Tia Mowry

Active - 2000 - 2018  |   Born - Jul 6, 1978 in Gelhausen, West Germany  |   Genres - Children's/Family, Comedy

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Gen Y-ers will doubtless remember Tia Mowry as Tia Landry, one of the long-estranged, suddenly reunited titular siblings on ABC's Friday night "TGIF" sitcom Sister, Sister -- a role Tia played opposite her identical twin, Tamera, from 1994-1995, and carried over into an extended run on the then-fledgling WB network from 1995-1999. Though this hardly constituted the actress' premier role (she had already essayed a sequence of guest appearances on various U.S. series during her early teenage years), it did generate substantial audience attention and paved the way for additional onscreen work.

Whereas many other multiple-birth actresses and actors (for instance, the Olsen Twins and the Sprouse Twins) first tackled projects that called for twin roles, then forked off into divergent paths, the Mowrys cut back and forth between joint casting and separate casting. They co-headlined the family-oriented comedy Seventeen Again (2000), the teen movie The Hot Chick (2002), and the 2005 Disney Channel telemovie Twitches (a kind of rehash of the Sister, Sister premise, with an occult twist), but essayed individual roles from time to time. Tia provided one of the main voices for the 2005 animated musical Bratz: Rock Angelz (and the accompanying Bratz TV series); she also signed for the lead in the sitcom The Game (2006), as Melanie Barnett, a med student who transfers from John Hopkins to a small San Diego college to be near her professional football player boyfriend. A spin-off of the CW hit Girlfriends, The Game was still going strong in 2012.

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Factsheet

  • Born two minutes after her twin sister, Tamera Mowry.
  • Both of her parents were in the military and eventually retired from service.
  • Competed in pageants and talent shows.
  • Played the older sister of real-life brother Tahj Mowry on an episode of Full House titled "The Devil Made Me Do It."
  • Did an off-Broadway play with Tamera before they landed Sister, Sister
  • Shared several Kids' Choice Awards with Tamera for Favorite Television Actress before being inducted into the Kids' Choice Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • Both she and Tamera received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Sister, Sister in 1999 and 2000.
  • Is the head coach of the Entertainment Basketball League Celebrity Team.
  • Starred in a one-time reality special Tia & Tamera Take 2 for the Style Network in 2010, followed by the 2011 reality series Tia & Tamera. She also produced the series.
  • Was relieved to learn her first pregnancy in 2011 would not result in twins. 
  • Owns a production company with her husband.