Amber Tamblyn

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Amber Tamblyn
Amber Tamblyn - DSC 0082 cropped.jpg
Tamblyn in November 2014
Born Amber Rose Tamblyn
(1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 35)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress author and director
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) David Cross (m. 2012)

Amber Rose Tamblyn (born May 14, 1983) is an American actress, author, poet, and film director. 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 series House She also had a starring role on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men during its eleventh season as Jenny, the illegitimate daughter of Charlie Harper.

Early life

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.

From November 2010 until April 2011, Tamblyn starred as medical student Martha M. Masters, during the seventh season of the Fox medical drama series House. She returned for the series finale in 2012.[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 has appeared on numerous episodes of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer", including the infamous "Milk Milk Lemonade" which aired in 2015. [13] She has also been guest starred on IFC's "Portlandia", "Comedy Bang Bang", as well as numerous shows on Adult Swim, including "The Heart, She Holler" opposite Patton Oswalt and "Metalocalypse." [14]


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.[15]

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.[16] 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.

In 2015, Tamblyn starred opposite Bob Odenkirk in the Netflix original film, "Girlfriend's Day." [17]


Tamblyn attending a grade school for the theatrical arts from the age of 5 to 14. She was discovered as an actress at the age of 9 when she starred in "Pippi Long Stockings."

In 2014 Tamblyn originated the role of Daisy Domergue for the live reading at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. She was hand picked by Tarantino, a long time friend, along with fellow cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and others. [18] Tamblyn starred in Neil Labute's "Reasons to be Pretty" at the Geffen Playhouse in 2014, which received critical acclaim.[19]


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.[20] Only 300 copies of the book were published.

In 2005, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing published 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."[21] Poet Laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti called the book, "A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language." [22] 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.[23]

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.[24][25] 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.[26] 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 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.[27] Since 2011, Tamblyn has reviewed books of poetry by women for iconic feminist magazine, BUST Magazine.[28]

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.[29]

Personal life

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,[30] and married on October 6, 2012.[31]


Tamblyn at the MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet, June 17, 2007


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Live Nude Girls Young Jill
1995 Rebellious Deb
1997 Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard Sprout Direct-to-video
2002 Ring, TheThe Ring Katie Embry
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet Kate Segment: "Twelve Miles to Trona"
2005 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Tibby Rollins
2006 Stephanie Daley Stephanie Daley
2006 Grudge 2, TheThe Grudge 2 Aubrey Davis
2007 Spiral Amber
2007 Normal Adolescent Behavior Wendy Bergman
2008 The Russell Girl Sarah Russell Television film
2008 One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur Herself Documentary
2008 Blackout Claudia
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Tibby Rollins
2009 Spring Breakdown Ashley Direct-to-DVD
2009 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Ella Crystal
2010 127 Hours Megan McBride
2010 Main Street Mary Saunders
2012 Django Unchained Daughter of a son of a gunfighter Cameo
2014 X/Y Stacey
2014 Growing Up & Other Lies Tabatha
2014 3 Nights in the Desert Anna
2014 Growing Up and Other Lies Tabatha
2016 Paint It Black Director and co-writer[32]
2016 Girlfriend's Day Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995–2001 General Hospital Emily Quartermaine Role held: January 20, 1995 – July 11, 2001
2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Janice Penshaw Episode: "All the Way"
2002 Prep Pilot
2002 Boston Public Melissa Campbell Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Two"
2002 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Jenna Winslow Episode: "Evergreen"
2002 CSI: Miami Senior Cadet Valerie Barreiro Episode: "Camp Fear"
2003 Without a Trace Clare Metcalfe Episode: "Clare de Lune"
2003–2005 Joan of Arcadia Joan Girardi 45 episodes
2005 I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust Elizabeth Kaugmann/Miriam Korber (voice) Television documentary
2007 Babylon Fields Janine Wunch Pilot
2009 Unusuals, TheThe Unusuals Detective Casey Shraeger 10 episodes
2010 The Quinn-tuplets Miriam Quinn Pilot
Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, TheThe Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Stephanie Daley 6 episodes
2010–2012 House Martha M. Masters 15 episodes
2012 Portlandia Bookstore intern Episode: "Cat Nap"
2012 Metalocalypse Trindel (voice) Episode: "Fanklok"
2013 The Heart, She Holler Hurlette Headhe Episode: "The Dearranged Marriage"
2013 Anatomy of Violence Abby Ravner Pilot
2013–2015 Inside Amy Schumer Various roles 3 episodes
2013–2015 Two and a Half Men Jennifer "Jenny" Harper 24 episodes
2014 Community Thought Jacker co-star Uncredited
episode: "Basic Sandwich"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Amber Tamblyn Wears a Leather Jacket & Black Booties"


Year Artist Title Album Role
2012 Danny![33] "Evil" Payback Vocals
2013 Deltron 3030 "Lawnchair Quarterback Part 1"
"Lawnchair Quarterback Part 2"
Event 2 Spoken word

Awards and nominations

Her portrayal of Joan Girardi earned her both Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2004.[34] 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.

Year Result Category Work
1999 Nominated YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program General Hospital
2000 Won YoungStar Award for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Daytime TV Series General Hospital
2000 Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Teen Star General Hospital
2001 Nominated Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital
2004 Won Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television Joan of Arcadia
2004 Nominated Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Joan of Arcadia
2004 Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Joan of Arcadia
2004 Nominated Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Joan of Arcadia
2004 Nominated Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star - Female Joan of Arcadia
2004 Nominated Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress - Drama/Action Adventure Joan of Arcadia
2004 Nominated Young Artist Award for Best Young Adult Performer in a Teenage Role Joan of Arcadia
2005 Nominated Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television Joan of Arcadia
2005 Nominated Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Joan of Arcadia
2005 Nominated Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2006 Won Locarno International Film Festival for Best Actress Stephanie Daley
2007 Nominated Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Stephanie Daley
2007 Nominated Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller The Grudge 2


  1. Amber Tamblyn Biography (1983–)
  2. "Amber Tamblyn". Parade Magazine. January 11, 2004. [dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 "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". 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". 
  12. "Amber Tamblyn In "Two And A Half Men"". 
  15. "Amber Tamblyn Goes Up for Blackout". IFMagazine. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2006. 
  16. "Vancouver 24 Hours". Tamblyn joins SNL stars. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  20. "The Loneliest". Google books. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  21. Tamblyn, Amber. Free Stallion: Poems. Amazon. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-1442430877. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  23. "Illustrated Poems to Seduce and Destroy" (PDF). Write Bloody Publishing. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  24. YouTube – The Drums Inside Your Chest Movie Trailer w/Amber Tamblyn
  25. The Drums Inside Your Chest (2009) at the Internet Movie Database
  26. Amber Tamblyn's posts on Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation
  29. Rothman, Lily (March 4, 2014). "Actress Sells Book of Poetry About Dead Actresses". Time. 
  30. Fisher, Kelly (August 17, 2011). "Amber Tamblyn, David Cross Engaged". Huffington Post. 
  31. Fowler, Brandi (October 7, 2012). "Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Tie the Knot!". E!Online. 
  32. Saperstein, Pat (December 19, 2014). "Amber Tamblyn Wraps Directing Debut With Punk Rock Tale ‘Paint It Black’". Variety. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  33. "Audio: Danny! "Evil" feat. Gavin Castleton & Amber Rose Tamblyn". Okay Player. September 19, 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  34. Amber Tamblyn Emmy Nominated

External links