Tami Stronach

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Tami Stronach
Tami Stronach at Rhode Island Comic Con.jpg
Tami Stronach at Rhode Island Comic Con in 2016
Tamara Stronach

(1972-07-31) July 31, 1972 (age 47)
OccupationActress and dancer
Spouse(s)Greg Steinbruner
(2010–present; 1 child)
ChildrenMaya (born in 2011)

Tamara "Tami" Stronach (born July 31, 1972 in Tehran, Iran) is an American dancer, choreographer and former child actress.

Early life[edit]

Stronach was born to Israeli and Scottish parents.[citation needed] Her father, David Stronach (born in 1931), is an archaeologist of ruins of Ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) and a professor at UC Berkeley.[citation needed] David met his wife, archaeologist Ruth Vaadia (1937–2017) in Tehran, where they both worked on excavations at a Tehran site.[citation needed] They got married in 1966 and Stronach is their second child. She has a sister, Keren.[1]

The family left Tehran after the Iranian Revolution in 1979.[2] David Stronach become professor of archaeology at Berkeley in 1981.


Stronach made her acting debut as The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story (1984), a film adaptation of the novel Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) by Michael Ende. She has not since had many known acting roles; her parents preferred that she did not pursue any further acting to avoid the possible dangers many child actors in both movies and television sometimes encounter.[3] She has nevertheless since acted in the play "Chambre" at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, and she has further studied acting with Laura Esterman.[4] She had a leading role in the Czech fantasy film, Poslední z Aporveru, a tale of two children trying to save their world from destruction.[5]

She also released a 45 RPM single around the same time as The Neverending Story entitled Fairy Queen. The songs on the album are called Fairy Queen and Riding on a Rainbow. The tracks are of similar synthpop orientation as the Giorgio Moroder/Limahl Neverending Story theme, and may have been an attempt to capitalize on its success.[6]

Since the days of her childhood role, she has become a member of an Israeli dance troupe based in the U.S. called the Neta Dance Company. Joining them in 1996, she performed with the company mostly in the U.S., Israel and Europe.[7] She has also choreographed and performed her own works, including "The Maid and the Marmalade" and "Contain yourself, darling." While her own work has typically been performed in New York City, she has begun more recently to take this abroad, such as with a tour of Australia in July 2006.[8]

Since April 30, 2010, she has been married to Greg Steinbruner. They have a daughter, Maya[9] (born in January 2011).

In 2017, it was announced[10] that Stronach would join Lauren Holly in the independent comedy Ultra Low from writer-director Nicholas Gyeney.


Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1985Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama – Nominated


  1. ^ Stronach, David (June 8, 2004). "Archaeologist David Stronach, the 39th Recipient of the AIA's Gold Medal, Describes Highlights in a Long Career". College News and Events (Interview). Interviewed by Genevieve Shiffrar. University of California Berkeley. Archived from the original on October 9, 2004.
  2. ^ "From the President: Gentleman and Scholar – Archaeology Magazine Archive". Archaeology.org. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Forgotten Never Ending Story Star Returns". Contactmusic.com. May 6, 2005. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Net a Company Archived May 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Poslední z Aporveru". IMDb.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Cdandlp
  7. ^ Tami Stronach Archived September 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Nymf[dead link]
  9. ^ Beacon Reader Archived December 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Harris, Jeffrey (June 17, 2018). "The NeverEndingStory Star Tami Stronach Returns to Acting in Ultra-Low". Pop Geeks. Retrieved September 27, 2017.

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