Tamara Hurwitz is better known to the general public as the wife of film, stage and television actor Bill Pullman, whose most remarkable works include Spaceballs (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Casper (1995), Independence Day (1996) and Lake Placid (1999). However, for performing arts enthusiasts, especially those interested in modern dance, Hurwitz is a star, having enjoyed a career as a dancer, performer, and dance educator for over three decades, having taught at various venues, including dance conservatories and municipal YMCAs. Read on to learn all about her life and career.
Who is Tamara Hurwitz?
Details of Tamara Hurwitz’s early life are few and far between, as it is not clear in which year she was born. However, it is known that she celebrates her birthday on February 6th every year. The identity of her parents is not known to the public, although her father was supposedly an art teacher and painter. Through her parents, the American citizen is of Norwegian descent.
Tamara has had a love for dancing since she was a child. Although it is not clear whether she studied this art form in school, she has managed to become a professional dancer who performs in places and with groups all over the United States. Some of the groups and places where she has performed are the Jose Limon Dance Company in New York City, the Pacific Dance Ensemble in Oregon, and Rosanna Gamson Worldwide in Los Angeles.
In 2014, Tamara Hurwitz performed alongside her husband in a theatrical dance show called Healing Wars at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. In 2018 she worked with her longtime friend and co-dancer Tracy Penfield on a project called Passing, which premiered at Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts.
Her Family Life
Tamara Hurwitz has been happily married for more than three decades. Details of how she met her husband, actor Bill Pullman, are not known to the public. Nor is it clear how long the two were together before they decided to get married on January 3, 1987.
It didn’t seem long before Pullman and Hurwitz started a family, as they welcomed a daughter named Maesa in 1988, one year after their marriage. The following year another member of the Pullman family joined them, a son named Jack. Their third and final child is a son named Lewis, born on 29 January 1993.
Like their parents, the Pullman children have all made a career in the creative/ performative arts. Their daughter Maesa is a singer and songwriter who can also play instruments like banjo and accordion. In 2013 she released an extended game album called Whippoorwill. Her first son Jack is a puppeteer, while her second son followed in his father’s footsteps to become an actor. Some of the projects he has appeared in include The Peter Cassidy Project (2015), The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017), Battle of the Sexes (2017), The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) and Them That Following (2019). He is also scheduled to co-star in Top Gun: Maverick (2020), the sequel to Top Gun (1986).
More interesting facts about Tamara Hurwitz, Bill Pullman’s wife
1. In 2008, Tamara Hurwitz’s first son Jack, who was attending Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa at the time, was arrested in Asheville, North Carolina, along with his friend Allen Gaddy for having moonshine in their possession and assaulting a police officer.
2. According to her husband, one of Tamara’s favorite activities is going to the Farmer’s Market on a Sunday morning. He himself loves pruning the garden and his wife usually joins him in this.
3. In 2010, the Pullman’s founded a voluntary, non-profit organization called Hollywood Orchard, dedicated to harvesting, using and donating local fruits from other people’s trees to those in need.
4. Her husband has no sense of smell. He lost his sense of smell at age 21 after suffering a head injury.
5. Tamara Hurwitz’s father died in her arms in a Los Angeles gallery in 2012. He was 91 years old at the time.
6. Hurwitz appeared in two documentaries. The first entitled The Fruit Hunters (2012), directed by Yung Chang explores the relationship between man and food. The second documentary film in which she appeared was Nina Gilden Seavey’s Parables of War (2014), which explores how civilization can heal the wounds of war. In both documentaries, she appeared at her husband’s side.