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Carmen Electra
American actress and media personality

Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra
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Intro American actress and media personality
A.K.A. Tara Leigh Patrick, Tara Patrick
Is Actor Film actor Singer Model Musician Playboy Playmate Television actor Voice actor Dancer
From Spain United States of America
Field Dancing Entertainment Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 20 April 1972, Sharonville, Ohio, USA
Age 50 years
Star sign Taurus
Spouse: Dennis Rodman (1998-1999)Dave Navarro (2003-2007)
Height: 1.60 m
Weight: 60 kg
Princeton High School
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Tara Leigh Patrick (born April 20, 1972), known professionally as Carmen Electra, 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 frequent 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 made her film debut in the comedy horror American Vampire, and hosted the MTV dating game show Singled Out. She later achieved recognition for her work in parody films, including the Scary Movie film series (2000–2006), Date Movie (2006), Epic Movie (2007), Meet the Spartans (2008), and Disaster Movie (2008). Electra played the voice role of Six in the animated series Tripping the Rift (2004–2005). Her other film credits include Get Over It (2001), Starsky & Hutch (2004), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), and Hot Tamale (2006).

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.

Early life

Carmen Electra was born Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20, 1972, in Sharonville, Ohio, to Harry Patrick, a guitarist and entertainer, and his wife Patricia (d. 1998), a singer. 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. There, she was an older classmate of Nick Lachey, with whom she appeared in a production of Peter Pan.

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

Electra claims to be of Cherokee, German, and Irish descent, 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". 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."


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. In 1991, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she met singer and songwriter Prince. 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, and would be her only album release.

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.

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, 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). The film was a commercial success, and spawned the Scary Movie franchise which attained a cult following. 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. Electra reprised the role of Lani McKenzie in the 2003 television film Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.

In 2004, she appeared in the remake of the 1970s TV show Starsky & Hutch (2004), which was a commercial success. For the role, she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. 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". 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. During her time at Paisley Park Records, she officially became known as Carmen Electra.

In 2007, she became a published author with the release of her book, How to Be Sexy. 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. 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".

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.

She has modeled for the covers of the comic books Razor and the Ladies of London Night by London Night Studios. In 1997, Electra appeared as the face and spokesperson for Max Factor cosmetics in their television and print ads. 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".

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

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.

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

In 2020, after Electra appeared on the critically-acclaimed sports documentary miniseries The Last Dance, 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.

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. During this time, Electra had been dating NBA star Dennis Rodman. She and Rodman wed in November 1998 at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nine days later, Rodman filed for annulment, claiming he was of "unsound mind" when the pair wed. 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." 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".

In November 1999, Electra and Rodman were arrested for misdemeanor battery after police were notified of a domestic dispute at a Miami Beach hotel. They were released on $2,500 bail each and ordered to stay away from each other. The charges were eventually dropped. 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.

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. 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.

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. Despite remaining engaged for several years, the couple did not wed and in 2012, she appeared as one of the celebrity bachelorettes on the TV dating show The Choice.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 American Vampire Sulka
Good Burger Roxanne
1998 Starstruck Iona Shirley
The Chosen One: Legend of the Raven McKenna Ray / The Raven
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 Rent Control Audrey
Cleavage Herself Television film
2003 Uptown Girls Celebrity
My Boss's Daughter Tina
Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Lani McKenzie Television film
2004 Starsky & Hutch Staci
Mr. 3000 Herself
Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon Debbie
Monster Island Herself
2005 Dirty Love Michelle Lopez
Lil' Pimp Honeysack Voice role
Getting Played Lauren
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Serena Murtaugh
Searching for Bobby D Rebecca
2006 Date Movie Anne
Scary Movie 4 Holly
Hot Tamale Riley
American Dreamz Herself Cameo
National Lampoon's Pledge This!
Lolo's Cafe Desiree Television film
2007 Epic Movie Mystique
I Want Candy Candy Fiveways
Full of It Herself
2008 Christmas in Wonderland Ginger Peachum
Meet the Spartans Gorgo
Hollywood Residential Herself
Disaster Movie Beautiful Assassin
2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Ginger Vitus Voice role
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Sybil Williams
2010 Barry Munday Iconic Beauty
2011 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Herself
2012 2-Headed Shark Attack Anne Babish
2014 Lap Dance Lexus
2015 Chocolate City Club DJ
Book of Fire Theodora


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Erotic Confessions Manager
Baywatch Nights Candy
1997–1998 Baywatch Lani McKenzie Series regular
1997–1998 Singled Out Host
1997 Just Shoot Me! Herself 1 episode
All That Sue Episode: "Ed Gets Married"
1998 Hyperion Bay Sarah Hicks 8 episodes
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Tanya Episode: "Spyder's Web"
1999 Malcolm & Eddie Kelly Episode: "Won't Power"
2000–2004 Hollywood Squares Guest Panelist 20 episodes
2002 Off Centre Herself 1 episode
The Simpsons Episode: "The Frying Game" (voice)
2003 Dance Fever Host 6 episodes
King of the Hill Angela Episode: "Boxing Luanne" (voice)
Greetings from Tucson Rosa Episode: "The First Time"
Wild On! Herself 2 episodes
2004 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave Main role
Monk Chloe Blackburn Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Panic Room"
Method & Red Kerry Norris 1 episode
2004–2005 Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model Host
Tripping the Rift Six Voice role; 13 episodes
2005 Summerland Mona 5 episodes
Naked Women's Wrestling League Host
Hope & Faith Carmen Episode: "Carmen Get It"
Stacked Nikki Voice role; 1 episode
American Dad! Lisa Silver Episode: "Escape From Pearl Bailey" (voice)
2005–2006 Joey Herself 2 episodes
2009 Reno 911! Miss Uecker Episode: "VHS Transfer Memory Lane"
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself 1 episode
2010 Perfect Catch Host
2011 So You Think You Can Dance Guest Judge Season 8
RuPaul's Drag Race 1 episode
2012 Britain's Got Talent Series 6 auditions
2013 Suburgatory Herself
2014 Franklin & Bash Bridget Barnes 1 episode
Sing Your Face Off Guest Judge
2015 Dance Moms Herself 2 episodes
2016 Jane the Virgin Episode: "Chapter Fifty-One"
Ex Isle Host
Hollywood Medium Herself 1 episode
2017 Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition 3
2018 Alone Together Tia 2 episodes
2020 The Last Dance Herself 1 episode
2021 Hell's Kitchen Herself / Restaurant Patron 1 episode

Music videos

Year Title Artist
1999 "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope" Bloodhound Gang
2000 "No Matter What They Say" Lil' Kim
2009 "LA Girls" Mams Taylor
"Hush Hush; Hush Hush" The Pussycat Dolls
2010 "No Love" Filter


Studio albums

Title Album details
Carmen Electra
  • Released: February 7, 1993
  • Label: Paisley Park Records


Year Song Album
1991 "Shhh!"
1992 "Go Go Dancer" Carmen Electra
1993 "Everybody Get On Up"
"Fantasia Erotica"
1998 "Fun"
2012 "I Like It Loud"
2013 "Bigger Dick"
2014 "WERQ"
"Around the World"


  • 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
2006 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Dirty Love Nominated
2007 Scary Movie 4 and Date Movie Won
2008 Epic Movie Nominated
2009 Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie Nominated
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