Ryan Starr
Birth Date:
November 21, 1982
Birth Place:
Sunland, California, USA
5' 9" (1.75 m)
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My Religion


Ryan Starr, born Tiffany Ryan Montgomery, burst into fame as the top 7 finalist on the first season of “American Idol” (2002). Her debut single “My Religion” (2004) topped the Billboard Hot Digital Songs and was one of the highest selling exclusive singles on iTunes. She also has appeared in other reality shows like “The Surreal Life” (2004), “Battle of the Network Reality Stars” (2005) and “Gimme My Reality Show” (2008) as well as in scripted television programs and films. Starr is of French, Colombian, Peruvian, and Irish decent.  


Childhood and Family:

Ryan Starr was born Tiffany Ryan Montgomery on November 21, 1982, in Sunland, California, to Columbian parents. Her nickname is Stizzarre. She attended Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, Los Angeles. She was  head cheerleader and prom queen while in high school.  

In late 2004, Ryan purchased a home on the Santa Monica coastline with an estimated value of $3.4 million.

Idol Finalist


At age 19, Ryan Starr auditioned for the first season of “American Idol” in Los Angeles, California by using her birth name. Her audition song was Bill Withers' “Lean On Me.” In the Hollywood rounds, she performed Bill Withers'  “Ain't No Sunshine,” and chose Nat Kin Cole's “The Frim Fram Sauce” the first semi-final. Starr became the singer from Group 1 to be voted into the Top Ten .

In the next week, Starr became the first contestant to perform on American Idol's first live show. She performed Stevie Wonder's “If You Really Love Me” and earned kudos from the judges. During the 1960s week, she performed “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks and was panned by the judges for faltering. She ended up at the bottom 2. Starr received praise for singing  Donna Summer's “Last Dance” in the following week, but was eliminated. She became the fourth finalist to be voted off, after Ejay Day, Jim Verraros and A. J. Gil.

Starr returned with the rest of the finalists during the shows' finale and performed Nancy Sinatra's “These Boots Are Made For Walkin',” and  went on a nationwide 32-city tour with the other finalists. Seeing her potential, RCA, in partnership with American Idol, signed her. Starr, however, declined to record an album with RCA after she felt producers wanted to turn her into an Avril Lavigne type singer. Following an  intense three year legal battle, she was released from the contract in 2004.

In September 2004, Starr released a single on iTunes called “My Religion.” The song went on to become one of iTunes' highest selling exclusive singles, with an estimated 360,000 units sold, and reached No, 1 on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs. After “My Religion,” she had three singles posted on her MySpace: “Love Gone Bad,” “Stranded” and “7am.” Other singles, “Blue” and “Broken,” are available on the Curtain Call, Volume 1 compilation.

After her performance on “American Idol,” Starr made a guest appearance in the popular Fox comedy show “That '70s Show” (2002). She also appeared in “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood”  and “Fox News.” In 2003, she played Sophia Renatta in an episode of  the hit CBS drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and also had a two episodic role as Pam in “What I Like About You.” The same year, she also appeared in a stage production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” in California, where she played the part of The Narrator. In 2004, Starr made her television movie acting debut as Stacy in “Ring of Darkness.” The same year, she made striking appearance in the VH1 reality show “The Surreal Life.” in the next year, she participated as a contestant in the reality show “Battle of the Network Reality Stars.” Starr was cast as Brigitte Douglas in the 2006 film “Vendetta.”    

In fall 2008, Starr appeared in Fox Reality's “Gimme My Reality Show,” where she competed with such D-listers as Kato Kaelin and A.J. Benza for the chance to star in her own reality show. She was eliminated after the second round.  


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