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Tara Buckman (born October 1, 1956) is an American television and film actress. Her active career was mainly confined to the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. Though never reaching feature status, Buckman was nonetheless a regular guest star on many television series. She also appeared in minor roles in feature films.
Buckman's first break came from a 1977 casting call in Norfolk, Virginia, for the movie Death of Ocean View Park. She was living in nearby Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the time and graduated from Princess Anne High School, where she was the drum major for The Fabulous Marching Cavaliers. Some scenes were used in the later film Rollercoaster, in which she received credit for her role.
Buckman portrayed Officer Brandy Ames in The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo and Cat Hellman in The Master.:664 She is also remembered for her guest appearances in episodes of such 1970s and 1980s television fare as The Rockford Files, Kojak, CHiPs, The Hardy Boys Mysteries, Quincy, M.E., Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Brave New World and The Master. She also appeared in the 1979 television movies Death Car on the Freeway and The Man in the Santa Claus Suit, and portrayed Norma Kirkland on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives in 1984-1985.
Often cast in minor roles in larger budget films, Buckman appeared in the Burt Reynolds vehicles Hooper (1978) and The Cannonball Run (1981). Buckman was generally offered largely dimensionless and decorative parts, such as a rollercoaster attendant in the disaster film Rollercoaster (1977), and "Jill - Lamborghini Girl #2" (alongside Adrienne Barbeau) in The Cannonball Run.
Buckman also appeared in several 'B' movies from the late 1970s through to the mid-1990s. She appeared in a rape/murder scene, in which her top was torn open and her throat was slit by a man dressed as Santa Claus in the 1984 controversial horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night. Her most recent major role was as Dr. Julie Casserly in Xtro II: The Second Encounter (1991), and her other credits include the films Snowballing (1984), Never Too Young to Die (1986), Terminal Exposure (1987), Blue Angel Cafe (1989), High Finance Woman (1990), and The Marilyn Diaries (1990) alongside porn star Marilyn Chambers.