Amber Tamblyn Biography

Television Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Actress, Film Actress (1983–)
Amber Tamblyn is an actress known for roles in the films Joan of Arcadia and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and on the series General Hospital. She is married to actor/comedian David Cross.


Born in California in 1983, Amber Tamblyn launched her career in 1995 with a part on General Hospital, on which she appeared for six years thereafter. Tamblyn starred in the prime-time series Joan of Arcadia before landing her first lead movie role, in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She also starred in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt with Michael Douglas. In addition to acting, Tamblyn writes poetry and has published two books. She is married to actor/comedian David Cross.

Early Life

Amber Rose Tamblyn was born on May 14, 1983, in Santa Monica, California. Performing is part of her legacy: Her father, Russ, is an actor, and her mother, Bonnie Murphy, is a singer. Her grandfather was a vaudeville performer. When Tamblyn acted in a school play at age 10, an agent and family friend—along with her mother and grandmother—persuaded her father to allow her to start going on auditions.


It didn't take long for Amber Tamblyn to work her way into the business, and she nabbed the role of Emily Bowen on the daytime soap opera General Hospital in 1995. She was well-received by both critics and fans, and remained on the show for six years.

After leaving General Hospital in 2001, Tamblyn guest-starred on prime-time shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boston Public and CSI: Miami, before landing the lead role in the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, about a girl who speaks to God. In 2004, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the role.

Joan of Arcadia was canceled in 2005, but that didn't slow down Tamblyn's career. That same year, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was released, giving Tamblyn her first lead role in a feature film, alongside America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel.

In 2007, Tamblyn starred in the pilot of Babylon Fields, which was picked up but then was canceled before airing. She began filming The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and then Beyond a Reasonable Doubt with Michael Douglas. Tamblyn also had a small role in the film 127 Hours.

From 2010 to 2012, Tamblyn juggled a variety of projects, including starring in the seventh and eighth seasons of the medical drama House M.D., as well as playing a recurring role in the IFC sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which also featured her father and her husband-to-be.

Personal Life

Tamblyn has published two books of poetry, Free Stallion in 2005 and Bang Ditto in 2009. Her poems have also appeared in anthologies, and she writes for the Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet.

On October 6, 2012, Tamblyn married actor and comedian David Cross, who is 19 years her senior. The couple dated for two years before becoming engaged in 2011.

Tamblyn actively supports children's and women's charities, including Planned Parenthood.

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