Fast Facts

  • Lived behind a wildlife preserve in Hawaii for most of her childhood.
  • Is fluent in Japanese, and had a recording career in Japan, where she lived for two years in the 1980s.
  • Was a "Fly Girl," a back-up dancer on In Living Color, from 1990 to '92.   
  • Toured with Madonna (in the Girlie Show World Tour) and twice with Ricky Martin (in Living la Vida Loca Promo Tour and Shake Your Bon Bon).
  • In 2005, joined the ABC reality series Dancing With the Stars as a judge.
  • Was appearing on Live With Regis and Kelly in March 2011 when her boyfriend at the time, Jesse Sloan, proposed to her; the couple split in 2012.
  • In fall 2012, she founded the CAI Animal Project, dedicated to supporting the rescue, welfare and well-being of animals.


  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee


  • Robb Derringer — Fiancé
  • Jesse Sloan — Ex-fiancé
  • Artem Chigvintsev — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan; attended University of California, Irvine, California, United States; University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States

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  • Birth Place: Hawaii, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Singer

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