Actress stars at Harmony Club luncheon
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Hollywood actress Tamara Tunie returned to her native Homestead Saturday to be guest of honor at a scholarship luncheon hosted by the community's Harmony Club.
The television and movie star discussed her life and career to an audience of more than 250 at the Dorothy Lance-Vivian Weems Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Westwood Golf Club in West Mifflin. She advised young people to seek a broad education and become well-read.
Ms. Tunie plays recurring roles as Jessica Griffin on the TV soap "As the World Turns" and Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." She also is a producer of the Broadway production of August Wilson's last play, "Radio Golf,' which opens this week.
The actress was born in McKeesport, the daughter of James W. Tunie, owner of Tunie's Funeral Home in Homestead, and Evelyn Hawkins Tunie. She is a 1981 Fine Arts graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Founded in 1899, the Harmony Club of Homestead aims to do good work in the community, which includes giving scholarships to deserving college-bound high school seniors who are top-ranking African-American students.
The 2007 recipients of the club's two $1,000 scholarships are: Brittany Malone, a West Mifflin Area High School senior who will attend Virginia Commonwealth University; and Juliana K. Simpson, a Steel Valley High School senior who will attend Carlow University.
First Published May 10, 2007 7:32 am