Tamara Tunie

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Tamara Tunie
Born(1959-03-14) March 14, 1959 (age 54)
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other namesTamara Tunie Bouquett
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Greg Bouquett (1988-1991; divorced)
Gregory Generet (1995 -present)
 
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Tamara Tunie
Born(1959-03-14) March 14, 1959 (age 54)
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other namesTamara Tunie Bouquett
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Greg Bouquett (1988-1991; divorced)
Gregory Generet (1995 -present)

Tamara Renee Tunie (born March 14, 1959) is an American film, stage, and television actress, director, and producer. She is best known for her portrayal of attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. From 2000 to 2007 (and again briefly in 2009 and 2010), she appeared on both series simultaneously. Tunie has also appeared in film, most notably playing the key supporting role of Margaret Thomason in the 2012 film Flight.

Life and career[edit]

Tunie was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Homestead,[1] the daughter of Evelyn (née Hawkins) and James W. Tunie. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.[2]

Tunie is best known for her roles as attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She is also known for her recurring roles as Lillian Fancy in NYPD Blue (1994–1997) and as Alberta Green in the first season of Fox's 24. Tunie also guest-starred in many television series, including Spenser: For Hire, Tribeca, SeaQuest DSV, New York Undercover, Swift Justice, Feds, Chicago Hope, Sex and the City, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

Tunie worked twice with Al Pacino; she portrayed his press secretary in the 1996 film City Hall and the possessed wife of a partner in his law firm in the 1997 film The Devil's Advocate.[3] Her other film credits include Wall Street (1987), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), Rising Sun (1993), Eve's Bayou (1997), and The Peacemaker (1997).

In 2001, she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards for her role in film The Caveman's Valentine, based on George Dawes Green's novel of the same name, opposite Samuel L. Jackson.[4] She won a Tony Award in 2007 for the production of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening and a Drama Desk Award.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Sweet LorraineJulie
1987Wall StreetCarolyn
1989Bloodhounds of BroadwayCynthia Harris
1993Rising SunLauren Smith
1996Rescuing DesireVan
1996Quentin CarrDetectiveShort film
1996City HallLeslie Christos
1996Money Shot, TheThe Money Shot
1997Spirit LostAnne
1997Eve's BayouNarrator (voice)
1997Peacemaker, TheThe PeacemakerJody
1997Devil's Advocate, TheThe Devil's AdvocateMrs. Jackie Heath
1998Snake EyesAnthea
2001Caveman's Valentine, TheThe Caveman's ValentineSheila
2007AfterlifeNicoleShort film
2012Missed ConnectionsFelicity Gray
2012FlightMargaret Thomason
2014Fall to RiseAnnikaFilming

Made-for-TV films[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" ManigaultMiss Marcus
2013Captain BlackoutJessica WintersPost-production

Producer[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2010See You in SeptemberExecutive Producer and Director

Television[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1986Spenser: For HireNinaEpisode: "Shadowsight"
1986–95, 2000–07, 2009, 2010As the World TurnsJessica GriffinNominated Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2003,2004)
Nominated Soap Opera Digest Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actress (1995,2003)
1989Family FeudHerselfEpisode: "The Young & the Restless vs. As the World Turns"
1993TribecaToriEpisode: "The Box"
Episode: "Honor"
1994–97NYPD BlueLillian FancyEpisode: "Up on the Roof" ('94)
Episode: "Good Time Charlie" ('94)
Episode: "Caulksmanship" ('96)
Episode: "Taillight's Last Gleaming" ('97)
Episode: "I Love Lucy" ('97)
1995SeaQuest DSVLauraEpisode: "The Siamese Dream"
Also known as SeaQuest 2032
1995-98New York UndercoverJanice/Lana BrooksEpisode: ""Bad Girls" ('95 as Janice)
Episode: "Sign o' the Times" ('98 as Lana Brooks)
1996Swift JusticeJessie McKennaEpisode: "Bad Medicine"
Law & OrderCaroline BennettEpisode: "Deadbeat"
1997Prince StreetEpisode: "Pilot"
FedsMartha KershanEpisode: "Missing Pieces"
Chicago HopeLennie GaghanEpisode: "Leggo My Ego"
1999Sex and the CityEileenEpisode: "The Cheating Curve"
2000The American ExperienceSelfVoice
Episode: "Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory"
2000–presentLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Melinda WarnerRecurring role (2000–2005, 2011–present)
Main cast member (2005–2011)
2001A Day's Work, a Day's PayNarratorDocumentary
200224Alberta GreenEpisode: "9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m."
Episode: "10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m."
Episode: "11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m."
Episode: "12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m."
Episode: "1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m."
Episode: "2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m."
2003Nefertiti: ResurrectedNarratorDocumentary
2005I Love the '90s: Part DeuxHerselfVH1 Documentary
Party Planner with David TuteraHerselfEpisode: "Tamara Tunie's Fire & Ice Party"
The Tony Danza ShowHerselfEpisode: "#1.124"
Law & Order: Trial by JuryDr. Melinda WarnerEpisode: "Day"
2006Black Sorority Project: The ExodusSpiritDocumentary/voice
2008After Hours with Daniel BouludHerselfReality TV
Episode: "Bayona"
2009Miss Universe 2009HerselfJudge
2010Showing UpHerselfDocumentary
2011Days of our LivesJudge Weston2 episodes
2013The Good WifeSerafina NorvyEpisode: "Boom De Yah Da"
2013Golden BoyMrs. NevelEpisode: "Scapegoat"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Varley, Teresa (2009). "Talking Steelers Football with Tamara Tunie". Steelers Digest 22 (15): 25. 
  2. ^ Tamara Tunie Biography (1959-), film reference
  3. ^ Tamara Tunie - Biography, tamaratunie.com
  4. ^ Awards for Tamara Tunie
  5. ^ Tamara Tunie: Biography, TV Guide
  6. ^ Tamara Tunie Awards

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