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Tara Leigh Patrick

January 20, 2012 by staff 

Tara Leigh Patrick, Tara Leigh Patrick (born April 20, 1972), professionally known as Carmen Electra, is an American glamour model, actress, television personality, singer, and dancer. She gained fame for her appearances in Pl**yboy magazine, on the MTV game show Singled Out, on the TV series Baywatch, and dancing with the P**ycat Dolls, and has since had roles in the parody films Scary Movie (as well as the fourth film), Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie.
Electra was born in Sharonville, Ohio, the daughter of Patricia, a singer, and Harry, a guitarist and entertainer. She attended Ann Weigel Elementary School and then studied dance at Dance Artists dance studio under Gloria J. Simpson, in Western Hills, a neighborhood of Cincinnati. Her mother died of a brain tumor in 1998. Her older sister Debbie died from a heart attack, also in 1998. Carmen graduated from Princeton High School in Sharonville. She also attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in the Cincinnati Public School District (CPS). She has Irish, German, and Cherokee ancestry.

Electra started her professional career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio in the show “It’s Magic”, one of the more popular shows in the park’s history. In 1991, she moved to California and met Prince. Soon after, Electra signed a recording contract with Prince’s Paisley Park Records and began a short-lived singing career. During her time at Paisley Park Records, she officially became known as Carmen Electra.

Electra married basketball star Dennis Rodman in November 1998. Their wedding took place at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, the marriage did not last long, and Electra filed for divorce in April 1999.

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 & Dave. On July 17, 2006, she and Navarro announced their separation, and Electra filed for divorce on August 10. 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.

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