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Carmen Electra
Electra in 2013
Born
Tara Leigh Patrick

(1972-04-20) April 20, 1972 (age 51)
Education
Occupations
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
  • media personality
Years active1990–present
Spouses
(m. 1998; ann. 1999)
(m. 2003; div. 2007)
PartnerRob Patterson (2008–2012)
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Labels
Websitecarmenelectra.com

Tara Leigh Patrick (born April 20, 1972), known professionally as Carmen Electra,[3][4] is an American actress, model, singer, and media personality. She began her career as a singer after moving to Minneapolis where she met Prince who produced her self-titled debut studio album, released in 1993. Electra began glamour modeling in 1996 with appearances in Playboy magazine, before relocating to Los Angeles, where she had her breakthrough portraying Lani McKenzie in the action drama series Baywatch (1997–1998).

In 1997, Electra hosted the MTV dating show Singled Out and made her film debut in the comedy horror American Vampire. In 2004, she co-starred in the MTV reality series 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave, with her then-husband Dave Navarro. Electra has achieved recognition for her work in parody films, including Scary Movie (2000), Scary Movie 4 (2006), Date Movie (2006), Epic Movie (2007), Meet the Spartans (2008), and Disaster Movie (2008). Her other film credits include Good Burger (1997), Get Over It (2001), Starsky & Hutch (2004), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), Dirty Love (2005), Hot Tamale (2006), and I Want Candy (2007).

Electra has also occasionally worked as a dancer, most notably with The Pussycat Dolls, as a featured guest of the group on VH1 Divas 2004.[5]

Early life

Tara Leigh Patrick was born on April 20, 1972, in Sharonville, Ohio,[6] (a Cincinnati suburb) to Harry Patrick, a guitarist and entertainer, and his wife Patricia (d. 1998), a singer.[7] Electra attended Ann Weigel Elementary School and studied dance under Gloria J. Simpson at Dance Artists studio in Western Hills until age nine, when she enrolled in the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), a magnet arts school in the Cincinnati Public School District.[8] There, she was an older classmate of Nick Lachey, with whom she appeared in a production of Peter Pan.[9][10]

Electra, who told People in 1997 that she had "wanted to dance on Broadway," graduated from Princeton High School in Sharonville in 1990, having transferred there from SCPA two years prior.[11][12] Additionally, Electra attended and graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Cincinnati.[13]

Electra claims to be of Cherokee, German, and Irish descent,[14] and was very close to her family. She said of her mother, "My mom was my rock," and described her older sister Debbie as being "like a second mother to me".[15] After Debbie moved to Illinois, Electra said her life "revolved around my mom. She was my best friend, in my life 24/7 whether I wanted her there or not."[15]

Career

Electra started her professional career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, performing in the show "It's Magic", one of the more popular shows in the park's history.[16] In 1991, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she met singer and songwriter Prince.[17] Soon after, Electra signed a recording contract with Prince's Paisley Park Records and made her singing debut with her self-titled debut studio album in 1993,[18] and would be her only album release.[19] During her time at Paisley Park Records, she officially became known as Carmen Electra.

In May 1996, she was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, the first of several. Electra was featured in Playboy four more times: June 1997, December 2000, April 2003, and the January 2009 anniversary issue. She was on the cover of the last three of these issues.[20]

Electra moved to Los Angeles, where she made her acting debut in the independent comedy horror film American Vampire (1997). In 1997 she was cast as Lani McKenzie in the American drama series Baywatch, for which she achieved her breakthrough. The role lasted a year and helped to establish her as a sex symbol,[14] which has lasted since the late 1990s and the 2000s. In the same year, she began hosting MTV's Singled Out.

Electra doing an infomercial for the "Thigh Styler"

In 1999, she appeared in the Bloodhound Gang's music video of "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope". That same year she appeared in the film The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human.

