Tia Carrere (born Althea Rae Janairo on January 2, 1967) appeared as Tia Fulbright, daughter of General Harlan Fulbright, in the Season 4 episode of The A-Team titled "The Sound of Thunder". Tia is perhaps most widely known for her role as Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, Queen Tyr'ahnee in Duck Dodgers, and as Sydney Fox in the TV series Relic Hunter.
Tia was born in Honolulu, HI the daughter of Audrey Duhinio Janairo, a computer supervisor, and Alexander Janairo, a banker. She attended Sacred Hearts Academy, an all girls school. Carrere longed to be a singer as a child. Although she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 Star Search appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the movie Aloha Summer, which he produced and had a cameo in.
Film and television career
Tia returned to Los Angeles and, after working several months as a model, landed a first ever role in the CBS-TV series Airwolf in early 1985. Her first major break though was in the ABC-TV daytime soap opera General Hospital. She played the role of Jade Soong Chung from 1985 to 1987. She also had a guest appearance on The A-Team, which was supposed to lead to her joining the cast. Unfortunately, her General Hospital obligations prevented her from joining the team. Her character was dropped after one episode, and was never mentioned again. She also made guest appearances on the shows MacGyver ("The Wish Child") as a sexy karate instructor as well as a different assassin character in a later episode ("Murderer's Sky"), on Anything but Love as the adopted daughter of Marty Gold (Richard Lewis), and Married...With Children as Piper Bauman, a rival of Kelly Bundy's who attempted to steal a modeling job from her.
After appearing in the 1991 action films Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man and Showdown in Little Tokyo, she emerged into the public spotlight when cast as Cassandra, a rock singer and love interest of Mike Myers' character Wayne in Wayne's World (1992)—a role she reprised the next year in Wayne's World 2. A trained singer, Carrere performed all of her own songs in the two films, and the Wayne's Worldsoundtrack features her vocals. She turned down a role in Baywatch to audition for Wayne's World. In 1992 People magazine named her to its annual "50 most beautiful people" list.
She married Lebanese-American producer Elie Sahama, and appeared in several of his films. Other roles in prominent films include the parts of smuggler Juno Skinner in True Lies (a 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film), a mixed African-Japanese computer expert in Rising Sun (a thriller written by Michael Crichton starring Sean Connery and Wesley ), robber Gina Walker in The Immortals (1995), and secretary Victoria Chappell in High School High (a 1996 parody).
She also starred as Ari, a space marine-turned pirate in the 1995 adventure/puzzle game The Daedalus Encounter. She also starred as the evil witch/queen in the 1997 Universal Films picture Kull the Conquerer, co-starring with Kevin Sorbo.From 1999 to 2002, Carrere starred as archeology professor Sydney Fox in Relic Hunter, a syndicated action-adventure series strongly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider films and video games. At this time, Carrere was featured in men's magazine Maxim. Relic Hunter lasted for a total of three, contracted, television seasons. Carrere then provided the voice of Lilo's sister "Nani" in the animated film Lilo and Stitch (2002) and its spinoffs, as well as the voice of Queen Ty'rahnee from the 2003 Duck Dodgers animated series.
Tia participated as a contestant on the popular ABC-TV reality series Dancing with the Stars but was eliminated, placing 6th overall.
She then posed nude for the January 2003 issue of Playboy magazine. It was the top selling Playboy of 2003. The photos were re-published in the German December 2006 issue of the magazine. Recently, she has appeared as a guest star on a number of television shows, including Back to You, Nip/Tuck and Warehouse 13. She has also appeared in several episodes of Season 6 of Cub Your Enthusiasm as Richard Lewis's girlfriend.
Tia has continued to nurture her singing career. In 1993, her first solo album, Dream, was released, and went platinum in the Philippines. That same year, she was featured on the soundtrack of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, "I Never Even Told You". Her second album, Hawaiiana, was released in June 2007 and takes Carrere back to her Hawaiian roots with four-time Grammy winning record producer Daniel Ho accompanying her on classic solo slack-key guitar and ukulele. The album was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award under the category Best Hawaiian Music Album.
In 2009, she acted as co-host for the pre-Grammy Awards telecast online event alongside Wayne Brady.
She won a Grammy Award in 2009 for her third album 'Ikena, which was also produced by Ho, and was a finalist at the 2010 for He Nani, the third album she had recorded with Ho as her producer.
In 2011, she won another Grammy Award (Best Hawaiian Music Album) for her album "Huana Ke Aloha."
Tia married Elie Sahama in 1992; they divorced in February 2000. On November 30, 2002, she married again, this time to photojournalist Simon Wakelin. They have a daughter, Bianca, born September 25, 2005. At present, she lives in Los Angeles. On April 2, 2010, Carrere filed for divorce in person at L.A. Superior Court. According to court documents she cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce and asked for sole physical custody of their daughter Bianca. Their divorce was finalized in August 2010, with the two of them reportedly sharing custody of Bianca.
- Tia Carrere Biography (1965-) at Film Reference.com
- The Official website of Tia Carrere
- Tia Carrere at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- [[Wikipedia:Tia Carrere|Tia Carrere] article at Wikipedia