Actress Tammy Blanchard turned more than a few heads by evoking the young Judy Garland in the critically praised made-for-television drama Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001). The effort (which Blanchard graduated to after three seasons on the soap opera Guiding Light) netted several award nominations for the rising star, and in fact won her an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Blanchard followed it up with two very different assignments -- a turn as a young Ivy League coed-to-be in the Tom Green-headlined frat-boy comedy Stealing Harvard (2002), and a much more difficult evocation of a young deaf girl who nearly snares the heart of CIA agent Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) in Robert De Niro's Cold War epic The Good Shepherd (2006). Also in 2006, Blanchard signed for a more conventional romantic lead opposite Eduardo Verástegui in the drama Bella; the actress portrays a pregnant waitress, heartbroken when she loses her job -- only to feel her hopes soar as she encounters the love of her life.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Her mother supported the family by opening her own cleaning service.
- Played Dorothy in a high-school production of The Wizard of Oz; went on to give an Emmy-winning performance portraying a young Judy Garland in the ABC miniseries Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001).
- Competed in the Miss New Jersey Teen pageant where she was discovered by a talent agent at 13.
- Began acting in 1997 on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light.
- Made her Broadway debut in 2003 playing the title role of Louise in the musical Gypsy.