Tammy Blanchard

Tammy Blanchard
Born (1976-12-14) December 14, 1976
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1997–present
Children Ava Jean Blanchard

Tammy Blanchard (born December 14, 1976) is an American actress and singer. She has worked primarily in films and television, making her professional start in the soap opera Guiding Light. For her first stage appearance, she played the role of Louise/Gypsy in the 2003 Broadway revival of the musical Gypsy, for which she earned both a Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award.

She received the Emmy Award for her portrayal of a teenage Judy Garland in the television movie Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. She also appeared as Hedy LaRue in the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for the role.[1]

Life and career

Blanchard was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. She made her professional acting debut on the soap opera Guiding Light in 1997, where she played spoiled rich girl Drew Jacobs.[2] Her role on the show increased over the years, and by the time of her departure in 2000 she had become a major player in the series.

She was then cast as the younger version of Judy Davis's Judy Garland in the 2001 ABC television docudrama Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.[3][4] She received glowing reviews for her performance[5] and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie .[6]

She played Marianne Mulvaney in the Lifetime television movie We Were the Mulvaneys (2002), and was noted for her "fragile strength" by The New York Times reviewer.[7] In 2004, she played Sally Reid in the CBS made-for-television movie, When Angels Come to Town with Peter Falk.[8]

Blanchard earned a Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award for her work in her Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Gypsy, in which she played the title role opposite Bernadette Peters.[9][10][11]

Blanchard's film roles include The Good Shepherd (2006), starring as the deaf lover of Matt Damon's character;[12] Bella (2006),[13] which took the top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; The Ramen Girl (2007);[14] and Deadline (2009). She co-starred with Jessica Lange in the CBS television remake of the 1976 television film Sybil, in which she portrays a woman with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).[15][16] She appeared in the multi-star cast of the television docudrama Living Proof (2008) as the first woman to have been treated with the breast cancer drug Herceptin.[17]

She plays Amy Roberts, the widow of a murderer, in the made-for-television movie Amish Grace, which first aired on the Lifetime Movie Network in March 2010. The movie is based on the West Nickel Mines School shooting. The Huffington Post noted that "This is an amazing young actress and she deserves to get better and better roles."[18][19][20] The Hollywood Reporter noted that Blanchard gives "a moving turn".[21]

She appeared in the 2010 film Rabbit Hole alongside Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Kidman's sister.[22]

Blanchard played the role of "office bombshell Hedy La Rue" in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which opened on March 27, 2011 and closed on May 20, 2012.[23] For this role Blanchard received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[24]

The feature film Union Square, co-written and directed by the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award Winner, Nancy Savoca, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, and is being screened in New York City in July 2012. In it, Blanchard co-stars with Patti Lupone, Mira Sorvino, Mike Doyle, Michael Rispoli and Daphne Rubin-Vega.[25][26] She portrayed Eden in Karyn Kusama's thriller film The Invitation.[27][28]

In 2014, Blanchard appeared as the stepsister Florinda in director Rob Marshall's film, Into the Woods, an adaptation of the popular stage musical. She appears in the film Tallulah, which debuted on Netflix in 2016.[29]

Personal life

Blanchard lives in her hometown of Bayonne and has a daughter, Ava Jean Blanchard, who was born in 2008.[30]






Year Title Role Notes
2002 Stealing Harvard Noreen Plummer
2006 Bella Nina
2006 The Good Shepherd Laura
2008 Cadillac Records Isabelle Allen
2008 The Ramen Girl Gretchan
2009 Deadline Rebecca
2010 Rabbit Hole Izzy
2010 Union Square Jenny
2011 Moneyball Elizabeth Hatteberg
2013 Blue Jasmine Jane
2013 La vida inesperada Jojo
2014 Into The Woods[31] Florinda
2015 The Invitation Eden
2016 Tallulah Carolyn


Year Title Role Notes
1997–2000 Guiding Light Drew Jacobs
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kelly D'Leah Episode: "Consent"
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Judy Garland Television movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sarah Eldon Episode: "Tomorrow"
2002 We Were the Mulvaneys Marianne Mulvaney Television movie
2004 When Angels Come to Town Sally Reid Television movie
2007 Sybil Sybil Television movie
2008 Living Proof Nicole Wilson Television movie
2009 Empire State Beth Cochrane Television movie
2010 Amish Grace Amy Roberts Television movie
2010 Law & Order Dana Silva Episode: "Brazil"
2010 The Good Wife Petra Long Episode: "Taking Control"
2012 A Gifted Man Louise Mitchell Episode: "In Case of Heart Failure"
2012 The Big C Giselle 3 episodes
2014 Madam Secretary Claire Ionesco Episode: "Need to Know"
2015 Elementary Violet de Merville Episode: "The Illustrious Client"


