How Prince Coined Carmen Electra's Stage Name
Actress, dancer and model Carmen Electra used her birth name Tara Patrick before meeting Prince in 1991.
After the pop legend saw the then aspiring artist dance, he suggested a name change. "I auditioned for an all girl group that he was putting together and he ended up signing me to his label Paisley Park," Carmen told The Yo Show. "After I danced for him he said, 'You look like Electra. That should be your name.'"
Carmen admits that the new moniker didn't initially stick. "At first I thought it sounded kinda like a super hero type of name which actually it is," she said. "So I was hesitant but it just sorta grew on me and that's it. I'm Electra now."
Prince was right. Carmen's appeal and electric personality has lead to a successful career including a Playboy magazine cover, and dozens of television and movie roles including "Baywatch," "American Vampire," "Scary Movie," "Meet the Spartans," "Date Movie" and "Starsky & Hutch."