Tara Reid (born November 8, 1975) is an American actress. She has acted on television shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Days of Our Lives, California Dreams, and Scrubs. Her film debut came in A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987), followed by The Big Lebowski (1998), Urban Legend (1998), and American Pie. She has since portrayed supporting as well as lead roles in several films, including Dr. T & the Women (2000), Josie and the Pussycats (2001),Van Wilder (2002), My Boss’s Daughter (2003), and Alone in the Dark (2005). She reprised her character Vicky in sequel films American Pie 2 and American Reunion. In 2005, she had her own reality travel show on the E! network called Taradise, and in 2011, she was a housemate contestant in Celebrity Big Brother 8 which aired in the UK. In 2013, she starred alongside Ian Ziering in the SyFy television movie Sharknado, and continued in its two sequels: Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015).
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 4.1 Television
- 4.2 Film
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Reid was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey, the daughter of Donna and Tom Reid, both of whom were teachers and day-care center owners of Irish Catholic descent. Her father also worked on Wall Street. She attended strict St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Elementary, Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, Ramapo High School, John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, and graduated from Barnstable Academy, an alternative high school. She also attended Professional Children’s School, in Manhattan, along with fellow actors Christina Ricci, Jerry O’Connell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Macaulay Culkin. Reid has twin younger siblings, Colleen and Patrick, and another brother, Tom.
Reid began acting at age six, becoming a regular on the game show Child’s Play, and appeared in over 100 commercials for corporations including Jell-O, McDonald’s, Crayola and Milton Bradley. As a teenager, she was on Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
After moving to Hollywood in 1997, Reid transitioned to movies, landing her breakout role in 1998’s The Big Lebowski. Though the film disappointed at the box office, grossing only $17 million in the US, it has gone on to become a cult favorite. Later that same year she appeared in a pair of more financially successful films, Cruel Intentions and Urban Legend, each of which grossed just under $40 million in the US and led to two sequels each, though none included Reid. Reid found her first taste of real mainstream success when she portrayed the role of the virginal Vickie in American Pie (1999), which grossed over $100 million in US. The film also marked her first film to reach #1 at the box office. In 2001, she reprised the role in American Pie 2, which opened to $45 million and grossed over $145 million in the US, almost 50% more than its predecessor. Reid did not return for American Wedding (2003), but did reprise the character in the fourth theatrical film in the series, American Reunion (2012).
Following the success of American Pie 2, Reid starred in a number of commercial and critical misfires including Josie and the Pussycats and Van Wilder. She also starred as the youngest daughter of a Texas gynecologist in Robert Altman’s Dr. T & the Women, alongside Richard Gere. She returned to the small screen as a recurring character on the NBC sitcom, Scrubs, appearing in 11 episodes of season three. Shortly thereafter, Reid appeared alongside Ashton Kutcher in My Boss’s Daughter, for which she was nominated for both Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple at the 2004 Golden Raspberry Awards.
In 2005, she co-starred in infamous German filmmaker Uwe Boll’s Alone in the Dark with Christian Slater. Her mispronunciation of “Newfoundland” became a popular internet catchphrase. The film was panned by critics and Reid received a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress. Reid signed on to host the E!’s Wild On Tara Reid (later renamed Taradise), a program that showcased high-society vacations and hot spots. The show premiered on August 10, 2005, but it was canceled in September, with Ted Harbert, E! Network’s president, saying it was “incredibly difficult to produce with someone well-known.”
In January 2007, Reid filmed a commercial with Daniel Conn for Dodo, an Australian budget telephone and Internet service provider. Between 2007 and 2008, she starred in a number of direct-to-video films, including 7-10 Split/Strike, If I Had Known I Was a Genius (which was released at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival), and Clean Break/Unnatural Causes. She also played the main character in the made-for-television horror film Vipers. In 2010, she landed the role of Bonnie in the thriller film The Fields, which was released in 2011.
Reid also has designed a clothing line with Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier, entitled Mantra, that hit high-end department stores in 2009. Reid appeared in a pictorial in the January/February 2010 issue of Playboy, although earlier reports had indicated she had posed nude for the magazine. In March 2011, she filmed a Funny or Die spoof trailer for The Big Lebowski 2.
On August 18, 2011, Reid was the second housemate to enter the British reality series Celebrity Big Brother 8. On September 2, she received the fewest votes and became the third celebrity to be evicted from the house.
In September 2011, Reid announced via her official Twitter page that she was to appear in Jedward’s new music video for “Wow Oh Wow”, which they started shooting in late October of the same year. In 2014, she appeared in their music video for “Ferocious”.
In 2013, she appeared in the cult hit phenomenon Sharknado which has since spawned two additional sequels in 2014 and 2015. Due to the resurgence in the media and in her career, Reid has garnered many new endorsements and business ventures ranging from perfume (“Shark by Tara”), and swimwear. Recent and upcoming projects include comedy spoof The Hungover Games, horror film Charlie’s Farm, the Bollywood-film Tie the Knot and the TV series The Big Big Show with Andrew Dice Clay, and Tom Green.