Tamara Tunie is a 1981 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Both her parents were morticians, and the family lived above the funeral parlor.
She was a contestant in the Miss Black Teenage Pageant in Pittsburgh in the early '70s.
An experienced stage actor, she made her Broadway debut alongside Lena Horne in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. She has also produced a Broadway play and a Tony Award-winning musical.
She serves on the board of directors of Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.
She is married to Gregory Generet.