Tiffany performing in 2003
|Birth name||Tiffany Renee Darwish|
|Also known as||Tiffany|
|Born||October 2, 1971|
|Origin||Norwalk, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, teen pop, pop rock, country|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actress|
|Labels||MCA, Backroom, Water Music|
|Associated acts||Tommy Page, Camp Freddy|
Tiffany Renee Darwish (born October 2, 1971), also known as Tiffany, is an American singer, songwriter, actress and former teen icon. She is most notable for her 1987 cover of "I Think We're Alone Now", originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967. Released as the second single from her eponymous album, Tiffany, the song quickly became a teen anthem. Thanks to an original mall tour, "The Beautiful You: Celebrating The Good Life Shopping Mall Tour '87", Tiffany found commercial success; both the single and the album peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, respectively. The singles, "Could've Been" and "I Saw Him Standing There", a cover version of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There", followed soon after, with the former also claiming the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100.
Although Tiffany's second album, Hold an Old Friend's Hand, managed to yield a top ten-single and chart in the upper register of the Billboard 200 in 1988, it failed to replicate the success of her debut album. The 1990s saw two additional releases, 1990's New Inside and the Asia-exclusive Dreams Never Die, both of which failed to rekindle substantial interest. Tiffany returned in 2001 with her first album in six years, The Color of Silence. While the album received some minor critical success, it failed to achieve any significant standing. Since then, Tiffany recorded four additional full-length albums, including an album of 80s cover songs, focusing on a variety of genres including country and dance, and she continues to tour. Outside of music, Tiffany posed nude in Playboy and guest-starred in several television shows, including Celebrity Fit Club and Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, and the movies Necrosis, Mega Piranha, and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, the latter co-starring fellow 80s teen idol and musical rival Debbie Gibson.
Life and career
Tiffany was born in 1971 to James Robert Darwish and Janie Wilson, who divorced when she was very young. She grew up in Norwalk, California.
Tiffany began singing around 1975, when she was four years old, and learned the words to the song "Delta Dawn." After the break-up of her family she moved in with her father, but then she rebelled against his strict Baptist parenting. While attending Leffingwell Christian High School, she and a group of friends took to behaving in a manner which contravened the regulations imposed in their upbringing; she acknowledged this on Celebrity Ghost Stories in 2012.
Early singing career
In 1981, Tiffany debuted with country music singer Jack Reeves at a country and western venue called Narods in Chino, California. She passed a hat amongst the crowd afterwards, and collected $235 in what would be her first career earnings.
Tiffany was singing at the Palomino Club (North Hollywood) when she was discovered by Hoyt Axton and his mother Mae Axton. Mae took her to sing in Nashville, Tennessee, where she performed at the Ralph Emery Show, singing Juice Newton's "Queen of Hearts" and Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad."
In 1982, Tiffany toured several cities in Alaska. Also that year, she performed on the same bill as Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones. At that time, she was managed by George Tobin. In 1983, Ronald Kent Surut became her manager.
Recording contract and fame
In 1984, Tiffany's previous manager, George Tobin, signed her to a recording contract after he heard a demo tape that she had recorded and again became her manager. In 1985, she appeared on Star Search with Ed McMahon, where she finished second place overall. In 1986, Tiffany signed a contract that gave Tobin total control over her career. She recorded her first studio album and was signed to a MCA contract. Tiffany's eponymous album, Tiffany, was released in 1987, but the first single she released from it, titled "Danny," failed to chart. Following the failure of "Danny," Tobin sent Tiffany on a nationwide tour of shopping malls, titled "The Beautiful You: Celebrating The Good Life Shopping Mall Tour '87." The tour kicked off at the Bergen Mall in Paramus, New Jersey. Her second single, a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells' hit, "I Think We're Alone Now," became a number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 list, and as of early December of 2015, it remained her biggest hit to date.
Soon Tiffany was vying with fellow pop star Debbie Gibson for space on the covers of teen magazines, including Tiger Beat, Bop, and Teen Beat, as well as on television shows on MTV. Her ballad "Could've Been" also peaked at the number one spot on the Billboard charts in February 1988. Tiffany's modified version of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There," retitled "I Saw HIM Standing There," peaked at the number seven position on Hot 100. "Feelings of Forever" also saw chart success from the over 4.1 million selling debut. Tiffany also set a record for the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with a debut album. Later that year, she toured with New Kids on the Block as the opening act for her concert tour.
