Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Tamron and Jennifer!

Tamron Hall

Jennifer Tilly

Happy birthday wishes go out this morning for two lovely ladies, one of my favorite actresses, Ms. Jennifer Tilly, and one of my favorite MSNBC news anchor persons, Ms. Tamron Hall.

Tamron (she was named after a Japanese company manufacturing photographic lenses, optical components and commercial/industrial-use optics... I don't know why) was born in Luling, Texas (founded in 1874 as a railroad and cattle town. Contempt of the law by the cowboys helped it to become know as the "Toughest town in Texas," which goes a long way in explaining Ms. Hall's unruly nature). Not much is known of her early life in Texas, which is highly suspicious. She received a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Temple University, which is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and also has a fine woman's basketball team. No one knows if Tamron was a player... on the basketball team that is.
She began her broadcasting career back in Texas (Bryan, Texas, another cattle town. There seems to be some kind of pattern here) as a general assignment reporter. She spent 10 years working for those Fox News bastards at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter, and host of the three-hour “Fox News in the Morning” (which is also highly suspicious. She may be some kind of Murdoch spy, sending secret hand written notices of what is being broadcast by MSNBC to Rupert... but we love her anyway). She was nominated for an Emmy for her consumer report segment, “The Bottom Line,” which she began in 1999.
In 2007 Tamron joined the good guys at MSNBC, and now anchors MSNBC Live weekdays at 11AM and 2PM Eastern. Additionally she is a rotating news anchor on Weekend Today and fill-in news anchor/ 3rd hour co-host on the Today Show, on NBC.
Tamron lives in Manhattan for some reason, probably because it's close to work. She is also very involved in charitable organizations that help women fight abuse and organizations that work to end illiteracy, and is very pretty for an old woman, and blushes quite easily.

Jennifer is an L.A. Girl, born in Harbor City, to the south of my box. Her dad was a Chinese American, and she and her actress little sister Meg were both born with the last name of Chan. Her parents divorced when she was 5 and apparently she took her mom's maiden name of Tilly. They moved up north to British Columbia. Somehow she wound up in a theater program at Stephens College, in Missouri, the 2nd oldest female educational establishment that is still a woman's college in the United States. Sounds exceptionally sexist to me.
Anyway, Jennifer started out as most others do, in small roles on TV and movies. She's been on "Hill Street Blues," and "It's Gary Sandling's Show." In 1989 she got her big break as a singing waitress in "The Fabulous Baker Boys."
I was more familiar with her sister Meg's work ("Psycho II," "Agnes of God," "The Two Jakes," "Body Snatchers") before I discovered Jennifer as the treacherous hostage wife in the remake of "The Getaway" in 1994. That year she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as, remarkably enough, a bad actress in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway."
Some of my other favorite films she's appeared in are "Bound," with Gina Gershon, and "Liar, Liar," with Jim Carrey (I liked her dress... I don't know why). She is also associated with the popular horror "Child's Play," franchise (where she played a blonde, and I also liked her dress in the "Bride of Chucky," too), which she blames for ruining her career.
Jennifer is also a big time poker player, something we have in common, and in 2005 won a World Series of Poker bracelet (and $158,625) in the Ladies' No-Limit Texas Hold' Em event, outlasting 600 other players, and has appeared on the weird and exceptionally boring poker tournament shows. She continues in the entertainment industry doing a lot of voice work on shows like "Family Guy," but has resumed her professional poker career at the beginning of this year, and considering the dresses she wears while playing I'm not surprised she usually comes out a big winner.
All of us here at Joyce's Take wish her continued good luck in whatever she does, and a very happy birthday to both Tamron and Jennifer! Happy Birthday ladies!

1 comment:

  1. Amen, Bless the Lovely Ladies of America.