Electra spoofs teen horror films like Scream – and herself – in Scary Movie, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Electra appears in the opening scene as a foolish nymphet, who is killed when a masked murderer slashes out her silicone implant. The movie becomes a hit, grossing over $42.3 million in its opening weekend.
Electra and Dave Navarro, a guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction, who meet on a blind date in 2000, announce their plans to marry. "It was refreshing to meet someone who still has an edge but also a good heart," Electra says of Navarro to PEOPLE. The couple buys a Beverly Hills house together the following fall.
Electra returns to her dance roots and becomes a principal dancer with the Pussycat Dolls in a L.A. burlesque dance troupe. The show has guest vamps including Charlize Theron, Gwen Stefani, and Scarlett Johansson. "It's shockingly sexy and creative," Stefani says of the show to PEOPLE. "It's frickin' fun."
Electra, MC Hammer and Jamie King are judges for a new version of Dance Fever on ABC's family channel. Electra watched the original show with her mom, a seamstress who got costume ideas for Electra's childhood outfits from the contestants.
Hitched in Reality
Dressed in a beaded Badgley Mischka gown, Electra marries Navarro at L.A.'s St. Regis Hotel. In 2004, 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave premieres on MTV, documenting the couple as they prepare for their wedding. Executive producer Fernando Hernandez says of the show to EW, "It's the fairy-tale rock & roll antiwedding." Case in point: The couple's joint bachelor-bachelorette party invitations feature the couple lying naked on a morgue slab.
Electra has a supporting role in Starsky & Hutch opposite Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. She wins best kiss at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards for her triple kiss with Wilson and Amy Smart.
After nearly five years together, Electra and Navarro announce their split, and Electra files for divorce the following month, citing irreconcilable differences. Navarro writes on his official blog: "Carmen and I love each other; we are and always will be best friends. In fact, we are supporting each other through this time. What better way to get through a tough spot than with your best friend?" Their divorce is finalized in February 2007.
Carmen Teaches Sex-Ed
The newly single star releases her first book, How to be Sexy, which is filled with advice and tips on beauty, fashion, flirting and keeping the passion in a relationship. "There's nothing sexier than knowing who you are and having the courage to be that person," Electra writes.
Carmen & Rob Go Public
Electra, 35, spends Valentine's Day shopping at a Berlin Mall with her new man, guitarist Rob Patterson, 37. The stunning bombshell also recently starred as Queen Margo in the comedy satire, Meet the Spartans, which opened at No. 1 at the box office. In April, Patterson and Electra get engaged. "This relationship is different than the others," Electra tells PEOPLE. "It's so special."
Carmen Covers Cosmo
Electra, who will soon have a third husband, appears on the cover of Cosmopolitan, where she shares her secrets on attracting a man. The 36-year-old sex symbol says a woman must, first and foremost, be prepared by keeping a "sexiness kit" – which includes "perfume, lip gloss, and a pair of heels" – within easy reach in the car or at work.
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- Carmen Electra
- Real Name
- Tara Leigh Patrick
- Date of Birth
- April 20, 1972
- Birth Place
- White Oak, Ohio
Rob Patterson, fiancé (2008 to present)
Dave Navarro, ex-husband (2000 to 2006)
Dennis Rodman, ex-husband (1998 to 1999)
B Real of Cypress Hill, ex-boyfriend (1994 to 1997)
Prince, mentor (1990 to 1994)