Carmen Electra is an American-born dancer, a singer who became a model, actress, and television personality. As a singer, she recorded her first studio album under Prince’s Paisley Park Records and also toured with the musical icon. As an actress, she is known for playing the character Lani McKenzie in the Baywatch drama series. Highlights of her modeling career include several covers in the popular Playboy magazine.
Carmen Electra’s Bio
The beautiful actress was born on April 20, 1972, in Sharonville, Ohio. At her birth, she was given the name Tara Leigh Patrick. Her parents were both musicians, because her father Harry Patrick was a guitarist, while her mother Patricia was a singer. She grew up with 5 older siblings; 4 brothers and one sister Debbie. Electra is of English, German, Irish, and distant Dutch descent.
The young Carmen Electra received her early education at the Ann Weigel primary school. She also registered for dance classes at the Dance Artists Studio in Western Hills Cincinnati, Ohio. She later studied at the Cincinnati-based School for Creative and Performing Arts. Finally, she completed her high school education at Princeton High School, which she graduated from in 1990. Electra is a bundle of talent and also studied at the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Cincinnati.
In the early 1990s, Carmen Electra began as a singer and was the lead singer of an LA-based rap group. During one of her performances, she was scouted by an agent of legendary rock musician Prince, who signed her to Prince’s Paisley Park Records. In 1992, Electra was the opening act on the Diamonds and Pearls tour of Purple One. The following year, the talented singer recorded an album of the same name entitled Carmen Electra: Carmen Electra (1993). Electra also performed regularly at the “Glam Slam” nightclub in Prince’s LA.
In 1995, Electra began her acting career when she appeared in a series of television shows. These appearances increased her popularity and in May 1996 her first article appeared in Playboy magazine. An appearance in Playboy was good for Electra’s acting career, as she was cast as Lani McKenzie in the long-running series Baywatch (1997-98). She also hosted the MTV dating show Singled Out from 1997 to 1998. In 2003, the gorgeous actress repeated her Baywatch role in the reunion telefilm Baywatch from the series: Hawaiian Wedding.
Carmen Electra also graced the covers of December 2000, April 2003, and January 2009 issues of Playboy magazine. On July 6, 2011, Electra appeared as a guest juror on the 8th season of the reality show So You Think You Can Dance. She also appeared as a guest juror on the London auditions for the 6th season of Britain’s Got Talent.
Ex-Husbands Dennis Rodman and Dave Navarro
Carmen Electra is a multi-talented woman known for her skills as a musician, dancer, actress, model, and TV personality. In addition to her skills on screen, this gorgeous actress is also known for her interesting relationship timeline.
In November 1998 Electra married NBA star, Dennis Rodman. The duo made the bond in a ceremony that took place at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nine days after the wedding, Dennis Rodman applied for annulment of the marriage in an unprecedented move. According to the NBA star, he was “certifiable” when the marriage was contracted. The couple later settled their differences and remained together. However, the marriage only survived for four months when the couple went to divorce courts in April 1999. Several years later, Carmen Electra revealed that she had married Rodman to numb the pain of losing her mother and sister.
Carmen met and later married American-born musician and actor Dave Navarro, who is also a guitarist and songwriter. He is popular as one of the members of the LA-based rock band Jane’s Addiction. It’s unclear when the duo started dating, but they became engaged on August 14, 2001, and finally tied the knot on November 22, 2003. The couple told about their journey to the altar in an MTV reality show with 7 episodes of “Til Death Do Us Part”: Carmen and Dave. Electra’s marriage to Navarro lasted three years when the couple announced on July 17, 2006, that they were going separate ways. The actress later filed for divorce on August 10, which was consummated on February 20, 2007.
Carmen Electra was later engaged to another guitarist and songwriter, Rob Patterson, who was known as a former member of the heavy metal band Otep, after which he did a short stint with the rock band Filter. Electra and Patterson remained engaged for many years but never made it to the altar. Electra Carmen also had a relatively brief relationship with popular reality TV show judge Simon Cowell from December 2012 to February 2013.
Thanks to the complexity of her talents, Carmen Electra has had quite a long career in show business. She started out as a musician before moving on to acting and modeling in the 90s, and she has remained consistent to this day. Electra has also been involved in advertising campaigns for brands like Maxim Men’s Hair Color Products, Max Factor, Ritz Camera Centers, and others. All of these and several other lucrative engagements have helped Carmen Electra achieve net assets of approximately $16 million.