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Taryn Manning

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Taryn Manning (born November 6, 1978) is an American actress, fashion designer, dancer and singer/songwriter. She has starred in films including Crossroads, crazy/beautiful, Hustle & Flow, Cold Mountain and 8 Mile. She is the vocalist for Boomkat, a band she is in with her older brother Kellin Manning. Taryn has a clothing line, Born Uniqorn with best friend Tara Jane, a brand that has been spotted on the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Tori Spelling.

Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia. Her parents divorced in 1981, and her mother, Sharyn, worked two jobs in order to support Taryn and her older brother Kellin. Her father, Bill Manning, a musician and hotel manager, was the cousin of Archie Manning. When she was 14, her troubled musician father, Bill, committed suicide. "My dad was a big drinker and he was cheating. My mom fled with us kids in the middle of the night," Taryn has said. Her childhood in a trailer park was tough but happy.

Taryn grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where her mother moved to after her divorce, and later in Los Alamitos, California, where she attended Orange County High School of the Arts. Manning started dancing at age twelve. She kickboxes and does Tae Bo. She's also a champion dancer, rollerskater, and has a third degree green belt in karate, having been named a State Champion in Karate in Arizona.

She had five tiny tattoos, but in 2005 Manning was undergoing painful laser treatment to have her tattoos removed. The actress insists she has "grown out" of her love for skin art and wants all five of her tattoos lasered off. She says, "Now, when I put on an elegant gown, I just don't want to look at them. They bug me." And she's particularly glad to get rid of her 'I love boys' tattoo on her forearm because it brings back bad memories. Manning adds, "There was a boy that I was really in love with. We kinda broke up for a little short time, and I was devastated and missing him. Then I found out he was already seeing someone else and I got really upset. To make myself feel better, I went and got that on my arm."

In 2004 film Dandelion, Manning played a free-spirited Idaho girl whose affair with a former juvenile criminal leads to disaster.

In 2005, she appeared in the drama film Hustle & Flow, opposite Terrence Howard, playing a troubled prostitute in Memphis, Tennessee. The film received critical acclaim and was generally considered a success. Manning was nominated in Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards in category Best Breakthrough Performance for: Hustle & Flow.

Her next film will be Weirdsville, a comedy co-starring Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley. In 2007, she played Ivy Chitty on the short-lived but critically acclaimed Fox television series Drive, which was a drama about various people competing in an illegal cross-country road race. In a comedy film After Sex Manning played a supporting role Alanna. After Sex is an edgy relationship comedy that uses sex as a background to examine intimacy and vulnerability. It's a humorous, yet honest look at the complexity of modern day relationships told through nine separate couples. Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Marc Blucas are also starring in the film. Manning and Saldana have worked together before, in Crossroads.

She sang a rendition of "I'll Take You There" with Tweet in a Gap commercial. Boomkat songs have also been included on the soundtracks to 8 Mile and Crossroads, two films Taryn also co-starred in.


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