Tami Stronach

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Tami Stronach
Tami Stronach at Rhode Island Comic Con.jpg
Tami Stronach at Rhode Island Comic Con in 2016
Born Tamara Stronach
(1972-07-31) July 31, 1972 (age 46)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Actress, dancer
Spouse(s) Greg Steinbruner
(2010–present; 1 child)
Children Maya (born in 2011)

Tamara "Tami" Stronach (born July 31, 1972 in Tehran, Iran) is an American dancer and choreographer who has also worked as an actress.

Early life[edit]

Stronach was born to Israeli and Scottish parents. Her father, David Stronach (born in 1931), is an archaeologist of ruins of Ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) and a professor at UC Berkeley. David met his wife, the Israeli archaeologist Ruth Vaadia (1937–2017) in Tehran, where they both worked on excavations at a Tehran site. They got married in 1966 and Stronach is their second child. She has an older sister, Keren.

The family fled to Israel during the Iranian Revolution[1] in 1978 where they lived for a few years until the family had to relocate again to America for work. David then become professor of archaeology.


Stronach made her acting debut as "The Childlike Empress" in The Neverending Story (1984), a film adaptation of the novel Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) by Michael Ende. She has not since had many known acting roles; her parents preferred that she did not pursue any further acting to avoid the possible dangers many child actresses in both movies and television sometimes encounter.[2] She has nevertheless since acted in the play "Chambre" at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, and she has further studied acting with Laura Esterman.[3] She had a leading role in the Czech fantasy film, Poslední z Aporveru, a tale of two children trying to save their world from destruction.[4]

She also released a 45 rpm single around the same time as The Neverending Story entitled Tami Stronach – Fairy Queen. The songs on the album are called "Fairy Queen" and "Riding on a Rainbow." The tracks are of similar synthpop orientation as the Giorgio Moroder/Limahl Neverending Story theme, and may have been an attempt to capitalize on its success.[5]

Since the days of her childhood role, she has become a member of an Israeli dance troupe based in the U.S. called the Neta Dance Company. Joining them in 1996, she performed with the company mostly in the U.S., Israel and Europe.[6] She has also choreographed and performed her own works, including "The Maid and the Marmalade" and "Contain yourself, darling." While her own work has typically been performed in New York City, she has begun more recently to take this abroad, such as with a tour of Australia in July 2006.[7]

She has been married to Greg Steinbruner since April 30, 2010. They have a daughter named Maya[8] (born in January 2011).

In 2017, it was announced[9] that Tami would join Lauren Holly in the independent comedy Ultra Low from writer-director Nicholas Gyeney.


Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1985Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama – Nominated


  1. ^ "From the President: Gentleman and Scholar – Archaeology Magazine Archive". Archaeology.org. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  2. ^ "Forgotten Never Ending Story Star Returns". Contactmusic.com. May 6, 2005. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  3. ^ Net a Company Archived May 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Poslední z Aporveru". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  5. ^ Cdandlp
  6. ^ Tami Stronach Archived September 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Nymf[dead link]
  8. ^ Beacon Reader Archived December 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Harris, Jeffrey (June 17, 2018). "The NeverEndingStory Star Tami Stronach Returns to Acting in Ultra-Low". Pop Geeks. Retrieved September 27, 2017.

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