As one of the stars of the 1999 summer smash American Pie, Tara Reid experienced an almost meteoric ascent into overnight celebrity. Possessing the kind of buxom blond good looks that ensure future employment and Internet shrines, Reid was best-known for her role as The Big Lebowski's trophy wife, Bunny Lebowski, before being cast in Pie.
A native of Wyckoff, New Jersey, where she was born on November 8, 1975, Reid broke into acting at the age of six, when she was a contestant on the CBS children's game show, Child's Play. She went on to study at New York's Professional Children's School, where her classmates included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jerry O'Connell, and Macaulay Culkin. After appearing in commercials for such products as Jell-O and Crayola, Tara landed a role on the sitcom Saved by the Bell: the New Class in 1994 and then had a recurring role on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives the following year.
She got her first substantial film roles in 1998, appearing in the Ed Wood-scripted I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, The Big Lebowski, the independent film Around the Fire, and Urban Legend, the latest in a long line of teen slasher flicks. Tara won some amount of recognition for the last film, which featured a Who's-Who line-up of post-pubescent stars and cast her as a campus radio talk show host. The following year, she earned a form of screen immortality with her role as the girlfriend of one of four high school guys who make a pact to lose their virginity in American Pie. She also appeared in more low-profile roles in the independent film Girl and in Cruel Intentions, which featured her as one of Ryan Phillippe's more unfortunate conquests. Later that year, she had a starring role in Body Shots, playing one of a group of twenty-something friends on the prowl for love and/or sex in Los Angeles.
She has also appeared in Josie and The Pussycats (2001), based on the Archie Comics. Her own vocals were used for the soundtrack and she was to learn how to play drums at Band Camp. Which is something Tara found hard to take serious after American Pie. But she took part and became close friends with fellow casts members. She also appeared in the hit sequel to American Pie (also 2001), which most cast members have said will be the only sequel.
Tara was also engaged to MTV Host Carson Daly [who had a small cameo in Josie and The Pussycats] up until 2001. They both found the stress of the media's false stories too much and were unhappy rowing over nothing, so the engagement was called off. Shortly after their split Tara found herself with a loss of appetite, and detirmined not to become anorexic, she sought help from 5 different doctors in a bid to beat the illness. Although the two found their break-up extremely hard to deal with, they both moved on and remain friends.
Tara also has her own production company, named 'Hi Happy Films'… Expand
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|American Reunion||Apr 6, 2012||Vicky / Vicky Lathum||6.9|
|Kill the Irishman||Mar 11, 2011||Executive Producer||7.0|
|Alone in the Dark||Jan 28, 2005||Aline Cedrac||1.9|
|My Boss's Daughter||Oct 25, 2002||Lisa Taylor||6.3|
|Van Wilder||Apr 5, 2002||Gwen Pearson||7.5|
|American Pie 2||Aug 10, 2001||Vicky||6.7|
|Josie and the Pussycats||Apr 11, 2001||Melody Valentine||8.1|
|Just Visiting||Apr 6, 2001||Angelique||8.8|
|Dr T and the Women||Oct 13, 2000||Connie||7.3|
|American Pie||Jul 9, 1999||Victoria 'Vicky' Lathum||5.7|
|Cruel Intentions||Mar 5, 1999||Marci Greenbaum||5.3|
|Urban Legend||Sep 25, 1998||Sasha Thomas||8.5|
|The Big Lebowski||Mar 6, 1998||Bunny Lebowski||8.8|