Carmen Electra. biography
Born Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20, 1972, in Sharonville, Ohio, Carmen Electra explored her interest in music while attending Cincinnati’s School of the Creative and Performing Arts prior relocating to Los Angeles in hopes of launching her music career.
In 1990, Carmen landed a recording contract with legendary musician Prince who advised to her to adopt the moniker Carmen Electra. Soon after releasing her self-titled debut album three years later, Carmen ignited her acting career with a guest spot on Baywatch Nights (1996).
That same year, Carmen officially got her big break when she appeared nude in a photo spread for Playboy magazine and again in 1998 and later on the 2000 and 2003 cover.
Carmen then replaced fellow Playboy model Jenny McCarthy as the host for MTV’s Singled Out (1997), which was canceled a year later, but bounced back when she joined the cast of Baywatch (1997-1998).
A string of appearances alongside respected actors followed over the next couple of years, including Marlon Wayans in Scary Movie (2000), Brittany Murphy in Uptown Girls (2003), Ashton Kutcher in My Boss’s Daughter (2003), Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Starsky & Hutch (2004), Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) and Anna Faris in Scary Movie 4 (2006).
Did You Know…
- She was married to Dennis Rodman
- She is the youngest of five children
- Her heritage is Irish, German and Cherokee
- Attended high school with Nick Lachey
- She's a member of the dancing show The Pussycat Dolls
- She met her ex-husband Dave Navarro on a blind date