Amber Tamblyn

LOS ANGELES - NOV 6:  Amber Tamblyn at the Hollywood Reporter's

Tamblyn in 2013, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Amber Rose Tamblyn

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 14, 1983

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Cornish

Amber Tamblyn is an American actress, author, poet, and film director. Her roles include television’s General Hospital, Joan of Arcadia, and Y: The Last Man, and the films The Ring (2002), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and its sequel; Stephanie Daley, The Grudge 2, Spiral (2007), Normal Adolescent Behavior, Blackout (2008), Spring Breakdown, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, 127 Hours, Main Street, 3 Nights in the Desert, X/Y, Growing Up and Other Lies, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, Girlfriend’s Day, Nostalgia (2018), and You Hurt My Feelings. She directed and co-wrote the film Paint It Black. She is considered a “cultural critic at large,” having written for, among others, The New York Times, particularly on women’s issues and inequality.

Amber is the daughter of Bonnie Murray, an artist, singer, and teacher, and Russ Tamblyn (Russell Irving Tamblyn), an actor and dancer. Amber is married to comedian and actor David Cross, with whom she has a daughter.

Amber’s paternal grandfather was Eddie Tamblyn (Edward Francis Tamblyn, an entertainer, the son of Joseph Irving Tamblyn and Edna Estella Brown). Eddie was born in New York. Joseph was the son of Thomas Joseph Tamblyn, who was Cornish, and of Emeline/Emma Holland/Hollands, who was born in New York, to English parents. Edna was the daughter of Edward Francis Brown and Estella/Stella K. Hancock.

Amber’s paternal grandmother was Sally Aileen Triplett, an actress (the daughter of Thomas Carter Triplett and Blanch Beatrice Webster). Sally was born in California. Thomas was the son of Thomas Carter Triplett and Nancy Frances Thomas. Blanch was the daughter of Myron Mansel Webster and Rhoda Ann Burks.

Amber’s maternal grandfather was Alexander Murray (the son of John Anderson Murray and Agnes Sinclair McCoshen). Alexander was Scottish.

Amber’s maternal grandmother was Marian/Mary Alice Blanchard (the daughter of William Gregg Blanchard and Alice Russell McNeill). Marian was born in Pennsylvania. William was the son of Charles Merrill Blanchard and Alice Day Gregg. Amber’s great-grandmother Alice was the daughter of James M. McNeill and Marian Russell Young.

Sources: Genealogy of Amber Tamblyn (focusing on her father’s side) –

Amber’s paternal grandfather, Edward Francis Tamblyn, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Amber’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Irving Tamblyn and Edna Estella Brown –

Amber’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Irving Tamblyn, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Amber’s maternal grandfather, Alexander Murray, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Amber’s maternal grandmother, Marian/Mary Alice Blanchard, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

9 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Thomas Joseph Tamblyn was Cornish.

    *John Anderson Murray and Agnes Sinclair McCoshen).

    *Charles Merrill Blanchard and Alice Day Gregg.

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