In the Soap Opera Spotlight: Tamara Braun

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Tamara Braun can handle controversy.

The current Days of Our Lives star faced a ton of i when she was chosen to recast role of Carly Benson Quartermaine Corinthos in 2001. Since then, however, the actress has carved out a wide fan base for herself.

Though viewers initially balked at the recasting of a role originated by critically acclaimed actress Sarah Brown, they soon grew to love and embrace Braun's multilayered take on the wily Carly.

Braun got involved in acting during high school in Illinois and went on to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London for a summer session. She moved to Los Angeles in 1995 and eventually landed guest-starring roles on such prime-time shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 7th Heaven.

After portraying Carly on General Hospital for four years, it was announced in Januay 2008 that Braun would join Days of Our Lives as the character of Ava.

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