Tunney in February 2013
|Born||Robin Jessica Tunney
June 19, 1972
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Spouse(s)||Bob Gosse (m. 1997–d. 2002)|
Robin Jessica Tunney (born June 19, 1972) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon in the television series The Mentalist, as well as starring in Prison Break and the movies The Craft, End of Days, and Vertical Limit.
Early life 
Tunney was born in Chicago, Illinois to a car salesman father, Patrick, and a bartender mother, Cathy. Tunney is Irish American; her father was born in Straide, County Mayo, Ireland, while her maternal grandparents were from Clare Island. Tunney grew up in Orland Park, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She was raised Roman Catholic, attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park and the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago, and resided in Palos Heights, Illinois, also in the Chicago area. She is a cousin of Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney.
At the age of 19, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring TV roles on Class of '96, Law & Order, Dream On, and Life Goes On. She gave her breakthrough performance as a suicidal teenager in Empire Records, and attracted further attention by playing a witch in The Craft. She shaved her head for Empire Records and had to wear a wig in The Craft.
In 1997, Tunney starred in Bob Gosse's Niagara, Niagara with Henry Thomas in a performance which garnered her the Best Actress award Volpi Cup at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival. Tunney also was featured opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1999 supernatural action film End of Days.
She portrayed Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break, credited third after two main characters. She also appeared in the premiere episode of season two, when her character was killed off.
She had a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008.
Personal life 
Tunney married producer/director Bob Gosse on October 4, 1997; they divorced in 2002. In 2009, Tunney was engaged to Australian writer/director Andrew Dominik but their relationship ended by August 2010. She got engaged to interior designer Nicky Marmet on December 25, 2012 while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro.
On June 28, 2006, Tunney won the fifth table of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown's eighth season, finishing ahead of Christopher Meloni, Macy Gray, Joy Behar, and Andy Dick, moving on to the final cut. The finale aired on July 5, 2006, where she competed against Jason Alexander, Michael Ian Black, Ida Siconolfi, and Keegan-Michael Key. Tunney came in second, behind Alexander. She played for The Children's Health Fund, which received $200,000 for her efforts. In August 2006, Tunney played in the World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom PokerRoom.com.
|1992||Perry Mason: The Case of Reckless Romeo||Sandra Turner||TV movie|
|1993||JFK: Reckless Youth||Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy||TV movie|
|1994||Law & Order||Jill Templeton||Episode: "Mayhem"|
|1996||The Craft||Sarah Bailey|
|1996||Riders of the Purple Sage||Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne, Oldring's Masked Rider/Daughter|
|1998||Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families||Melvina 'Malka' Csizmadi|
|1999||End of Days||Christine York|
|2000||Vertical Limit||Annie Garrett|
|2002||The Secret Lives of Dentists||Laura|
|2003||Abby Singer||Herself (Cameo)|
|2003||The In-Laws||Angela Harris|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Edie Durant||Episode: "Developing"|
|2004||House||Rebecca Adler||Pilot episode|
|2004||Shadow of Fear||Wynn French|
|2005||The Zodiac||Laura Parish|
|2005–2006||Prison Break||Veronica Donovan||Season 1, and season 2 episode "Manhunt"|
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Zoe|
|2008||The Burning Plain||Laura|
|2008||The Two Mr. Kissels||Nancy Kissel|
|2008–present||The Mentalist||Teresa Lisbon||TV series|
|2012||See Girl Run||Emmie|
Awards and nominations 
- 2001: Nominated, "Favorite Actress - Action" - Vertical Limit
- 2006: Won, "Festival Prize" - Open Window
- 1999: Nominated, "Best Female Lead" - Niagara, Niagara
- 2009: Won, "Best New Series" - The Mentalist (shared with Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman and Tim Kang)
- 1997: Won, "Best Actress" - Niagara, Niagara
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