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 Gypsy: A Musical Fable Louise/Gypsy Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
2011–2012 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Hedy LaRue Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical


  1. "2011 Tony Nominations Announced! THE BOOK OF MORMON Leads With 14!". Broadwayworld.com. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  2. "About GL: About the Actors - Tammy Blanchard". Soapcentral.; "'Guiding Light' alumni". Variety. Jan 24, 2007.
  3. Gallo, Phil. "Review: ‘Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows’" Variety, February 22, 2001
  4. Kelleher, Terry. "Picks and Pans Review: Life with 'Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows'" People, February 26, 2001
  5. Tucker, Ken (December 21, 2001). "Tammy Blanchard & Judy Davis in 'Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows'". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. Weinraub, Bernard (November 5, 2001). "Subdued Patriotism Replaces Glitter as Television Finally Presents Its Emmys". The New York Times. p. 9. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  7. Wertheimer, Ron (April 2, 2002). "The Perfect Family, Until the Night of the High School Dance". The New York Times.
  8. When Angels Come to Town at AllMovie
  9. Gans, Andrew (May 19, 2003). "Gypsy Tony Nominee Blanchard Gets New Co-star Every 3 Weeks". Playbill.
  10. "Theatre World award information, 2002-2003". theatreworldawards.org. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  11. Jones, Kenneth (June 9, 2003). "Just the Facts: List of 2003 Tony Award Winners". Playbill.
  12. Hall, Sandra. "Review: 'The Good Shepherd'". smh.com.au, February 20, 2007
  13. Schembri, Jim. "Review:'Bella'" theage.com.au, February 21, 2008
  14. Wilmott, Don. "Review". filmcritic.com, July 10, 2009
  15. Lipton, Brian Scott. "Tammy Blanchard and Jessica Lange's Sybil to Air on June 7". theatermania.com, June 7, 2008
  16. Tammy Blanchard at the Internet Movie Database
  17. "Tammy Blanchard-Bayonne Actress in 'Living Proof' on the Lifetime Channel October 18". riverviewobserver.net, October 12, 2008
  18. Cooper, Jackie K."Amish Grace is a Story of Grace Under Fire".huffingtonpost.com, March 23, 2010
  19. "'Amish Grace' Actress Follows Her Yellow Brick Road".The River View Observer, March 24, 2010
  20. ""Amish Grace' listing" mylifetime.com, retrieved March 24, 2010
  21. Dawn, Randee."Amish Grace -- TV Review" The Hollywood Reporter, March 26, 2010
  22. Scott, A. O.Charades of Normalcy After Death of a Child" The New York Times, December 16, 2010
  23. Hetrick, Adam. "Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, Rose Hemingway Join 'How to Succeed' Broadway Revival" Playbill.com, November 15, 2010
  24. Jones, Kenneth and Gans, Andrew. 2011 Tony Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Earns 14 Nominations 2011 "Tony Nominations Announced; 'Book of Mormon' Earns 14 Nominations" Playbill.com, May 3, 2011
  25. Blake, Leslie. "INTERVIEW: Tammy Blanchard Moves Into 'Union Square'", TheaterMania.com, July 14, 2012
  26. Gans, Andrew. " 'Union Square' Film, Featuring Patti LuPone, Tammy Blanchard, Mira Sorvino, Opens in NYC in July" Playbill.com, June 28, 2012
  27. "SXSW 2015 – 'The Invitation'" dreadcentral.com
  28. Sims, David. " The Invitation: A Dinner Party of Nightmares" The Atlantic, April 8, 2016
  29. McNary, Dave (June 23, 2015). "Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit Join Ellen Page's 'Tallulah'". Variety. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  30. Cerbo, Toni-Ann.Bayonne actress in Broadway show" nj.com, March 25, 2011
  31. WORLD EXCLUSIVE! New Confirmed Casting For the INTO THE WOODS Movie, Starring Streep & Depp Broadway World, Retrieved July 27, 2013
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