Tara D. Reid (born November 8, 1975)
is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films The Big
Lebowski (1998), Urban Legend (1998), American Pie (1999), American Pie 2
(2001), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), National Lampoon's Van Wilder
(2002), My Boss's Daughter (2003), and Alone in the Dark (2005).
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. She
attended 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 nine, being a regular on the game show Child's
Play, and appeared in over 100 commercials including Jell-O, McDonalds,
Crayola and Milton Bradley. As a teenager, she was on Saved By The Bell:
The New Class and on All My Children. After moving to Hollywood in 1997,
Reid transitioned to movies, landing her break out role in 1998's The Big
Lebowski, a cult favorite, and her first #1 box office role. She finished
out the year appearing in two more box office toppers, Cruel Intentions
and Urban Legend. In 1999, Reid portrayed the role of virginal Vickie in
the wildly successful film, American Pie, which grossed over $102,000,000
in United States box office receipts and becoming her fourth #1 in a row.
Between 2000 and 2002, Reid starred in a string of unsuccessful movies,
such as Josie and the Pussycats and Dr. T and the Women. In 2001 and 2002,
she reclaimed her box office success with American Pie 2 and National
Lampoon's Van Wilder, alongside Ryan Reynolds. She returned to the small
screen as a re-occurring character on the NBC sitcom, Scrubs, appearing in
11 episodes of Season 3. From 2003 through 2005, Reid appeared in two
movies (My Boss's Daughter and Alone in the Dark), both panned by critics.
In January 2007, Reid filmed a commercial with Daniel Conn for Dodo, an
Australian budget telephone and Internet provider. In 2005, Reid signed on
to host the E! Channel's Wild On Tara Reid (later renamed Taradise), a
program that showcased high society vacations and hot spots. The show
aired in October 2005 and was cancelled in February 2006, due to poor
ratings, with only 8 of the 14 episodes aired. Reid's new film called The
Fields is scheduled to be released in 2011.
Reid also has designed a clothing line with Ed Hardy designer, Christian
Audigier, entitled Mantra, which will hit high end department stores in
Topless photos of 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.
Reid was romantically linked to Carson Daly starting in early 2000. Daly
made a cameo appearance in, Josie and the Pussycats (also starring Reid),
in which he jokes while attempting to kill Reid's character that the two
could have had a romantic relationship given different circumstances. In
June 2001, Reid and Daly broke off their engagement. She previously had
dated Russian hockey star Sergei Fedorov. In the late 1990s, she dated
actor Steve Burton and still is close to him and his family. She briefly
dated American football players Tom Brady, Jerome Bettis, Jeremy Shockey,
Kyle Boller, Kevin Mawae, tennis player Mark Philippoussis, and family
friend Eric Weber.
On the night of November 4, 2004, photographs surfaced of Reid from the
red carpet at Puff Daddy's 35th birthday party at Cipriani's Restaurant in
New York City, when her dress fell, exposing her left breast.
In October 2006, Reid acknowledged in an interview with Us Weekly that she
had liposculpting. In the interview she discusses how her plastic surgery
"went wrong" and also explains why she decided to have plastic surgery
done, saying that her breasts were uneven and that she wanted a "six pack"
for a new movie role. The liposuction resulted in deformity. In the same
interview, Reid's new plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Svehlak, reported that
he performed a procedure called a "doughnut mastopexy" to correct her
original augmentation, and performed additional liposuction in hopes to
even out her stomach.
On January 18, 2010 Tara's boyfriend Michael Axtmann (an internet
entrepreneur), proposed to her at The Little Door restaurant in Los
Angeles. The couple is reportedly planning an intimate ceremony for summer
"If Carson was an actor, he'd
understand why I have to be away on sets and that if I have to kiss
another guy in a movie, I do it. He'd read the tabloids that I was
with Ashton Kutcher, but that was a bunch of bull. Then, I started
reading he was with a stripper, and that wasn't true. You start
tripping on each other for no reason. It makes you crazy." - about
part of why she and ex-fiancéé MTV VJ Carson Daly split up.
"Slasher movies are fun. You watch yourself get chopped to pieces,
yet you're still alive. You see the blood on the ax and think, Holy
**it, this is sick, but you kind of get over your fear of death."
"It would be the ultimate dream for me to win an Academy Award, be
in love and have kids. Then I would say, 'Life is great! I have done
everything I wanted.' I keep trying to get closer to that. I also
think when that happens, people will finally leave me alone."
"Once you get to know me, you would know in a second that I am an
East Coast girl. You can tell because I'm not flaky, and I will tell
you how it is. I also walk faster than they walk in L.A."
"People think I am America's party girl, which is just stupid. I
have done 24 movies and I am creating my own TV show."
"I think the reason I never ended up in as much trouble as Paris or
Lindsay seem to is that I'm not stupid, so I'd never do a lot of the
things those girls do, and I've always had good friends around me.
They need to straighten up a little bit and make better investments.
And they should surround themselves with better people who don't let
them get themselves in trouble. You'll never read a story about me
going out and partying when I'm supposed to be working. Nor would I
show up on a set drunk or miss a day's work - never."