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Tie to Hawaii – Born in Honolulu.
Real Name: Althea Janairo
Height: 5′ 8″
Born: January 2, 1967 in Honolulu, HI
Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino
Tia Carrere was born on January 2, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Of Filipino descent, she comes from a relatively small family, consisting of her two parents (now divorced) and one younger sister Alesaundra. She assumed the name “Tia” when her younger sister could not pronounce “Althea” at a young age. The name “Carrere” came as a tribute to former James Bond Girl Barbara Carrera.
She was reportedly discovered by an agent while shopping at Safeway Supermarket. Carrere began working as a model and commercial actress which led to her being cast in a number of guest spots on such series as The A-Team and MacGyver. She soon started to pursue her childhood dream (she’s had voice lessons since the age of 11) – to become a popular singer – and even released an album called “Dream,” but an indifferent music market prompted her to revert back to acting.
She is best known for her role as Cassandra – the sultry singer in Wayne’s World – but has also played prominent roles in several other blockbusters including Rising Sun (Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes), True Lies (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curits), and High School High (Jon Lovitz).
Tia is married to Lebanese-Italian man Elie Samaha, and has been together with him since November 22, 1992. They currently own their own production company named Phoenician Films.
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- The Official Tia Carrere Website
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- Profile from GoldSea
- The Movie Times
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