Tamara Asseyev is an American film producer and writer. She began her career in the film industry as a production assistant for Roger Corman, working on such films as The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) and The Trip (1967). She directed a five-minute prologue for Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) when that film was sold to ABC-TV in 1968, as the network had asked for the film to be padded slightly to fit a two-hour slot (with commercials). In the late 1960s, Asseyev began producing low-budget independent films, including Daniel Haller's Paddy (1970) and Curtis Hanson's Sweet Kill (1973). She eventually graduated to producing such studio-backed films as Robert Zemeckis's I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), John Milius's Big Wednesday, and Martin Ritt's Norma Rae (1979). Norma Rae was nominated for several Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. Asseyev has also produced many television movies. She has co-written three books with Elizabeth Nickles, Always Kiss With Your Whiskers: Love Advice From My Cat (1991), Heavy Petting: More Romantic Advice From My Cat (1997), and First Cat, Second Term: Socks Pussyfoots His Way Back into the White House (1997).