About Carmen Electra:
With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, comedy, music, and theatre,
Carmen Electra has emerged as one of Hollywood's most versatile personalities.
Carmen Electra was born in Cincinnati (Ohio) on April 20, 1972. Of course, back then she was Tara
Leigh Patrick, just a little girl growing up in White Oak, Ohio. At the age of nine, she was
selected for the School for Creative and Performing Arts. While she was there she took singing
lessons, and by her teenage years, she was dancing in musicals and doing her own choreographing for
the school's theater ensemble. Her goal was to eventually make it out to Los Angeles and get a
record deal, and at age fifteen, she took her first big step. She moved out to Minneapolis to stay
with her sister and half sister, and earned money acting as a model for the Target department
stores. Four years later, she packed up shop and moved to L.A., changed her name to Carmen Electra,
and one week later, she met the artist formerly known as Prince. For all practical purposes, she had
just been ‘discovered’.
In 1992, after meeting and auditioning for Prince, Carmen was signed to his Paisley Park Records
label. Despite the fact that Prince took her under his wing (including promotions for her album in
Rolling Stone and on MTV) her first album was a dud. The video for the single "Go-Go Dancer" was
seldom seen on MTV, and when the 12" single hit the stores in June (1992) it almost went straight to
the bargain bin. In 1995, Carmen reinvented herself and appeared on the Nickelodeon show ALL THAT. In
March of 1996, Carmen posed nude for Playboy and did a Playboy video, PLAYBOY CHEERLEADERS, in which
she sings the show stopper ‘2-4-6-8.' Also in 1996, Carmen hosted MTV's Loveline - only a glimpse of
things to come.
Since then she has gone on to star in Baywatch, and done too many movies to mention. Last year,
Carmen released a DVD fitness series "Aerobic Striptease" that has seen great commercial success and
also appears periodically as part of the "Pussycat Dolls" a contemporary burlesque act that is
seeing much success everywhere they appear.
Carmen continues to grow professionally and personally and currently resides in Los Angeles with her
husband, rock guitarist Dave Navarro.