In a life that could've been scripted by Paul Thomas Anderson, Blair was raised in the San Fernando Valley by her dental hygienist mother and broke into showbiz at five playing a “giant girl” in the Sci-fi romp Land of the Giants. She was given the stage name Blair Aames by agent, Mary Grady, and wore curlers in her hair to school on audition days.
Eventually Blair ditched the curlers and changed her name back to Tefkin. She studied drama at The American Conservatory Theatre then jumped into comedy as a member of L.A.’s Groundlings.
Ironically, Blair's breakout role was in another Sci-fi show, the hit mini-series “V” , playing Robin, the teen mom of the alien's baby. And though she played the Pat Benatar wannabe in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Blair didn’t discover her own talent for music until, going through a low ebb, she picked up the bass and found her voice writing wry, bittersweet songs.
The reaction to Blair’s music was positive and swift: a chance meeting with a music exec at a Hollywood diner led to a deal with Universal-PolyGram Publishing, songs sent to a friend in Ireland led to a call from Marianne Faithful to cover Blair’s song Good Advice, Alanis’ producer Glen Ballard licensed Good Advice for the soundtrack of his movie Clubland and so it went.
Blair and her band, Lucie Gamelon, played major dates on the Lilith Fair tour. A solo album, Shocked and Devastated, followed.
Critics wrote approvingly: “Artful pop suffused with a darkly comic outlook” - Puncture. “Spitefully Pleasurable” -The Village Voice.
Her one woman show, In The Land of the Giants also garnered praise with the L.A. Weekly calling it "a painfully funny, remarkably enjoyable evening of tuneful self-deprecation." and the L.A. Times writing “Witty and pretty, fractured, poignant and often hilarious”
Blair has written songs for numerous soundtracks including Stuart Little and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. She also wrote and performed an original tune in the film, The Anniversary Party. Her song Troubles was featured on the soundtrack.
Blair is a frequent musical guest at L.A.’s alt-comedy institution UnCabaret and is otherwise busy writing songs for screen and stage. A new musical-theatre piece: Death Is Always On The Way and several projects for children are in the works.
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