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Sophisticated and savvy, engaging and entertaining, and an all around sweetheart, actress Tia Mowry is one of the most sought after talents in the entertainment business today. Mowry has been in the public eye for over 17 years, gaining initial fame and becoming a 90ʼs pop culture icon in her teens, starring opposite her twin [...]
Tuesday April 5 2011 at 15:26
Sophisticated and savvy, engaging and entertaining, and an all around sweetheart, actress Tia Mowry is one of the most sought after talents in the entertainment business today. Mowry has been in the public eye for over 17 years, gaining initial fame and becoming a 90ʼs pop culture icon in her teens, starring opposite her twin sister Tamera in the hit comedy “Sister Sister” from Paramount Television. On “Sister Sisterʼs” successful six-year run, Mowry won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and three Kidʼs Choice Awards for Favorite Television Actress. She was also nominated for three Young Artist Awards for Best Performance by a Young Actress, in 1995, 1996, and 1997 for her work on the show. In 1999, Mowry wrapped production on the show, and decided to go to college, obtaining a Bachelorʼs Degree in Psychology from the prestigious Pepperdine University in Southern California. She also traveled the world, visiting Egypt, Paris, Spain, and living in Italy for three months in 2000.
Throughout 2000 – 2006, Mowry made appearances in various projects, including starring with her sister once again in the Disney Channelʼs original movie TWITCHES in 2005, one of the channelʼs highest rated movies of all time, and again in TWITCHES TOO, two years later. Off camera, she voiced the character of “Sasha” on the animated series “Bratz.” In 2006, Mowry landed the role of “Melanie Barnett,” medical student turned wife of pro-football player “Derwin Davis” [played by Pooch Hall] on “The Game.” The series, a comedy about women involved with players of a fictional San Diego pro football team had a small, but devoted fan base. Her work on “The Game” landed her two more NAACP Image Award nominations, for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2007 in the Best Actress in a Comedy category, for her work on the series.
The show aired three seasons on the CW – before being cancelled in 2009. Less than two years later, due to fan demand, BET picked up the series giving it new life, and deciding to air season four in their winter 2011 line up. Season four of “The Game” broke ratings records in television history, ranking as the #1 ad- supported scripted series premiere in cable history, and debuting to an audience of 7.7 million viewers in January 2011. In January 2012, “The Game” returned to television once again, pulling in 5.3 million viewers making it cableʼs #1 scripted series telecast among 18-49.
In addition to “The Game,” Mowry and her sister starred in DOUBLE WEDDING, an original film for the Lifetime Movie Network [June 2010]. She was also able to add Executive Producer credits to her resume for her work on the film. In summer 2011, Tia and Tamera entertained audiences once again, in their STYLE Network series “Tia and Tamera” [where they also hold Executive Producer credits.] The show set record ratings for the network, being the most watched series launch in their history. The sisters went back into production on the show in January 2012, and the show is slated to come back for season 2 summer 2012. The Mowry sisters are also in the process of developing a production company, Twilight Productions.
Most recently, Mowry secured her sixth NAACP Image Award nomination in January 2012, for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “The Game.” When not acting, she spends time working with several charities including the Make A Wish Foundation, and Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and others focusing on research for children fighting cancer. She is also in the process of writing her first book for Penguin Books, entitled “Oh Baby!” – set to be published May 2012. Born in Germany, Tia now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Cory Hardrict, and her son Cree Taylor.
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