Tamera Mowry

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Tamera Mowry
Tamera Mowry-Housley.jpg
Mowry in 2020
Tamera Darvette Mowry

(1978-07-06) July 6, 1978 (age 43)
Other namesTamera Mowry-Housley
Alma materPepperdine University
  • Actress
  • television personality
  • former singer
Years active1990–present
(m. 2011)
RelativesTia Mowry (twin sister)
Tahj Mowry (brother)

Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley[citation needed] (/təˈmɛərə ˈmɔːri/) (née Mowry; born July 6, 1978)[citation needed] is an American actress, television personality, and former singer. She first gained fame for her teen role as Tamera Campbell on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister (opposite her twin sister Tia Mowry).[1] She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too, and she played Dr. Kayla Thornton on the medical drama Strong Medicine.

She next starred in a reality television series following her and her twin sister's lives, titled Tia & Tamera, which began airing on the Style Network in 2011 and ended in 2013 after three seasons.[1][2] From 2013 to 2020, Mowry was one of the co-hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show The Real originally alongside Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai. She was on the Hallmark Channel show Home & Family until the show's cancellation in August 2021.

Early life[edit]

Tamera Darvette Mowry was born in Gelnhausen in then-West Germany on July 6, 1978 to parents who were in the U.S. Army, Darlene Renee Mowry (née Flowers), who later became her children's manager, and Timothy John Mowry, who became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department when the family moved to California.[3][4] Tamera Mowry is the older twin by two minutes. Tamera was born at 4:30 p.m., followed by Tia at 4:32 p.m.[citation needed] She also has two younger brothers named Tahj Mowry and Tavior Mowry.

Her father has English and Irish ancestry, and her mother is of Afro-Bahamian descent.[5] Mowry's parents met in high school, in Miami, Florida, both joining the U.S. Army, and both eventually reaching the rank of sergeant.[6] Mowry has described her family as being both "close-knit" and "deeply religious,"[4] and the sisters became born-again Christians when they were eight years old.[7]



Mowry and her twin sister, Tia, co-starred as the main characters in Sister, Sister, a television show that aired from 1994 through 1999. Starring the two girls, Tamera Mowry played Tamera Campbell, who was adopted and separated from birth away from her twin sister. The show kickstarts from where the twins meet coincidentally in the mall. The comedy TV show shows the two sisters combining worlds with their adopted parents combining households. Tia, her twin, is intelligent and from inner-city Detroit while Tamera is the boy-crazy twin from the suburbs.

Tamera and Tia worked in the 2005 Disney Channel film Twitches.[8] In 2013, Mowry became a co-host of the syndicated daytime talk show The Real alongside Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai. After premiering on July 15,[9] The Real was picked up to series the following year.[10] In 2018, Mowry and her co-hosts won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for their work.[11] In July 2020, Mowry announced that after six seasons she would be leaving the show.[12]

She returned to the show as a guest on December 8, 2020, that same day, Mowry joined Home & Family as a new family member on the show, succeeding Paige Hemmis.

In 2021, Mowry competed in season 5 of The Masked Singer as "Seashell". She was eliminated on Week 7 alongside Bobby Brown as "Crab". This show also revived Tamera being a singer.

Other ventures[edit]

Mowry and her twin sister, Tia, started a project called Need Brand as they entered motherhood.[13] Milky! and Stretchy! are two of the products that can cater to motherhood. Milky! is a 2.5 oz. bottle with all organic ingredients that can help mothers produce milk. Stretchy! is a stretch mark cream for post-operation scars. Another sibling project of theirs was a four-book series called Twintuition: Double Vision and Twintuition: Double Trouble.[14] She signed an overall deal with Crown Media in 2020.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Mowry and Adam Housley, at their tasting room in 2019
Housley, Mowry, and their children, at their tasting room in 2019

In July 2013, Mowry revealed that she did not lose her virginity until she was 29. She elaborated that she felt guilty after she had sex, and afterward committed to remaining celibate until marriage.[16] She married Fox News correspondent Adam Housley,[17] after dating for almost six years, on May 15, 2011, in California's Napa Valley. They have a son, Aden John Tanner,[18] and a daughter, Ariah Talea.[19] The couple owns a home in Napa Valley, near her husband's family's vineyard.[20]

She had a Shih Tzu named Milano.[21]

Mowry's niece, Alaina Housley (born in 2000), was among the victims of the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018.[22][23][24]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Hot Chick Sissy
2012 Redemption of a Dog Michelle


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Rosie Tamera Tanner Episode: "Adventures in Blondiesitting"
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Penelope "Beauty Is in the Eye of the Ticketholder"
1992 True Colors Lorae "In a Flash"
1992 Full House Denise "The Devil Made Me Do It"
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Tamera Campbell Lead role
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Evil Chameleon "The Tale of the Chameleons"
1995–1996 The Adventures of Hyperman Emma C. Squared (voice) Main role
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show Tamera Campbell "The Bad Seed"
1997 Smart Guy Roxanne "Brother, Brother"
1999–2000 Detention Orangejella LaBelle (voice) Main role
2000 Something to Sing About Lily TV film
2000 Seventeen Again Young Catherine "Cat" Donovan TV film
2001–05 Express Yourself Herself Interstitial series
2004–2006 Strong Medicine Dr. Kayla Thornton Main role
2005 Twitches Camryn Elizabeth Barnes / Apolla DuBaer TV film 2006 The Game Melanie 2006–2007 Family Guy Esther (voice) "Mother Tucker", "Barely Legal", "Peter's Daughter" 2007 Twitches Too Camryn Elizabeth Barnes / Apolla DuBaer TV film
2009 Roommates Hope Daniels Main role
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Misty Knight (voice) "A Brat Walks Among Us!"
2010 Double Wedding Danielle Warren TV film
2011 Things We Do for Love Lourdes Main role
2011–2013 Tia & Tamera Herself Lead role
2012 Rebounding Vanessa TV film
2012 Christmas Angel Daphney Conroy TV film
2013–2020 The Real Herself Talk show; co-host (1-6)
2014–2015 Melissa & Joey Gillian "To Tell the Truth", "Let's Get It Started", "Failure to Communicate"
2016 Talking Dead Herself Talk show
2017 Hollywood Darlings Herself
2017 Daytime Divas Herself
2018 Help Us Get Married Host Facebook Watch Series
2019 A Christmas Miracle Emma An original Hallmark Television Movie
2020 Christmas Comes Twice Cheryl Jenkins An original Hallmark Television Movie
2020–2021 Home & Family Herself Talk show; Family Member, Lifestyle Expert
2021 The Masked Singer Seashell Contestant; unmasked in the Super 8
2021 The Santa Stakeout Tanya An original Hallmark Television Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award[edit]

