Name:
Aisha Tyler
Birth Date:
September 18, 1970
Birth Place:
San Francisco, California, USA
Height:
6'
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Host of E!'s Talk Soup (2001-2002)
Profession:
actress, stand-up comedienne, TV host
Education:
Dartmouth College in Hannover, New Hampshire (graduated with a degree in Political Science)
BIOGRAPHY
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Ghost Whisperer

Background:

“Let go of the idea that you can only be happy once your body is perfect. The new good body isn't perfect because perfection doesn't exist and by pursuing perfection, we're missing out on all of the things our bodies helps us do every day: laugh, run, create, nurture, educate, seduce, change minds, change lives, change the world.” Aisha Tyler

First gaining attention as the host of “Talk Soup” and “The Fifth Wheel” (both 2001-2002), multi-faceted Aisha Tyler has achieved success with a prosperous acting career. She is perhaps best remembered by television viewers for her roles of Charlie Wheeler in “Friends” (2003, earned a Teen Choice nomination), Mia Dickerson in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2004), Marianne Taylor in “24” (2005, earned an Image nomination) and Andrea Marino in “Ghost Whisperer” (2005-2006). She netted an additional Image nomination for her work in the TV film “For One Night” (2006). The sexy and smart performer, who is of African American and Native American extraction, has also acted in many motion pictures, including “The Santa Clause 2” (2002) and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006, both with Tim Allen), “Never Die Alone” (2004, with DMX), “.45” (2006, with Milla Jovovich), “Death Sentence” (2007, with Kevin Bacon), “Balls of Fury” (2007, with Christopher Walken) and “Bedtime Stories” (2008, with Adam Sandler). She will play Casey Spandau in the upcoming drama “Black Water Transit” (2009) for director Tony Kaye. Recently, in 2009, she starred in the standup special “Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore,” which she also produced. Her first book, “Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl,” hit the stores in early 2004.

Tyler ranked No. 61 in the Maxim Magazine's list of “Hot 100” in 2002 and No. 72 in 2005. She has been married to attorney Jeff Tietjens since 1992 and participated in the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Childhelp USA charity.


Dartmouth Rockapellas

Childhood and Family:

Born Aisha N. Tyler on September 18, 1970, in San Francisco, California, Aisha Tyler was raised in a strict vegetarian household. Her father, Jim Tyler, was a photographer and her mother, Robin Gregory, was a teacher. When she was 10 years old, they divorced and she went to live with her father. Aisha was educated at McAteer High School in San Francisco and also attended high school classes at the San Francisco School of the Arts. She received a B.A. in political science from Dartmouth College in Hannover, New Hampshire. While in college, she joined The Tabard, a co-ed fraternity, as well as co-formed and sang in the all female group The Dartmouth Rockapellas.

In 1992, Aisha married Jeff Tietjens, who is a lawyer. Both she and her husband are avid fans of beer. She is also addicted to cigarettes. She cites the Halo series as her favorite game and enjoys reading.

Aisha is close friends with Jennifer Love Hewitt.


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Career:

Aisha Tyler discovered a love for comedy while in high school and often skipped classes to attend local improv classes. After completing college, she briefly worked for a San Francisco advertising firm but left her job to tour the country as a standup comedian. In 1996, she left San Francisco for Los Angeles to work more professionally.

In addition to infrequent standup jobs, Tyler also tried her hand at acting. She began with a guest spot in “Nash Bridge,” where she appeared as a reporter in the 1996 episode “High Impact,” and made her first TV movie appearance that same year in the Emmy nominated drama “Grand Avenue,” based on the book of the same name by Greg Sarris. She returned to TV series as a guest star in a 1999 episode of “The Pretender” called “PTB,” where she played Angela Somerset.

Tyler made the leap to films in 2000 when she landed a bit part in the independent film “Dancing in September.” Written and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood and starring Nicole Ari Parker, the drama premiered at the Hollywood Black Film Festival on February 24, 2000, and went on to play at various festivals before having a TV premiere on February 3, 2001. It was nominated for an Image for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special and a Black Reel for Network/Cable - Best Film, among other honors.

In 2001, Tyler got her big break when she became a host on the series “Talk Soup.” She quickly became a hit thanks to her fresh comedic style and was the first African American female to host the show. She enjoyed an additional boost with her hosting gig on the syndicated dating show “The Fifth Wheel” (2001-2002). Meanwhile, Tyler could also be seen in episodes of “Off Limits,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (played the girlfriend of Shaquille O'Neal) and “The Sausage Factory” (2002), and appeared in the critically acclaim play “Moose Mating” (2001), from which she picked up an NAACP Theater Image Award for her role, and the box office movie sequel “The Santa Clause 2” (2002, played Mother Nature).

Tyler next landed a recurring role in the final season of the NBC hit sitcom “Friends” in 2003. Playing Charlie Wheeler, who romances both Ross (played by David Schwimmer) and Joey (played by Matt LeBlanc), she was nominated for a 2003 Teen Choice for Choice TV Breakout Star - Female. The same year, she also guest starred in the CBS hit drama “CSI: Miami” (as Janet Medrano) and as Alexis in the short film “One Flight Stand.” Tyler continued to have recurring roles in CBS' “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (12 episodes, 2004-2005) and Fox's “24” (7 episodes, 2005), where she played offbeat scientist Mia Dickerson and data analyst Marianne Taylo, respectively. She got a 2006 Image nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “24.” Tyler also made a guest appearance as a Somali model and victim of genital mutilation in FX's “Nip/Tuck” and had a supporting role in the movie “Never Die Alone,” director Ernest R. Dickerson's adaptation of the novel of the same name by Donald Goines that starred DMX and David Arquette (both 2004).

The gifted actress had her first series regular role in the CBS supernatural show “Ghost Whisperer,” in which she was cast as Andrea Moreno, the friend of paranormal investigator Melinda Gordon (portrayed by Jennifer Love Hewitt). She was on the show during its first season (2005-2006). In 2006, she played Desiree Howard, opposite Raven-Symoné as Brianna McCallister, in the Lifetime movie “For One Night” and received an Image nomination in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for her role. She also reprised her role of Mother Nature in the third installment “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006), which also starred Tim Allen. She then costarred with Milla Jovovich, Angus Macfadyen and Stephen Dorff in the movie “.45” (2006).

The next year found Tyler portraying Detective Wallis in the James Wan directed psychological thriller “Death Sentence,” alongside Kevin Bacon, Kelly Preston, Jordan Garrett, Stuart Lafferty and Garrett Hedlund, Mahogany in the Robert Ben Garant comedy “Balls of Fury,” opposite Christopher Walken, and Angela in the 20 minute drama “The Trap,” for director Rita Wilson and writer Anna Fricke. She teamed up with Krista Allen and Elizabeth Berkley in the comedy “Meet Market” (2008, directed and written by Charlie Loventhal) and was cast as Donna Hynde in the Adam Shankman hit comedy “Bedtime Stories” (2008, starred Adam Sandler). On the small screen, Tyler guest starred in episodes of “Boston Legal” (2007), “Reno 911!” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (both 2008).

In 2009, Tyler guest starred as Agent Lana Kane in the TV series “Archer.” The same year, she also starred in her own stand up special, “Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore,” which she also wrote, produced and contributed to the soundtrack. She has completed filming the drama “Black Water Transit” (2009), based on Carsten Stroud's novel of the same name. The cast of the film also includes Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, and Stephen Dorff.

Tyler is an accomplished writer. She published her first book, “Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl,” a collection of comic essays, in January 2004. She has also contributed articles to “Glamour” and “Jane” magazines and to the book “This Day in the Life of American.”


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