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Actress Amber Tamblyn to speak at Illinois College


Jacksonville, Ill. – Actress, author and director Amber Tamblyn will be on campus to give the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows lecture on February 8 and 9.

On Monday, February 8, at 11 a.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel, Tamblyn will talk about “Hollyweird: Entertainment Business Realities, Successes, Pitfalls, Hardships, and Discoveries.” Then, on Tuesday, February 9, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 7:30 p.m. her discussion is titled, “Not Your Typical Poetry Reading: Poems and Musings on the Creative Life.”

​Both presentations are free and open to the public.
Tamblyn has been a versatile actress and author since the age of 11. Her first professional appearance was on “General Hospital,” and she was the title character in CBS’ “Joan of Arcadia” and also starred on “House M.D.” Her film credits include “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants,” “Spring Breakdown,” “127 Hours” and “The Ring.” Her acting has garnered numerous awards including a Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Series two years in a row and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Actress in a Drama Series.

In 2014 Tamblyn directed her first feature film, an adaptation of Janet Finch’s novel, “Paint in Black.” Tamblyn is the co-founder of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry, which works to build an audience for unique poetry events, and she curates an annual poetry series at the Getty Museum. As with her acting, Tamblyn began writing at a young age. Her first poem was published in The San Francisco Chronicle when she was 12. She has gone on to publish numerous volumes of poetry and prose including “Free Stallion,” the Borders Cook Choice Award for Breakout Writing. Her most recent book, “Dark Sparkler,” (April 2015) is an intimate look at the lives and deaths of 30 child star actresses.
For more information about Tamblyn’s presentation, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 217-245-3010.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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