In 1988, at the peak of her popularity, Tiffany ended up in the middle of a conflict in which Tobin, then still her manager, was embroiled with her mother and her stepfather over control of her career and earnings. This led to a court fight which included an attempt by Tiffany to have herself declared an emancipated minor. This was rejected by the court; however, the judge did allow her to move out of her mother's home due to obvious conflicts, and her grandmother (who supported and sided with Tiffany during the trial) became her temporary guardian. These legal battles took a toll on the singer's career.
In late 1988, Tiffany released her second album, Hold an Old Friend's Hand, which was less successful than her first album. Although it did not feature any number one hits, the song "All This Time" made the top ten. Hold an Old Friend's Hand received mixed reviews from critics, but it eventually went platinum. Later that year, she provided the voice of Judy Jetson on Jetsons: The Movie, which was ultimately released in 1990 after delays. She also contributed three songs to the soundtrack, including the single "I Always Thought I'd See You Again." Some controversy resulted from the fact that Janet Waldo, who had voiced the character in all previous Jetsons material, had had all of her recorded dialogue in the movie replaced by Tiffany's voice.
Tiffany's career suffered as musical tastes changed in the early 1990s, swinging away from dance-pop and towards harder-edged rock and rap. This was shown in her third album, the urban influenced New Inside. It was her first album away from Tobin, and some of her fans felt the new soulful, sultrier Tiffany was a hard sell. New Inside received mixed reviews from critics, but failed to make the charts, although she made several TV appearances to promote it, including on the sitcom Out of This World, Tiffany failed to regain her "Teen Queen" popularity.
During a brief early-1990s comeback attempt, Tiffany reunited with Tobin, released the album Dreams Never Die in Asia (but not in the United States), and did some performances at the Las Vegas Hilton in the summer of 1993, before breaking with Tobin again.
In 2000, Tiffany released a "comeback" album, The Color of Silence, which received good reviews. Billboard pegged it as "one of the best pop albums of the year" and the year's "biggest surprise." Despite the critical validation and a record-breaking turnout for her college campus tour, the album failed to chart and was not a commercial success.
Return to the public eye
Tiffany modeled nude in the April 2002 issue of Playboy. She admitted that the reason for her Playboy spread was "to break down those barriers so people couldn't say, 'Aww, she's still 14." She also mentioned the difficulty explaining to her then ten-year-old son that she was in Playboy.
On April 2, 2005, Tiffany was featured on the British TV show Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, winning the first heat and subsequently securing a place in the show's finale. She also appeared on the US version of the show on June 2, 2005, but she lost to hip-hop group Arrested Development. Both versions of the show aimed to bring former pop stars back into the limelight. Tiffany performed the Girls Aloud song "Love Machine" on the UK version of the show. In 2006, Girls Aloud returned the favor by covering Tiffany's best-known song, her version of "I Think We're Alone Now," on their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud.
In May of 2005, Tiffany released the album Dust Off And Dance, at first independently through CDBaby and later for download on iTunes. It was dedicated to her new husband, but recorded as a thank you to her fans (particularly her gay and European fanbase) for reminding her about the fun to be had with her career. The album consisted of Eurodance and Hi-NRG style songs. The singles from Dust Off And Dance, such as "Ride It," "Fly," "Be With U Tonite," "Na Na Na," and "Artificial Girlfriend," all charted on listener sponsored radio stations that also streamed online, such as WMPH and C895Worldwide. A few of the singles made the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Tiffany toured with the album, which in September of 2006 was nominated for six JPF awards. She won for best dance song of the year for "Be With U Tonite" and best dance CD of the year on November 4, 2006.
In 2007, Tiffany, who had begun to struggle with her weight, was cast for the fifth season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club. The show premiered on April 22, 2007. During the show the singer's weight started at 152 lbs and finished with 124 lbs, a difference of 28 lbs or 18.4%.
In April of 2007, Tiffany released a new album of cover material released by Cleopatra Records, titled I Think We're Alone Now: '80s Hits and More. The album, which carries a picture of Tiffany from her 1980s glory days, contains updated versions of her first three top 10 hits from her debut album, and also features covers of songs from the 1980s.
Tiffany and the music video version of "I Think We're Alone Now" were featured in the episode of The Goldbergs titled "The Adam Bomb."
New record contract
Tiffany signed a recording contract with 10 Spot Records, a new division of Water Music Records Group, distributed by Universal Music Group. She released a new album on June 5, 2007, titled Just Me. The album contained all-new material in a singer/songwriter format à la her earlier album The Color of Silence. The first single from the album, "Feels Like Love," was released on May 1, 2007. On April 15, 2007, Tiffany filmed a music video for "Feels Like Love" in Los Angeles.