In 2000, Electra starred in the horror-comedy parody film Scary Movie as Drew Decker, a character parodied after Casey Becker from Scream (1996).[21] The film was a commercial success,[22] and spawned the Scary Movie franchise which attained a cult following.[21] She later starred as Holly in Scary Movie 4 (2006), the fourth film in the franchise, which holds the box-office record for the best opening on Easter weekend.[23] Electra reprised the role of Lani McKenzie in the 2003 television film Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.[24]

In 2004, she appeared in the remake of the 1970s TV show Starsky & Hutch (2004), which was a commercial success.[25] For the role, she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.[26] Electra appeared as characters in the video game Def Jam: Fight for New York and as one of the celebrity challenges in the video game ESPN NFL 2K5, both also in 2004.

In 2005, Electra starred in the family comedy film Cheaper by the Dozen 2, which received negative reviews from critics, although it was a moderate box-office success and Electra's performance was praised, with Andrea Gronvall of The Chicago Reader writing that she was "the most winning performer of the bunch".[27] Also in 2005, she appeared in an episode of House in which she portrayed herself as an injured golfer and farmer. That same year, she joined the voice cast of the animated series Tripping the Rift, replacing Gina Gershon as the voice of the android "Six".

Electra in 2005 at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

In 2006 she appeared in Date Movie. She occasionally performed with The Pussycat Dolls, most notably as a featured guest of the group when they shared the stage with artists like Patti LaBelle and Debbie Harry on VH1 Divas 2004.[5]

In 2007, she became a published author with the release of her book, How to Be Sexy.[28] Electra continued to appear in parody films, most notably Epic Movie in 2007, and Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie in 2008. She was featured in some video spoofs of lonelygirl15 that advertised Epic Movie.[29] Aside from Epic Movie, all of these films were commercial successes.

Electra appeared as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 on July 6, 2011. She appeared along with regular series judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy and fellow guest judge Travis Wall.

In 2012, Electra joined Britain's Got Talent as a guest judge for the auditions staged in London. She acted as a replacement for Amanda Holden, who was absent due to complications following child birth.

Public image

Electra in 2013

Electra is often spotlighted for her looks and has been considered a "sex symbol" and "pop culture icon".[30][31][32][33]

Electra organized a fundraiser for Head to Hollywood, a non-profit organization which offers support to brain tumor survivors.[34] Other charities which she supports include Elevate Hope,[35] 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.[36]

She has modeled for the covers of the comic books Razor and the Ladies of London Night by London Night Studios.[37] In 1997, Electra appeared as the face and spokesperson for Max Factor cosmetics in their television and print ads.[38] From 2004 to 2005, she appeared in commercials for Maxim Men's Hair Color products.

In 2002, an extinct species of fly was named Carmenelectra shechisme in honor of Electra's "splendid somal structure".[39]

In 2005, she began the Naked Women's Wrestling League, acting as the commissioner for the professional wrestling promotion.[40] She also frequently appeared in Taco Bell commercials beginning from the same year.[41]

In 2006, Electra signed on as the spokesmodel for Ritz Camera Centers, appearing in their television and print ads with CEO David Ritz. She is the oldest cover girl in the publication history of FHM Magazine.[42]

In 2019, The Golden Banana, a strip club which is located in Peabody, Massachusetts, used Electra's likeness on social media without her consent,[43] which led her, among other celebrities whose likenesses were also used without their permission, to launch a legal battle against the establishment.[44]

In 2020, after Electra appeared on the critically acclaimed sports documentary miniseries The Last Dance,[45] where she discussed her short-lived relationship with Dennis Rodman. Pornographic video site Pornhub reported that her name was searched on the site more than 1.7 million times, much more opposed to the 150,000 average searches her name received previously.[46][47]

In 2022, Electra created an OnlyFans account, stating "I, for once, have this opportunity to be my own boss and have my own creative vision to share with my fans without someone standing over me".[48]

Personal life

Electra in 2018

In August 1998, Electra's mother died of brain cancer, and two weeks later, her older sister, Debbie, died of a heart attack.[9][17]

