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Amber Tamblyn Bio
Amber 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 season eleven of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.
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). She also starred in “Evergreen“, the pilot episode of the revived Twilight Zone series on UPN in 2002. Tamblyn became better known playing Joan Girardi, a teenage girl who receives frequent visits from God, on the CBS drama series Joan of Arcadia. 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. 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.
In spring 2009, Tamblyn starred in The Unusuals, playing NYPD homicide detective Casey Shraeger in this notably acclaimed crime drama. 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 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.
Tamblyn has appeared on numerous episodes of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer”, including the infamous “Milk Milk Lemonade” which aired in 2015. 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.”
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. 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.
Her horror film career began with the opening scene of 2002’s The Ring. 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. 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. 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.
In January 2008, Tamblyn appeared in the Hallmark film The Russell Girl, about a woman suffering from disease and mental anguish. Tamblyn appeared in the 2009 film Spring Breakdown, also featuring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Parker Posey. 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.
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.”
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. Tamblyn starred in Neil Labute’s “Reasons to be Pretty” at the Geffen Playhouse in 2014, which received critical acclaim.
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. 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.” Poet Laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti called the book, “A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language.” 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.
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. 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. 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. Since 2011, Tamblyn has reviewed books of poetry by women for iconic feminist magazine, BUST Magazine.
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.
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