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Born: May 2, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, performance artist, waitress

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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.

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.

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  Family Remains (1994) Director
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  Fugitive Love (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Happy Accidents (2000) Robin
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Lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her mother until age six
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From age six to sixteen, lived with her father in Beverly Hills, California; experience formed the basis for debut feature
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At age 16, moved to Boston to live with older brother
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After college, worked in Boston as an actress but found greater success as a performance artist
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Moved to NYC in the mid-1980s
1991:
Short film "Fugitive Love" won student prize at NYU; shown at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival
1994:
Short "Family Remains" (filmed in 1993) shown at the Sundance Film Festival
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Signed contract to direct first feature with American Playhouse producing; company disbanded before film was made
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Developed project through the Sundance Institute
1998:
Feature debut, "The Slums of Beverly Hills" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
2000:
Feature acting debut in Brad Anderson's "Happy Accidents"
2002:
Played a gallery owner in "Love in the Time of Money"
2004:
Helmed the short, "Choices: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly"
2006:
Penned the screenplay, "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," a biopic of photographer Diane Arbus
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
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Education

University of Massachusetts Boston: Boston , Massachusetts -
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1980
New York University: New York , New York - 1993

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companion:
Hubert Taczanowski. Director of photography.

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father:
Manuel Jenkins. Former strip club owner. Born c. 1909; divorced from Jenkins' mother; died c. 1997.
mother:
Lillian Annett. Born c. 1930; met Manny Jenkins while working as a hat check girl in his nightclub; divorced.
brother:
Ron Jenkins. Teacher, translator. Older; translated Dario Fo's play "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!".
brother:
Robert Jenkins. Younger.
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