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Tamara Braun (born April 18, 1971) is an American actress known for her work on daytime television. She portrayed the role of Carly Corinthos on General Hospital from 2001–2005 and Reese Williams on All My Children from 2008-2009. In 2009, Braun won the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives. She departed the series in 2008, briefly returning in the role of Taylor Walker during 2011. In 2015, Braun resumed the role of Vitali as part of the series' 50th anniversary commemoration.


Braun was born in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois[1] and attended Evanston Township High School. She was a psychology major at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and took a summer course in Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England before backpacking throughout Europe.


Braun is well known for her win at the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards, receiving the accolade of Outstanding Supporting Actress for the role of Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives. She is also well known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Carly Corinthos on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, a role she played from 2001 to 2005. As Carly, Braun was featured very prominently as a romantic partner of characters Sonny Corinthos, portrayed by Daytime Emmy winner Maurice Benard, and Lorenzo Alcazar, portrayed by Ted King.

After leaving General Hospital, Braun played the female lead in the independent movie Little Chenier, which was filmed in Louisiana in August 2005. Braun worked with a dialect coach to perfect a Cajun accent, and she altered her appearance by getting a bronzed tan and darkening her hair. Tamara appeared as pastry chef Rose on four episodes of the ABC sitcom Freddie as a romantic interest of both lead male characters. Tamara has also starred in the independent film Limbo Lounge, directed by Tom Pankratz. In 2006 and 2007 respectively, Braun appeared on the CBS hit shows Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer; in the former she portrayed a country singer who helped cover up the murder of a fellow singer in order to protect her career. Additionally, she appeared in the 2007 season premiere of Without a Trace.

In 2008, Braun joined the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives in the Emmy-winning role of Ava Vitali, a woman from long-time veteran Stephen Nichols' character Steve Johnson's past. She left the soap in August 2008, but would go on to win a Daytime Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Ava Vitali.

Later that year she joined the cast of All My Children as Reese Williams, her second soap since leaving General Hospital in April 2005.

In July 2009, she landed the recurring role of Renee Ellen on the TNT show Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter.

On February 15, 2011, Soap Opera Digest announced Braun would return to Days of our Lives and take over the role of Taylor Walker from her former General Hospital co-star, Natalia Livingston. Episodes featuring Braun began airing in Canada on Monday, April 25, 2011 and in the United States on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. On June 7, 2011, Braun was let go from Days and her last episode playing Taylor aired on September 22, 2011.

In July 2015, it was announced that Braun was returning to Days reprising the role of Ava Vitali, as part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of Days of our Lives.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Fallen Arches Jenny
2006 Little Chenier Marie-Louise LeBauve
2010 Limbo Lounge Anya
2014 Pretty Rosebud Candace Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Stacey Neumann Episode: "Sleeping Beauty"
1997 City Guys Allison Episode: "The College Girl"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tara Episode: "When She Was Bad"
1998 Party of Five Marcy Episode: "Parent Trap"
1998 Magnificent Seven, TheThe Magnificent Seven Virginia Episode: "Witness"
1998 7th Heaven Ellen Episode: "Let's Talk About Sex"
1998 Unhappily Ever After Nell / Lacy Episodes: "Love Letters", "Secrets"
1999 Pretender, TheThe Pretender Claire Dunning Episode: "Murder 101"
1999 DiResta Amanda Episode: "One Wedding and a Funeral"
2001 Off Centre Lisa Episode: "Let's Meet Mike and Euan"
2001–05 General Hospital Carly Corinthos Regular role (515 episodes)
2005 Freddie Rose Episodes: "The War of the Rose", "The Italian Job"
2006 Freddie Rose Episodes: "The Two That Got Away", "Two Times a Lady"
2006 House Grace Episode: "House vs. God"
2006 Cold Case Edie Lowe Episode: "The Red and the Blue"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Brenda Sanborn Episode: "Deja Boo"
2007 Without a Trace Kate Douglas Episode: "Lost Boy"
2008, 2015–16 Days of Our Lives Ava Vitali Regular role
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Coco Episode: "Bull"
2008–09 All My Children Reese Williams Regular role (82 episodes)
2009 Saving Grace Renee Ellen Episodes: "That Was No First Kiss", "Looks Like a Lesbian Attack to Me"
2009 Three Rivers Samantha Krauser Episode: "Where We Lie"
2011 Days of Our Lives Taylor Walker Regular role (138 episodes)
2012 Castle Natalia Roosevelt Episode: "Murder He Wrote"
2013 Necessary Roughness Ronnie Episode: "The Fall Guy"
2013 Supernatural Cindy Cassity Episode: "Trial and Error"

Awards and Nominations

List Of Acting Awards and Nominations
Year Film /TV Award Category Result
2000 General Hospital M.Y.S.O Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Won
2004 General Hospital Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 General Hospital Soap Opera Digest Award Best Leading Actress in a Daytime Drama Won
2005 General Hospital M.Y.S.O Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Won
2007 Little Chenier Honolulu International Film Festival Best Actress Won
2007 Little Chenier Phoenix Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Won
2007 Little Chenier Copper Wing Award Best Actress Nominated
2009 Days of Our Lives Daytime Emmy Award Best Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Won
2009 Days of Our Lives Soapy Television Awards Best Villain Nominated


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (2003-11-14). "Celebrity Jews". The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Retrieved 2006-12-13.