Tammy Blanchard

Tammy Blanchard
Born (1976-12-14) December 14, 1976 (age 47)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.[citation needed]
Years active1996–present

Tammy Blanchard (born December 14, 1976) is an American actress. She rose to prominence for her role as teenage Judy Garland in the critically acclaimed television film Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Primetime Emmy Award. Her other notable film roles were in The Good Shepherd (2006), Sybil (2007), Into the Woods (2014) and The Invitation (2015).

Blanchard has been nominated for two Tony Awards: one for her role as Louise in the 2003 Broadway revival of the musical Gypsy, and the other as Hedy LaRue in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


She made her professional acting debut on the soap opera Guiding Light in 1997, where she played spoiled rich girl Drew Jacobs. Her first scene was with Taye Diggs, who briefly played a record producer on the show. The character of Drew became more prominent over the years, and by the time of her departure in 2000, had become an audience favorite.

Soon after leaving GL, Blanchard was cast as the younger version of Judy Davis's Judy Garland in the 2001 ABC television docudrama Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. She received glowing reviews for her performance and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

She played Marianne Mulvaney in the Lifetime television film We Were the Mulvaneys (2002), and was noted for her "fragile strength" by The New York Times reviewer. In 2004, she played Sally Reid in the CBS made-for-television film When Angels Come to Town, with Peter Falk.

Blanchard earned a Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award for her work in her Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of the musical Gypsy, in which she played the title role opposite Bernadette Peters.

Blanchard's film roles include The Good Shepherd (2006), starring as the deaf lover of Matt Damon's character; Bella (2006), which took the top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; and The Ramen Girl (2008) and Deadline (2009), both working with Brittany Murphy. She co-starred with Jessica Lange in the CBS television remake of the 1976 television film Sybil, in which she portrays a woman with dissociative identity disorder (DID). In 2008, she appeared in the multi-star cast of the television docudrama Living Proof as the first woman to have been treated with the breast cancer drug Herceptin.

In 2010, Blanchard played Amy Roberts, the widow of a murderer, in the made-for-television film Amish Grace, which first aired on the Lifetime Movie Network. The movie is based on the West Nickel Mines School shooting. The Huffington Post noted that "This is an amazing young actress and she deserves to get better and better roles." The Hollywood Reporter noted that Blanchard gives "a moving turn". The same year, she appeared in the film Rabbit Hole, alongside Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, as Kidman's sister.

Blanchard played the role of "office bombshell Hedy La Rue" in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which opened on March 27, 2011, and closed on May 20, 2012. For this role, Blanchard received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Blanchard starred in the film Union Square, co-written and directed by the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award Winner, Nancy Savoca, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, and was screened in New York City in July 2012. In 2014, Blanchard appeared as Florinda in director Rob Marshall's film, Into the Woods, an adaptation of the popular stage musical. In 2015, she portrayed Eden in Karyn Kusama's thriller film The Invitation, and in 2016, she appeared in the film Tallulah, which debuted on Netflix.

She appeared in the Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh as Cora, which started on March 23, 2018, and she played Audrey in the Off Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, which opened at the Westside Theatre on October 17, 2019. For this performance, she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.

Personal life

Blanchard lives in her hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. She has a daughter, Ava Jean Blanchard (born 2007).



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Stealing Harvard Noreen Plummer
2006 Bella Nina
2006 The Good Shepherd Laura
2008 The Ramen Girl Gretchan
2008 Cadillac Records Isabelle Allen
2009 Deadline Rebecca
2010 Rabbit Hole Izzy
2011 The Music Never Stopped Tamara
2011 Moneyball Elizabeth Hatteberg
2011 Union Square Jenny
2011 Certainty Melissa
2013 Burning Blue Susan Stephensen
2013 Blue Jasmine Nora
2014 La vida inesperada (The Unexpected Life) Jojo
2014 Into the Woods Florinda Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
2015 The Inherited Wendy Danver
2015 The Invitation Eden Nominated—Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actress
2016 Tallulah Carolyn
2018 Fourplay Anna
2018 The Wrong Sun Jessie
2018 Boarding School Mrs. Sherman
2018 Warning Shot Audrey
2018 Beyond the Night Caroline Marrow
2019 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Lorraine Vogel
2020 The Mimic The Young Woman
2020 Rifkin's Festival Doris
2021 Defining Moments Laurel


Year Title Role Notes
1997–2002 Guiding Light Drew Jacobs Main cast
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Judy Garland 2 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kelly D'Leah Episode: "Consent"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sarah Eldon Episode: "Tomorrow"
2002 We Were the Mulvaneys Marianne Mulvaney Television film
2004 When Angels Come to Town Sally Reid Television film
2007 Sybil Sybil Television film
2008 Living Proof Nicole Wilson Television film
2009 Empire State Beth Cochrane Television film
2010 Amish Grace Amy Roberts Television film
2010 Law & Order Dana Silva Episode: "Brazil"
2010 The Good Wife Petra Long Episode: "Taking Control"
2012 A Gifted Man Louise Mitchell Episode: "In Case of Heart Failure"
2012 The Big C Giselle 3 episodes
2012 Of Two Minds Elizabeth "Baby" Davis Television film
2014 Madam Secretary Claire Ionesco Episode: "Need to Know"
2015 Elementary Violet de Merville Episode: "The Illustrious Client"
2016 Bull Adele Bensimon Episode: "The Necklace"
2017 Billions Melanie 2 episodes
2017 Blue Bloods Valerie Madigan Episode: "No Retreat, No Surrender"
2017 Daytime Divas Sheree Ainsley 5 episodes
2018 The Wrong Son Jessie Television film
2019–2020 Dare Me Lana Cassidy Recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
2003–04 Gypsy: A Musical Fable Louise/Gypsy Broadway
2011–12 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Hedy LaRue Broadway
2015–16 Dada Woof Papa Hot Julia Off-Broadway Lincoln Center
2018 The Iceman Cometh Cora Broadway
2019–22 Little Shop of Horrors Audrey Off-Broadway

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Won
2002 American Film Institute Award Actor of the Year – Female – TV Movie or Mini-Series Nominated
Golden Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2003 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable Nominated
Theatre World Award Won
2011 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Nominated
2020 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Little Shop of Horrors Nominated
2021 Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album Nominated

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