|Born||May 2, 1962 |
|Occupation||director, actress, screenwriter|
|Years active||1991 - present|
Tamara Jenkins (b. Events 1194 - King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter. Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə Jim Taylor (born 1962 in Bellevue Washington) is an Oscar - Golden Globe - and BAFTA award-winning American May 2, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, actress and director. Events 1194 - King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter. Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. Screenwriters or scenarists are Scriptwriters who write the Screenplays from which Films and Television programs are made An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A film director, or filmmaker, is a person who directs the making of a Film. She is best known for her two feature films, Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) and The Savages (2007). Slums of Beverly Hills is a 1998 motion picture, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. The Savages is a 2007 American Comedy - Drama film written and directed by Tamara Jenkins.
Tamara Jenkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə After her parents divorced, her father, a car salesman and former nightclub owner, took custody of her and her three brothers.  She lived in Beverly Hills with her father and brothers and attended Beverly Hills High for a year and a half. 
A stage actor and a performance artist in New York's East Village during the 1980s, she enrolled in the Graduate Filmmaking program at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in the '90s. The East Village is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. New York University ( NYU) is a private, Nonsectarian, Coeducational Research University in New York City. Tisch School of the Arts (known more commonly as Tisch or TSOA) is one of the 15 schools that make up New York University (NYU  Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for filmmaking, Jenkins also attended the Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Filmmakers Lab. 
Jenkins began her career with a short film, 1991's Fugitive Love, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival is a Film festival that takes place annually in the state of Utah, in the United States. Afterwards she completed a congressional mandate associated with PBS to bring diverse programming to public television, that was funded by the Independent Television Service. The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the  Another black and white short film, 1993's Family Remains, followed, which earned her early acclaim; it received a Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Short Filmmaking at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. 
Her debut feature film, 1998's semi autobiographical Slums of Beverly Hills which she both wrote and directed, played at both Sundance and the Cannes film festival. Slums of Beverly Hills is a 1998 motion picture, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. The Cannes Film Festival (le Festival de Cannes founded in 1946 is one of the world's oldest most influential and prestigious Film festivals alongside Venice,  Slums is a dark comedy about growing up broke in glitzy Los Angeles. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Starring Alan Arkin, Natasha Lyonne and Marisa Tomei, the film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay) and has since become a cult hit. Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26 1934 is an American Actor and director. Natasha Lyonne (born April 4, 1979) is an American film and television actress Marisa Tomei (born December 4 1964 is a American Actress of stage and screen. Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE Awards ("Friends of Independents" and presented winners with Jenkins took a nearly decade-long hiatus to complete her next feature film.  In the nine-year gap between her two films, she worked on an eventually abandoned screenplay about photographer Diane Arbus and also took on rewrite jobs, published essays about art and worked on sex-education films and public-service announcements. Diane Arbus ( March 14 1923 – July 26 1971) was an American Photographer, noted for her portraits of people on the 
Shortly after her marriage, Jenkins went to Yaddo, the artists' colony in Saratoga Springs, New York, to work on her next screenplay that would eventually become 2007's The Savages. Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400 acre (16 km² estate in Saratoga Springs New York. Saratoga Springs is a City in Saratoga County, New York, USA. The Savages is a 2007 American Comedy - Drama film written and directed by Tamara Jenkins.  For this tragicomedy about a dysfunctional family dealing with the aftershocks of its patriarch's elderly dementia, Jenkins took inspiration from her experiences with her grandmother and father, both of whom were in nursing homes with dementia. Dementia (from Latin de- "apart away" + Mens ( genitive mentis) "mind" is the progressive decline  Jenkins' father, who was much older than her mother, first needed care when his daughter was in her 30s. 
The project was initially with Focus Features, which had given Jenkins a "blind deal" to write any script she wanted, but agreed to let her develop it elsewhere after what she characterized as a disagreement over casting. Focus Features (formerly USA Films, Universal Focus and Good Machine) is the art house films division of NBC Universal 's Universal Fox Searchlight picked up the film with a modest budget ($8 million) and compressed shooting schedule of 30 days. Fox Searchlight Pictures is the specialty film division of 20th Century Fox, established in 1994 Starring Laura Linney (who received her third Academy Award nomination for her role) and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film became a critical success after screening at numerous film festivals, including Sundance and the Toronto Film Festival. Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is a three-time Academy Award -nominated a three time Golden Globe nominee and a three-time "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is a BAFTA - Golden Globe - SAG - and Academy Award -winning American The Toronto International Film Festival ( TIFF) is a publicly-attended Film festival held each September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Jenkins was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material
In addition to her work in film, Jenkins' writing has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story and Tin House Magazine. Most recently her essay, "Holy Innocents", appeared in the book Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings 1993-2004. She has also directed theater at The New Group, worked with teens creating a sex education film for the non-profit organization Scenarios and directed a series of public service announcements for Amnesty International. Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a Western based international Non-governmental organization which defines its mission as "to 
In 2002, Jenkins married screenwriter Jim Taylor, the writing and producing partner of the director Alexander Payne. Jim Taylor (born 1962 in Bellevue Washington) is an Oscar - Golden Globe - and BAFTA award-winning American Constantine Alexander Payne (born February 10 1961 is an American Film director and Screenwriter.