Carmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Carmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Carmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Carmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Carmen Electra and The Pussycat DollsCarmen Electra and The Pussycat DollsCarmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Carmen Electra and The Pussycat DollsCarmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Carmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Carmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls
Tara Leigh Patrick (born April 20, 1972), professionally known as Carmen Electra, is an American glamour model, television personality, dancer, singer, and actress.

Patrick moved to California in 1991, where she met Prince who persuaded her to change her name to Carmen Electra. Soon after, she signed a recording contract with Prince’s company Paisley Park Records, marking the start of a short-lived singing career.

In 1995, Electra started appearing in various television programs. Then, in May of 1996 she was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, the first of several. This exposure led to higher profile television appearances, including Baywatch (cast member from 1997-1998) and MTV’s Singled Out. She returned to Baywatch for the 2003 reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.

Electra became so popular among readers of Playboy that she was featured in the magazine three more times, with her second appearance in June 1997. She subsequently graced the cover twice, in December 2000 and April 2003. In the Playboy Cyber Club, she was the first woman invited to be a celebrity guest photographer; she chose Playmate Jennifer Walcott as her subject model.

Electra has appeared in several films, such as Good Burger (1997), The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999), the horror spoof Scary Movie (2000) and also appeared in Scary Movie 4 (2006), Epic Movie (2007), Date Movie (2006), the remake of the 1970s TV show Starsky & Hutch (2004) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She won an MTV Movie Award (best kiss) for Starsky & Hutch. Her acting work is generally panned by critics.

The Pussycat Dolls are an American pop, hip pop, and R&B, and dance and burlesque ensemble founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995. It began as a dance troupe based in Los Angeles, was “re-cast” as a music group in 2003, and expanded in 2005 with a parallel troupe at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The group released their first single in 2004, and have gone on to international commercial success. Robin Antin began exploring the idea of a modern burlesque troupe in 1993 with her friend Christina Applegate. The dance troupe’s first performance was in 1995. During this period, they performed with numerous guest vocalists, with a repertoire of 1950s and 1960s pop standards while dressed in lingerie or old-fashioned pin-up costumes.

They secured a Thursday night residency at Los Angeles nightclub The Viper Room, where they stayed from 1995 to 2001. The troupe received wider press coverage in June 1999, when Playboy ran a Pussycat Dolls pictorial, featuring at least seven contemporary members. Three years later, the Dolls moved to The Roxy. The group became internationally popular and was featured in magazines, television specials for MTV and VH1, ad campaigns, and movies. Some of the Pussycat Dolls appeared in the 2003 film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, dancing to “The Pink Panther Theme”.

Along with Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra was the group’s lead performer for many of their shows. The troupe was featured in Maxim Magazine in 2002. Electra, when asked about her lack of involvement with the groups evolution into a pop group, said: “I was part of the Dolls for over two years and did every show with them… but financially, I couldn’t become part of their new music project… It was a sacrifice I couldn’t make.” However, she did make a cameo appearance in the music video for “Don’t Cha” which also featured Busta Rhymes. In late 2003, Electra formed another burlesque troupe called The Bombshell Babies, which included ex-Dolls Staci Flood and Nadine Ellis.

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Carmen Electra and The Pussycat Dolls

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