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Also Known As: Tara Leigh Patrick Died:
Born: April 20, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Waupun, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, model, dancer, singer

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Actress-model-singer Carmen Electra transformed herself from pop star protégé to pop culture phenomenon. Electra first rose to national attention with a short-lived singing career coupled with the first of several pictorials in Playboy in 1996, which led to playing Lani McKenzie on a season of international sensation "Baywatch" (NBC/syndicated, 1989-2001) and taking over co-hosting duties from Jenny McCarthy on "Singled Out" (MTV, 1995-97). Also at this time, she began appearing in movies, including "American Vampire" (1997), "Good Burger" (1997) and the horror spoof "Scary Movie" (2000). She also co-starred in "Starsky & Hutch" (2004), "Date Movie" (2006) and "Epic Movie" (2007). By the time she appeared in "Disaster Movie" (2008), it was safe to say that Electra was the reigning queen of spoof movies. Electra built a lasting career that more often than not poked fun at her glamorous persona. Born Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20, 1972 in Waupun, OH, Electra was raised by her musician father, Harry, a guitarist and entertainer, and her mother, Patricia, a singer. When she was just nine years old, Electra followed her parents' lead and enrolled at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in...

Actress-model-singer Carmen Electra transformed herself from pop star protégé to pop culture phenomenon. Electra first rose to national attention with a short-lived singing career coupled with the first of several pictorials in Playboy in 1996, which led to playing Lani McKenzie on a season of international sensation "Baywatch" (NBC/syndicated, 1989-2001) and taking over co-hosting duties from Jenny McCarthy on "Singled Out" (MTV, 1995-97). Also at this time, she began appearing in movies, including "American Vampire" (1997), "Good Burger" (1997) and the horror spoof "Scary Movie" (2000). She also co-starred in "Starsky & Hutch" (2004), "Date Movie" (2006) and "Epic Movie" (2007). By the time she appeared in "Disaster Movie" (2008), it was safe to say that Electra was the reigning queen of spoof movies. Electra built a lasting career that more often than not poked fun at her glamorous persona.

Born Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20, 1972 in Waupun, OH, Electra was raised by her musician father, Harry, a guitarist and entertainer, and her mother, Patricia, a singer. When she was just nine years old, Electra followed her parents' lead and enrolled at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, while also studying dance with local instructor Gloria Simpson. After graduating from Princeton High School, she began her career as a dancer in the "It's Magic" show at Kings Island amusement park in 1990, and soon after moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she began modeling for Target retail stores. In 1991, Electra moved to Los Angeles and made the acquaintance of Prince, who signed her to a recording contract on his Paisley Park Records. Now adopting her famous moniker, Electra released her self-titled album, Carmen Electra (1993), which featured her as something of a sexy, dance-oriented rapper. The album failed to do well and marked the end of her short-lived singing career. Following the quick rise and fall of her music career, Electra turned to more innate talents and posed for Playboy in 1995, the first of several pictorials she did for the gentlemen's magazine.

After succeeding raucous former Playmate Jenny McCarthy as co-host of MTV's popular dating game show "Singled Out" in the spring of 1997, Electra had a brief stint co-hosting the video network's late night sex/dating advice show "Loveline" that same year. Meanwhile, she filled the void left by a departing Pamela Anderson on the syndicated "Baywatch," gracing televisions worldwide in her red bathing suit for one season as Lani McKenzie. While "Baywatch" prompted Electra's pop cultural "babe quotient" to go through the roof, the overcrowded cast left little room for the actress to hone her skills. After leaving the series, she made guest star appearances - often as herself - on several popular TV series, including "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), "Just Shoot Me" (NBC, 1997-2003), "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995-2004) and "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2009). After breaking into features with supporting turns in "American Vampire" (1997) and "Good Burger" (1997), she starred in the Z-grade thriller "The Chosen One: Legend of the Raven" (1998) as a Native American - Electra did possess a Cherokee ancestry - whose is possessed by a supernatural force of good, unleashing powers and an unquenchable sexual energy. Despite its many flaws, the film made the most of Electra's gift for gyration and her decided lack of inhibition when it came to nudity.

