Carmen Electra


Carmen Electra

Infobox actor



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birthdate = birth date and age|1972|4|20
birthplace = Sharonville, Ohio, USA
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birthname = Tara Leigh Patrick
goldenraspberryawards = Worst Supporting Actress
2006 "Date Movie", "Scary Movie 4"

Tara Leigh Patrick (born April 20, 1972), professionally known as Carmen Electra, [ [http://cdn.digitalcity.com/tmz_documents/carmen_divorce.pdf Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro divorce records] . "TMZ.com". Retrieved on February 11, 2007.] is an American glamour model, television personality, and entertainer. She gained fame for her appearances in "Playboy" magazine, on the MTV game show "Singled Out", on the TV series "Baywatch" and Summerland, for her appearances dancing with the Pussycat Dolls, and has since become recognizable for her roles in the parody films "Scary Movie", "Date Movie", "Epic Movie", "Meet the Spartans", and "Disaster Movie".

Biography

Early life

Patrick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is the daughter of Patricia, a singer, and Harry Patrick, an entertainer and guitarist. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/87/Carmen-Electra.html Carmen Electra Biography (1972-) ] ] Her mother died of a brain tumor in 1998. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800025828/bio Carmen Electra Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] Her older sister Debbie died from a heart attack, also in 1998. Carmen graduated from Princeton High School in Sharonville. [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,198045,00.html?sPage=fnc.foxlife/electra FOXNews.com - Carmen Electra Biography - Carmen Electra Video Pics - FOXNews.com ] ] She has Irish, German, and Cherokee ancestry. [ [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-127597445.html Carmen's electric moves.. BAYWATCH BABE'S NEW STRIP AEROBICS DVD REALLY WORKS UP A SWEAT It's not sleazy, it's for you to be sexy for your boyfriend or hubby.(News) - The Mirror (London, England) - HighBeam Research ] ]

Career

Patrick started her professional career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island theme park in Mason, Ohio in the show "“It’s Magic”" it was one of more popular show in the parks history. [ [http://www.visitkingsisland.com/events/event_detail.cfm?event_id=512&ec_id=15 Kings Island website - Event page: Labor Day Weekend - Carmen Electra] ] She moved to California in 1994, where she met Prince while auditioning for an all-girl rap group. Prince persuaded her to change her name to Carmen Electra and instead record a solo album. Soon after, she signed a recording contract with Prince's company Paisley Park Records, marking the start of a short-lived singing career.

In 1995, Electra started appearing in various television programs. Then, in May 1996 she was featured in a nude pictorial in "Playboy" magazine, the first of several. This exposure led to higher profile television appearances, including "Baywatch" (cast member from 1997-1998) and MTV's "Singled Out". She returned to "Baywatch" for the 2003 reunion movie, "".

Electra became so popular among readers of Playboy that she was featured in the magazine three more times, with her second appearance in June 1997. She subsequently graced the cover twice, in December 2000 and April 2003. In the Playboy Cyber Club, she was the first woman invited to be a celebrity guest photographer; she chose Playmate Jennifer Walcott as her subject model.

Electra has appeared in several films, such as "Good Burger" (1997), "The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human" (1999), the horror spoof "Scary Movie" (2000) and also appeared in "Scary Movie 4" (2006), "Epic Movie" (2007), "Date Movie" (2006), the remake of the 1970s TV show "Starsky & Hutch" (2004) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She won an MTV Movie Award (best kiss) for "Starsky & Hutch". Her acting work is generally panned by critics. [Roger Ebert (September 23, 2005). [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050922/REVIEWS/509220303/1023 Dirty Love] . "SunTimes.com". Accessed 2007-11-21.]

In 1999, she appeared in the "Bloodhound Gang"'s music video of "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope." In 2005, she joined the voice cast of the animated series "Tripping the Rift", replacing Gina Gershon as the voice of the sexy android "Six". Also in 2005, she began the Naked Women's Wrestling League, acting as the commissioner for the professional wrestling promotion. [ [http://www.nwwl.com/index.php Naked Women's Wrestling League Homepage] ] In late 2006, Carmen began to be featured in commercials by Taco Bell.

Electra is the current spokesmodel for Ritz Camera Centers, appearing in their television and print ads with CEO David Ritz. She is featured in some video spoofs of Lonelygirl15 that are advertising "Epic Movie".

She is a playable character in the video game "" and is one of the celebrity challenges in the video game "ESPN NFL 2K5", along with Steve-O, Jamie Kennedy and others.

Other work

Electra portrayed Velvita, a.k.a. lonelygirl362436, as a spoof of "lonelygirl15" as an "Epic Movie" teaser.

"Carmen Electra Aerobic Striptease" is a five-disc DVD exercise series that combines teaching classic stripping moves with a low impact cardio workout also starring Jon Eby.

Released in January 2008, the " [http://www.moocowstores.com/items/polekits/118 Electra-Pole] " is a pole dancing kit inspired and endorsed by Carmen Electra that users can assemble in their home in 5-minutes. Suitable for all levels of dancer from beginners to professionals, it is stable enough to support any pole dancing move, including flips and inverts.

"Embrace" is a comic book putatively written by Electra for London Night Studios. "Glam Slam Ulysses" Interactive Musical Theatrical Production,” conceived by Prince, choreographed by Jamie King. Debuted at Prince's legendary Glam Slam L.A. nightclub.

Electra also appeared in commercials for "Maxim" Men's Hair Color products (2004-2005) and Taco Bell (2006-2007).

She also appeared in an episode of "House" where she portrayed an injured golfer and an injured farmer, playing out House's fantasy.