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

Year Award Nominated work Result
2016 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai)
The Real Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Houghton, Love, and Mai)
2019 Nominated

NAACP Image Award[edit]

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

Year Award Nominated work Result
1996 Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Sister, Sister Nominated
1999 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
(shared with Tia Mowry)
2000 Won
2011 Outstanding Actress Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Double Wedding Nominated
2013 Outstanding Reality Series Tia & Tamera Nominated
2018 Outstanding Talk Series
(shared with Houghton, Love, and Mai)
The Real Won
2019 Outstanding Talk Series
(shared with Houghton, Love, and Mai)
The Real Won

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award[edit]

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

Year Award Nominated work Result
1995 Favorite TV Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Sister, Sister Won
1996 Won
1997 Won
1998 Nominated
Hall of Fame
(shared with Tia Mowry)

People's Choice Award[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2012 Favorite TV Celebreality Star
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Tia & Tamera Nominated
2018 The Daytime Talk Show of 2018
(shared with Houghton, Love and Mai)
The Real Nominated

Teen Choice Award[edit]

Year Award Performance Result
2012 Choice TV Show: Reality
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Tia & Tamera Nominated
Choice Reality TV Star: Female
(shared with Tia Mowry)

Young Artist Award[edit]

Year Award Performance Result
1995 Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Sister, Sister Nominated
1996 Best Performance by a Young Actress – TV Comedy Series
(shared with Tia Mowry)
1997 Best Performance in a TV Comedy – Leading Young Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
2001 Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) – Leading Young Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Seventeen Again Nominated


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  2. ^ "Tia & Tamera Mowry End Reality Series After Three Seasons". Us Weekly. January 3, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Winsome twinsome: Tia and Tamera Mowry are 'Sister, Sister's sibling schemers". People (interviews). May 9, 1994. p. 175. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Tia, Tamera And Tahj Mowry Keep Laughter In The Family With Hit TV Shows 'Sister, Sister' And 'Smart Guy'". Findarticles.com (March 1, 1999). Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  5. ^ On her talk show, The Real, Tamera discovered that her mother's descendants came from Ghana. During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in 2010, it was stated that for years, the Mowrys had believed that they had Italian ancestry on their father's side; however, after researching their family tree on Ancestry.com, they discovered that their father has Irish ancestry.
  6. ^ Double Devotion – Today's Christian. Web.archive.org (January 9, 2008). Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  7. ^ TV's tantalizing twins: Tia and Tamera Mowry share 'Sister Sister' sitcom, schoolwork and singing. Findarticles.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Dempsey, John (October 15, 2007). "Audiences 'Twitch' for Disney". Variety.
  9. ^ "It's Official: 'The Real' Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Block, Alex Ben (October 31, 2013). "'The Real' Gets National Syndication and Cable Pick Up". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  11. ^ Kiefer, Halle (April 30, 2018). "Here Are Your 2018 Daytime Emmy Award Winners". Vulture. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  12. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (July 12, 2020). "Tamera Mowry-Housley Leaving The Real After 6 Seasons: 'All Good Things Must Come to an End'". People. Archived from the original on March 8, 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "Tia & Tamera Mowry Actors and Founders of NEED Brand | Natural Child World". naturalchildworld.com. Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Archipelago, World. "Twintuition: Double Vision - Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry - Hardcover". HarperCollins US. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (November 17, 2020). "Tamera Mowry-Housley Signs Overall Deal With Crown Media Family Networks To Star In & EP Original Films; Joins 'Home & Family'". Deadline. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "Tamera Mowry-Housley Talks About Losing Her Virginity At 29, Staying Celibate Until Her Wedding". Huffington Post. New York City. July 19, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
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  18. ^ "Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adam Housley Welcome Baby". American Broadcasting Company. November 14, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  19. ^ "Tamera Mowry Gives Birth! Actress Welcomes Baby No. 2 With Adam Housley". E! Online. Los Angeles, California: E!. July 1, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  20. ^ "Tamera Mowry-Housley gives TODAY a tour of her incredible home and family vineyard". Today. October 22, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  21. ^ "Inside Sister, Sister Star Tamera Mowry's Wedding". People. New York City. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  22. ^ Adejobi, Alicia (November 8, 2018). "Tamera Mowry confirms her niece Alaina Housley died in the California bar shooting". Metro. London, England. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi (July 27, 2020). "Tamera Mowry-Housley Remembers Late Niece on Her 20th Birthday: 'You Were Such an Angel'". PEOPLE. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  24. ^ Martinez, Gina (November 8, 2018). "Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley Confirms Her Niece Is One of the Victims of the Borderline Bar Shooting". Time. Retrieved April 22, 2021.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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