Tami Erin

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Tami Erin
Tami Erin.jpg
Born Tamara Erin Klicman
(1974-07-08) July 8, 1974 (age 43)
Wheaton, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actress, Model, Singer, Dancer, Fashion Designer
Years active 1982–present
Website www.tamierinshop.com

Tamara Erin Klicman[1] (born July 8, 1974), known professionally as Tami Erin, is an American actress, model, singer, and fashion designer. She is best known for her role as Pippi Longstocking in The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. It was released in movie theaters worldwide in 13 languages by Columbia Pictures.[2][better source needed]

Acting and modeling[edit]

Erin began acting and modeling at 8 years old after becoming an Elite Model with Elite Model Management.[3] Erin took method acting, singing, dancing, and gymnastics.[4] Erin grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, but when she was 9 years old her family moved to Miami, Florida.[1]

Erin auditioned for the role of Pippi Longstocking when she was 11 and won the part out of over 8,000 girls.[5] Casting director Garrison True said that finding someone like her "is an effort that has taken many years and much patience."[citation needed]

The film's director, Ken Annakin, described her personality as a good fit for the role: "Tami radiates sunshine. When she smiles everyone is happy. She is Pippi Longstocking.".[6] In conjunction with the release of the movie Erin signed endorsement deals with Aqua Fresh Toothpaste, Hostess Cupcakes, and Determined Toys the manufacturers of the "Tami Erin Pippi Longstocking Dolls".[citation needed]

The first Royal world premiere was hosted by the Princess of Japan, Princess Nori, in Tokyo. The second Royal premiere was hosted by King Carl, Queen Silvia and author Astrid Lindgren in Stockholm, Sweden. According to some authors, the "awareness" of Sweden as a country was increased by the book and film, "Sweden awareness was raised worldwide in the 1988 by Pippi Longstocking."[7] The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking were re-released by Columbia Pictures on DVD in 2000 and as a double feature with Matilda in 2007.[8]

Most recently, Erin appeared in the Warner Bros. film Tim & Eric's Awesome Christmas Special. Erin also appeared in the Dreamscape Cinema film Disconnect as well as in the Giant Wonder computer animated series AGENTS as LG-22.[9]


Erin served as a United Nations Ambassador for UNICEF. Working with UNICEF, she spoke internationally on behalf of the United Nations and at the United Nations on World Children's Day to the delegates of over 100 countries.[citation needed] In 2011, Erin partnered with Create Now and La Fine Clothing for a fundraising campaign. Tami and La Fine Clothing co-designed a line of T-shirts sold in Europe, Japan and the United States with 100% of the profits benefiting Create Now.[citation needed]

Erin also heads the Pippi clothing line and just became an ambassador for Hearts.com, an eco-fashion line of 2,000 artisans who recycle clothing and accessories for six international charities.[citation needed]

In 2013 Erin became an International Ambassador for Hearts.com to raise funds for the IHeart Change program for 6 international charities including Generosity Water, Pencils of Promise, Eden Projects, International Lifeline Fund, Free The Slaves, and Kili To Chili.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2013, Erin sold a sex tape to a pornography company titled Tami Erin The SEX Tape, after she was unable to stop a former boyfriend from releasing and profiting from it.[11]

Legal issues[edit]

In 2013, Erin was charged with DUI and hit and run.[12] When the cops found Erin, she failed the sobriety test and was then arrested.[13] In 2014, she was sentenced to enter an alcohol education program and attend 10 weeks of AA meetings.[14]


Year Title Role
1988 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking
1988 Don't Just Sit There[15] Herself
1998 Kill You Twice[16] Angie
2005 The Little Rose[17] Flower Girl
2007 AGENTS[18] LG-22
2010 Disconnect[19] 1960's Operator
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special[20] Pasta Bear Wife
2012 I Heart San Francisco Herself
2013 Tami Erin The SEX Tape Herself

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1986–1989 International Network Television Herself Various
1986–1989 Domestic Network Television Herself Various
1988 Yappari Neko Ga Suki Herself Fuji Television Network
1998 The Grand Prize Herself ARD (Broadcasting)
1998 Good Morning America Herself ABC Television
1988 Today Show Herself NBC
1988 Entertainment Tonight Herself CBS Television
1995 BBC News Herself BBC News
2003 KRON-TV Herself NBC
2010-2016 TMZ on TV Herself Fox Broadcasting Company


  1. ^ a b Wheaton native looks back on playing 'Pippi'
  2. ^ The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
  3. ^ Pippi Comes To Hollywood Fla. Girl Plays Precocious Pre-teen Unpretentiously
  4. ^ The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
  5. ^ `Pippi Longstocking` Film`s Starring Role Goes To Broward Girl
  6. ^ New Pippi Found In Florida
  7. ^ Arkes, Jos, and Fidom, Gerald. By Sheer Accident, AuthorHouse (2012) p. 224
  8. ^ "Matilda & The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Tami Erin". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  10. ^ Sydney, Australia (3 December 2013). "Yahoo 7 TV". Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Williams, Alex (18 October 2013). "When Celebrity Sex Videos Are Rated Y (for Yawn)". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Don't Just Sit There". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  16. ^ "Kill You Twice". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  17. ^ "The Little Rose". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  18. ^ "''Agents''". Youtube.com. 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  19. ^ "Disconnect". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  20. ^ "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 

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