Amber Tamblyn was born in Santa Monica,
California, the daughter of actor Russ Tamblyn and
musician/writer Bonnie Murray. At the age ten, she played Pippi
Longstocking at the Santa Monica Alternative School House; her
father's agent, Sharon Debord, was attending as a family friend
and ended up convincing her father to allow Tamblyn to go on
Amber Tamblyn was cast as Emily Bowen Quartermaine on the soap opera General Hospital, a role which she played for six years (from 1995 to 2001). She also appeared in the films Rebellious and Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard (both co-starring her father), as well as in Live Nude Girls (1995) and in the opening scene of the 2002 horror film, The Ring. Tamblyn also made a number of guest appearances on several television shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which she played Janice Penshaw, the best friend of Dawn Summers, as well as Boston Public, CSI: Miami, and Punk'd (after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher or his crew members for losing someone else's dog).
Tamblyn became well known for playing Joan Girardi, a teenage girl who receives frequent visits from God, on the CBS drama series Joan of Arcadia, a role which earned her a Golden Globe nomination; Tamblyn's father made several appearances on the show, which ran from 2003 to 2005.
Amber Tamblyn's first major film role was in 2005's well-reviewed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, alongside Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Blake Lively. She portrayed Tabitha "Tibby" Tomko-Rollins, a girl who intended to become an independent documentary filmmaker, while the rest of her friends - played by Bledel, Ferrera and Lively - leave for the summer, leaving her alone.
Amber's next major film will be The Grudge 2, a sequel to The Grudge. The film, which also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, is currently in production and will be released in October 2006.
Amber Tamblyn has self-published two chapbooks of poetry, Of the Dawn and Plenty of Ships, and has participated in poetry readings at various venues, particularly in California.
The Loneliest, a poem book inspired by Thelonius Monk and his music, was published in 2005 and contains Haiku poetry written by Amber Tamblyn and coupled with collages by George Herms. Only 300 copies of the book were published.
Tamblyn is a liberal and attended the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She has been a vegetarian since 2005 and has arachnophobia. When she found out her character's pet on General Hospital was going to be a tarantula, she requested that the spider be killed off due to Tamblyn's fear of spiders. She suggested that the spider could be replaced by a rat, the type of pet Tamblyn had at home.
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