Tara Reid

Tara Reid (born November 8, 1973) 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), 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 are teachers and day-care center owners. She has Irish, Italian, French, Hungarian, and English ancestry.[1][2][3] She attended Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School and subsequently Ramapo High School and graduated from Barnstable Academy, an alternative high school. She also attended Professional Children's School, in Manhattan, along with current celebrities Christina Ricci, Ben Taylor, Jerry O'Connell, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Macaulay Culkin.[4] Reid has twin younger siblings Colleen and Patrick and another brother, Tom.
Reid began acting at age 9, 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.

Reid quickly became an in-demand A-list actress, as rumors bombarded tabloids of the star's hard partying lifestyle. Reid collected over 200 red carpet appearances in 2001 alone, and was commonly seen with Young Hollywood's most recognizable, including Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan.

Between 2000 and 2002, Reid starred in a string of forgettable movies and box office disappointments, such as Josie and the Pussycats and Dr. T and the Women. In 2001 and 2002, she reclaimed her box office success with the sequel to American Pie and National Lampoon's Van Wilder, alongside Ryan Reynolds; both of which went to #1.

Reid's reputation as a party girl quickly became all the press was concerned about. It became increasingly difficult for her to land serious roles, forcing Reid to return to the small screen as a re-occurring character on the NBC sitcom, Scrubs, appearing in 11 episodes of Season 3. Her character was written off the show, after filming conflicts arose, many of which were rumored to involve her lifestyle off camera.

From 2003 through 2005, Reid only appeared in two movies (My Boss's Daughter and Alone in the Dark), both devastatingly panned by critics. Reid was quickly written off by Hollywood execs and directors alike, and has yet to have a project released in theaters since. All movies starring the actress since then have gone straight to DVD, except 2006's Incubus which was streamed online. 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 (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.

After public falling outs with both Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and an "unsaveable" career, Reid's only income was coming from making public appearances at nightclubs. In the peak of her fame, she was commanding $60,000 per appearance (according to People Magazine), but by late 2008 was struggling to bring in $1500 (according to Us Weekly).

In November 2008, Reid checked into Promises Rehab Facility in Malibu to be treated for alcoholism and anorexia. Following a 60 day stint, she was released and sold her story to In Touch Weekly for a reported $150,000. According to E! News, Reid has already landed two movie roles since being discharged.

Besides work on her new movie roles, Reid also has designed a clothing line with Ed Hardy designer, Christian Audigier, entitled Mantra, which will hit high end department stores in 2009.

Tara Reid

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