Tammy Blanchard

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Tammy Blanchard
Born(1976-12-14) December 14, 1976 (age 38)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1997–present
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Tammy Blanchard
Born(1976-12-14) December 14, 1976 (age 38)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1997–present

Tammy Blanchard (born December 14, 1976) is an American actress. She has worked primarily in films and television, making her professional start in the soap opera Guiding Light. For her first stage appearance, she played the role of Louise/Gypsy in the 2003 Broadway revival of the musical Gypsy, for which she earned both a Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award. She received the Emmy Award for her portrayal of a teenage Judy Garland in the television movie Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. She also appeared as Hedy LaRue in the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for the role.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Blanchard was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. She made her professional acting debut on the soap opera Guiding Light in 1997, where she played spoiled rich girl Drew Jacobs.[2] Her role on the show increased over the years, and by the time of her departure in 2000 she had become a major player in the series. She was then cast as the younger version of Judy Davis's Judy Garland in the 2001 television docudrama Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.[3] She received glowing reviews for her performance[4] and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie .[5] She played Marianne Mulvaney in the Lifetime television movie We Were the Mulvaneys (2002), and was noted for her "fragile strength" by The New York Times reviewer.[6] In 2004, she played Sally Reid in the CBS made-for-television movie, When Angels Come to Town with Peter Falk.[7]

Blanchard earned a Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award for her work in her Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Gypsy, in which she played the title role opposite Bernadette Peters.[8][9][10]

Blanchard's film roles include The Good Shepherd (2006), starring as the deaf lover of Matt Damon's character;[11] Bella (2006),[12] which took the top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; The Ramen Girl (2007);[13] and Deadline (2009). She co-starred with Jessica Lange in the CBS television remake of the 1976 television film Sybil, in which she portrays a woman with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).[14][15] She appeared in the multi-star cast of the television docudrama Living Proof (2008) as the first woman to have been treated with the breast cancer drug Herceptin.[16]

She plays Amy Roberts, the widow of a murderer, in the made-for-television movie Amish Grace, which first aired on the Lifetime Movie Network in March 2010. The movie is based on the Amish school shooting. The Huffington Post noted that "This is an amazing young actress and she deserves to get better and better roles."[17][18][19] The Hollywood Reporter noted that Blanchard gives "a moving turn".[20]

She appeared in the 2010 film Rabbit Hole alongside Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Kidman's sister.[21]

Blanchard played the role of "office bombshell Hedy La Rue" in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which opened on March 27, 2011 and closed on May 20, 2012.[22] For this role Blanchard received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[23]

The feature film Union Square, co-written and directed by the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award Winner, Nancy Savoca, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011, and is being screened in New York City in July 2012. In it, Blanchard co-stars with Patti Lupone, Mira Sorvino, Mike Doyle, Michael Rispoli and Daphne Rubin-Vega.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Blanchard lives in her hometown of Bayonne and has a daughter, Ava Jean Blanchard, who was born in 2008.[26]






2002Stealing HarvardNoreen Plummer
2006The Good ShepherdLaura
2008Cadillac RecordsIsabelle Allen
2008The Ramen GirlGretchan
2010Rabbit HoleIzzy
2010Union SquareJenny
2011MoneyballElizabeth Hatteberg
2013Blue JasmineJane
2013La vida inesperadaJojo
2014Into The Woods[27]Florinda


1997–2000Guiding LightDrew Jacobs
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitKelly D'LeahEpisode: "Consent"
2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsJudy GarlandTelevision movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentSarah EldonEpisode: "Tomorrow"
2002We Were the MulvaneysMarianne MulvaneyTelevision movie
2004When Angels Come to TownSally ReidTelevision movie
2007SybilSybilTelevision movie
2008Living ProofNicole WilsonTelevision movie
2009Empire StateBeth CochraneTelevision movie
2010Amish GraceAmy RobertsTelevision movie
2010Law & OrderDana SilvaEpisode: "Brazil"
2010The Good WifePetra LongEpisode: "Taking Control"
2012A Gifted ManLouise MitchellEpisode: "In Case of Heart Failure"
2012The Big CGiselle3 episodes


2003–2004Gypsy: A Musical FableLouise/GypsyNominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
2011–2012How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingHedy LaRueNominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical


  1. ^ "2011 Tony Nominations Announced! THE BOOK OF MORMON Leads With 14!". Broadwayworld.com. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ "About GL: About the Actors - Tammy Blanchard". SoapCentral. ; "'Guiding Light' alumni". Variety. Jan 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ Keveney, Bill (February 26, 2001). USA Today. p. 1D. 
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (December 21, 2001). "Tammy Blanchard & Judy Davis in 'Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (November 5, 2001). "Subdued Patriotism Replaces Glitter as Television Finally Presents Its Emmys". The New York Times. p. 9. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Wertheimer, Ron (April 2, 2002). "The Perfect Family, Until the Night of the High School Dance". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Information from the IMDB database imdb.com
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 19, 2003). "Gypsy Tony Nominee Blanchard Gets New Co-star Every 3 Weeks". Playbill. 
  9. ^ "Theatre World award information, 2002-2003". theatreworldawards.org. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth (June 9, 2003). "Just the Facts: List of 2003 Tony Award Winners". Playbill. 
  11. ^ Hall, Sandra. "Review: 'The Good Shepherd'". smh.com.au, February 20, 2007
  12. ^ Schembri, Jim. "Review:'Bella'" theage.com.au, February 21, 2008
  13. ^ Wilmott, Don. "Review". filmcritic.com, July 10, 2009
  14. ^ Lipton, Brian Scott. "Tammy Blanchard and Jessica Lange's Sybil to Air on June 7". theatermania.com, June 7, 2008
  15. ^ Tammy Blanchard at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ "Tammy Blanchard-Bayonne Actress in 'Living Proof' on the Lifetime Channel October 18". riverviewobserver.net, October 12, 2008
  17. ^ Cooper, Jackie K."Amish Grace is a Story of Grace Under Fire".huffingtonpost.com, March 23, 2010
  18. ^ "'Amish Grace' Actress Follows Her Yellow Brick Road".The River View Observer, March 24, 2010
  19. ^ ""Amish Grace' listing" mylifetime.com, retrieved March 24, 2010
  20. ^ Dawn, Randee."Amish Grace -- TV Review" The Hollywood Reporter, March 26, 2010
  21. ^ Scott, A. O.Charades of Normalcy After Death of a Child" The New York Times, December 16, 2010
  22. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, Rose Hemingway Join 'How to Succeed' Broadway Revival" Playbill.com, November 15, 2010
  23. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Gans, Andrew. 2011 Tony Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Earns 14 Nominations 2011 "Tony Nominations Announced; 'Book of Mormon' Earns 14 Nominations" Playbill.com, May 3, 2011
  24. ^ Blake, Leslie. "INTERVIEW: Tammy Blanchard Moves Into 'Union Square'", TheaterMania.com, July 14, 2012
  25. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Union Square' Film, Featuring Patti LuPone, Tammy Blanchard, Mira Sorvino, Opens in NYC in July" Playbill.com, June 28, 2012
  26. ^ Cerbo, Toni-Ann.Bayonne actress in Broadway show" nj.com, March 25, 2011
  27. ^ WORLD EXCLUSIVE! New Confirmed Casting For the INTO THE WOODS Movie, Starring Streep & Depp Broadway World, Retrieved July 27, 2013

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