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Overview (3)

Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameTamara Renee Tunie
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tamara Tunie was born on March 14, 1959 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA as Tamara Renee Tunie. She is an actress and director, known for Flight (2012), The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She was previously married to Gregory Generet and Greg Bouquett.

Spouse (2)

Gregory Generet (21 October 1995 - 11 October 2018) ( divorced)
Greg Bouquett (10 September 1988 - 1991) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep voice
Curly hair

Trivia (24)

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 [1981]
When she was portraying the character of 'Jessica Griffin' on the daytime drama As the World Turns (1956), one of her mentors, actress/director/drama coach Billie Allen, portrayed her character's mother 'Louise' (1994).
After five years of portraying Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), she was finally given main cast billing in the seventh season. (2005)
Her father still operates the family business, a funeral home, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 2007, she received a Tony Award as co-producer for the musical "Spring Awakening". She was also a Tony Award nominee (Best Play) for co-producing August Wilson's Radio Golf.
Is a rabid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Serves on the board of directors of Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc., a nonprofit organization that works with young girls in the community.
Has worked with several charitable organizations and theater companies, including Hearts of Gold and Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse.
Was a contestant in the Miss Black Teenage Pageant in Pittsburgh in the early 1970s.
Her paternal great-grandmother was full blooded Indian.
Parents: James W Tunie, Evelyn Hawkins Tunie.
Has 3 sisters and 1 brother.
Has Native American ancestry.
In 2002, performed in 3 shows simultaneously, As the World Turns, Law & Order Special Victims Unit and 24.
On one occasion, worked on 3 shows in a 24h period. First did the play Julius Ceaser, from there she went to work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, then went to work on the soap opera As the World Turns, after that did a matinée and night performance of Julius Ceaser. (The Mo'Nique Show).
In 2005, performed in 3 shows simultaneously, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, As the World Turns and the stage play Julius Ceaser alongside Denzel Washington.
Has a french bulldog named Spraga, with husband Gregory Generet.
Is a singer.
Made her Broadway debut alongside Lena Horne in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.
Both her parents were morticians; the family lived above the funeral parlor.
Was on the first all African-American production of Tennessee Williams's play "Cat on a hot tin roof" at the Virgínia State Theatre.
Was the first African-American actress to play Maggie on "Cat on a hot tin roof" On stage.
Her vocal range is mezzo soprano.

Personal Quotes (4)

Show business is fickle, and though I have been blessed with a healthy career, who knows how long that will last?
When I first got to New York, all I did was musicals. After a few years I had to make a conscious choice to close the door on musicals, because I was getting pigeon-holed as a musical theater performer.
I have Native-American blood, I have European blood, I have African blood.
I always watch the work I do.

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