Tina Andrews was born on April 23 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Chicago with her parents and brother. Her childhood interest in acting, dancing and writing led to the beginning of her acting career. Tina attended New York University where she majored in film. While in New York she landed a role in the Broadway play "Ermendarde." She also appeared in the touring company of "Hello Dolly" with Pearl Bailey.
Tina’s tv guest appearances include "Sanford & Son," "Tenafly," "The Odd Couple," "The Brady Bunch," "Trapper John, M.D.," "Good Times," "Mannix" and "Charles in Charge." She was a series regular in "Sanford Arms," "Gladiators" and "Falcon Crest." In the late 1970’s Tina landed the role of Valerie Grant in the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." She became part of daytime tv history when her character became involved in daytime tv’s first interracial relationship. But it was this storyline that generated much hate mail. By the time her character was set to wed her fiancé, the network bailed out and her character and her character’s family were written off the show.
Tina’s telefilm and feature film credits include "The Girls of Huntington House," "Conrack," "Hit," "Born Innocent" and "Carny." She also appeared in the miniseries "Roots" and "The Atlanta Child Murders."
After her acting career subsided Tina found herself answering phones at a law firm. But it was during her time there that she spent her spare time writing. And it was her role in "Roots" that would lead to a phone call from writer Alex Haley after he read one of her spec scripts. At the time he was looking for a writer to help him work on a PBS project titled "Alex Hailey’s Great Men of African Descent." Her work with Hailey would eventually open doors for Tina when it came to writing assignments.
Tina’s first major screenplay was "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," based on the story of singer Frankie Lymon. The movie starred Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate. Tina was co-writer and co-executive producer of the miniseries "Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis" and she was also writer and co-executive producer of the miniseries "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal" which was based on the play she wrote titled "The Mistress of Monticello." For the Sally Hemings story Tina won several awards including the Writers Guild of America 2000 award for Outstanding Longform in television and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Miniseries, T.V., Movie or Special.
In 2003 Tina produced and directed a collection of short animation films titled "Sistas 'N The City."
Tina lives in Malibu, CA with her husband, documentary filmmaker Stephen Gaines.
Tina's film credits include the following:
- Off The Mark (1987)
- The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)(Tv Miniseries)
- Carny (1980)
- The Contender (1980)(Tv Miniseries)
- Roots (1978)(Tv Miniseries)
- Billy: Portrait Of A Street Kid (1977)(Tv Movie)
- McNaughton's Daughter (1976)(Tv Movie)
- Born Innocent (1974)(Tv Movie)
- Conrack (1974)
- Hit! (1973)
- The Girls Of Huntington House (1973)(Tv Movie)
- The Weekend Nun (1972)(Tv Movie)
- Willie Mays & The Say-Hey Kid (1972)(Tv Movie)(Voice)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Tina:
Tina Andrews@Internet Movie Datebase
Tina Andrews Official Website
Tina Andrews Interview@January Magazine
Tina Andrews@Monthly Calendar.com