Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. 
She graduated from Granada Hills High School in Los Angeles and had been majoring in history at UCLA before leaving for show business.
1984 Nisei Week Queen in Los Angeles
Is of Filipino and Okinawan descent.
Tamlyn's father, the late Shiro Tomita, was interned at Manzanar during World War II as a child, and became a Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department who helped to form the nation's first Asian task force in 1977.