PROFILE
Name:
Tamara Braun
Birth Date:
April 18, 1971
Birth Place:
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Height:
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Days of our Lives

Background:

Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Tamara Braun is widely recognized for her work on daytime television. Entering the world of soap operas in the early 2000s, she made an auspicious debut when she replaced Sarah Brown as Carly Corinthos on “General Hospital,” a role she played from May 2001 to April 2005. She became an audience favorite and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination and a Soap Opera Digest Award for her performance. She went on to portray Ava Vitali on “Days of our Lives” (February to August 2008), from which she took home her Emmy, and Reese Williams on “All My Children” (2008-2009). Her television credits also include guest roles on shows like “Party of Five,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “7th Heaven,” “House M.D.,” “Cold Case,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” On the big screen, the Illinois native received a Honolulu International Festival Award and a Phoenix Film Festival Award for her starring role in “Little Chenier” (2006). Previously, she appeared in “Soul Food” (1997) and “Fallen Arches” (1998). Braun has also acted in several plays.

Braun loves skiing, horseback riding and writing. She excels in stage combat and various dialects. As a humanitarian, she is an active supporter of the TLC- Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for persons with multiple disabilities, including blindness. She also works with Planned Parenthood.


Aspiring Magician

Childhood and Family:

Tamara Braun was born on April 18, 1971, in Evanston, Illinois. She was educated at Evanston Township High School and the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, where she majored in psychology. Although she discovered a love for performing as a child, it was not until college that she recognized she wanted to pursue it as a career. During this period, she spent all of her spare time following a minor in drama and theater. After graduating, she attended acting classes in Chicago and went to London to take a summer course in Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts. After experiencing Europe through backpacking, she returned to the Unites States and began her career in commercials. She headed to Los Angeles in 1995 to try more opportunities.

When Tamara was younger, she dreamed of becoming a magician.


General Hospital

Career:

Tamara Braun had her first taste of performing on stage in high school when she landed the lead at her very first audition. Following some training that included a summer course in Shakespeare at London's Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, she began landing commercial work in Chicago. In 1995, she decided to further pursue her career in Los Angeles. While still in Chicago, Braun also had the opportunity to work in several industrial films, including “Discovery Zone,” “Household Finance” and “Boston Chicken.”

Braun made her television guest starring debut as Stacey Neumann in the UPN science fiction series “The Sentinel” episode “Sleeping Beauty” in 1997. Later that same year, she landed a small role in the widely acclaimed film “Soul Food,” which was written and directed by George Tillman Jr. and co-produced by Kenneth Edmonds. She also appeared in episodes of the Joss Whedon created supernatural drama “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (as Tara) and the NBC sitcom “City Guys.” Braun was then cast as Jenny in the award winning independent drama “Fallen Arches” (1998) for director/writer Ron Cosentino. She spent the rest of the decade guest starring in various TV shows, including “Party of Five,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “7th Heaven,” “Unhappily Ever After” (all 1998), “The Pretender” and “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane” (both 1999).

Braun was about to give up acting for good before she acquired the sought after role of Carly Corinthos in the popular daytime soap opera “General Hospital,” which premiered on ABC on April 1, 1963. As the replacement of actress Sarah Brown, who originated the role in April 1996, Braun made her debut in 2001 and would stay with the show for the next four years until April 2005. While with “General Hospital,” she was handed a 2004 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and a 2005 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Braun was later replaced by actress Jennifer Bransford.

After leaving “General Hospital,” Braun landed the reoccurring role of pastry chef Rose on the ABC sitcom “Freddie” (2005-2006), which was created by and starred Freddie Prinze Jr. In 2006, she starred as Marie-Louise LeBauve in the dramatic feature “Little Chenier,” which premiered at the Austin Film Festival on October 20, 2006, and was released in the U.S. in February 2008. Under the direction of Bethany Ashton, she won the Jury Prize for Best Actress at the 2008 Honolulu International Festival and shared a Copper Wing Award for Best Ensemble Acting from the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival. Her costars in the film included Johnathon Schaech, Frederick Koehler, Jeremy Davidson, Clifton Collins Jr., and Chris Mulkey. She also made guest appearances in Fox's “House M.D” (as Grace) and CBS' “Cold Case” (as Edie Lowe).

Braun next played Kate Douglas in an episode of the CBS “Without a Trace” called “Lost Boy” and Brenda Sanborn in the episode “Deja Boo” of the CBS hit series “Ghost Whisperer” (both 2007). In January 2008, she appeared as CoCo in the episode “Bull” of CBS' “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” She then returned to daytime shows and scored another success with the NBC hit “Days of Our Lives” (1965-2010), which was created by Ted and Betty Corday. Playing Ava Vitali, the former lover of Steve Johnson (portrayed by Stephen Nichols), from February 8 to August 4, 2008, she earned a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2009.

In October 2008, Braun joined the cast of the ABC soap opera “All My Children” in the role of Reese Williams, a role she would have until April 2009. Prior to her departure, Reese and Bianca Montgomery (played by Eden Riegel) made history on American daytime television as the first lesbian couple who legally married. Their television nuptials took place on February 13, 2009.

Following her exit from “All My Children,” Braun appeared in two episodes of the TNT drama “Saving Grace” and in an episode of the CBS medical drama “Three Rivers” (still in 2009). Recently, she completed filming “Limbo Lounge” (2010), an independent film written and directed by Tom Pankratz. She will play Anya in the film.

In addition to television and film work, Braun has acted in several stage productions. She played Annie Hall in “Sleepless in Chicago,” Lili in “Women & Wallace,” Tessie in “The Lottery” (all at the Center Theater Showcase), Cindy in “Posing Nude” (at Cafe Voltaire), Kim in “Bye Bye Birdie” and Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof” (at the MLK Theater)

“My dream would be to be in films that I'm extremely proud of, playing a multitude of roles, working with really kind, good, creative, generous people who come together for the good of a project, who have a belief in what they're doing. I want to work with people who are excited and inspired by what they are doing. To be able to do prime time would be wonderful, too. I'd like to do something bright. I'd like to do a romantic comedy. I'd like to play roles where we see the strength of a woman in her willingness to stand up for what she believes in, in her willingness to be vulnerable, in her willingness to be three-dimensional character. I would like to play roles which make people think. I would like to play roles that touch people. That's what I want, whether it's in film or television or cable or a play. I want to keep growing as a person and as an artist.” Tamara Braun


Awards:

  • Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “Days of Our Lives,” 2009

  • Honolulu International Festival: Jury Prize, Best Actress, “Little Chenier,” 2008

  • Phoenix Film Festival: Copper Wing Award, Best Ensemble Acting, “Little Chenier,” 2007

  • Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Lead Actress, “General Hospital,” 2005

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