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Also Known As: Tamara L Mello Died:
Born: February 22, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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A petite, spunky, tousle-haired California girl best known for her role as activist and outcast Lily on "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001), actress Tamara Mello got her start in the early 1990s, racking up independent film credits before landing on the aptly-named teen comedy-drama. Mello got her start in the mockumentary "...And God Spoke" in 1993, and the following year acted in an episode of the CBS drama "Sweet Justice". 1995 saw her take a small supporting role in the hit spoof "The Brady Bunch Movie", and in 1997 she was featured in the less successful comedy "The Beautician and the Beast".Mello began making frequent appearances on television in the mid-90s, guesting on episodes of "7th Heaven" (The WB) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC) in 1996 and 1997, respectively. From 1997-1998 she had a regular role on the critically acclaimed ABC drama "Nothing Sacred". A provocative and somewhat controversial series about a renegade priest (Kevin Anderson), "Nothing Sacred" featured Mello as a receptionist in a Catholic church who deals with the emotional and spiritual fallout of an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent abortion. The series met an early demise despite its quality, and it was back to guest work for...

A petite, spunky, tousle-haired California girl best known for her role as activist and outcast Lily on "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001), actress Tamara Mello got her start in the early 1990s, racking up independent film credits before landing on the aptly-named teen comedy-drama. Mello got her start in the mockumentary "...And God Spoke" in 1993, and the following year acted in an episode of the CBS drama "Sweet Justice". 1995 saw her take a small supporting role in the hit spoof "The Brady Bunch Movie", and in 1997 she was featured in the less successful comedy "The Beautician and the Beast".

Mello began making frequent appearances on television in the mid-90s, guesting on episodes of "7th Heaven" (The WB) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC) in 1996 and 1997, respectively. From 1997-1998 she had a regular role on the critically acclaimed ABC drama "Nothing Sacred". A provocative and somewhat controversial series about a renegade priest (Kevin Anderson), "Nothing Sacred" featured Mello as a receptionist in a Catholic church who deals with the emotional and spiritual fallout of an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent abortion. The series met an early demise despite its quality, and it was back to guest work for Mello, including a 1999 episode of "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane", a New York-set teen sitcom on The WB.

1999 would turn out to be a banner year for Mello, who followed up forgettable roles in the direct-to-video releases "Infidelity" and "Overnight Delivery" (both 1998) with a supporting turn in the hit teen feature "She's All That" (1999). Playing Chandler Locklear, a stealthily sharp-tongued in-crowd member loyal to Uber-popular villainess Taylor (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), Mello was surprisingly convincing as a catty high school student. She took a rather different role in "Popular" later that year, playing Lily Esposito, a tireless activist and one of the more outgoing and fearless members of the out-crowd. Down-to-earth and charming, with an energy more inspiring than annoying, Lily was an asset to the series due to Mello's skilled portrayal.

While "Popular" won a fiercely loyal audience and numerous accolades from various organizations advocating responsible programming, Mello continued to pursue film work in her free time, portraying the quirky Mars Girl in the independent comedy "Spanish Judges" (2000) and taking a supporting role in 2001's "Tortilla Soup", a Los Angeles-set Mexican-American remake of Ang Lee's "Eat Drink Man Woman".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tortilla Soup (2001) Maribel Naranjo
2.
 Spanish Judges (2001)
3.
 She's All That (1999) Chandler
4.
 Rave (1998) Nette
5.
 Get a Job (1998)
6.
 Infidelity (1998)
7.
 Overnight Delivery (1998) Marita
8.
 Beautician and the Beast, The (1997) Consuela
9.
 Without a Map (1997) Greta
10.
 Brady Bunch Movie, The (1995) Stacy
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Born and raised in Southern California
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Spotted by talent agent while appearing in "Agnes of God" with the Vanguard Theater Group
1993:
Had a small role in the mockumentary "...And God Spoke" (released in the USA in 1994)
1994:
Guest starred on an episode of "Sweet Justice" (CBS)
1995:
Was featured in "The Brady Bunch Movie"
1996:
Had a guest role on "7th Heaven" (The WB)
1997:
Appeared in the feature "The Beautician and the Beast"
1997:
Acted in an episode of "Boy Meets World"
1997:
Featured in the independent romantic comedy "Without a Map"
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Was a regular on the critically acclaimed, short-lived ABC drama "Nothing Sacred"
1998:
Featured in the direct-to-video releases "Infidelity" and "Overnight Delivery"
1999:
Guest starred on The WB's "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane"
1999:
Had a supporting role as a high schooler who is less than entusiastic in welcoming outcast Laney (Rachael Lynn Cook) into her popular fold in "She's All That"
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Played activist and outcast Lily on "Popular", a topical teen comedy-drama series on The WB
2000:
Acted in the thriller "Spanish Judges", playing a wacky character aptly named Mars Girl
2001:
Featured in "Tortilla Soup", a Los Angeles-set remake of Ang Lee's "Eat Drink Man Woman"
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Notes

Tamara Mello on her role in "She's All That": "I got to be really nasty, which I'm generally not in my own life. It was fun to be given license to do that and feel no guilt--it was my job. It's great to say exactly what's on your mind, even if it's not really your mind but that of your character." --quoted in Interview, March 1999.

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