At that time, Electra had been dating NBA sportsman Dennis Rodman. She and Rodman wed in November 1998 at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada.[49][50] Nine days later, Rodman filed for annulment, claiming he was of "unsound mind" when the pair wed.[51][52] Electra explained, "It's easy to get caught up in a moment. You think it's romantic, but then you realize, God, we did it in Vegas? It's like getting a cheeseburger at a fast-food restaurant."[11] The couple reconciled and celebrated New Year's Eve together, but four months later they mutually agreed to end their marriage in April 1999 under "amicable circumstances".[11][53] In November 1999, Electra and Rodman were arrested for misdemeanor battery after police were notified of a domestic dispute at a Miami Beach hotel.[54] They were released on $2,500 bail each and ordered to stay away from each other.[55] The charges were eventually dropped.[56]

Five years later, Electra gave an interview to Glamour in which she admitted that she married Rodman in 1998 in direct response to the numbing emotional pain of having lost both her mother and sister: "I was just going through the motions. I was completely numb. At the time, I was dating Dennis Rodman. He was such a fun person to be around, and we went out every night. I remember thinking, this is my out. I'm just going to have fun, and I'm not going to worry about anything. Right after my mom and sister died, I flew to Las Vegas and Dennis and I got married. I guess I was trying to cling to whatever I had. I'd lost my mom and my sister; I didn't want to lose anyone else."[15]

On November 22, 2003, Electra married Dave Navarro, lead guitarist for the rock band Jane's Addiction. The couple documented their courtship and marriage in an MTV reality television show called 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave.[57] On July 17, 2006, she and Navarro announced their separation, and Electra filed for divorce on August 10, 2006; it was finalized on February 20, 2007.[58][59]

In April 2008, Electra's representative confirmed that she was engaged to Rob Patterson, a member of the nu metal band Otep and hard rock band Filter.[60] Despite remaining engaged for several years,[61] the couple did not wed and in 2012, she appeared as one of the celebrity bachelorettes on the TV dating show The Choice.[62]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Good Burger Roxanne
American Vampire Sulka
1998 Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay Lani McKenzie Video
Starstruck Iona Shirley
The Chosen One: Legend of the Raven McKenna Ray/The Raven
Welcome to Hollywood Herself
1999 The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human Jenny Smith
Vacanze di Natale 2000 Esmeralda
2000 Scary Movie Drew Decker
2001 Sol Goode Treasure
Perfume Simone
Get Over It Mistress Moira
2002 Whacked! Laura
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Lani McKenzie TV movie
Uptown Girls Celebrity
My Boss's Daughter Tina
2004 Starsky & Hutch Staci
Monster Island Herself TV movie
30 Days Until I'm Famous Pauline TV movie
Mr. 3000 Herself
Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon Debbie
2005 Rent Control Audrey TV movie
Lil' Pimp Honeysack (voice)
Dirty Love Michelle Lopez
Searching for Bobby D Rebecca
Getting Played Lauren TV movie
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Serena Murtaugh
2006 Date Movie Anne
Scary Movie 4 Holly
Hot Tamale Riley
American Dreamz Herself
National Lampoon's Pledge This! Herself
Lolo's Cafe Desiree (voice) Short
2007 Epic Movie Mystique
Full of It Herself
I Want Candy Candy Fiveways
Christmas in Wonderland Ginger Peachum
2008 Meet the Spartans Queen Margo
Disaster Movie Beautiful Assassin
Bedtime Stories Hot Girl
2009 Zac Efron's Pool Party Herself Short
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Sybil Williams
2010 Barry Munday Iconic Beauty
Back Nine Judy TV movie
2011 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Herself
2012 2-Headed Shark Attack Anne Babish Video
The Axe Boat Veronica Short
2013 Cum Ghosts Herself Short
2014 Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd at Night Herself Short
Dragula Lisa Short
Lap Dance Lexus
2015 Chocolate City Club DJ
Book of Fire Theodora
2023 Good Burger 2 Roxanne

