Tami Erin

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Tami Erin
Tami Erin.jpg
Born (1974-07-08) July 8, 1974 (age 42)
Wheaton, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actress, Model, Singer, Dancer, Fashion Designer
Years active 1988 – present
Website www.tamierin.com

Tamara Erin "Tami" Klicman (born July 8, 1974) is an American actress, model, singer, dancer, and fashion designer from Wheaton, Illinois. She is best known for her role as Pippi Longstocking in the 1988 Columbia Pictures/SONY Columbia Pictures movie The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. [1]

Acting and modeling[edit]

Tami Erin began acting and modeling at 8 years old after becoming an Elite Model with Elite Model Management one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world.[2] Tami has an older brother named Jay and two younger brothers named Todd and Joey. [3] As a child Tami Erin took acting, singing, dancing, and gymnastics lessons.[4]

Erin auditioned for the role of Pippi Longstocking when she was 11 and won the part out of nearly 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."[6] When she was 9 years old Tami Erin's family moved to Miami, Florida.[7]

The film's late director, Ken Annakin described her personality as a good fit for the role: "Tami radiates sunshine. When she smiles everyone is happy.".[8] In conjunction with the release of the movie Erin signed endorsement deals with Aqua Fresh Toothpaste, Hostess and Determined Toys the manufacturers of the "Tami Erin Pippi Longstocking Dolls".

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 1980s by Pippi Longstocking."[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]


Erin served as a UNICEF Ambassador during her time on "Pippi Longstocking".[12] 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. 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 benefitting Create Now.

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.

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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2013, Erin sold a sex tape to a pornography company,[14] after she was unable to stop a former boyfriend from releasing and profiting from it.[15]


Year Title Role
1988 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking
1988 Don't Just Sit There[16] Tami Erin
1998 Kill You Twice[17] Angie
2005 The Little Rose[18] Flower Girl
2007 AGENTS[19] LG-22
2010 Disconnect[20] 1960's Operator
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special[21] Pasta Bear Wife
2012 I Heart San Francisco Tami Erin

Television appearances[edit]

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


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

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