Tia Carrere

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Tia Carrere
Tia Carrere 2009.jpg
Tia Carrere attending "Susan G. Komen's 8th Annual Fashion for the Cure" event – Hollywood, California on Sept. 24, 2009
Born Althea Rae Janairo
(1967-01-02) January 2, 1967 (age 47)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model, singer, voice actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Elie Samaha (1992–2000) (divorced)
Simon Wakelin (2002–2010) (divorced) 1 child
Children Bianca Wakelin (b. 2005)
Parents Alexander Janairo
Audrey Duhinio Janairo
Website
www.tiacarrere.com

Tia Carrere (born Althea Rae Janairo; January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model, voice artist, and singer who obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital.

She played Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, Nani in Lilo & Stitch, its sequel films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Queen Tyr'ahnee in Duck Dodgers, and Sydney Fox in the syndicated television series Relic Hunter. She appeared as a contestant in the second season of Dancing with the Stars and the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

Early life and education[edit]

Carrere, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the daughter of Filipino parents, Audrey Duhinio Janairo, a computer supervisor, and Alexander Janairo, a banker.[1] Carrere is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino ancestry.[2][3]

Carrere attended Sacred Hearts Academy, an all-girls school.[citation needed] Carrere longed to be a singer as a child.[citation needed] Although she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 Star Search appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the movie Aloha Summer, which he produced and had a cameo in.[4]

Film and television career[edit]

Following this success, Carrere returned to Los Angeles, California and, after working several months as a model, landed a first ever role in the American television series Airwolf in early 1985. Her first major breakthrough was in the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She played the role of Jade Soong Chung from 1985 to 1987. She also had a guest appearance on Tour of Duty and The A-Team, which was supposed to lead to her joining the cast; her General Hospital obligations prevented her from joining the team. Her character was dropped after one episode, and was never mentioned again. She also made guest appearances on the shows MacGyver ("The Wish Child") as a sexy karate instructor, as well as a different assassin character in a later episode ("Murderer's Sky"), on Anything But Love as the adopted daughter of Marty Gold (Richard Lewis), and Married... with Children as Piper Bauman, a rival of Kelly Bundy, who attempted to steal a modeling job from her.

After appearing in the 1991 action films Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and Showdown in Little Tokyo, she emerged into the public spotlight when cast as Cassandra, a rock singer and love interest of Mike Myers' character Wayne in Wayne's World (1992)—a role she reprised the next year in Wayne's World 2. A trained singer, Carrere performed all of her own songs in the two films, and the Wayne's World soundtrack features her vocals. She turned down a role in Baywatch to audition for Wayne's World. In 1992, People magazine named her to its annual "50 most beautiful people" list.

Other roles in prominent films include the parts of smuggler Juno Skinner in True Lies (a 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film), a mixed African-Japanese computer expert in Rising Sun (a thriller written by Michael Crichton starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes), robber Gina Walker in The Immortals (1995), and secretary Victoria Chappell in High School High (a 1996 parody). She also starred as Ari, a space marine-turned pirate in the 1995 adventure/puzzle game The Daedalus Encounter. She also starred as the evil witch/queen in the 1997 Universal Films picture Kull the Conqueror, co-starring with Kevin Sorbo and starred in late 90's M&M's commercials as herself.

Carrere at the premiere for Up in May 2009

From 1999 to 2002, Carrere starred as archeology professor Sydney Fox in Relic Hunter, a syndicated action-adventure series strongly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider films and video games. At this time, Carrere was featured in men's magazine Maxim. Relic Hunter lasted for a total of three contracted television seasons. Carrere then provided the voice of Lilo's sister "Nani" in the animated film Lilo and Stitch (2002) and its spinoffs, as well as the voice of Queen Tyr'ahnee from the 2003 Duck Dodgers animated series. She also provided the voice of Snookie in the 2005 animated film Aloha, Scooby-Doo!.[5]

She participated as a contestant on the popular reality show Dancing with the Stars, and eventually placed sixth overall. Carrere later participated in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice and was axed in the fifth week of the show.

Carrere posed nude for the January 2003 issue of Playboy magazine. It was the top-selling Playboy of 2003.[citation needed] The photos were republished in the German December 2006 issue of the magazine. Recently, she has appeared as a guest star on a number of television shows, including Back to You, Nip/Tuck, and Warehouse 13. She has also appeared in several episodes of season 6 of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Richard Lewis's girlfriend.

Music career[edit]

Filipino American Library Spirit Awards

Carrere has continued to nurture her singing career. In 1993, her first solo album, Dream, produced by Matt Prinz, was released, and went platinum in the Philippines. That same year, she was featured on the soundtrack of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, performing the ending theme, "I Never Even Told You". Her second album, Hawaiiana, was released in June 2007 and takes Carrere back to her Hawaiian roots with four-time Grammy Award winning record producer Daniel Ho accompanying her on classic solo slack-key guitar and ukulele. The album was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award under the category Best Hawaiian Music Album.

In 2009, she acted as co-host for the pre-Grammy Awards telecast online event alongside Wayne Brady.[6]

She won a Grammy Award in 2009 for her third album  '​Ikena, which was also produced by Ho, and was a finalist at the 2010 for He Nani, the third album she had recorded with Ho as her producer.

In 2011, she won another Grammy Award (Best Hawaiian Music Album) for her album Huana Ke Aloha.

Personal life[edit]

Carrere married film producer Elie Samaha in 1992.[4] In 1999, she was accused of having an affair with then Toronto Maple Leaf Tie Domi who was also married.[7] Samaha and Carrere divorced in February 2000.[8]

On November 30, 2002, she married again, this time to photojournalist Simon Wakelin. They have a daughter, Bianca, born September 25, 2005. On April 2, 2010, Carrere filed for divorce in person at Los Angeles Superior Court. According to court documents she cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce and asked for sole physical custody of their daughter Bianca.[9] Their divorce was finalized in August 2010, with the two of them reportedly sharing custody of Bianca.[10] At present, she lives in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tia Carrere Biography (1965—)". Film Reference. 
  2. ^ "Tia Carrere Biography". AskMen. 
  3. ^ "BrainyQuote". 
  4. ^ a b James Brady (1995-06-04). "In Step with Tia Carrere". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ Mattern, Joanne (15 August 2010). Hawaii: Past and Present. The Rosen Publishing Group. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-4358-9479-2. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tia Carrere – Grammy Fascinating Fact: – Contactmusic News". www.contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  7. ^ "What's In The Leanne Domi Divorce Document?". CityNews Toronto. 
  8. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1135807,00.html
  9. ^ "Tia Carrere Files For Divorce". TMZ.com. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ "'Wayne's' star finalizes divorce". Toronto Sun. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 

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