Monday, March 5, 2012

Success Story: ADRIA TENNOR

Here is another segment of Success Stories, the column devoted to the triumphs of our hardworking actors. This month we have chosen the accomplished artist, Adria Tennor. Tennor is an actress, writer and restaurateur. The grand daughter of Sam Tennor, a song plugger for Irving Berlin, Tennor made her film debut playing a twelve-year old school boy in Hal Hartey’s “Amateur” which premiered in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. She works regularly on television, and is most known for her recurring roles on ABC Family’s late but great “Greek” as the kooky Professor Clarissa Hawn and Betty Draper’s frank-talking friend Joyce Darling on AMC’s “Mad Men.” This winter she appeared in Michel Hazanavicius’s much celebrated film, “The Artist,” released by Harvey Weinstein in which she plays John Goodman’s dutiful if not impish secretary. Her one-woman show, “StripSearch,” based on her studies in pole dancing with Sheila Kelley at her SFactor Studio played to rave reviews in Los Angeles for over a year and a half and will soon be published as a memoir. Tennor also owns and operates two restaurants in Los Angeles with her husband; Claudio Blotta – barbrix – named one of LA’s top ten best new restaurants as well as Best Wine Bar by Los Angeles Magazine, and the freshly opened Cooks County which is already receiving rave reviews.