In early August of 2007, the dance single "Higher" began showing up online. On October 2, 2007 (Tiffany's 36th birthday), it debuted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart as the number one breakout--her first Billboard chart appearance since 1989. From there, the single climbed the charts to #19.
In March of 2008, an independent limited (500 copies pressed) release album Mimi's Kitchen, full of rare demos from age 3 up until the present, was shipped to fans in a personalized package which included autographed photos, two autographed CDs, and the Mimi's Kitchen demo collection. A small subset of the release also included Playboy T-shirts.
In late April of 2008, a track with the same name as her 2005 dance album Dust off And Dance became available for download on the Internet. The song consisted of Tiffany doing vocals for a dance team called Hydra Productions, and was to be found on their album Liquid. In early January of 2009, Tiffany grabbed the number-one spot on the Hot Club Play Breakout charts with this single.
In late July of 2008, a new Tiffany dance song, "Just Another Day," was released on CD, having been remixed by Dave Audé. It peaked at #28 on the US Billboard dance charts.
On October 18, 2008, Tiffany appeared on the CMT reality show Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, from which she was the first contender to be eliminated in the first episode, due to poor wrestling performance.
In January 14, 2011, Tiffany released the single "Serpentine" on iTunes. This country song was taken from the soundtrack of the film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, in which she also starred. Her album Rose Tattoo, released on March 1, 2011, was her first professional foray into country music.
On April 22, 2011, it was announced that Tiffany would be teaming up with fellow '80s pop music sensation Debbie Gibson for an upcoming summer concert tour titled Journey Through the 80's. When asked what material the pair would perform in the concerts, Tiffany said it would be an '80s retrospective that, in addition to their own material, would also feature covers by Stevie Nicks, Guns 'N' Roses and Reba McEntire. They also planned to sing some Broadway tunes.
Tiffany has made a foray in films and television shows. Her first acting job was providing the voice of Judy Jetson on Jetsons: The Movie, which was ultimately released in 1990 after delays. She contributed three songs to the soundtrack, including the main song "You and Me."
In 2002, she appeared on the short-lived sitcom That '80s Show as "Autumn," an employee of a punk nightclub called "Chaos."
In April of 2008, Tiffany began appearing in an ad titled "Paradise by the GoPhone Light" for AT&T's GoPhone, which featured Meat Loaf. The ad, which parodies his "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," has been released in two versions, a long form and a short form, the latter of which cuts out most of her singing part.
Also in April of 2008, Tiffany made a cameo appearance on the situation comedy How I Met Your Mother in the episode "Sandcastles In The Sand," playing herself as a backup singer in an '80s-inspired pop star music video by Robin Sparkles.
Tiffany starred in the 2008 short film The Isolationist, which made the film festival rounds. Her character, Barbara Newman, is a sexually aggressive woman unwilling to let a co-worker enjoy some alone time. In 2009, she completed work on her first feature film, Necrosis, which was released internationally as Blood Snow. Necrosis was a psychological thriller in which she starred alongside James Kyson Lee and George Stults. In the film, she acted out the role of Karen, a fun-loving adrenaline junkie who took matters into her own hands after a blizzard had trapped her and her friends in a cabin and paranoia got the best of them. Necrosis premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Tiffany's former music rival, Debbie Gibson, had her film Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus premiere at Cannes as well. Tiffany also starred in a film from The Asylum, the mockbuster Mega Piranha, directed by Eric Forsberg, which also starred Barry Williams.
Tiffany and Gibson likewise starred in a Syfy original movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, which aired January 29, 2011. Featured in the movie was a protracted catfight waged between Tiffany and Gibson.
The 2008 documentary I Think We're Alone Now was about two fans of Tiffany who both claimed to be in love with her, and had been labeled "stalkers" by the media. The program followed them through their lives as they discussed the source of their obsession.
She appeared on Season 10 of What Not To Wear and in the Miracle Whip commercial "Keep an Open Mouth" with a choir of celebrities in 2013. The same year she participated in the Klondike Celebrity Challenge where she was dared to relive her 80s years by singing in a mall.
Tiffany married makeup artist Bulmaro Garcia in 1992. Their only son, Elijah, was born on September 17, 1992. They divorced in 2003.
She married British businessman Ben George in 2004.
In 2011, she filmed an episode of the Biography Channel TV series Celebrity Close Calls.[episode needed] On the episode first broadcast July 7, 2013, of the reality TV series Celebrity Wife Swap, she traded places with actress/singer Nia Peeples.
Tiffany opened her own vintage store Tiffany's Boutique on Highway 76 in White House, Tennessee in 2012 and in 2013 moved the business to Fatherland Street, Nashville, Tennessee before closing in 2015.
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