Tia Carrere (born Althea Rae Janairo on January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model, voice actor, and singer who rose to prominence as a regular on the daytime soap opera, General Hospital.
Cassandra Wong in Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, Nani in Lilo & Stitch and its sequel films, as well as Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Queen Tyr’ahnee in Duck Dodgers, and Sydney in Duck Dodgers, Fox in the syndicated television series, Relic Hunter are all roles she has played.
She competed in the second season of Dancing with the Stars and the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.
|Full Name:||Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo|
|Stage Name:||Tia Carrere|
|Born:||2 January 1967 (age 55 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Parents:||Audrey Duhinio Janairo, Alexander Janairo|
|Husband • Spouse:||Simon Wakelin (m. 2002–2010), Elie Samaha (m. 1992–2000)|
|Boyfriend • Partner:||Tie Domi (rum)|
|Occupation:||Actress • Musician|
|Net Worth:||US$5 million|
Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo is Tia Carrere‘s birth name. On January 2, 1967, she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Audrey Duhinio Janairo, her mother, was a computer supervisor, and Alexander Janairo, her father, was a banker.
Tia Carrere has mixed ancestry with Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish ancestors. Her father was transferred to a new job when she was 13 years old.
Her family relocated, but she remained in Hawaii and lived with her grandmother. She has wished to be a singer since she was a child.
It is widely assumed that she got her nickname “Tia” from her sister, who struggled to pronounce Althea. On the other hand, Carrere chooses to remain silent on the subject.
She has a sister whose nam is Saundra Janairo.
Tia Carrere‘s early education was in a co-ed school, but she soon transferred to Sacred Hearts Academy‘s all-girls. She was a student there until the tenth grade.
She relocated to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. She was 16 years old and hoping to break into the acting industry.
Tia Carrere is a Grammy Award-winning model, singer, and actress. She is well-known for her roles in the films Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2 and the TV series Relic Hunter. Her moved to Honolulu with her grandmother when she was 12 years old after her parents and even her two sisters began working in Samoa.
In 1984, she adopted the stage name, Tia Carrere. Tia is an abbreviation of her given name Althea, and she takes the surname Carrere from actress Barbara Carrera. She moved to Los Angeles as a Screen Actors Guild member soon after being discovered as an actress and began playing her first film role.
People Magazine named her one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1992, and FHM named her one of the “100 Sexiest Women” in 1995 and 2001. The images were printed in the January 2003 issue, which featured them on the cover.
She was so taken with her that she played Lani in the Greco Aloha Summer film. She first appeared on the General Hospital soap opera in 1985, and she continued to act in it from 1985 to 1987.
Tia Carrere also appeared as a guest star in the A-Team action series during this time. She appeared in Airwolf, MacGyver, Back to the Future, A Terrible Family, Crypt Stories, and NAM service in Vietnam.
She became well-known to audiences in 1992 for her role as rock singer, Cassandra Wong in the hit comedy Wayne’s World, which she reprised the following year in Wayne’s World 2. In 1995, she was one of the main characters in the interactive CD-ROM game The Daedalus Encounter.
She met Daniel Ho there, with whom she later won a Grammy. Tia Carrere was the lead singer in a band that covered Black Sabbath and AC / DC songs. She also owes her musical ability to her crucial role in the film comedy Wayne’s World, which led to her breakthrough as an actress. She now had the opportunity to demonstrate.
Tia Carrere also contributed three songs to the film’s soundtrack, which was later certified double platinum. After a few years, she returned to music and recorded her second album with childhood friend Daniel Ho, which was released in North America in June 2007.
She remained faithful to her homeland under the moniker “Hawaiian” and joined the band in 2008. She was also nominated for Best Hawaiian Music Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Huana Ke Aloha, her first album, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Hawaiian Music Album” in 2011.
Tia Carrere and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in 2006. She co-hosted the 51st Grammy Awards with Wayne Brady in 2009.
In 1992, Tia Carrere married film producer Elie Samaha. She was accused of having an affair with then-Toronto Tie Domi, who was also married at the time in 1999. In February 2000, Samaha and Carrere divorced.
She married for the second time on November 30, 2002, to photojournalist Simon Wakelin. Bianca Wakelin, their daughter, was born on September 25, 2005.
Tia Carrere filed for divorce in person at Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 2, 2010. She filed for divorce according to court documents, citing irreconcilable differences and requesting sole physical custody of their daughter Bianca Wakelin.
Their divorce was finalized in August 2010, and the couple is said to have shared custody of Bianca Wakelin. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Tia Carrere is a US$5 million net worth Hawaiian actress, singer, and former model.
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