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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 6, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tucson, Arizona, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer, model, ice cream parlor counterperson

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A gifted character actress-musician, Taryn Manning channeled her real-life traumatic childhood into a series of powerfully realized roles as troubled young women in "crazy/beautiful" (2001), "Crossroads" (2002), "White Oleander" (2002), "8 Mile" (2002) and "Cold Mountain" (2003). Manning broke through with an impressive supporting role as a hard-luck hooker loyal to her pimp (Terrence Howard) in the Oscar-winning "Hustle & Flow" (2005), which sparked serious award talk for the actress. Besides running her own clothing line, Born Uniqorn, she also teamed with her brother Kellin to form the electro-duo Boomkat, who topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts with "The Wreckoning." Settling into character work, she impressed with recurring roles on "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008- ) and "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS, 2010- ) and recorded her first solo album, Freedom City, in 2012. Although she was most frequently cast as desperate, damaged women, Taryn Manning proved herself to be an entertainer of depth and range both musically as well as dramatically.Born Nov. 6, 1978 in Tucson, AZ, Taryn Manning grew up immersed in singing, dancing and karate lessons that helped offset the more traumatic issues of her...

A gifted character actress-musician, Taryn Manning channeled her real-life traumatic childhood into a series of powerfully realized roles as troubled young women in "crazy/beautiful" (2001), "Crossroads" (2002), "White Oleander" (2002), "8 Mile" (2002) and "Cold Mountain" (2003). Manning broke through with an impressive supporting role as a hard-luck hooker loyal to her pimp (Terrence Howard) in the Oscar-winning "Hustle & Flow" (2005), which sparked serious award talk for the actress. Besides running her own clothing line, Born Uniqorn, she also teamed with her brother Kellin to form the electro-duo Boomkat, who topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts with "The Wreckoning." Settling into character work, she impressed with recurring roles on "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008- ) and "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS, 2010- ) and recorded her first solo album, Freedom City, in 2012. Although she was most frequently cast as desperate, damaged women, Taryn Manning proved herself to be an entertainer of depth and range both musically as well as dramatically.

Born Nov. 6, 1978 in Tucson, AZ, Taryn Manning grew up immersed in singing, dancing and karate lessons that helped offset the more traumatic issues of her childhood, including her abusive father committing suicide. Demonstrating a charisma and verve well beyond her years, Manning and her mother moved to California so that the young girl could pursue an entertainment career. Making her debut in an episode of the children's comedy sketch show "All That" (Nickelodeon, 1994-2005), Manning went on to notch small roles in "Speedway Junky" (1999), "Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story" (ABC, 1999) and on "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004). Her breakthrough, however, came with a recurring role on the sitcom "Get Real" (Fox, 1999-2000), which featured such future stars as Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg. Manning came into her own onscreen, however, when she played the drug-addicted best friend of Kirsten Dunst's troubled high school student in the acclaimed romantic drama "crazy/beautiful" (2001).

Her ability to give powerful life to damaged, hard-luck characters helped her stand out among her peers, and Manning continued to impress as a pregnant teen in the otherwise fluffy Britney Spears vehicle "Crossroads" (2002), a drug-addicted foster child in the searing Michelle Pfeiffer drama "White Oleander" (2002), and the desperately unhappy ex-girlfriend of Eminem's aspiring rapper in "8 Mile" (2002). After an impressive cameo as one of the Siren stand-ins in Anthony Minghella's Greek mythology-inspired Civil War epic "Cold Mountain" (2003), Manning delivered her star-making performance as Nola, a hard-edged but loyal Tennessee prostitute who successfully fights to jump start the music career of her incarcerated pimp (Terrence Howard), in the Oscar-winning drama "Hustle & Flow" (2005). For her work in the film, Manning was nominated for Best Breakthrough Performance by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, and shared nominations with her co-stars for the ensemble acting by the Screen Actors Guild as well as the Black Reel Awards.