By 1998, Electra had veered into Zsa Zsa Gabor territory as a Hollywood persona who was known less for her body of work than her actual body, becoming a regular fixture on the covers and in photo layouts of the then-fresh wave of "laddie" magazines such as Maxim, Stuff and FHM. When she kept her clothes on, her outlandish wardrobe and heavy makeup frequently landed her on many publications' worst-dressed lists. However, it was her tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship with the outlandish and eccentric NBA star Dennis Rodman that would earn her the most notoriety, overshadowing her career. The couple was married in a spur-of-the-moment Las Vegas ceremony in November 1998, but days later Rodman announced he was intoxicated at the time and filed for an annulment. The couple subsequently reconciled but then had a very public physical altercation that resulted in their arrests in Miami, FL and the ultimate dissolution of their five-month union, which had been a staple of many a late night talk show monologue. The divorce was finalized in April 1999.

As her personal life turned into a media circus, her professional life was gaining momentum: In an attempt to save the struggling "Hyperion Bay" series, The WB brought Electra aboard in January 1999 as a cutthroat vixen, moving away from the earnest exploration of thorny relationship issues in favor of lots of lingerie and the occasional plot. Her efforts, however, were in vain as the network ceased production on the series after the producers fulfilled the initial order. She also appeared opposite Mackenzie Astin in the little seen but surprisingly entertaining indie comedy "The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human" (1999) as part of a couple whose relationship is studied by alien observers. The actress would be cast in her most high-profile role - one which showcased her willingness to tweak her own image - when she played a lingerie-clad slasher victim in a satire of Drew Barrymore's "Scream" role in the comedy "Scary Movie" (2000). She also appeared in a trimmed-down cameo as the whip-wielding dominatrix Mistress Moira in the teen-skewing comedy "Get Over It" (2001).

Roles in a slate of lesser films, including "Sol Goode" (2001), "Whacked!" (2002), "Rent Control" (2002) and the long-delayed bomb "My Boss' Daughter" (2003), which was released solely because of Ashton Kutcher's burgeoning popularity, followed before the actress spent a season as a sideline correspondent on Comedy Central's robot vs. robot competition "Battlebots" in 2002. She again donned her red swimsuit for the reunion telepic "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding" (NBC, 2003), posed for a second top-selling Playboy shoot, and had a cameo as a Hollywood celebrity in "Uptown Girls" (2003). Meanwhile, she continued to generate interest in her personal life, with a lengthy and public engagement to Jane's Addiction and (briefly) Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro. The couple married in November 2003, with the entire wedding process and ceremony filmed for broadcast by MTV on the 2004 series "Till Death Do Us Part." The starlet also underwent a glamorous, more classy makeover, put out her own strip aerobics DVD, and headlined the hot Hollywood dance troupe the Pussycat Dolls, a retro-burlesque-style collection of the music industry's top dancers, choreographers and celebrity guest performers - including at some point or the another, Christina Applegate, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Charlize Theron and Pamela Anderson.