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Baywatch Nights Candy Episode: "Epilogue"
Erotic Confessions Manager Episode: "At the Tone"
1997 Singled Out Herself/Co-Host Recurring Co-Host: Season 3
Loveline Herself/Co-Host Episode: "September 10, 1997"
Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam Herself/Host Main Host
Mad TV Herself/Guest Host Episode: "Episode #3.2"
Just Shoot Me! Herself Episode: "King Lear Jet"
All That Sue Episode: "Dru Hill"
Pacific Blue Lani Mackenzie Episode: "Heartbeat"
1997–98 Baywatch Lani McKenzie Main Cast: Season 8
1998 Rock 'N' Jock Super Bowl II Herself/Host Main Host
Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular Herself Episode: "Episode #1.12"
Two Guys and a Girl Isabella Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Delivery"
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Tanya Episode: "Spyder's Web"
Hyperion Bay Sarah Hicks Recurring Cast
1999 Banned in America: The World's Sexiest Commercials 2 Herself/Host Main Host
2000 Mad TV Herself Episode: "Episode #5.15"
¿Qué apostamos? Herself Episode: "Episode #7.1"
Comedy Central Canned Ham Herself Episode: "Scary Movie"
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock Herself/Host Main Host
The Drew Carey Show Herself Episode: "Drew Live II"
2000–04 Hollywood Squares Herself/Panelist Recurring Panelist
2001 MTV Fashionably Loud: Spring Break, Cancun 2001 Herself/Host Main Host
The Andy Dick Show Herself Episode: "Kid Krist"
The Test Herself/Panelist Episode: "The Vanity Test"
World Music Awards Herself/Co-Host Main Co-Host
You Don't Know Jack... About MonsterFest Herself/Co-Host Main Co-Host
Wild On! Herself Episode: "Wild on Spring Break 2001"
E! True Hollywood Story Herself Episode: "Baywatch"
2002 The Simpsons Herself (voice) Episode: "The Frying Game"
Off Centre Herself Episode: "Unflushable"
BattleBots Herself/Host Main Host: Season 4-5
2003 Good Day L.A. Herself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "March 10, 2003"
The New Tom Green Show Herself Episode: "July 18, 2003"
Doggy Fizzle Televizzle Herself Episode: "Episode #1.6"
Dance Fever Herself/Judge Main Judge
Wild On! Herself Episode: "Wild on Hollywood Nights"
King of the Hill Angela (voice) Episode: "Boxing Luanne"
Greetings from Tucson Rosa Episode: "The First Time"
Eve Zan Episode: "The Talk"
2004 The Sharon Osbourne Show Herself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "February 9, 2004"
'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave Herself Main Cast
HBO First Look Herself Episode: "Starsky & Hutch"
Punk'd Herself Episode: "Episode #3.5"
Taurus World Stunt Awards Herself/Host Main Host
Manhunt Herself/Host Main Host
Style Star Herself Episode: "Carmen Electra"
Strip Poker Invitational Herself/Host Main Host
Monk Chloe Blackburn Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Panic Room"
Method & Red Kerry Norris Episode: "Dogs"
2004-07 Naked Women's Wrestling League Herself/Host Main Host
2005 Tripping the Rift Six (voice) Main Cast: Season 2
Hope & Faith Herself Episode: "Carmen Get It"
American Dad! Lisa Silver (voice) Episode: "Escape From Pearl Bailey"
Fat Actress Herself Episode: "Charlie's Angels"
Summerland Mona Recurring Cast: Season 2
House Herself Episode: "Three Stories"
Stacked Nikki Episode: "Darling Nikki"
World Music Awards Herself/Co-Host Main Co-Host
Class of... Herself Episode: "1989: Life After Baywatch"
2005–06 Joey Herself Guest Cast: Season 1-2
2006 THS Investigates Herself Episode: "Starving for Perfection"
Making It Herself Episode: "David Caplan"
2007 Phenomenon Herself Episode: "Premiere"
Whatever Happened To? Herself Episode: "Beach Babes"
2008 E! True Hollywood Story Herself Episode: "The Pussycat Dolls"
Quelli che... il Calcio Herself Episode: "Episode #16.6"
Party Monsters Cabo Herself Episode: "Carmen Electra"
Hollywood Residential Herself Episode: "Dominion Day"
2009 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself Episode: "Kourt's First Cover"
Dancing with the Stars Herself Episode: "Round Five: Results"
Billboard's New Year's Eve Live Herself/Host Main Host
Reno 911! Miss Uecker Episode: "VHS Transfer Memory Lane"
2010 Perfect Catch Herself/Host Main Host
WWE SmackDown Herself Episode: "Episode #11.47"
The Spin Crowd Herself Episode: "Hungry for Love"
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself/Guest Judge Episode: "RuPaul-a-Palooza"
So You Think You Can Dance Herself/Guest Judge Episode: "Top 14 Perform"
2012 Britain's Got Talent Herself/Guest Judge Guest Judge: Season 6
90210 Vesta Episode: "Hate 2 Love" & "902–100"
The Choice Herself Episode: "Episode #1.4"
2013 Ridiculousness Herself Episode: "Carmen Electra"
What Would Ryan Lochte Do? Herself Episode: "What Would Ryan Lochte Do... In Hollywood?"
Suburgatory Herself Episode: "Go, Gamblers!"
2014 Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? Herself Episode: "Pill Popper"
Sing Your Face Off Herself/Guest Judge Episode: "Episode #1.6"
Franklin & Bash Bridget Barnes Episode: "Honor Thy Mother"
The Birthday Boys Myrtle Episode: "Love Date Hump"
2015 Dance Moms Herself Episode: "Episode #5.31" & "#5.33"
2016 Ex Isle Herself/Host Main Host
Hollywood Medium Herself Episode: "Omarosa/Ashley Hamilton/RJ Mitte/Carmen Electra"
FABLife Herself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "Episode #1.143" & "#1.154"
Jane the Virgin Herself Episode: "Chapter Fifty-One"
2017 Worst Cooks in America Herself/Contestant Contestant: Season 11
2018 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Episode: "Carmen Electra"
Alone Together Tia Episode: "Flashback"
2019 Through the Keyhole Herself Episode: "Rob Beckett, Alfie Boe, Lucy Fallon"
2020 The Last Dance Herself Episode: "Episode IV & X"
2021 The Celebrity Dating Game Herself Episode: "Tyson Beckford and Carmen Electra"
Hell's Kitchen Herself/Restaurant Patron Episode: "Hell Hath No Fury..."
2022 Domino Masters Herself/Guest Host Episode: "Playoffs: Water Worlds"

