A photo of Tamara Mark.

Tamara Mark

Tamara Mark started dancing at the age of three. Recognized early on for her talents, she had numerous ballet scholarships from San Francisco Ballet, Harkness, Joffrey, First Chamber and Marin Civic Ballet companies. She landed her first professional job in the very first international company of the acclaimed Broadway Show, A Chorus Line, from an open call, in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, when a friend talked her into going to the audition. She toured the country and Canada before moving to New York City, where she continued her Broadway show life working with Bob Fosse in Dancin’, George Abbott in, On Your Toes and Hal Prince in Candide at Lincoln Center. Branching out, she began auditioning for film and TV and was singled out by Sidney Poitier, in his directorial film, Fast Forward.

Tamara was one of 8 chosen to star in the film that Mr. Poitier had searched the country for and had auditioned 7,500 people. This life altering opportunity, led her to moving to Los Angeles, where she continued to study and work as an actress in many TV shows, film, voice-over and commercials. The tragic and sudden death of Peggy Furey, her mentor and acting coach, shifted her perspective on her purpose in life. Tamara left show business for a time and sought deeply within to find what brought a deeper meaning to her life.

After travels through South America and India, she returned to Los Angeles, where she met the man who became her husband and father of her two children. When Ian and Harry were diagnosed with autism, her focus became entirely them and a search to heal, help, and care for them. When the marriage fell apart, Tamara raised these two boys, now young men, entirely on her own.

During the pandemic, she reconnected with a friend she had known in high school. Marc had moved to Australia over 40 years ago and after the passing of his wife, his kids convinced him to go on Facebook, where the two of them found one another. Over two years they video messaged until travel opened up again and he and Tamara finally got to meet physically. Their love story has proven to be the catalyst for all the beauty unfolding and the passion together to build a purposeful future for Ian and Harry and others like them. It is an epic tale of love against all odds.

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