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Tammy Lauren
Tammy Lauren Vasquez

(1968-11-16) November 16, 1968 (age 55)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active1978–2008
Guri Weinberg
(m. 1997)

Tammy Lauren Vasquez (born November 16, 1968) is an American actress who has appeared in film and television. She starred in Wishmaster, portraying Alexandra Amberson, a young woman who accidentally awakens the Djinn, a powerful spirit more commonly known as a genie.



As a child actress, Lauren's acting debut was in the role of Melissa Turner on the one-season 1978 TV series Who's Watching the Kids, in which she co-starred with Scott Baio, followed by stints on the short-lived sitcoms Out of the Blue and Angie, the following year. Lauren's TV guest appearances included such series as Mork & Mindy, Fantasy Island, The Facts of Life, Family Ties, and Little House on the Prairie.

Lauren co-starred with Elliott Gould and a young Rick Schroder in Disney's The Last Flight of Noah's Ark. She had a recurring role on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, where she portrayed Maggie Sullivan and also co-starred in many other television productions, including the movies Tattle: When To Tell On a Friend, Crime of Innocence and the 1988 remake I Saw What You Did. (The latter two paired her with Shawnee Smith)

Among television fans, Lauren may be best known from the 1990s for her role as Ginger Szabo on Homefront, a series set in post-World War II Ohio.[1] Lauren has also enjoyed recurring roles on Home Improvement and Wanda at Large (as Wanda's sister in-law). She appeared in the first five episodes of Martial Law with Sammo Hung. She also appeared in two episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger ("99th Ranger" and "A Father's Image") and appeared in an episode of MacGyver ("Nightmares"). She appears in Mad City (1997) with Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta, among several other theatrical releases. Wishmaster (1997) is the only feature film in which Lauren has played a starring role.

More recently, she appeared on Two and a Half Men as Shannon in the episode "Aunt Myra Doesn't Pee a Lot" (2007). In 2014, she appeared on Criminal Minds as Liz Foley.

Personal life[]

Lauren was born Tammy Lauren Vasquez in San Diego, California. Her mother is Suzanne Bledsoe, a talent manager. Her stepfather was director Charles Jarrott. Lauren is married to actor Guri Weinberg, son of the Israeli wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Julie
1988 Tiger Warsaw Flashy Lady
1991 Chains of Gold Rachel Burke
1994 Radioland Murders In the Mood Bandleader
1997 Wishmaster Alexandra Amberson
1997 Mad City Miss Rose
1997 Honeymoon Debra


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Fantasy Island Tracy Episode: "Vampire/The Lady and the Longhorn"
1978-1979 Who's Watching the Kids Melissa Turner 11 episodes
1979 Mork & Mindy Holly Episode: "Young Love"
1979 Angie Hillary 12 episodes
1979 Out of the Blue Stacey Richards 12 episodes
1980 Quincy M.E. 'Pele' Royce Episode: "Deadly Arena"
1980 Here's Boomer Jenny Episode: "Boomer and Miss 21st Century"
1980 CHiPs Cheryl Marshall Episode: "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party"
1981 Nuts and Bolts Lucy Fenton Television film
1982 Little Darlings Farris Whitney Television film
1982 The Facts of Life Kristy Episode: "Runaway" (1982)
1982 The Kid with the Broken Halo Diana McNulty Television film
1982 Little House on the Prairie Elizabeth Stark Episode: "Rage"
1983 CHiPs Becky Lou Episode: "Brat Patrol"
1983 M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Chandler Doherty Television film
1984 Things Are Looking Up Giselle Kraft Television film
1984 E/R Sheila Dixon Episode: "Pilot (Part 1)"
1985 Playing with Fire Pamela Fredericks Television film
1985 The Best Times Giselle Kraft 6 episodes
1985 Crime of Innocence Rene Peterson Television film
1986 MacGyver Lisa Allen Episode: "Nightmares"
1986 Morningstar/Eveningstar Lisa Thurston 7 episodes
1986 Fresno Candy Cane Television miniseries
1987 The Stepford Children Mary Harding Television film
1987 Outlaws Episode: "Independents"
1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Jennifer Davis Episode: "Bride of Boogedy"
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Karen Webb Episode: "An Enemy Among Us"
1987 Family Ties Marilyn Keaton Episode: "Father Time"
1988 I Saw What You Did Lisa Harris Television film
1988 The Bronx Zoo Linda Episode: "Crossroads"
1988 The People Across the Lake Lisa Yoman Television film
1988 ABC Afterschool Specials Colleen McNeil Episode: "Tattle: When to Tell on a Friend"
1989 Desperate for Love Lily Becker Television film
1989 Valerie's Family: The Hogans Lisa Episode: "Private Lessons"
1989 The Hitchhiker Ashlyn Episode: "Dark Wishes"
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Stern Episode: "The Emancipation of Lizzie Stern"
1991-1993 Homefront Ginger Szabo 41 episodes
1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Jackie Rosen Episode: "If I Die Before I Wake"
1994 Matlock Pat Preston Episode: "The Crook" (uncredited)
1994 Sisters Evelyn Barrington 2 episodes
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Leah Foxworth Episode: "Broadcast Blues"
1994 Grace Under Fire Tracy Lynde Episode: "Good Ol' Grace"
1994-1995 Dave's World Julie 4 episodes
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Meg Andrews Episode: "The Publishing Episode" (1996)
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Roberta 'Bobbie' Hunt 2 episodes
1997 The Visitor Charlotte MacArthur 2 episodes
1997-1999 Home Improvement Patty 7 episodes
1998 Martial Law Det. Dana Dickson 5 episodes
2002 That's Life Kristi Dutton Episode: "All About Lydia"
2003 The Drew Carey Show Lily 4 episodes
2003 Wanda at Large Jenny Hawkins 5 episodes
2005 Crossing Jordan Faye Vaughn Episode: "You Really Got Me"
2006-2008 The Young and the Restless Det. Maggie Sullivan 107 episodes
2007 The Game Jordan Episode: "To Baby... Or Not to Baby"
2007 Two and a Half Men Shannon Episode: "Aunt Myra Doesn't Pee a Lot"
2010 Madison Avery Madison Avery Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Criminal Minds Liz Foley Episode: "Rabid"

Awards and nominations[]

Year Award Work Category Result Reference
1988 Young Artist Award CBS Schoolbreak Special: "An Enemy Among Us" Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Special, Movie of the Week or Variety Show Nominated

Notes and references[]

  1. "UP AND COMING: Kyle Chandler and Tammy Lauren; Everybody's Favorite Postwar Sweethearts". The New York Times. 20 September 1992. Retrieved 18 January 2016.

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