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2004 ESPN NFL 2K5 Herself [63]
Def Jam: Fight for NY Herself
2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Ginger Vitus (voice)

Music Videos

Year Title Artist
2000 "No Matter What They Say" Lil' Kim
"The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope" Bloodhound Gang
2001 "Girls, Girls, Girls" Jay-Z
2006 "ACDC" Joan Jett
2009 "LA Girls" Mams Taylor
"Hush Hush; Hush Hush" The Pussycat Dolls
2010 "No Love" Filter
2015 "Thoughts" Black Lodge

Documentary

Year Title
1995 Liebe in Hollywood
1997 Playboy: Cheerleaders
1998 Playboy: Celebrities
1999 Hollywood: Wild in the Streets
2001 Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored
2002 Cleavage
2003 Playboy: Celebrity Photographers
2004 My Date with Drew
G-Phoria
2006 Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds
2012 Sunset Strip
2013 Out in the Desert
2014 The Ultimate Wedding Planner
Operation Bobbi Bear
2022 Finding Sandler

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details
Carmen Electra

Singles

Year Song Album
1991 "Shhh!" Non-album single
1992 "Go Go Dancer" Carmen Electra
1993 "Everybody Get On Up"
"Fantasia Erotica"
1998 "Fun" Non-album single
2012 "I Like It Loud" Non-album single
2013 "Bigger Dick" (feat. Mams Taylor) Non-album single
2014 "WERQ" Non-album single
"Around the World" Non-album single

Bibliography

  • How to Be Sexy (2007) (self-help book)

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2004 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss Starsky & Hutch Won [64]
MTV Reality Awards Most Pause Worthy Female 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave Won [65]
2006 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Dirty Love Nominated [66]
2007 Scary Movie 4 and Date Movie Won [67]
2008 Epic Movie Nominated [68]
2009 Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie Nominated [69]

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