Carrie Ann Inaba was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Carrie Ann's ethnic background is Japanese, Chinese and Irish.
Inaba is the youngest of two children. After graduating from
Punahou School, she attended Sophia University and the
University of California, Los Angeles and has a Bachelor of Arts
degree in World Arts and Cultures.
Carrie Ann Inaba, who speaks Japanese, lived in Tokyo from 1986 to 1988 and was a popular singer. Carrie Ann released three singles, Party Girl (backed with China Blue), Be Your Girl (backed with 6 1/2 Capezio), and Yume no Senaka (backed with Searching) and hosted weekly radio and television series.
After returning to America, Carrie Ann Inaba appeared as one of the "Fly Girls", a group of backing dancers, on the television series In Living Color from 1990 to 1992. She also performed with Canadian singer Norman Iceberg and dancers Viktor Manoel (David Bowie’s "Glass Spider" tour) and Luca Tomassini at Prince’s notorious Glam Slam.
In 1993, Carrie Ann toured with Madonna as a dancer in the "Girlie Show" tour. This required Inaba to do two things for the first time; shave her head bald and perform topless. Inaba appeared as the "Pole Girl" who danced and slid down a pole to open each show. Inaba also toured in Ricky Martin's "Living La Vida Loca" tour.
Carrie Ann Inaba appeared in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as Fook Yu, alongside Diane Mizota who played her twin sister Fook Mi. The two women are not related, but when Mizota had been cast for her role, she was asked if she knew any actresses who resembled her and suggested Inaba. Inaba, who had appeared briefly in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, was given the role and the two women were made up to appear as identical twins. Carrie Ann and Mizota would later repeat their roles with Mike Myers in a commercial for Motorola.
Carrie Ann Inaba has also acted, usually cast as a dancer, in the movies Monster Mash: The Movie, Lord of Illusions, Showgirls, Boys and Girls, Flinstones II, Freak and American Virgin and the television series Jack & Jill and Nikki.
Carrie Ann Inaba has choreographed several television series, including American Idol, American Juniors, All American Girl, He's a Lady, In Search of the Partridge Family (in which she also appeared on air), Married by America, The S--iest Bachelor in America Pageant, The Swan, and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?. She also choreographed the Miss America Pageant for five years.
Carrie Ann is the founder and President of EnterMediArts, Inc., a video production company. She directs, writes, and edits films. Her work includes E! Behind The Scenes Miss America Special, 7th Festival of the Pacific Arts, A Portrait of IVI and Beyond the Dancing Image, and the short feature film, Black Water.
Carrie Ann Inaba was one of the judges on the television series Dance Fever in 2003 and Dancing with the Stars in 2005. She is currently a judge on the 2006 edition of Dancing with the Stars.
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