Manning also moonlighted as a designer with the clothing line Born Uniqorn, as well as a musician, most notably as one-half of the electronica duo Boomkat, which also included her brother, Kellin Manning. The band made their major label debut with 2003's Boomkatalog.One, which yielded a No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play hit, "The Wreckoning." They contributed to several film soundtracks, including those of "The Italian Job" (2003) and "Mean Girls" (2004), and released an EP, 2008's Runaway as well as a follow-up studio album, 2009's A Million Trillion Stars on their own label, Little Vanilla Records. After a role on the short-lived racing adventure "Drive" (Fox, 2007), Manning found herself relegated to mostly lower-profile projects, including roles in "Jack and Jill vs. the World" (2008), "The Devil's Tomb" (2009) and "Heaven's Rain" (2010). She came back in a major way, however, with two juicy recurring roles, including fugitive biker mama Cherry on "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008- ) and Mary Ann, the errant sister of Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), on "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS, 2010- ). She made headlines of the wrong kind when, in late 2012, she was charged with assaulting her personal assistant, although the victim later claimed it was a misunderstanding and Manning was given one day of community service. That same year, Manning released the single "Send Me Your Love," which was billed as the hype track for her first solo album, Freedom City.

By Jonathan Riggs

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Low Down (2014)
2.
 Shallows, The (2013)
4.
 Napa (2012)
5.
 Waking Madison (2011)
6.
 Redemption Road (2011)
8.
9.
 Heaven's Rain (2010)
10.
 Job, The (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Spent early childhood in Tucson, AZ
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Relocated with family to Cardiff, CA at age 12
1999:
Appeared in the drama feature "Speedway Junky"
1999:
Cast in recurring role on short-lived Fox series "Get Real"
1999:
Appeared as a groupie in "Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story" (ABC)
2000:
Acted in the Fox TV-movie drama "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"
2001:
Portrayed Kirsten Dunst's drug-addled best friend in the teen drama "Crazy/Beautiful"
2001:
Guest starred on episodes of "Boston Public" (Fox) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
2002:
Starred opposite Britney Spears in the coming-of-age road trip drama "Crossroads"
2002:
Played rapper Eminem's former girlfriend in his semi-autobiographical feature acting debut "8 Mile"
2002:
Formed electro-pop duo Boomkat with brother Kellin
2003:
Boomkat released debut album <i>Boomkatalog.One</i>
2003:
Appeared in Anthony Minghella's war epic "Cold Mountian"
2005:
Cast opposite Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet in the romantic comedy "A Lot Like Love"
2005:
Starred in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow" opposite Terrence Dashon Howard
2007:
Starred in the Allan Moyle directed "Weirdsville" with Wes Bentley and Scott Speedman
2008:
Appeared on FX drama "Sons of Anarchy"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Love Ranch," based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada
2010:
Landed recurring role on CBS' "Hawaii Five-O" reboot
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Education

Orange County High School of the Arts: Los Alamitos , California -

Notes

Along with brother Kellin, Manning formed the electro-pop outfit BoomK.A.T.; debut album in September 2002

"I don't think I'm at a place yet where people are going to say, 'Here's a part for you, Taryn.' I think I still have a lot to prove to people. I just need to pound the pavement. I feel really lucky that I've landed these major roles, but for now I'm going to rehearse with my band and try to get another part." --Taryn Manning to Venice, July 2001.

"I wasn't any good when I started. I didn't have it at all. But now I have the confidence to speak as a character would, to make a character my own. Acting is a very simple, sincere thing. If you pretend there are no cameras there, you just get into it." --Manning quoted in Film Comment, January/February 2002.

Speaking of her father's suicide when she was 14, Manning told The Daily Telegraph (March 20, 2002): "We weren't speaking at the time and that's something I've had to deal with. It was horrible. He'd just come out of rehabilitation and started drinking again. I think he was so mad he'd let himself down again. The next few years were weird: stuff I can't really remember. ... I also suffer from demons sometimes but I'm smart enough to know life gets better and not every day is a bad day - it's already such a short life."

"I am a little different. I am a little rough around the edges. And in this town, if you stand out in a different way than just being beautiful, you have a better chance, I think. " --Manning in MOVIELINE magazine, May 2002

"She doesn't look like anyone else. Her voice is a little off, her look's a little off; she has flaws, and that's what makes her so special." --Director John Stockwell in Premiere magazine. May 2003

Manning was an Arizona state karate champion; she has a third-degree green belt

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Sharyn Manning. Secretary, waitress. Divorced from Manning's father c. 1981; worked two jobs to support her children.
brother:
Kellin Manning. Musician, songwriter. Born c. 1973; with Manning formed the band BoomK.A.T.; wrote "Bein' Bad", the song Taryn sang in "crazy/beautiful" and which was played on the soundtrack of "Crossroads".

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