Personal life

Electra's first rock and pop star relationship was with Prince, though the relationship was short lived. Electra was previously romantically involved with rap star B-Real of Cypress Hill from 1995 to 1998. It was revealed when B-Real and Electra were both on The Howard Stern Show that B-Real had bought her breast implants.

Electra achieved publicity during her on-again, off-again marriage to basketball star Dennis Rodman from 1998 to 1999. The wedding to Rodman took place at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later, she had a brief affair with Tommy Lee, the ex-husband of Pamela Anderson.

On November 22, 2003, Electra married Dave Navarro, former lead guitarist for the rock bands Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The couple documented their courtship and marriage in an MTV celebrity reality show called "'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave". [ [http://www.tv.com/til-death-do-us-part-carmen-+-connor/show/24055/summary.html Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen + Dave TV Show - Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen + Dave Television Show - TV.com ] ] On July 17, 2006, she and Navarro announced their separation. Their rep confirmed their separation to Star Magazine. Electra filed for divorce on August 10. It was finalized on February 20, 2007. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20012334,00.html Carmen Electra & Dave Navarro: It's Officially Over - Divorced, Carmen Electra, Dave Navarro : People.com ] ] [ [http://www.tmz.com/2006/08/10/carmen-electra-files-for-divorce/ Carmen Electra Files for Divorce] ]

In 2006, Electra stated that when she was eight years old she had a "little girl crush" on Joan Jett. In 2007, tabloid sources linked the two of them together romantically. [cite web|url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2007130578,00.html|title=Baywatch babe 'a lesbian'|accessdate=2007-05-06|author=Gary O'Shea|date=2007-03-23|publisher=The Sun Online] However, Electra's spokeswoman has insisted "They are just friends." [cite web|url=http://64.90.166.24/carmen_electra_not_a_lesbian|title=Carmen not dating a lady|accessdate=2007-05-17|author=Noel Hancock|date=2007-03-23|publisher=US Magazine] In June 2007, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asked Electra if her relationship with Jett was romantic. Electra stated, "We're just friends". She went on to say that she collects tabloid articles that suggest she and Jett are dating because she is a fan of Jett and finds them amusing as well. Carmen is currently dating Rob Patterson current live guitarist for KoRn. She recently got an "R" tattoo behind her ear. [cite web|url=http://www.tmz.com/2008/03/18/nothing-says-love-like-fresh-ink-and-a-needle/|title=Nothing Says Love Like Fresh Ink and a Needle|publisher=TMZ.com|accessdate=2008-03-18] It is confirmed that Rob and Carmen are now engaged. [cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20195106,00.html/|title=Carmen Electra Engaged to Rob Patterson|publisher=people.com|accessdate=2008-04-24]

Charity work

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

Discography

* "Carmen Electra", 1993

Filmography

* "An American Vampire Story" (1997)
* "Good Burger" (1997)
* "Starstruck" (1998)
* "" (1998)
* "The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human" (1999)
* "Christmas Vacation 2000" (1999)
* "Scary Movie" (2000)
* "Sol Goode" (2001)
* "Perfume" (2001)
* "Get Over It" (2001)
* "Rent Control" (2002)
* "Whacked!" (2002)
* "Uptown Girls" (2003)
* "My Boss's Daughter" (2003)
* "Starsky & Hutch" (2004)
* "Mr. 3000" (2004)
* "" (2004)
* "Monster Island" (2004)
* "Dirty Love" (2005)
* "Lil' Pimp" (2005) (direct-to-DVD) (voice)
* "Searching for Bobby D" (2005)
* "Getting Played" (2005)
* "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" (2005)
* "Date Movie" (2006)
* "Scary Movie 4" (2006)
* "Hot Tamale" (2006)
* "lonelygirl362436" (2006)
* "National Lampoon's Pledge This!" (2006)
* "Epic Movie" (2007)
* "I Want Candy" (2007)
* "Full of It" (2007)
* "Vaya par de productorex" (2007)
* "Christmas in Wonderland" (2007)
* "Meet the Spartans" (2008)
* "Last Call at Murray's" (2008)
* "Disaster Movie" (2008)
* "Leisure suit Larry": Box Office Bust (2008) (post-production) (voice)
* "Mardi Gras" (Filming) (2009)

Television work

* "Singled Out" (host in 1997)
* "Loveline" (host in 1997)
* "Baywatch" (cast member from 1997-1998)
* "Hyperion Bay" (cast member 1998)
* "VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" (host in 2000)
* "Electra's Guy" (2002)
* "" (2002)
* "Cleavage" (narrator in 2002)
* "Livin' Large" (2002-2004) (frequent host throughout run)
* "BattleBots" (host in 2002)
* "Dance Fever" (2003) (canceled after 6 episodes)
* "" (2003)
* "" (2004) (limited run of 7 episodes)
* "Monster Island" (2004)
* "Summerland as Mona (2004)
* "" (2004-2005)
* "Tripping the Rift" (cast member in 2005) (voice)
* "House M.D." ("Three Stories" (Season 1, Episode 21)) (as herself twice, first being a replacement for Gregory House in the third story then as a farmer from the first story because "If we're gonna look at a leg...")
* "Lolo's Cafe" (2006) (voice)
* "Full Frontal Fashion" (2007 guest host)
* "Joey (TV series)" (guest star as herself in two episodes, one of each season)

References

External links

* [http://www.carmenelectra.com/ Official website]
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SHORT DESCRIPTION=Model, actress
DATE OF BIRTH=Birth date and age|1972|4|20|mf=y
PLACE OF BIRTH=Sharonville, Ohio, United States
DATE OF DEATH=
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