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 graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Academy in 1963. He helped to form the nation's first Asian task force in 1977. He retired as a Sergeant in on December 24, 1986 and died three years later.