Taryn Manning (born November 6, 1978) is an actress, singer-songwriter, and fashion designer. She is the vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat and co-owner of the clothing brand Born Uniqorn. Manning got her first major role in 2001 as Maddy in Crazy/Beautiful, and is known for her roles in Crossroads, 8 Mile (2002), A Lot Like Love, Hustle & Flow (2005), Weirdsville (2007), Jack and Jill vs. the World (2008) and, most recently, in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present).
Taryn Manning was born in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of musician Bill Manning and his wife, Sharyn, who divorced when she was two months old. Manning's mother raised her and her brother Kellin. At the age of 12, Manning moved with her mother to Encinitas, California, where she attended Oak Crest Middle School.
When she was 14 years old, her father committed suicide. Her father was a first cousin of Archie Manning, whose sons, Peyton, Eli, and Cooper are her second cousins.
Manning began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in small roles in several film and television productions, including episodes of The Practice, Get Real, Speedway Junky, NYPD Blue and Popular. She also made a guest-appearance on the TV series Boston Public, in a role that was specifically written for her. In 1999, she was featured in an independent film called Speedway Junky. She also auditioned for the American version of Popstars, which aired in early 2001 on The WB...
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