Tamara Jenkins (born May 2, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, actress and director. She is best known for her two feature films, Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) and The Savages (2007).
Tamara Jenkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After her parents divorced, her father, a car salesman and former nightclub owner, took custody of her and her three brothers. She lived in Beverly Hills with her father and brothers and attended Beverly Hills High for a year and a half.
A stage actor and a performance artist in New York's East Village during the 1980s, she enrolled in the Graduate Filmmaking program at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in the '90s. Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for filmmaking, Jenkins also attended the Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Filmmakers Lab.