Come check me out at www.TammyNguyen.com or at my latest passion project www.TheBabylift.com
Born in Saigon, Tammy began an unusually dramatic life as a Boat person, fleeing Vietnam with her mother when she was less than 3 months old. After spending almost a year and a half in a refugee camp in Hong Kong, they were sponsored to the United States by a Baptist church in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Reunited with family, Tammy grew up in a typical American suburb of Dallas, Texas as a precocious oldest child, attending various schools for the gifted and talented. She honed her academic, creative, and leadership skills in Garland High School's rigorous International Baccalaureate Program, with intensive training in theatre, piano and violin. Tammy's passion for the arts naturally led her to directing and acting, and her discipline landed her a scholarship into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Choosing to be close to family, Tammy was an honors graduate of Southern Methodist University's esteemed Meadows School of the Arts. An active student leader on campus, Tammy was recognized with numerous campus awards for her innovation and service, as well as academics. Her student short films, "Lunar Cycles" and "First Slow Burn" (starring "Alias" actress Amy Acker) were screened in various film festivals across the country.
On a whim, she competed in the Miss Asian American Texas Pageant... and won. Tammy reigned from 1999-2001, and she continues to be an advocate for Asian American issues, philanthropy in community, and education. She soon signed with The Horne Agency and began a successful career as a professional actor, appearing in films, television, and numerous commercials, industrials, and print campaigns. Clients include Volkwagen, Wells Fargo, TGI Friday's, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Radio Shack, Doritos, Chili's, Mountain Dew, and many more.
Anxious to get back behind the camera, she joined the elite ranks of students accepted into the UCLA Producers Program, where she received her MFA. Her story pitches for "Siamese" and "Fortune's Fool" beat out two dozen other stories and made her a finalist in the Producers Guild sponsored Marketplace competition two years in a row. Before graduating, she was honored with a coveted Mickey Dude Fellowship for her work in Asian American projects and co- produced "Yellow," a satirical comedy directed by X. Dean Lim about the trials and tribulations of being Asian American in Hollywood.
After working a few years in Hollywood studios and production companies like Revolution Studios and The Mine, she returned to her hometown and founded ATG Against The Grain Productions, dedicated to Asian American storytelling and filmmaking. She serves on the Women in Film.Dallas Board of Directors and is active in the local film community. She is currently producing the documentary "Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam," about one of the most humanitarian efforts of our time.
Tammy married George Whan Lee on September 25, 2004. A true Renaissance man, George is a West Point graduate, served as a Ranger qualified US Army captain, and a mechanical engineer. He now works in the pharmaceutical industry as a Regional Manager for a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The couple met on a shoot, where they were prophetically cast as 'husband and wife.' They now live in Dallas with their miniature schnauzers - Oscar and Emmy.