Tamara Jenkins

Director, Screenwriter, Performance artist
Writer, director and actress Tamara Jenkins was not a typical Hollywood power-player, cranking out movie after movie and banking on star-power over narrative substance. Based out of New York City, Jenkins followed her ... Read more »
Born: 05/01/1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (4)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Family Remains 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fugitive Love 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Family Remains 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Fugitive Love 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Conviction (NBC) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

Biography

Writer, director and actress Tamara Jenkins was not a typical Hollywood power-player, cranking out movie after movie and banking on star-power over narrative substance. Based out of New York City, Jenkins followed her artist's instincts from acting and performance art to feature filmmaking and writing and directing shorts for public television. While most writer-directors would head straight to Hollywood and scramble to stay in the trades, Jenkins followed up the critical success of her debut feature, "Slums of Beverly Hills" (1998) by taking sabbaticals at an artists' colony, publishing in literary journals and directing public service announcements. "The Savages"(2007), her much-anticipated follow-up to "Slums," premiered at Sundance nine years later, revealing an independent voice that could only come from an unconventional artist far removed from the pressures of the Hollywood system.

Relationships

Lillian Annett

Mother
Born c. 1930 met Manny Jenkins while working as a hat check girl in his nightclub divorced from Jenkins' father

Manuel Jenkins

Father
Born c. 1909 divorced from Jenkins' mother died c. 1997

Robert Jenkins

Brother
Younger

Ron Jenkins

Brother
Older translated Dario Fo's play "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!"

Hubert Taczanowski

Companion
No longer together

Jim Taylor Screenplay

Husband
Writer of "Election" (1999), "Sideways" (2004) and executive producer on "The Savages" (2007)

EDUCATION

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1980

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston , Massachusetts

New York University

New York , New York 1993
Completed short film "Fugitive Love"

Milestones

2007

Wrote and directed "The Savages" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Director and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

2006

Penned the screenplay, "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," a biopic of photographer Diane Arbus

2004

Helmed the short, "Choices: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly"

2002

Played a gallery owner in "Love in the Time of Money"

2000

Feature acting debut in Brad Anderson's "Happy Accidents"

1998

Feature debut, "The Slums of Beverly Hills" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival

1994

Short "Family Remains" (filmed in 1993) shown at the Sundance Film Festival

1991

Short film "Fugitive Love" won student prize at NYU; shown at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival

After college, worked in Boston as an actress but found greater success as a performance artist

From age six to sixteen, lived with her father in Beverly Hills, California; experience formed the basis for debut feature

Moved to NYC in the mid-1980s

Developed project through the Sundance Institute

At age 16, moved to Boston to live with older brother

Signed contract to direct first feature with American Playhouse producing; company disbanded before film was made

Lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her mother until age six

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