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Carmen Electra

BIOGRAPHY

Born April 20, 1972 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tara Leigh Patrick has become the bad girl of female celebritydom. Tara changed her name to Carmen Electra before releasing her first self titled album in 1992. She had been discovered by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and the album was released under his Paisley Park label. While reports indicate that the two were a couple Electra denied such claims in her appearance in Playboy magazine in June of 1997. She did have some success with the tune Go-go Dancer but largely her musical career was a flop. Electra carried her popularity on with a role in Good Burger and landed Jenny McCarthy's departed position on MTV's Remote Control in the same year, while on top of that landing a role in Baywatch playing the part of Lani McKensie. Her stint on Baywatch lasted two years before she decided to hang it up and concentrate on a film career, one which largely has been unsuccessful, with roles in Starstruck and Chosen One: The Legend of the Raven in 1998. Electra is scheduled to appear in Scary Movie in 2000 as well. What has gotten Carmen more attention though is her relationship with basketball nut case Dennis Rodman. The two have engaged in an on-again off-again relationship since 1997 which included a marriage that was allegedly arranged by Electra when Rodman was drunk (although it would be hard to arrange any event with Rodman sober, as the LA Lakers have found out!). When asked what she saw in Dennis, Carmen has said "I've always wanted to marry a drag queen and he loves dressing up in women's clothes - plus he has a nice butt." The marriage quickly fizzled but the two have remained close throughout, though both have had their hands in the 'cookie jar' so to speak. Published reports claim that when Carmen spotted Dennis in bed with two women in a hotel room, she stormed out and told Dennis she was heading to Ohio to meet with family but truthfully she was going to get even with Rodman by having her own fling with former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee after he was released from jail for beating his wife, Pamela Anderson. The two spent a few days in a hotel room together themselves while Motley Crue was on tour and when the Crue moved on to their next gig, she returned to California. The two also were reportedly living with each other for some time in Tommy's mansion. Soon after, Rodman found out about the fling and was livid. Rodman had Tommy so scared he hired a full time body guard to protect him from the 6'8 tattooed mammoth. In a show in Vegas, Rodman motioned for the Motley Crue drummer to join him in the audience and later tried to get backstage, but was resisted by security. Pamela also had a very jealous reaction, as her reading about the affair in The Enquirer reportedly was the main reason the two got back together for the third time. She apparently called Carmen and exclaimed "You leave my man alone!" and slammed down the phone. Electra was told to have been furious when Tommy called and told her the relationship was over, since she reportedly had expected to be the next Mrs. Lee. Electra's other relationships were with Cypress Hill's B-Real and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. She also has spent some time partying with former Baywatch star (he played David Hasselhof's son) and recovering drug addict Jeremy Jackson. Jackson told the Enquirer recently "I would come to work high and then Carmen Electra and I would go out and party all night. I was underage, but that didn't stop me from getting into all of the hottest clubs in Los Angeles." Most recently, she has gotten back together with Dennis and was arrested in Miami's Bentley Hotel with Rodman for a domestic dispute. Charges against the two were later dropped. The controversial Donna D'Errico, her former Baywatch co-star, recently smacked Carmen with the insult that she was a "Celebrity Leech"... It should be interesting to see if this wild gal settles down and focuses on her acting career or if she winds up like the many other celebrities that let fame and fortune get to their heads.