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Tamara Eve Braun was born April 18, 1971, in Evanston, Illinois, a beautiful suburb located near Chicago. As a child, Tamara always aspired to act, but being the daughter of a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist, her father and mother had other expectations for her. Instead of pursuing to explore and improve her innate acting skills, she entered college as a psychology major, a decision that was heavily influenced by her parents. Ideally by doing this, Tamara hoped to become a therapist for deaf children; however, Tamara knew that she would only attain happiness if she followed what she knew was her true calling: acting. While she pursued her life dream, she was able to attend a summer course at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where she took up a keen interest for Shakespearean literature. Her first acting job, interestingly enough, was a training video for the Discovery Zone; and it can be assured that Tamara was more than happy to take part in its creation. After a disappointing two year dry spell, Tamara started taking the rejection to heart, something she refused and dreaded to do in the business. Although she loved Los Angeles, she refused to stay at a place that reminded her of her failed dreams. Feeling dejected, she told her boyfriend of over four years that she was finished with acting. But before all hope was lost, Tamara’s manager telephoned her with the good news: General Hospital wanted her for a screen-test for the role of ‘Sarah.’ Mislead by her mother’s friends, who are long time watches of General Hospital, Tamara was under the false impression that she would be playing the role of ‘Sarah’ Webber, Liz Webber’s older sister. Little did she know that her role was actually to replace Sarah Brown, who originated the role of Carly Roberts Corinthos! Quoting Tamara from the Soaps in Depth, February 19, 2002 edition, “Lo and behold…I’m Mrs. Carly Corinthos.”
It seemed like a challenging and overbearing task at first when Tamara first started playing Carly, as others would tell her how Sarah did things, and not allow her to do things her way. Elizabeth Korte, of General Hospital’s head writing team, eased some of the stress by reviewing over ten pages of back history on Carly, filling Tamara in on all the details of her character’s life. She began the role on May 3, 2001. Soon enough, through her diligence and hard work, Tamara became accepted by the fans, which was a huge personal triumph in her life- she felt as if she passed a test, and she felt truly touched. Nine months into her role as Carly she was finally comfortable with doing things her way, but happy that she was able to keep Carly as her erratic self.
Tamara’s been given acting tips by many co-workers, but has received the greatest advice from her leading man, Maurice Benard. “Forget what people are telling you about how Sarah [Brown] did it. You make your own,” Maurice stated in the article Her Better Half in the Soaps in Depth February 19, 2002 edition.
During an interview with Carolyn Hinsley, Tamara was asked if she was one of those complaining actors, she replied very eloquently that she would only approach a producer when she did not understand something, and whenever she needed their help to see the big picture. She has also always vocalized how much she appreciates all her fan base attention. Tamara also holds herself confidently, gracefully, humbly in public- If an interviewer would try to dig and get her to say something negative, she would retort that she loves how passionate they are, or that a reaction is best because they are into what is going on. She is always a gem during interviews.
On March 4, 2004, Tamara Braun was nominated for lead actress in a Drama Series, her first nomination. Tamara attended the event in a plum Roberto Cavalla creation. For the 2003 Emmy's she was presented the Best Outstanding Younger Actor Emmy to Jordi Vilasuso along side Alicia Leigh Willis.
In Early 2005, Tamara received a pre-nomination in the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress along with co-star Nancy Lee Grahn. In the February 22, 2005 issue of Soap Opera Digest it was announced that Tamara won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In February 2005 Soapdom INC announced the winners in their Cybby Awards; Ms Braun was award five awards including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
When the March 8, 2005 issue of Soap Opera Digest hit the stands; fans of Tamara were shocked and saddened by her decision to leave General Hospital in pursuit of other roles, but once everyone calmed maybe looked forward to seeing spread her wings. Tamara's last air date as Carly Corinthos was April 15, 2005. A few months later it was announced that she had landed a role in the Indie film Little Chenier, set to tape in Louisiana. Wrap up for the film ended days before the devastating Hurricane Wilma and the cast and crew made it out safely. The movie was submitted to the Sundance Film Festival October 17th. She also was the surprise guest at the Evening With the Stars but left early because she had an audition early the next day as well as she was sick. No sooner then that Tamara announced she was hired for a two part episode on ABC's comedy Freddie playing Rose the baker where the ratings for the programmed increased and Freddie enjoyed working with her so much that he told her he would like her back if the show was picked up for a full season. She also was entered in the pre-nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards. Later fans found that Freddie was picked up for a full season and fans eagerly awaited news that she would be returning for more episodes. In the January 2006 issue of ABC Soaps In Depth they announced she has in fact been contacted to do two more episodes.
Tamara has an older brother, two half sisters, one half brother, a step sister and two stepbrothers.
Notable Films: Some of the notable films in which Tamara preformed for would be the independent film, Fallen Arches. Braun portrayed Jenny, a young beautiful woman who was sought out all men. Another role would be the science fiction series The Sentinel, in which she portrayed a young woman who had been in a coma since the tender age of ten. Once Stacey [Newman, her character] had awakened she found herself in a whole heap of troubles. Stacey was kidnapped by criminals looking for a top secret energy source.
On Tamara, the individual: She enjoys Mountain climbing especially with her family. When it comes to movies she prefers comedy over tear jerker movies. She loves big Sunday breakfasts and Mac over cheese. She doesn’t eat dairy. On her spare time she reads more often or she spends time with her friends. She spent a Christmas as Hawaii, where she won’t on a catamaran ride for seven hours. On New Years day she took a helicopter ride to see the mountains and things like that, she felt it was so magical, the closest your could be to god, it made her cry. She’s always wanted to portray Joan Of Arc because she was a visionary, and a strong woman. Before she joined GH, she had a huge old crush on Sean Donely, she loved him and Tiffany.
Tamara’s Boyfriend: There is not much that is known about him because Tamara likes to keep her privacy. She feels that it is her job to be in the public's eyes, NOT her boyfriend’s. She has said this much: they have been together for over four years, he is a photographer, and he holds her when she is down. During her rough patch before she got her GH gig she cried in his arms. (SO SWEET) People, who have seen him, did not take pictures out of respect, but they say he's very attractive and totally what they expected Tamara's taste would be. Tamara’s boyfriend once said at a dinner with Maurice Benard and Paula (Maurice’s wife) that he and Paula should be able to make out in front of Tamara and Maurice because they get to do it on screen all the time. Maurice said it was deal! [I am not sure if this is true I read it on Wicked-Games]