks, 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]



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 "Evergreen", 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 then boyfriend (later husband) David Cross 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 (and previously unknown) 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]


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.


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 Tamblyn's debut book of poems, written between the ages of 11 and 21, 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] Poet Laureate Lawrence Ferlighetti called the book, "A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language." [17] Tamblyn has toured extensively with poet Derrick C. Brown, including the now infamous Lazers of Sexcellence tours. In 2008, she was featured in the Write Bloody Publishing anthology, The Last American Valentine: Illustrated Poems to Seduce and Destroy.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] Her poem Bridgette Anderson was one of the poems featured in Saul Williams' book Chorus, published by MTV Books in September 2011.

In 2007, she co-founded the non-profit Write Now Poetry Society, dedicated to creating unique and quality poetry programming. The non-profit has a long history with The Getty Museum, curating poetry events in conjunction with art openings, such as 2011's "Dark Blushing", featuring new poems commissioned by such luminaries as poets Patricia Smith and NEA fellow Jeffrey Mcdaniel, based on works of art by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Blake. [21] Since 2011, Tamblyn has reviewed books of poetry by women for iconic feminist magazine, BUST Magazine [22]

In 2014, Tamblyn sold her third collection of poems titled, "Dark Sparkler" to Harper Collins. The book explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses.Tamblyn was quoted as saying the book's subject matter was very difficult to write and took over 6 years to complete. The book also features portrait art of the women by film director and artist David Lynch and musician and artist Marilyn Manson.[23]

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of actor Russ Tamblyn. 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,[24] and married on October 6, 2012.[25]


1995Live Nude GirlsYoung Jill
1997Johnny Mysto: Boy WizardSproutDirect-to-video
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
2006Stephanie DaleyStephanie Daley
2006Grudge 2, TheThe Grudge 2Aubrey Davis
2007Normal Adolescent BehaviorWendy
2008Russell Girl, TheThe Russell GirlSarah RussellTelevision film
2008One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big SurHerselfDocumentary
2008Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Tibby Rollins
2009Spring BreakdownAshleyDirect-to-video
2009Beyond a Reasonable DoubtElla Crystal
2010127 HoursMegan McBride
2010Main StreetMary Saunders
2012Django UnchainedDaughter of a son of a gunfighterNon-speaking cameo
2014Growing Up & Other LiesTabatha
20143 Nights in the DesertAnna
1995–2001General HospitalEmily QuartermaineRole held: January 20, 1995 – July 11, 2001
2001Buffy the Vampire SlayerJanice PenshawEpisode: "All the Way"
2002Boston PublicMelissa CampbellEpisode: "Chapter Thirty-Two"
2002Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneJenna WinslowEpisode: "Evergreen"
2002CSI: MiamiSenior Cadet Valerie BarreiroEpisode: "Camp Fear"
2003Without a TraceClare MetcalfeEpisode: "Clare de Lune"
2003–2005Joan of ArcadiaJoan GirardiMain cast; 45 episodes
2005I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the HolocaustElizabeth Kaugmann/Miriam KorberVoice; TV documentary
2009Unusuals, TheThe UnusualsDetective Casey ShraegerMain cast; 10 episodes
2010Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, TheThe Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd MargaretGirl2 episodes
2010–2012HouseMartha M. MastersMain cast (season 7); guest star (season 8); 15 episodes
2012Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, TheThe Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd MargaretStephanie Daley2 episodes
2012PortlandiaBookstore internEpisode: "Cat Nap"
2012MetalocalypseTrindel (GirlFanFriend)Voice; episode: "Fanklok"
2013Inside Amy SchumerLizEpisode: "The Horror"
2013–presentTwo and a Half MenJennifer "Jenny" HarperMain cast (season 11–present)
2014CommunityThought Jacker co-starUncredited; episode: "Basic Sandwich"
2014Comedy Bang! Bang!HerselfEpisode: "Amber Tamblyn Wears a Leather Jacket & Black Booties"


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.[27] 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.

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


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  10. ^ On ABC this up-coming TV season
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  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. 
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  18. ^ "Illustrated Poems to Seduce and Destroy - Write Bloody Publishing". Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  19. ^ YouTube – The Drums Inside Your Chest Movie Trailer w/Amber Tamblyn
  20. ^ Amber Tamblyn's posts on Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation
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  25. ^ Fowler, Brandi (October 7, 2012). "Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Tie the Knot!". E!Online. 
  26. ^ "Audio: Danny! "Evil" feat. Gavin Castleton & Amber Rose Tamblyn". Okay Player. September 19, 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  27. ^ Amber Tamblyn Emmy Nominated

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