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Biography for Carmen ElectraTara Leigh Patrick (born Apr. 20, 1972 (41 years ago)), professionally known as Carmen Electra, is an American glamour model, actress, TV personality and dancer. She gained fame for her appearances in Playboy magazine, on the MTV game show Singled Out, on the TV series Baywatch, and Summerland, for her appearances dancing with the Pussycat Dolls (11 walls) and has since had roles in the parody movies Scary Movie, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet The Spartans (4 walls), and Disaster Movie.
Early yearsPatrick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Patricia, a singer, and Harry, an entertainer and guitarist. She attended Ann Weigel Elementary School and then studied dance at Dance Artists dance studio under Gloria J. Simpson, in Western Hills, a neighborhood of Cincinnati. Her mother died of a brain tumor in 1998 (15 years ago). Her older sister Debbie died from a heart attack, also in 1998 (15 years ago). Carmen graduated from Princeton High School in Sharonville. She has Irish, German, and Cherokee ancestry.
CareerPatrick started her professional career in 1990 (23 years ago) as a dancer at Kings Island theme park in Mason, Ohio in the show "It’s Magic", one of more popular shows in the park's history.
She moved to California in 1994 (19 years ago), where she met Prince while auditioning for an all-girl rap group. Prince persuaded her to change her name to Carmen Electra and record a solo album. Soon after, she signed a recording contract with Prince's company Paisley Park Records, marking the start of a short-lived singing career.
In 1995 (18 years ago), Electra started appearing in TV programs. In May 1996 (17 years ago) she was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, the first of several. This exposure led to higher profile TV appearances, including Baywatch (cast member from 1997-1998, as Leilani "Lani" McKenzie) and MTV's Singled Out. She returned to Baywatch for the 2003 (10 years ago) reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.
Electra was featured in Playboy four more times, with her second appearance in Jun. 1997 (16 years ago), third in dec. 2000 (13 years ago), fourth in Apr. 2003 (10 years ago) and her fifth in the Jan. 2009 (4 years ago) anniversary issue. She subsequently was on the cover three times, in dec. 2000 (13 years ago), Apr. 2003 (10 years ago) and on the 55th anniversary Issue in Jan. 2009 (4 years ago). In the Playboy Cyber Club, she was the first woman invited to be a celebrity guest photographer; she chose Playmate Jennifer Walcott (8 walls) as her subject model.
Electra has appeared in movies such as Good Burger (1997, 16 years ago), The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999, 14 years ago), the horror spoof Scary Movie (2000, 13 years ago) and also appeared in Meet The Spartans (4 walls) (2008, 5 years ago), Scary Movie 4 (2006, 7 years ago), Epic Movie (2007, 6 years ago), Date Movie (2006, 7 years ago), the remake of the 1970 (43 years ago) TV show Starsky & Hutch (2004, 9 years ago) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She won an MTV Movie Award (best kiss) for Starsky & Hutch.
In 1999 (14 years ago), she appeared in the Bloodhound Gang's music video of "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope." In 2005 (8 years ago), she joined the voice cast of the animated series Tripping the Rift, replacing Gina Gershon as the voice of the sexy android "Six". Also in 2005 (8 years ago), she began the Naked Women's Wrestling League, acting as the commissioner for the professional wrestling promotion. In late 2006 (7 years ago), Carmen began to be featured in commercials by Taco Bell.
Electra is the spokesmodel for Ritz Camera Centers, appearing in their TV and print ads with CEO David Ritz. She is featured in some video spoofs of Lonelygirl15 that are advertising Epic Movie.
She is a character in the video game Def Jam: Fight for New York and is one of the celebrity challenges in the video game ESPN NFL 2K5, along with Steve-O, Jamie Kennedy and others.
Other workElectra portrayed Velvita, also known as lonelygirl362436, as a spoof of lonelygirl15 as an Epic Movie teaser.
Carmen Electra Aerobic Striptease is a five-disc DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) series that combines teaching classic stripping moves with a low impact cardio workout, which also starred Jon Eby.
Released in Jan. 2008 (5 years ago), the Electra Pole is a pole humping kit inspired and endorsed by Carmen Electra that users can assemble in their home. Suitable for all levels of dancer, it is stable enough to support any pole dancing move, including flips and inverts.
Embrace is a comic book putatively written by Electra for London Night Studios. "Glam Slam Ulysses" Interactive Musical Theatrical Production,” conceived by Prince, choreographed by Jamie King. Debuted at Prince's Glam Slam L.A. nightclub.
Electra also appeared in commercials for Maxim Men's Hair Color products (2004-2005) and Taco Bell (2006-2007).
Electra also appears as the face and spokesperson for the MAX Factor Make-Up line (beginning in 2006 (7 years ago)) in their TV and print ads.
She also appeared in an episode of House in which she portrayed an injured golfer and an injured farmer, playing out House's fantasy.
Personal lifeElectra had a short relationship with Prince. She was also romantically involved with rap star B-Real of Cypress Hill from 1995 (18 years ago) to 1998 (15 years ago). When B-Real and Electra were guests on The Howard Stern Show, it was revealed that B-Real had bought Electra's breast implants.
Electra achieved publicity during her on-again/off-again marriage to basketball star Dennis Rodman from 1998 (15 years ago) to 1999 (14 years ago). Their wedding took place at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. She subsequently had a brief affair with Tommy Lee, Mötley Crüe drummer and ex-husband of Pamela Anderson.
On Nov. 22, 2003 (10 years ago), Electra married Dave Navarro, lead guitarist for the rock band Jane's Addiction. The couple documented their courtship and marriage in an MTV celebrity reality show called 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave. On Jul. 17, 2006 (7 years ago), she and Navarro announced their separation, and Electra filed for divorce on Aug. 10. It was finalized on Feb. 20, 2007 (6 years ago).
In 2006 (7 years ago), Electra stated that when she was eight years old she had a "little girl crush" on Joan Jett. In 2007 (6 years ago), tabloid sources romantically linked the two. However, Electra's spokeswoman has insisted that "They are just friends." In Jun. 2007 (6 years ago), talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asked Electra if her relationship with Jett was romantic. Electra replied, "We're just friends," and said that she collected tabloid articles claiming she and Joan were dating because she found them amusing.
She is currently engaged to Rob Patterson.
Charity workCarmen Electra organized a fundraiser for Head to Hollywood, a non-profit organization which offers support to brain tumor survivors. Other charities which she supports include Elevate Hope, a charity which supports abused and abandoned children, and the Hollyrod Foundation which provides medical, physical, and emotional support to those suffering from debilitating life circumstances especially Parkinson's Disease.
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