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Carmen Electra Biography

Carmen Electra


Name: Carmen Electra
Profession: Model, Actress
Birth Date: April 20, 1972
Height: 5’ 3”

Born Tara Leigh Patrick and raised in Sharonville, Ohio, Carmen Electra is of Irish, German, and Cherokee ancestry. After graduating from a performing arts school, Princeton High, Electra had her sights set on a music career. She moved to California in 1994, where she met Prince while auditioning for an all-girl rap group. The singer persuaded her to change her name to Carmen Electra and suggested that she record a solo album instead. Soon after, she signed a recording contract with his Paisley Park Records, embarking on her short-lived singing career.

Shifting directions, Electra posed for her first Playboy spread in 1996. Soon thereafter, she scored her first big breaks, taking over for Jenny McCarthy as the co-host of MTV's highly-rated dating show “Singled Out,” and replacing Pamela Anderson on the hit syndicated series “Baywatch.”

She would return to MTV in 2003, starring with her ex-husband — rock guitarist Dave Navarro — in the reality series “'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave.”

Electra also landed on the big screen, appearing in such films as “Good Burger” (1997), “Scary Movie” (2000), “Starsky and Hutch” (2004) and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” (2005).

Frequently regarded as one of the world’s top sex symbols, Electra has often returned to her Playboy roots.