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Rutina Wesley is an American film, stage, and television actress best known for her role as Tara Thornton on the HBO series True Blood. Wesley was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wesley's father, Ivery Wheeler, is a professional tap dancer and her mother, Cassandra Wesley, was a showgirl. She attended high school at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. She studied dance at Simba Studios and the West Las Vegas Arts Center. While at the Las Vegas Academy, Wesley missed several other auditions for college training programs and was finally accepted by University of Evansville in Indiana. She was hesitant in joining the university because of a lack of minorities in the state. After earning her undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance, her grandmother suggested that she do a nursing course, but Wesley insisted on pursuing her education. She joined Juilliard School in 2001 and graduated in May 2005, which included a summer spent at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At Juilliard she and her later co-star Nelsan Ellis became close friends. In December 2006, Wesley was featured in David Hare's Broadway play The Vertical Hour. In 2007 Wesley

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