Though Tami Erin has had an extensive career in philanthropy, acting, modeling, and fashion design, fans probably know her best for her role as Pippi Longstocking in the 1988 film, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.
Keep reading to find out what Pippi, I mean, Tami is up to now.
Tami, whose real name is Tamara Erin Klickman, was born on July 8, 1974, in Wheaton, Illinois. When she was nine years old, her family relocated to Miami, Florida. She is the only child of Jim and Gail Klicman. In fact, her mother, Gail played a townswoman in The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking alongside her daughter in the titular role.
Though information about where she went to school as a child is limited, she did train at several prominent acting institutes including Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio, the Actor’s Lab, and most notably, the AFI/American Film Institute.
Tami’s time in the spotlight began when she was just eight years old. At the time, she was signed to Elite Model Management as a child model. Shortly after signing with them, she made her foray into method acting, along with singing and dancing.
Her early credits include appearing as herself in the International Network Television, Domestic Network Television, The Grand Prize, and Yappari Neko Ga Suki. However, it wouldn’t be until she was 11 that she landed the role of Pippi Longstocking in the New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, which was her first official acting credit. The movie was released when she was 14.
Tami plays Pippi Longstocking, who is the title character in the film, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. The film, which was released in 1988, was a musical adventure movie that was based on the popular Pippi Longstocking book series written by Astrid Lindgren.
The film follows Pippi Longstocking and her father, who face a storm caused by a volcanic eruption while out at sea. After her father goes missing, Pippi finds herself in the town of Rocksby where she, her horse, and monkey, take up residence in her father’s home, which the town believes is haunted.
Adventure soon ensues as she befriends Tommy and Annika. The story eventually ends with Pippi reuniting with her father and her telling him she wants to stay behind in Rocksby.
In regards to landing this role, Tami was one of 8,000 girls who auditioned. When speaking of Tami, the film’s director said she radiated sunshine. It was this sunny disposition and personality that ultimately landed her the role.
What Did Tami Do After Pippi Longstocking?
Tami’s career after Pippi Longstocking has been diverse, to say the least:
After The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking was released, Tami went on to star in the 1998 film, Kill You Twice. And, then between 1999 and 2004, there was a large gap in her acting career. In fact, it wouldn’t be until 2005 that she landed her next acting role as playing the flower girl in a short titled The Little Rose. In 2007, she played the role of LG-22 in the film, AGENTS.
There was another three-year gap between AGENTS and her next film, Disconnect, which was released in 2010. In this film, Tami played a minor role as a 1960s operator. That same year she would appear as the Pasta Bear Wife in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special. In 2012, she appeared on I Heart San Francisco as herself.
According to her website, there are no current fan conventions or upcoming projects in the work. However, her latest LinkedIn profile states that she’s the CEO of Tami Erin Talent in Los Angeles, California. It has not been updated recently.
She does have an Instagram, however, where she posts reels, throwback photos, and insight into her daily life, which includes thrifting, fishing, and spending time with her family.
In between these acting roles, she was appointed a United Nations Ambassador for UNICEF. She would go on to visit more than 100 countries. In addition to being an Ambassador for UNICEF, she is also an International Ambassador for Hearts.com, which has raised money for the IHeart Change program.
As a model, she has worked for a variety of notable brands, including AT&T, Hasbro Toys, Smooch, Coca-Cola, Getty Images, Macy’s, and Nestle Chocolate.
Controversy did hit her in 2013 when she released a sex tape. The tape, titled Tami Erin the SEX Tape was sold to a pornography company for an undisclosed amount.
What is Tami Erin doing now?
As of publication, Tami is currently offering personalized messages through Cameo. Her packages include a message for $10, a personalized video for $95, a live video call for $295, and a business video for $525.
Tami is also very active on social media, where she regularly posts about her life and her career.
Tami was actually in the news recently after she wed her good friend, Tommy Parker. In October 2022, Tami was interviewed by FOX 23 about her marriage to Parker.
The couple, who reportedly met back in 2015, ended up quarantining together in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this quarantine period, they fell in love and got married. They are currently residing in Grand Lake, Oklahoma. They do not have any children together, nor does Tami have any from previous relationships.