Amber Tamblyn biography

Amber Tamblyn

Date of Birth: May 14, 1983

Born in Santa Monica, Amber Rose Tamblyn is the daughter of actor Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story) and artist/singer Bonnie Tamblyn. She was enrolled in the theatrical school SMASH at the age of five, and began acting in school productions. Amber performed in over 13 plays from kindergarten to grade eight, including playing the title role in Pippi Longstocking. Longtime family friend and agent Sharon Debord saw her starring performance, and suggested that she get into the business professionally.

At nine, Amber immediately landed parts in two films and a recurring role on General Hospital as Emily Quartermaine. She would stay with the series for six years, winning not only a large fan base, but a YoungStar award and two Hollywood Reporter awards for her work.

When she was 12, Amber co-starred with her father in the family film, Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard (1996). After leaving General Hospital in 2001 to expand her opportunities, Amber quickly landed guest appearances on TV shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Boston Public, The Twilight Zone, CSI: Miami and Without a Trace, as well as starring in a WB pilot called No Ordinary Girl. She also acted in the feature film Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002), which played at the Cannes Film Festival and in the box office hit, The Ring (2002), starring Naomi Watts.

In 2003, Amber landed the plum role of Joan in CBS' new drama, Joan of Arcadia, which went on to become an immediate hit both with critics and viewers. The show won a People's Choice Award as Favorite New Dramatic Series and an ASCAP Film and Television Music award for Top TV Series, while the pilot episode won a Humanitas Prize. For her work on the series, Amber received the high honor of a Golden Globe award nomination as well as an Emmy nomination. She has also won a Saturn Award for "Best Actress in a Television Series."

Joan of Arcadia was renewed for a second season and during her time off between seasons, Amber filmed a starring role in the Warner Bros. film, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005). However, the series didn't make it to a third season, and Tamblyn concentrated instead on procuring big screen roles, including a lead role in The Grudge 2 (2006) and the sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008).

She lives in the Los Angeles area with her boyfriend, music producer Travis Burkheimer, nine years her senior.

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