On the big screen, Tarbuck starred in "Big Trouble," "Curly Sue," "The Tie That Binds" and "Walking Tall." Tarbuck also appeared on Broadway in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The Water Engine/Mr. Happiness." She wrote and starred in her own Los Angeles stage play titled "Stopping By."
In addition to her daughter, Tarbuck is survived by her son-in-law, Samuel Chawinga, and two grandsons, Cianan and Cuinn Chawinga
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