April 18, 1971 |
Evanston, Illinois, United States
|Known for||General Hospital, All My Children, Days of our Lives|
Tamara Braun (born April 18, 1971) is an American actress known for portraying the role of Carly Corinthos on General Hospital 2001–05 and Reese Williams on All My Children 2008-2009. She is currently portraying the role of Ava Vitali in the daytime television series Days of Our Lives, the same series that she also portrayed an entirely different role, the role of Taylor Walker.
Braun was born in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois and attended Evanston Township High School. She was a psychology major at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and took a summer course in Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England before backpacking throughout Europe.
Braun is well known for her win at the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards, receiving the accolade of Outstanding Supporting Actress for the role of Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives. She is also well known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Carly Corinthos on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, a role she played from 2001 to 2005. As Carly, Braun was featured very prominently as a romantic partner of characters Sonny Corinthos, portrayed by Daytime Emmy winner Maurice Benard, and Lorenzo Alcazar, portrayed by Ted King.
After leaving General Hospital, Braun played the female lead in the independent movie Little Chenier, which was filmed in Louisiana in August 2005. Braun worked with a dialect coach to perfect a Cajun accent, and she altered her appearance by getting a bronzed tan and darkening her hair. Tamara appeared as pastry chef Rose on four episodes of the ABC sitcom Freddie as a romantic interest of both lead male characters. Tamara has also starred in the independent film Limbo Lounge, directed by Tom Pankratz. In 2006 and 2007 respectively, Braun appeared on the CBS hit shows Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer; in the former she portrayed a country singer who helped cover up the murder of a fellow singer in order to protect her career. Additionally, she appeared in the 2007 season premiere of Without a Trace.
In 2008, Braun joined the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives in the Emmy-winning role of Ava Vitali, a woman from long-time veteran Stephen Nichols' character Steve Johnson's past. She left the soap in August 2008, but would go on to win a Daytime Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal in the Ava Vitali role.
Later that year she joined the cast of All My Children as Reese Williams, her second soap since leaving General Hospital in April 2005.
On February 15, 2011, Soap Opera Digest announced Braun would return to Days of our Lives and take over the role of Taylor Walker from her former General Hospital co-star, Natalia Livingston. Episodes featuring Braun began airing in Canada on Monday, April 25, 2011 and in the United States on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. On June 7, 2011, Braun was let go from Days and her last episode playing Taylor aired on September 22, 2011.
In July 2015, it was announced that Braun was returning to Days reprising the role of Ava Vitali, as part of Days of our Lives fiftieth anniversary celebrations.
|2006||Little Chenier||Marie-Louise LeBauve|
|1997||Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel||Stacey Neumann||Episode: "Sleeping Beauty"|
|1997||City Guys||Allison||Episode: "The College Girl"|
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Tara||Episode: "When She Was Bad"|
|1998||Party of Five||Marcy||Episode: "Parent Trap"|
|1998||Magnificent Seven, TheThe Magnificent Seven||Virginia||Episode: "Witness"|
|1998||7th Heaven||Ellen||Episode: "Let's Talk About Sex"|
|1998||Unhappily Ever After||Nell / Lacy||Episodes: "Love Letters", "Secrets"|
|1999||Pretender, TheThe Pretender||Claire Dunning||Episode: "Murder 101"|
|1999||DiResta||Amanda||Episode: "One Wedding and a Funeral"|
|2001||Off Centre||Lisa||Episode: "Let's Meet Mike and Euan"|
|2001–05||General Hospital||Carly Corinthos||Regular role (515 episodes)|
|2005||Freddie||Rose||Episodes: "The War of the Rose", "The Italian Job"|
|2006||Freddie||Rose||Episodes: "The Two That Got Away", "Two Times a Lady"|
|2006||House||Grace||Episode: "House vs. God"|
|2006||Cold Case||Edie Lowe||Episode: "The Red and the Blue"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Brenda Sanborn||Episode: "Deja Boo"|
|2007||Without a Trace||Kate Douglas||Episode: "Lost Boy"|
|2008, 2015–16||Days of Our Lives||Ava Vitali||Regular role|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Coco||Episode: "Bull"|
|2008–09||All My Children||Reese Williams||Regular role (82 episodes)|
|2009||Saving Grace||Renee Ellen||Episodes: "That Was No First Kiss", "Looks Like a Lesbian Attack to Me"|
|2009||Three Rivers||Samantha Krauser||Episode: "Where We Lie"|
|2011||Days of Our Lives||Taylor Walker||Regular role (138 episodes)|
|2012||Castle||Natalia Roosevelt||Episode: "Murder He Wrote"|
|2013||Necessary Roughness||Ronnie||Episode: "The Fall Guy"|
|2013||Supernatural||Cindy Cassity||Episode: "Trial and Error"|
Awards and Nominations
|2000||General Hospital||M.Y.S.O Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama||Won|
|2004||General Hospital||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2005||General Hospital||Soap Opera Digest Award||Best Leading Actress in a Daytime Drama||Won|
|2005||General Hospital||M.Y.S.O Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama||Won|
|2007||Little Chenier||Honolulu International Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2007||Little Chenier||Phoenix Film Festival||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|2007||Little Chenier||Copper Wing Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2009||Days of Our Lives||Daytime Emmy Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama||Won|
|2009||Days of Our Lives||Soapy Awards||Best Villain||Nominated|
- Bloom, Nate (2003-11-14). "Celebrity Jews". The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
Sarah Joy Brown
|Carly Corinthos actress
|Taylor Walker actress