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Tamara Tunie Biography

Birth Place:
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States

Fast Facts

  • Both her parents were morticians; the family lived above the funeral parlor
  • Was a contestant in the Miss Black Teenage Pageant in Pittsburgh in the early 1970s
  • Made her Broadway debut alongside Lena Horne in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
  • In 2002, worked on three TV series (on three different networks) simultaneously: As the World Turns, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and 24
  • Mayor Bloomberg presented her with one of the inaugural Made in NY awards in 2006
  • Coproduced the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, which debuted on Broadway in 2006, and August Wilson's final play, Radio Golf, which debuted on Broadway in 2007
  • Made her directorial debut in 2010 with the film See You in September
  • Became an official spokesperson for the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths in 2011
  • 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


  • 2002Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated


  • Greg Bouquett -- Ex-husband
  • James W. Tunie -- Father
  • Gregory Generet -- Husband (separated)
  • Evelyn Hawkins Tunie -- Mother