Next for the actress was a turn opposite Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the 2004 big screen comedic homage to the 1970s cop drama "Starsky & Hutch." After voicing Honeysack in the cheapie animated comedy "Lil' Pimp" (2005), and appearing in the little-known romantic comedy "Dirty Love" (2005), Electra joined the original cast for the sequel, "Cheaper By the Dozen" (2005), starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as the overburdened parents of a family of 12. Meanwhile, she co-starred in "Scary Movie 4" (2006), where she offered up some good old fashioned toilet humor as a blind woman who strips and defecates in a room thinking she is alone. Following another dreadful spoof, "Date Movie" (2006), she appeared in the more serious-minded, but no less critically maligned indie comic drama "Hot Tamale" (2006). It was during this time that Electra filed for divorce from husband Dave Navarro, which was finalized in early 2007. She continued appearing in a variety of films, playing a porn actress in the British comedy "I Want Candy" (2007), while continuing to perform in a string of easily dismissed spoofs like "Epic Movie" (2007), "Meet the Spartans" (2008) and "Disaster Movie" (2008). As she appeared in forgettable fare like "Mardi Gras: Spring Break" (2011) and "2-Headed Shark Attack" (2012), Electra was a consistent source of tabloid news due to her aborted engagement to nu metal guitarist Robert Pattison and alleged dalliance with "X-Factor" mogul Simon Cowell.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chocolate City (2015)
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 Bedtime Stories (2008)
6.
 I Want Candy (2008)
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 Disaster Movie (2008)
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 Epic Movie (2007)
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2004:
Featured in the big screen adaption of the 70's cop series "Starsky & Hutch"
1999:
Joined the cast of the WB's "Hyperion Bay" as Sarah Hicks
1997:
Portrayed lifeguard Lani McKensie on "Baywatch" (syndicated); hired to fill void left by departure of Pamela Anderson
1997:
Succeeded Jenny McCarthy as co-host of the MTV game show "Singled Out"
1998:
Acted in the straight-to-video, "Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay"
2007:
Appeared in the comedy spoof, "Epic Movie"
1996:
Appeared on MTV's "Loveline"
2006:
Cast in the comedy spoof of romantic movies, "Date Movie"
2005:
Co-starred with Eugene Levy, as husband and wife in "Cheaper by the Dozen 2"
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Earned money as a model for Target department stores
1990:
Met Prince, when she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota
2000:
Posed for the December issue of <i>Playboy</i> magazine
1996:
Posed nude for <i>Playboy</i> magazine; appeared in the video "Playboy Cheerleaders"
1992:
Signed by Paisley Park Records (Prince's label); released debut album <i>Carmen Electra</i>
2003:
With Dave Navarro, documented their courtship and upcoming wedding in MTV's "Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave"
2004:
Served as the host of Bravo's "Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model"
2001:
Had a cameo role in the comedy film, "Get Over It"
1994:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue a TV career; landed a guest spot on the syndicated series, "Baywatch Nights"
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Served as spokesperson for Budweiser
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Education

Princeton High School: Sharonville, Ohio -
School for Creative and Performing Arts: Cincinnati, Ohio -

Notes

Cherokee, Irish and German descent

Electra and her erstwhile spouse Dennis Rodman were arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after an alleged altercation in a South Beach, Florida hotel

"Finally, on the Wednesday after we were married, Dennis [Rodman] and I discussed it and decided the right thing for now would be to get an annulment. I didn't have an attorney and we filed it through his attorney, so it looked as if he was annulling the mariage. Everything is fine between us right now. We're just working things out slowly. We talk almost every day. I am still in love with him. Absolutely. And I do believe in marriage. We decided to get an annulment right now because of all the chaos and confusion. It's not a great way to start a marriage. It's hard when both of you are celebrities and you are always in the public view. It's not normal. There is possibly a future for my relationship. We take it a step at a time." --Carmen Electra quoted in People, December 21, 1998.

"Dancing is my No. 1 love. That was my first goal as a child. I would love to do stage, maybe do 'Chicago'. I love being in front of an audience. It's so stimulating. You get that adrenaline rush in your body and there's nothing like it in the world. I also love to barbecue." --Carmen Electra to New York Post, January 10, 1999.

"Life is not worth living unless there's a camera around."--- Carmen Electra People March 23, 2004

"I think I'm more of a personality. That's what I wanted. I wanted to create this image. Of course, I evolve from year to year."---Carmen Electra Esquire June 2004

"I've always been boy crazy. I mean in kindergarten I had a crush. He was just the bad boy at our school. The bad boys are the ones you remember."---Electra as quoted in Biography, Summer 2004.

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companion:
Prince. Musician, songwriter, singer. Born on June 7, 1958; together in the early 1990s.
companion:
B Real. Singer. Lead vocalist of the Latino hip-hop band Cypress Hill; born c, 1970; began seeing each other in 1994; no longer together.
husband:
Dennis Rodman. Professional basketball player, actor. Born on May 13, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey; married on November 14, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada; Rodman sought annullment claiming he was drunk at time of marriage the same day; was previously married for three months in 1993; Electra filed for divorce in April 1999.
companion:
Fred Durst. Singer. Reportedly dated in summer 1999.
companion:
Sean Lewis. Nightclub owner.
husband:
Dave Navarro. Musician. Former guitarist for Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers; began dating in mid-2001; reportedly became engaged in summer 2001; married November 22, 2003.
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father:
Harry Patrick.
mother:
Patricia Patrick. Born c. 1937; died of a brain tumor in 1998.
sister:
Debbie Patrick. Born c. 1958; suffered fatal heart attack in 1998.

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