Tara Leigh Patrick (born April 20, 1972), better known by her stage name Carmen Electra, is an American glamour model, actress, television personality, singer, and dancer. She began her career as a singer after moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she met Prince, who produced her debut record. She later relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career as an actress, gaining notoriety for her role as Lani McKenzie on the television series Baywatch.
She made her film debut in the horror comedy American Vampire (1998), and has had roles in multiple parody films, including Scary Movie, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie. Electra has also appeared as a model in Playboy magazine, and worked as a dancer with the Pussycat Dolls.
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. The youngest of six children (she has four brothers and one sister), 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 is of Dutch, English, 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.” /Gjithqka Nga Pak